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As a semi-entertaining read, this one almost hits the spot and apart from a few glaring spelling and grammatical errors is quite readable. The art of being a fiction writer is to get the reader to suspend all belief as they enter your world. To a large extent this book does that. Without revealing the story too much, for some reason a young guy doing national service in the Royal Pioneer Corps is picked for special operations type work and is whisked away on covert and deniable operations with the other members of this mysterious group called The Sixteen.
The author claims that he was put under some sort of influence hypnosis? For a novice joining an established team, he certainly seems to be full of himself and coming up with all the best ideas.
Of course, he claims that the others were only letting him do this in order to enhance his training, build his confidence and bring him up to speed.
Oddly enough, he never seems to contemplate that bullets can do him a lot of damage with all of his close quarters fighting methods. He was such an asset, he was simply allowed to walk away. I must commend the author for having a first class imagination. As I say, an escapist read, with a few large-ish holes in the plot. More resources from rebbonk. Bird A good read but hard work. Nuking the Moon Log in.
The Sixteen: The Sensational Story of Britain's Top Secret Assassination Squad
The `Sixteen` by John Urwin
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? As an year-old, John Urwin was posted to Cyprus, where he was recruited into a top-secret unit called the Sixteen, whose task was to assassinate key figures throughout the Middle East. Now he breaks his silence to tell their story. Their training was said to have surpassed that of the SAS in unarmed combat and weaponry.