Recce: Small Team Missions Behind Enemy Lines Hardcover – November 4, 2016
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Insight on Africa
About the Author
- Publisher : Casemate (November 4, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1612004040
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612004044
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The military vehicles and aircraft of the SADF are/were foreign to me and so I found myself looking them up on the internet to see what they were. I think a section of pictures for each would have been nice.
I also wanted more detail as to what they did. He talked multiple times of "anti-tracking" methods. Ok tell us what they were since it was used so much in the story.
I guess I was just looking for more. If you are interested in the Bush Wars in Africa (which I was) it might give you a little perspective but not much. I would read it if it were free but I wish I hadn't spent $20 for it.
Not much action for a book of this type. Would have been better with more ops with fighting, or maybe even engaging the enemy. He focused mostly on his stress issues, other operators, fitness items (long wilderness hikes), ops that failed along with a good dose of pious condescension (son of a preacher, I don't drink, etc.). I think he might have had to only speak of certain ops due to continued top secret classification or something. Writing style was good and I kept turning the electronic pages hoping for a battle, to no avail.
I got scared reading in bed.
It is one thing to operate in a group, and quite another when it gets down to one or two or three.
Absolute top of the scale special forces work, unmatched anywhere else. These guys had basically zero logistic support when it got down to it, and they were fighting the whole world as well.
Superbly told, and humbly told.......which is a characteristic of a man who could actually do this work, and come back alive time and again.
No grandiose rah rah rah as is seen way too often in modern military books.
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2. Too much of the book was taken in describing preparation.
3. I believe that he had limited experience at actual operations which has led to him using his prep descriptions to fill up his text.
4. Religious convictions should be a private matter in my opinion.
I had just finished reading another recently released book about an SADF troop who became a spy for the other side, the 2 books are like chalk and cheese where one is trying to be the hero, and keeps tripping himself up with basic mistakes, and the other (in this book) is a humble hero.