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Go! Go! Go!

The Definitive Inside Story of the Iranian Embassy Siege
Narrated by: Tim Frances
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century

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Inspiration for the major motion picture 6 Days, starring Jamie Bell as Rusty Firmin.  

Go! Go! Go! tells the action-packed story of the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege. It is a comprehensive and gripping account of an unforgettable six-day drama that shook Britain - and the wider world - to the core. Drawing on original and unseen source material from ex-SAS soldier Rusty Firmin, the police and the British government, Go! Go! Go! takes us to the heart of the whole operation.  

The assault planning and training, strategy and tactics are described in detail, and the personal stories of the gunmen revealed - who they were, where they came from, why they did it and Saddam Hussein's direct involvement. Compelling accounts of each day of the siege from the hostages' points of view show how they dealt with captivity individually and collectively. And new material explains the negotiators' tactics and their cool exterior versus their internal turmoil as negotiations reached crisis point.

©2019 Rusty Firmin and Will Pearson (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Squeaky Joe
  • 08-31-19

A mesmerising book

This comprehensive book recounts one of Britain’s most unforgettable news stories of the 1980s. Told by journalist Will Pearson and former SAS member Rusty Firman, ‘Go! Go! Go! The Definitive Inside Story of the Iranian Embassy Siege’ was also the inspiration for the movie ‘6 Days’, starring Jamie Bell as Rusty Firmin. Using previously unseen material from the SAS, the British Government and the police, the whole operation from start to finish is mapped out in minute detail.

Superbly narrated by Tim Frances, this is a fascinating and thought-provoking story that gives a rounded and well-documented account of the siege. From the arrival of the terrorists in Britain, the assault on the embassy by the SAS, to the aftermath and trial of the surviving terrorist, every detail of the operation is examined. The tension builds gradually as each deadline is reached and new ones are agreed, giving the reader a real sense of the incredible pressure that must have been felt by hostages, terrorists and the SAS.

A mesmerising book that provides a tangible insight into the SAS and their highly specialised way of working.

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  • julian drewett
  • 08-18-19

Boys own stuff

gripping from the opening moments untill the final word. the added bonus of hearing Rusty talk about the "job" is even better. a fantastic listen and one I'll definitely be hearing again.

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  • Rhys White
  • 08-22-19

Go! Go!

Go! Go! Go! claims to be the definitive 'inside' story of the Iranian Embassy Siege.

Rusty Firmin is the nom de plume of one of the 'rescuers' from the then little known Special Air Service who now appears on breakfast TV sofas and according to his website training people in security. Pearson has written a number of books, some similar such as Tornado Down, together they have pieced together a book on the Iranian Embassy Siege.

The books flitters between the mundane and the extra ordinary aspects of the siege and all those involved, from imagined conversations between the captures, attempts to explain their motives and their ideals, it claims to bring new insight - perhaps it seems to do this well, but I wonder how much is real and how much is imagined. The book is trapped two pillars, a well known story and a little known regiment - the story is well known so something has to be added to make the book relevant and the and the regiment is little enough known that almost anything is met with interest there are far too many 'that's what the regiment call it' or 'it's known in the trade' references.

The narration is good, well paced and with a good amount of tone. The story can't be scored further as it somehow seems self seeking for those involved, there are no real surprises or suspense as we know what happens. I just don't think it can be definitive.

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