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  • Zero Six Bravo

  • 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Middle East
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,583 ratings)

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Summary

The No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling modern classic: A Bravo Two Zero for the Second Gulf War. They were branded as cowards and accused of being the British Special Forces Squadron that ran away from the Iraqis. But nothing could be further from the truth. Ten years on, the story of these sixty men can finally be told.

In March 2003 M Squadron - an SBS unit with SAS embeds - was sent 1,000 kilometres behind enemy lines on a true mission impossible, to take the surrender of the 100,000-strong Iraqi Army 5th Corps. From the very start their tasking earned the nickname 'Operation No Return'. Caught in a ferocious ambush by thousands of die-hard fanatics from Saddam Hussein's Fedayeen, plus the awesome firepower of the 5th Corps' heavy armour, and with eight of their vehicles bogged in Iraqi swamps, M Squadron launched a desperate bid to escape, inflicting massive damage on their enemies. Running low on fuel and ammunition, outnumbered, outmanoeuvred and outgunned, the elite operators destroyed sensitive kit and prepared for death or capture as the Iraqis closed their deadly trap.

Zero Six Bravo recounts in vivid and compelling detail the most desperate battle fought by British and allied Special Forces trapped behind enemy lines since World War Two. It is a classic account of elite soldiering that ranks with Bravo Two Zero and the very greatest Special Forces missions of our time.

©2013 Damien Lewis (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"One of the most remarkable stories in the history of special forces' operations" ( Daily Express)
"One of the best accounts of a behind-enemy-lines mission ever" (Phil Campion, ex-SAS and author of Born Fearless)
"Sixty special forces against 100,000 - a feat of British arms to take the breath away" (Frederick Forsyth)

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Not what I really expected

A story that seems to be dragged out unnecessarily. Always good to see the behind the scenes tenacity and dedication of the Armed Forces but the overall tenet of the story gets stretched to fill the pages. It isn't helped by the narrator who really needs to master his accents. Slipping from a Dick Van Dyke style attempt at a gritty working class to an overly camp and effete upper crust stereotype. Worth the listen for the overall tale but not one to shout about.

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great read could not put it down

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes already have

What other book might you compare Zero Six Bravo to, and why?

bravo two zero

Have you listened to any of Michael Fenner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

mission of no return

Any additional comments?

i found this a gripping read made all the better knowing it was based on true facts

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  • 03-08-16

Waste of time

This is such a strange book, in that it purports to be a work of non-fiction yet is written from a first person perspective for the most part (and not the authors perspective I might add). It straddles both fiction and non-fiction and succeeds in being neither. There is A LOT of padding to the story and very little of it could be described as entertaining or noteworthy.

I found the language used to be overly dramatic rather than letting the actual drama of the situation and events speak for themselves. The actual content of worth could easily have been condensed down to around an hour or so as the rest did little to expand the story.

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Riveting

Not as entertaining as a first hand accounts like Lone Survivor and American Sniper, due to it being put together by a reporter, but just as riveting!!

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Fantastic!!!

Better than Bravo Two Zero...if you liked that, you'll love this. An adrenalin fuelled, tip roaring read.

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SAS at their best

How could the performance have been better?

Michael Ferner can not perform with an american accent. So either acting lessons or a new narrator!

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Great story, as ever left in absolute aw for our special service guys who are truly remarkable with what they do for our country on a daily basis, and their supreme lack of fear. Definitely buy.

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Zero6B Amazing

Takes you to the thick of the action, thoroughly enjoyed it. I just couldn't stop listening. Thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in military tales.

Narrator also fantastic.

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Amazing story, superbly narrated.

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Starts well, picks up speed then is unstoppable!
I could not stop listening!

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Amazing story based on real events

If you are interested in elite soldiering then this is a must listen. Totally gripping and enthralling. Highly recommended. The narration is brilliantly done too

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Without question the worst purchase from Audible

What disappointed you about Zero Six Bravo?
A barely credible story which makes it all the more remarkable given how dreary the whole things is. I have to say the narrator seems utterly uninterested in and unconvinced bythe storyline and his lack of enthusiasm is perfectly pitched for this book.


How could the performance have been better?
Get a narrator who is at least remotely interested in the story or a good enough actor that he can convince his listeners that he is not half asleep.

Any additional comments?
This was a major mistake on my part. A waste of money. I trusted the generally positive reviews on this site so perhaps my wholehearted dislike of this book is my own issue. Nevertheless I cannot recommend this book to anyone else.

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  • Peter S
  • 20-07-18

Setting the record straight

An excellent book and good to be able to have the record set straight about the M Sqn team of Zero Six Bravo. Shame on those who spoke ill of them; well done lads!

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  • MongoMange
  • 27-05-17

Great story but...

... the narrator ruins it in my opinion. Going to read the book my self instead.