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Those Who Dare (Raiding Forces Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Phil Ward
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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The first in a series of meticulously researched World War II novels about hit-and-run raids against Hitler's war machine by British forces - under the command of a U.S. soldier - "Those Who Dare" is sure to appeal to avid military fiction fans. By May 1940, panzer divisions had decimated Belgium and reached Calais. Lieutenant John Randal of the U.S. 26th Cavalry Regiment volunteers his expertise to help slow their advance. What unfolds is a blend of military guerrilla tactics, suspense, humour, cultural and social commentary, and war buddy camaraderie - plus a little romance between the American GI and the widowed Lady Jane Seaborn. Along the way readers meet such colourful characters as Captain David Niven in MO-9 and Captain 'Geronimo Joe' McKoy with his Travelling Wild West Show and Shooting Emporium. The author - a decorated combat veteran - covers the details of war extensively, from the five points of contact of a parachute landing fall to descriptions of a British raider's A-5 flinging ferries before the first 12-gauge shell casing hits the floor. As the novel ends, Major Randal's men, fresh from Operation Tomcat in France, learn they will deploy via sea transport within 48 hours on their next mission. The second book, which is already written, tells that tale.


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The surprise, speed, and violence of the forebears of U.S. Army Rangers, U.S. Navy SEALs, and SAS Commandos prove that "those who dare, win." By May 1940, panzer divisions had decimated Belgium, sliced through France, and reached Calais. Lieutenant John Randal, a veteran of the U.S. 26th Cavalry Regiment, volunteers to help slow their advance. What unfolds is a blend of military guerrilla tactics, suspense, humor, and brotherly camaraderie -- plus a little romance between the American GI and the widowed Lady Jane Seaborn. Along the way readers meet such colorful characters as the movie star Captain David Niven in MO-9 and Captain "Geronimo Joe" McKoy with his Traveling Wild West Show and Shooting Emporium. The author -- a decorated Ranger -- covers the details of war extensively, from the five points of contact of a parachute landing fall to descriptions of a British raider's A-5 flinging Jerries like rag dolls before the first shell casing even hits the floor. As the novel ends, Major Randal's men, fresh from Operation Tomcat -- the first British parachute raid in France -- learn they'll deploy via sea transport within forty-eight hours on their next mission. The second book, which has already been written, tells that tale.

