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An above-average macho war memoir, full of high-tech gadgetry and
deadly fireworks.During a 2006 invasion of the chaotic Afghan
province of Helmand by 3,300 British troops, the objective of which
was to subdue the resurgent Taliban, Macy piloted a Westland Apache
AH Mk1 attack helicopter, a vastly improved British version of the
original American design. Complicated and wildly expensive - it
costs nearly $30,000 an hour to operate - its advanced electronics
enable the pilot to hover out of rifle range and deliver
devastating cannon fire and rockets with pinpoint accuracy.
Military buffs will appreciate the nuts-and-bolts technical details
provided by the author as he relates his unit's triumphs,
frustrations and off-duty hijinks during an exhausting four-month
tour that included a dramatic rescue under fire, an event that made
headlines in Britain and earned Macy a medal. The author describes
many close calls but no casualties among the Apache warriors as
they inflicted spectacular damage on Taliban forces. The book ends
as it began with the British under siege at a handful of bases, the
enemy in control everywhere else and long-suffering Afghan
civilians caught in the middle. Like Dan Mills accomplished in his
recent battle memoir (Sniper One, 2008), Macy thankfully avoids the
urge to heavy-handedly proclaim the righteousness of the cause, his
love of freedom, his sympathy with oppressed civilians and his
hatred for terrorists.An entertaining account of fierce combat and
adolescent military horseplay. (Kirkus Reviews)
Ed Macy is an elite pilot, one of the few men qualified to fly
Apache helicopters, the world's deadliest fighting machines. This
is his account of a fearless mission behind enemy lines in
Afghanistan. After a brutal accident forced him out of the Paras,
Ed Macy refused to go down quietly. He bent every rule to sign up
for the Army's gruelling Apache helicopter programme and was one of
the handful to pass the nightmare selection process. Dispatched to
Afghanistan's notorious Helmand Province in 2006, his squadron were
on hand when a marine went MIA behind enemy lines - and they knew
they were his only hope. From the cockpit of the mighty Apache
helicopter comes this incredible true story of a rescue mission so
dangerous they said it couldn't be done, and of the man who dared
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