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The Feather Men

The Feather Men

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The Feather Men somehow grok that the accidental deaths of four SAS are not so accidental and spend ten years hunting down the killers, killing two and nabbing the ringleader during his attempt on the author's life. If your book is intended as a gift, please let us know and we will gift wrap it free of charge with a card and any message. Truth be told, I had to get through the first fifty or so pages, but after that I couldn’t put the book down. If its true then it is an astonishing account of the machinations of a world which could only be related by a man of Ran Fiennes' amazing experience. I had this book many many moons ago and somehow it has disappeared when i had thought about reading it.

Well in Killer Elite even Chairman Mao is quoted, “In given conditions a bad thing can lead to good results. Once I’d grasped the plot, I surprised myself in realising that I had actually begun to rather enjoy it; that is if a reader, who in this situation is essentially a voyeur, can actually claim to be favorably interested in seedy sex, brutal violence and carefully calculated cold blooded killing. The sons of the sheikh had been military combatants in various efforts in Oman and as such were killed in military combat by British SAS (Special Air Services) men. But, somehow, the uncertainty bred of where the boundary between reality and unreality lies, can, especially at a certain time of year, feel quite sickeningly worse. It is a fascinating account of a tenacious double manhunt: the assassins stalking their victims and the Feather Men pursuing the assassins.In June 2010, Alice Clarke, the daughter of SAS soldier Major Mike Kealy whose death is depicted in The Feather Men at the hands of The Clinic, spoke out, saying that her father had died during an endurance exercise in the Brecon Beacons in 1979. I will certainly read it again one day, before too long, if only to appreciate better the importance of the leading chapters, as well as recapture the thrill of the story itself. Having said that, as regards the Killer Elite, both the film and the book are well worth watching and reading.

What can i say apart from that it is an amazing read and is based on the true story of certain members of the Special air Service being killed by a group with a vengeance. Like a number of other readers, I came to this book via the movie, which was such a success that it caused the author and the publisher to change the book's title from the original (The Feather Men).Readers will be given pause, however, by Fiennes's wont to romanticize vigilante justice and his assertion that for 20 years the British ``have had good reason to be grateful for the Feather Men's protective presence. In that respect, it reminded me of The Quiet American, by Graham Greene - set in Vietnam, during the first Indochina war in the early fifties. This absorbing book details their 14-year struggle to capture the Clinic, a band of contract killers who murdered four former British soldiers. It was written like a non-fiction work (every acronym or slightly unusual word was then explained in brackets, frequently quite unnecessarily), and the "exciting" scenes were told in a completely matter-of-fact way, losing any sense of tension. It's a true story, but the way the author told the story made for a slowly paced narrative and even a bit confusing from time to time.



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