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There were three patrols that fateful January 1991 morning: Bravo One Zero, Bravo Two Zero and Bravo Three Zero. It was the opening hours of the Gulf War, and the SAS were flown deep behind enemy lines to hunt down Saddam's Scud missiles, the use of which threatened a Third World War.

The men of Bravo One Zero stepped off the chopper, took one look at the flat desert devoid of any cover and decided no way were they deploying into all of that. But Andy NcNab's famed Bravo Two Zero patrol did deploy, with fatal results - all bar one being captured or killed.

And then there was Bravo Three Zero. These men were different. Thought differently. Acted differently. Treating as gospel the SAS's saying 'any fool can be uncomfortable', they deployed with vehicles, and while there was nowhere to hide, they could make a dash for the border if desperate.

Even as warnings came in that McNab's patrol was on the run, Bravo Three Zero remained undetected - the furthest Coalition forces behind Iraqi lines. Slipping through enemy positions, a string of targets were taken out. But with the desert turning bitter and snow starting to fall, they were forced to fight a running battle against the elements as much as the enemy.

Though overshadowed by the fate of Bravo Two Zero, the achievements of this highly decorated patrol are the stuff of elite forces legend. Now, for the first time, SAS veteran Des Powell reveals their story in gritty, blow-by-blow detail. Written with acclaimed military author Damien Lewis, this is a tale of edge-of-the seat daring deep inside enemy lands. Brutal, savage, unrelenting - prepare to be blown away, in a tale that proves utterly the SAS motto - who dares wins

©2021 Omega Ventures Limited and Derek Powell (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

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B20

Excellent book from a true Sheffield steel city bloke.
Total respect for all them lads

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Would have been fantastic 30 years ago

Good story but why write another SAS book where you can don’t actually name places, people and tactics. The narrator was very dull and monotone plus his northern accent saying certain repetitive words (especially pinkie and dinkie) grated on me!! With recent Iraq / Afghanistan books available, I personally wouldn’t bother losing nearly 11 hours of your life.

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Definitely worth a read/listen!

After reading bravo two zero I had to give this a go. Amazing stories and great story teller. 100% recommend!

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An epic read.

A first class account of their epic mission. Well worth a read. I listened via Audible with Des narrating it.

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Amazing story

What a fantastic story with a great insight into the mission and info regarding the other Bravo missions. Amazing bravery that our SAS guys still went into war even with the wrong clothing, wrong vehicles, weapons and limited ammo due to poor intelligence and logistics. Thank you to you Dee and all the other SAS soldiers. Huge respect for you all!

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Great story 👍🏼😉

A good story of one mans personal account of the action.
I don’t for one minute doubt Des is a great soldier and warrior but a narrator he is not, would possibly have benefited from a narrator like Paul Thornley

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Not even finished this yet- but bloody brilliant

Not even finished it , but the story, details with the grit of it coming from the man himself as opposed to being narrated by someone else is brilliant. Makes it a really great listen and really interesting story. Well worth it!

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Fantastic book

Typical British military, ill-equipped and ill-informed yet getting the job done in style (rag order). What an adventure this book is, join Des and the Bravo Three Zero patrol as they try to prevent world war 3, Des having almost started it two times previous, I cannot recommend it enough.

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A story that demands to be told.

A very good account read by the man himself of the realities of being at the sharp end. I think the SAS are victims in a sense of their own success so much so that the UKGOV don’t give them the funding that they really deserve because they know the regiment will get the job done. We see this in another front line ‘the health service’ also.
But enough politics, the truth is this is one man’s personal account told in a respectful way to all concerned of the courage, fear and complete conviction that a good job will get done for the UK for them and for their families so we may live securely and safely. Well done.

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Very good book

Listen to this within 2 days. Very gripping stuff and really interesting to hear some of Des’s accounts from the gulf.

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  • 24-03-22

fantastic to hear the man himself narrate

I was expecting a bit of a #MeToo book but it's a good story on its own with plenty of references to the more famous B20 patrol. from my point of view it confirmed a few web based rumours and proved against several others. I hope Des and Damian collaborate again on how the other 23 years of Des's career went and if they ever fixed all those problems back at H.

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  • 02-11-21

great story

loved the story...but there are two or three small issues with the sound skipping but overall a great read