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Those Who Dare

Raiding Forces, Volume 1
By: Phil Ward
Series: Raiding Forces, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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This is the first audiobook in the epic WWII Raiding Forces series. Meticulously researched (the author was an instructor at the Army Ranger School), the series begins with the birth of special operations - as seen through the eyes of a young American officer who has volunteered to serve with British Forces. 

May, 1940: 10th Panzer Division has decimated France and is driving on Calais a short distance from Dunkirk. Lieutenant John Randal, a veteran of the US 26th Cavalry Regiment, volunteers to serve with the British forces and arrives on the continent three days before the town falls. What unfolds is a blend of guerrilla tactics learned in the Philippian jungles, the first small-scale Commando raid, tough training at No. 1 Parachute Training School, suspense, humor, and a little romance with the drop-dead gorgeous widow Lady Jane Seaborn. 

The author - a decorated Ranger combat veteran - covers the details of war extensively, putting the listener right in the middle of the action. As the novel ends, newly promoted Major Randal, upon returning from the first British parachute raid of the war, is alerted that Raiding Forces will deploy within 48 hours via sea transport for their next mission off the Gold Coast of Africa.

©2010 Phil Ward (P)2018 Phil Ward

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Loved Listening To This Book

It was such fun to listen as John Randall and the other Raiding Forces characters came to life in this audiobook. The facepaced action, vibrant descriptions and humor were all there.

I've already read all the books in this series, but the audio versions allowed me to introduce them to my husband. As former army, he enjoyed them as much as I. I can't wait for more books to become available in audio versions.

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Corny but worthwhile

Narration: melodramatic, cheesy, but not offensive. Cult classic in character.

STORY: predictable and fun. Informative, especially for those of us interested in weaponry, tactics, and military history. Characters are overblown and a hoot.

Writing style is charmingly sophomoric.

What a strange series. I almost like it.

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  • N. J. Addley
  • 10-31-18

A Great story about the WW2 special forcess

These stories are based on actual missions carried out by various special forces including a lot of the SAS missions but using the persona of John Randall (not the actual John Randall in the SAS who was one of the first of the SAS Spearpoint that got to Bergen-Belsen. This book concentrates on early traing and initial missions but also includes a version of the Combined Operations Bruneval raid. (well i think its based on that.. many similarities)