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Peter Ratcliffe Served In The SAS For Years Blooded In Oman In The S, He Also Saw Action In Northern Ireland, In The Falklands War, And In The Gulf Campaign From His Early Days In The Paras To His Time As Regimental Sergeant Major In The Gulf, He Has Lived And Fought By The Motto Who Dares Wins Eye Of The Storm Is His Insider S Account Of That Exceptional Career Fast Paced, Earthy, Dramatic, Funny, Occasionally Disturbing, It Is Laced With Firsthand Descriptions Of Ferocious And Bloody Fighting, Sudden Death And Incredible Heroism, And Peopled With A Cast Of Extraordinary Individuals Beyond That, However, It Corrects Many Of The Distortions And Exaggerations Of Other Books And Explodes Several Long Standing Myths About The Regiment Here At Last Is The Authentic Voice Of The SAS

6 thoughts on “Eye of the Storm: Twenty-Five Years in Action with the SAS

  1. Mut1ey Mut1ey says:

    A very well written account of someone who was there for the long haul I ve read a number of so called real or true accounts of the SAS I like the fact that the title does not include either of those words Probably the authors had to push the publishers to exclude them Of course I can t know if this account is true or real any than the others, but reading it, I felt that there was a high level of modesty, transparency and balance I also like the fact that Mr Ratcliffe corrects a number of errors in the B20 accounts If I had been in his position I believe I would have wanted to correct false claims Seemingly trivial things like the real money value of the gold coins each soldier carried and that most where returned after all missions B20 did not take advice of the CO or the author, taking too much equipment and not using vehicles.Some of the most telling things to me were how many insertions by the RAF seemed to be at the wrong co ordinates, and not just in the Gulf war It was as if the RAF and the army used different maps Another interesting aspect was how few sizeable deployments the regiment appeared to have in those 25 years He makes a good point someone can be great at training, but not cut it in the field Maybe following the publicity of the Iranian embassy siege there were a number of members who joined for the wrong reasons However as alluded to, their are many missions that will never be spoken of.It s great that he is scared of heights, yet ended up in the Para s, he s rubbish at freefall but still manages to make a career in the Special Air Service although according to Ken Connor, that Air moniker in SAS was a piece of propaganda from it s first incarnation I also think that he was extremely clever in getting what he wanted, such as initial troop assignment after selection, and getting shipped out to the Falklands.However, even though screw ups and shortcomings are illustrated there is always a balance, for example to get RTU d is no dishonour and will be positive for the return unit, the RAF pilots do an excellent job, SOP s are guidelines not rules.All in all a very realistic professional soldier account from someone who doesn t feel the need to make make themselves out to be a hero, but someone definitely wanting to live the ideal of Who Dares, Wins.

  2. thomas thomas says:

    A good account of life in the regiment detailing in great detail the planning and execution of missions The author is a born story teller often elaborating or explaining reasons for decisions As some others have said the author quite happily reveals the reality of war and how things don t often go to plan Many authors in this arena would have you believe the SAS operates with a cinematic flare but as is rightly pointed out this is not the case.Whilst the truth is helpful in bringing the book down to earth it does sometimes skirt on professional rivalry with other members of the regiment and descends a little into a degree of bickering about the authors feelings towards other members in a unit.Despite some of the negative tones the book is a good read and worth a look to those into military literature.

  3. Paul S. Paul S. says:

    An honest account of this soldier s experiences I had read the books about the other patrol and even his own and I lean towards believing this account I read other reviews and there were comments about bursting the bubble about the SAS or boring with too much detail Having spent 28 years in uniform, yes, there is much boredom with those comparatively few hours of excitement As for bursting the bubble, well so be it It s one of the main reasons I enjoyed the book All units are made up of humansnot super humans and mistakes will be made Go back to the Iranian Embassy operationone man got caught up in the ropes as he was coming and was injured by a burning curtain I would bet anything that out of the hundreds of times he may of done that before and after, it was the ONLY time he may have been entangled like that There are soldiers who may shine in garrison and on training exercises who may be a liability on operations I ve seen it happen I don t think the SAS is an exception My bottom line it s a great book

  4. IAN C. IAN C. says:

    A real eye opener, I enjoyed a 22 year career in the Army, heard several accounts of the SAS, most from people, most of whom were fantasists, legends in their own mind I spent two gruelling weeks in the early 70 s in Stirling lines not for SAS selection, Those that attended will know what course I mean I was RTU d on medical grounds I have the utmost admiration for SAS soldiers, and this author will open your eyes to a honest account of inside the regiment If you have read Bravo Two Zero along with several other best sellers, this is a must read, You will be amazed by the reality, honesty and integrity that this man writes in Eye of the Storm

  5. Mr. Roger Eden Mr. Roger Eden says:

    Very readable book, debunks some of the fiction, although anyone that thinks there is any true story is naive Particularly liked his dismissal of McNabs s killing knife where the author says SAS are soldiers, not Rambo Less of a Boys Own Adventures book than most of the others The reality is almost certainly mundane, stealth, quiet observation, lying still for hours or sometimes weeks, often in appalling conditions, perhaps hidden only yards away from their enemy is probably a common activity of SF Doesn t mention Special Forces of other participant countries, who may have had success in Gulf than our much vaunted SAS, but continue to keep their mouths shut, as should our own I am reminded of Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain s book It s not so much what you do as what you let on that you do that counts They d be real SAS if they let on less.

  6. Alan Hume Alan Hume says:

    The most interesting and factual book about the sas i have readAn extraordinary honest and sometimes brutal memoirs from the author who doesn t feel the need himself in every scenario he tells of the sadHe is also brutally honest when it comes to de.bunking other books on the subject of the wars the regiment have been involved in