But when the men of 3 Para get pinned down during Op Mutay, the Army's reservations about their fearsome new fliers are thrown out the window. In the blistering firefight that follows, Ed fires the first ever Hellfire missile and, with one squeeze of the trigger, changes the war in Afghanistan forever. What had been looking like a £4.2 billion mistake quickly becomes the British Army's greatest asset, as the awe-inspiring Apache is dramatically redirected to fight the enemy head on.
In this gripping account of war on the ground and in the skies above the dusty wastes of Helmand, Ed recounts the intense months that followed: the steep learning curve, the relentless missions, the evolving enemy and the changing Rules of Engagement. As he comes to grip with the Apache, his early career as a paratrooper stands him in good stead, as does his operational baptism as a pilot. Both shaped his ability to fly, fight and survive during that fateful first Afghanistan tour against a cunning and ruthless enemy.
Ed will need every ounce of willpower and skill to succeed over the long, hot Helmand summer, as he and his colleagues find themselves on trial for their lives and for the reputation of a machine on which the British government had staked a fortune. The crucible of fire that awaited them would cement the fate of man and machine forever.
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Excellent account of Apache operations - cockpit dialogues, vivid environmental descriptions, thoughts and operations. Couldn't stop listening.
Written & narrated by the author
This is a 4.5/5 and I would give APACHE a 5/5 which is the sequel, which combines the authors subsequent tour with an amazing narrator (a professional actor). Highly recommended.
This is an interesting and stark story of what happened in the early days of the British going into Helmand Province in Afghanistan. It also gives you an insight into how easy it could be for a helicopter to fire on friendlies. The discipline of the Apache pilots is very impressive.
"Flying Soldiers reach the 21st Century"
As a former member of the AAC I was interested to read about the role of a pilot of the most advanced fighting helicopter in the world. Having read the hard back book before listen to the Audio book I had some preconceptions about the audiobook but I was not let down. Ed Macy in Apache gives a significant insight in the what makes a pilot of the most advanced fighting helicopter in the world. The book details the highs and the lows and in the interview afterwards acknowledges all the groundcrew both AAC and REME that keep these machines in the Air. It is not as critics of Prince Harry have made out to be a flying play station that any 16 year can fly the book details the dedication and commitment of the men and women who fly these awesome machines and their role as flying soldiers in support of troops fighting the worst close combat fighting since Korea. How should read this book anyone wanting to be a pilot, anyone who thinks pilots just have a jolly, anyone who believes the PC reporting of the role of the British Army in Afghanistan in simple terms anyone and everyone.
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