About the Author

Phil Ward is a highly decorated combat veteran and former instructor at the US Army Ranger School. Currently he is a successful entrepreneur living in Austin, Texas with his wife Lindy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1608320405
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H75OPY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Who Dare July 13, 2010
By JKHC
Format:Hardcover
Those Who Dare is a good war story. Something blows up on the first page and the action is more or less constant throughout. The characters are the kind of people you would like to go to war with. You get a rare look at the evolution of pin-prick raiding and how No.1 British Parachute School and the Commando Special Warfare Training Center in Achnacarry, Scotland trained Combined Operations troops, which is something I've never seen in fiction before. I'm ex-SF, Ranger, Jumpmaster and have been there and done that, got the scars to prove it. I recommend this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasant surprise July 30, 2010
By jjh
Format:Hardcover
Novels are almost never on my reading list. My preference is for non fiction, solid history with facts and research. Novels make me think I am wasting time. Those Who Dare was recommended by a family member. A novel, and a war story to boot, not for me. But in a weak moment I picked up, and then could not put it down. Great story with just enough facts and research to give credibility. Kudos to a new author. Will be waiting for the next book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fluff and nonsense October 8, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First and foremost, I enjoyed this book and it's following book in the series "Dead Eagles" Granted they are somewhat silly, but are kind of fun, in a Saturdaay afternoon at the show manner.
EXCEPT.......(AND THIS APPLIES TO BOTH THIS BOOK "WHO DARES ...."AND THE FOLLOW ON BOOK, "DEAD EAGLES").
for the scream making repetitive, never ending and coma inducing referal to call/nicknames of characters.
James "Baldy" Crinchleep. Major Alterton "No Nose Swordplayer" Faversham, Colour Sgt. Wilfred " Stomp en and bleed em"
McShane. Col. Redfern "Dash it where's my ketchcup" Wison. General the Duchess Lorraine "Biggest Boobs on the Planet" Toddington-Smythe, Etc.,etc.
You get the idea. I found it to be extremely distracting and totally needless. A once, possibly used discrriptor will suffice.
Continual repetition of this sort adds nothing and is a stumbling block to the telling of what otherwise is a rather decent read.
Author Ward,...? Cut it out. Just tell the story. It IS enough.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining! Great read! July 6, 2010
By jgsarob
Format:Hardcover
Those Who Dare is a great WWII historical fiction read. It is an exciting, interesting and fulfilling military drama. I have read several WWII books, but none have focused so much on the tactics and action of war. I felt like I was right there with the soldiers during training and battle. The character development is great and the book leaves you wanting to know what the next daring operation entails. As a recreational female reader without any military background, I was impressed at how entertained I was by this novel! If you enjoy action, drama and military opertaions/tactics, you will love Those Who Dare.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars missed the mark January 15, 2011
By robert
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"Those Who Dare" had its moments, but fell short of the mark for me. Way too much information on training techniques, scene after scene, with some phrases repeated from scenes. Character development was good, but left this reader with an incomplete feeling. The lead up to the final raid fell flat when the story abruptly ended, leaving you wondering on several levels. The British force suffers one fatality during the raid and this is treated as a ho-hum moment, which seemed odd after the author went to some length to develop how the officers felt for their colleagues. There are much better WWII novels, less of a training manual, and more of a solid work of fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Eagles March 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Phil Ward has my attention! His character development continues while the WWII backdrop is vivid. I look forward to the third book and many others to follow. Those who think this is 'kid stuff' clearly have never experienced combat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kid Stuff March 2, 2012
By Patrick
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Infantile and wordy; some interesting info. , but not for the serious reader of this genre.Might be acceptable for youngsters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead eagles February 29, 2012
By Ch8nce
Format:Hardcover
Wow. An incredible follow up for the raiding forces series. Mr. Ward does it again. His amazing characters had me on the edge of my seat all the way through the book. I can't wait for the third book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I liked that the characters are so real and interesting. Enough history to make you realize what really happened. Great
Published 1 month ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Phil Ward Brilliant Book
Phil Ward has done it again. The reader is not only there with him, but sees through the characters eyes, hears what they hear, and smells what they smell. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John R. Addison
3.0 out of 5 stars A slow read
This book was well written,however it was mostly about training for a small airborne/ commando unit . There were very few operation that the unit participated in .
Published 2 months ago by Senator
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Quick read if you are into military forces. Covers some of the training that this unit goes through but doesnt bog down in detail. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DR
5.0 out of 5 stars WWII at its best
Fast paced, all the right elements of that war with good facts. As an ex-Navy man the small boat stuff was great. Three cheers!
Published 3 months ago by Doug
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
The author is quite descriptive and has a flair for bringing the reader into the situation. I can almost feel the cold rain slapping my face as I'm marching with the troops in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a good read. It is up there with the quality of the early WEB Griffith books. Lot's of interesting information about the time period. Hard to put down.
Published 4 months ago by Gary B. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tale
A snapping good story. This book was well researched and well written. The training and action scenes have the taste and feel of authentic experience. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Old infantryman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story and great characters make for a great reading experince,...
It's a great story and I love the characters....very easy reading about a little known theater of the war and before the US came into the war. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoorah! John Randal
He gets the job done. Entertaining read, good action with accurate historical background. Reads like a modern version of Saturday movie serials.
Published 9 months ago by Pamela Gibson-Francisco
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More About the Author

Phil Ward is a decorated combat veteran commissioned at age nineteen. A former instructor at the Army Ranger School, he has had a lifelong interest in small unit tactics and special operations. He lives on a mountain overlooking Lake Austin with his beautiful wife, Lindy, whose father was the lieutenant governor to both Ann Richards and George W. Bush.

"There are many books on war but few on fighting.
Men who know anything about fighting
were either killed or (were) inarticulate."
-- Gen. George S. Patton


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