- Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Uk (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140269940
- ISBN-13: 978-0140269949
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,672,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Cameron Spence is the pseudonym for a soldier who fought in the SAS for over ten years. He has now retired but we are not allowed to reveal his name or address.
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Spence has a story to tell but he goes beyond that, he gives us an insight into the politics and dark humour that make the SAS so fascinating. As well as describing the engagements they encountered while in Iraq, Spence also describes the effect these events had on himself and the rest of the unit. The main 'action' part of the book happens just past the mid way point, but the story continues with minor engagements, enough to keep any action junky reading till the end.
This book isn't just about the SAS being the greatest force in the world, its about the people within this elite unit, the way they deal with the pressure they are under (often through humour and pulling pranks on each other) and how different there role is to the regular army divisions.
I gave this book 4 stars because it lacks a little in the action department and talks a little to much for my liking to make it a 5 star. But its a fantastic book regardless.
With Sabre Squadron, the grain's not that big. Having read through it with an ex-cavalryman's perspective, I found it to be a fairly accurate portrail of troop life in the field (right down to the little personality clashes). I cant attest to the accuracy of the events presented in the book, but at least the action sequences were believable (no one man armies taking on the hoards here). The writer's style is easy to digest. Just don't expect to be biting your fingernails from the tension, as he tends to retell it as if he was having a quiet drink. Overall it's a fairly good 'once over' read.
This book describes the horrors of war, both physically and mentally. It is action packed with very close calls and the battle at Victor Two.
I couldn't put this book down. It gets you involved and the descriptions are very realistic, you won't have trouble picturing the events, terrain and the people in your mind.