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

Phil Ward
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Book Description

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: #158,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 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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21 of 23 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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10 of 10 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst "novels" I have ever read September 1, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I'm not a literature professor, but in my estimation a good modern novel is supposed to contain: 1) well-rounded heroes who are both likable and flawed to make them seem more sympathetic; b) excellent dialogue; c) antagonists who attempt to foil the heroes. Unfortunately, this book contains none of those.

The characters might as well be cardboard cutouts; they are all dashing, beautiful, brave and indefatigable. I find myself hoping for the one of the main characters to be injured or shot just to see if he/she reacts like a human being.

I am 90% through the book, but have yet to meet a Nazi character. The most prominent enemy character is a Nazi general. He is in the book for about three pages and never speaks. In fact, the main characters capture him completely by accident. Ha! Ha!

Worst of all, this book is written in a strange, all-knowing, eye-of-God narrative voice. Instead of actually hearing from the characters themselves what they are thinking, feeling and experiencing, the author tells us in his detached, cliche-packed writing. This makes reading this novel like reading an after-action report or a Medal of Honor citation.

To wit: "The Whitley pilot, to his everlasting credit, did not jink, speed up, or take any evasive action whatsoever. He was a rock solid [sic] professional. Having prepared for this type of mission from the day he was assigned to fly for the Parachute Training School, he intended to put his jumpers on target, on time, or get shot down trying. Behind him, the other two Whitley pilots followed his lead and pressed on through the wall of flak."

To his everlasting credit? Please. Well...I'm sure their fictional parents would be very proud to read about their sons' courage under fire. But give me break.
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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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4 of 4 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
4.0 out of 5 stars WEB Griffin Meets Downton Abbey . . . September 26, 2013
By VMM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
. . . for those of us with a sweet tooth for the vintage WEB Griffin "Corps" and "Brotherhood of War" series, the new "Eagles" series by Phil Ward fits the bill nicely. Griffin was the master at writing compelling "war" fiction . . . with virtually no action or battle scenes. Could never figure out how he did it. According to Griffin, WWII and Korea were both won through the efforts of dedicated, no-nonsense warrior types who spent as much time downing scotch and bedding babes than they did bagging bad guys overseas. But that's OK: Griffins work was readable, fun and strategically and historically accurate for the most part. It was high grade crack for military fiction fans.

Phil Ward's approach is similar in "Eagles" - we get up close and personal with a group of hard-drinking, resolute and patriotic commandos as they work their way through off-the-books raids and behind the lines shootouts with the Germans. Here the setting is Great Britain during the early days of WWII when much was in doubt. The women are lusty, beautiful, well-connected and veddy, veddy English. They can also handle a Colt. 45 and jump out of planes. Brilliant! The men drink like fish, train like Tarzan and get the girls. And they are really good at offing Hitlers best in well-planned covert raids. We follow the group through training, planning and -YES - actual commando and battle action. There's also plenty of meetings with fusty upper-crust British intelligence and high level officer types in sprawling English mansions: you almost smell the dust, the Indian rugs and the whiskey.

In sum, an interesting and entertaining series from a guy who obviously knows the commando business. I'll keep reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Very well written book. I enjoyed the story, however, at times it did seem a little slow. Don't know if I would read the follow-on books.
Published 17 days ago by Dale & Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to the Series!
This is an amazing fast moving fictional story based on non-fictional research about the beginnings of British commando tactics at the outset of WW2. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Crafty12player
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
Good story and feels very real. I am a ex-Army grunt and I know the training the men had to face. learn to kill or be killed!!
Published 1 month ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book
I enjoyed reading this book. It is fast paced and not in the usual covered locations of the early Western Theater of European WW II. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Philippe J. Leroy
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed.
This is an action packed story of dedicated men of war that came together as one. Enjoyed the writing , liked all the people involved. Hope to read more.
Published 1 month ago by omat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Detailed action filled novel, with a lot of subtle humor. I look forward to reading more books from Phil Ward.
Published 1 month ago by Ralph Strope
1.0 out of 5 stars and was boring. If you doubt it
It had every shade of cliche, maudlin prose, stilted action, and was boring. If you doubt it, twke a look at samples from the next books in the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars is not enough
The best book I have read in years and I read a -lot- of good books. Mr Ward has obviously been there, done that, and got the T shirt. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read, enjoying the series
Published 1 month ago by Robert Whalen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoy WWII history and this historical novel had a nice blend of accurate detail and interesting story. I would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Tim Richards
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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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