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Guardian Angel: Life and Death Adventures with Pararescue, the World's Most Powerful Commando Rescue Force Hardcover – September 21, 2012

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About the Author

Senior Master Sergeant Bill Sine entered the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school in 1975. He immediately volunteered for pararescue duty and completed the rigorous training in 1976. Sergeant Sine has over twenty-five hundred flying hours and is an accomplished military scuba diver, mountain-rescue instructor, and confined-space and structural collapse technician. He retired from active duty in 2003 after twenty-eight years of distinguished service. Sergeant Sine's decorations include a Distinguished Flying Cross. In 2005 he returned to the PJ community becoming the first civilian PJ instructor in history. He currently serves as the Assitant Director of Operations at the Pararescue and Combat Rescue Officer School, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate (September 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161200122X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612001227
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. D. on October 22, 2012
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Bill did an incredible job describing the exciting high speed, low drag life of a USAF Pararescueman. I could not put it down and I lived the life for nearly 20 years! This book brought back many good memories (and some bad) of an incredible career I wish I could relay as well as he did. When people ask me about that previous life I tell them, "it was like being in the boy scouts but without adult supervision and an unlimited budget". For any young man considering Pararescue, this is a must read. Great job, great book, excellent read!!!
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PJ/s have always been the lesser know of Special Operations. This is a ten star book on what America will do to preserve life of a fellow man. For the few who can complete the two year "pipeline" to becoming a PJ it can be a high speed low drag life style. The SEALS are America's renowned naval commandos. Special Forces(Green Berets) The quiet professionals. Masters of unconventional warfare. Delta Force the Army's elite counter-terrorism experts. 75th Ranger regiment,Army Rangers lead the way.160th SOAR The Night Stalkers - On time anyplace , anytime +/- 30 seconds. Marine Force Recon- Elite Reconnaissance Marines who carry out deep reconnaissance operations. All of the above forces put fear into they strike.

Now who do you call when you have a man down in really bad shape in a mine field or you have a vessel in high seas with a sick or injured crewman. The Air Force have a highly skilled small group of men.
Pararescuemen, or Pararescue Jumpers (PJs), of AFSOC Special Tactics Squadrons and Air Combat Command Rescue Squadrons, are special operators tasked with retrieving personnel from hostile environments. A typical Pararescue mission would entail insertion by helicopter behind enemy lines in order to find, treat and extract friendly forces such as a downed pilot or wounded special operator. PJs train to jump into water from hovering helicopters. They can also insert by parachute.
This is the Story of on Senior Master Sergeant William F. Sine,that did his whole carrier as PJ. You will learn what it take to become a PJ and what it take to stay on top of your game to save others. The injuries they are trained to treat would make so ER doctors cringe and then do this on a turbulent aircraft or almost alone in the middle of nowhere.
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The author, Bill Sine, has many excellent stories to tell and certainly should have written this book. Unfortunately, at least for the e-book version that I read, the book is badly in need of an editor's attention. Besides simple typos, there were many instances of obviously revised sentences where portions of the original phrasing remained. Another area needing attention was the repetitive information, sometimes within a paragraph or two of each other. Flow of the book could be improved as well. A professional editor would have caught all of this.

In my opinion this manuscript has enough potential to be good with proper professional attention. The stories are interesting and sometimes funny, and I bet there were many more that were left out that could potentially have been included. My opinion is that people interested in our military will find this a fun read, regardless of whether they have served or not.

None of this should in any way be seen as a negative reflection on Bill Sine's praiseworthy service to our country. I'm simply stating that his story could be more effectively told without the distractions of poor copy that wasn't ready for prime time.
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William Sine puts the reader in the action with him as he describes some of the harrowing adventures he has been through during his USAF Pararescue career. One does not have to be a military buff to appreciate his edge-of-the-seat story-telling ability. You will be laughing one minute at one of SMSgt Sine's pranks and holding your breath the next minute hoping he lives though a near-death experience (no spoilers here). I highly recommend this book!
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This was a really interesting book. The author has an obvious love of adventure and adrenaline, and a taste for exotic locales, that was infectious. It's not the most sophisticated writing and there's a lot of careless typos-no proofreading? However, Sine's enthusiasm for his subject carries the day. I would have enjoyed more photos of Sine and his fellow PJs in action instead of the two full pages of training "hell week" type photos.

A great read.
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Overall, I really liked this book. The author does a great job explaining the work and life of an Air Force PJ. His description of missions was so clear that it was easy to visualize what had happened.

My one complaint about the book is that it repeats itself. There are places throughout the book where the author will say something like "We called it [name]." Then a few sentences later, he'd write "it was called [name]." This wasn't a huge distraction, but it did break the flow of the narrative. (This could be fixed with an editor.)
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As a former "Navy Frogman" and current author I found this book to be a "page turner" I especially liked the action scenes described in such detail they were easily visualized. I highly recommend this book.
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