'Jones knew the score with 'deniable' operations that were
sanctioned secretly at the highest levels. If they turned to custard
and the cover was blown, the powers-that-be would simply deny
everything and disown all involved, from the military down to the
spooks and, at the bottom of the food chain, hired guns like him.'
What happens to the elite, close-knit soldiers of Australia's Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment after they leave the Who Dares Wins world of special forces?
For some, there are highly paid jobs in the world's war zones and trouble spots protecting global corporations from terrorism, sabotage and violence. Others become powerful government advisers, many join foreign armies to train their special forces and expand the global brotherhood.
Most risky of all, is the shadowy world of deniable 'black ops'. Guarding a deadly secret military cargo - a new missile system brokered through a spook under the guise of a Middle Eastern arms dealer - is all in a day's work. These are the risky yet vital jobs that governments will never admit.
From Iraq and Afghanistan to Africa and Asia, award-winning defence writer Ian McPhedran uncovers a virtually unknown network and tells how Australia's top soldiers are forever linked in a seemingly borderless world.
About the Author
Ian McPhedran is the Sydney based national defence writer for News Limited. He has been a journalist all his working life and has covered conflicts in Burma, Somalia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.In 1993 he won a United Nations Association peace media award and in 1999 the Walkley award for best news report for his expose of the navy's Collins class submarine fiasco.His first book, The Amazing SAS: the inside story of Australia's special forces, is a national best seller.McPhedran lives in Balmain with his wife Verona and daughter Lucy.
Ian McPhedran documents the recent history of the Australian special forces-the S.A.S.-in missions to Dubai, Iraq, Timor, and Rwanda. His focus favors the personnel rather than the clandestine training and operations. The mini-biographies last little more than a few sentences, making it difficult to perceive any depth to the men spotlighted. Narrator Peter Byrne's bombastic approach seems like overkill for the bland facts, but it generates excitement where the author has provided little. Byrne's greatest moment comes when he screams in agony for one of the macho characters. He’s at ease with the down-under accent and national vocabulary-in which the ubiquitous adjective "bloody" modifies almost every noun, bloke, and mate. J.A.H. AudioFile Magazine [Jul 10]
Format: Audio CD
Published: 1st March 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Weight (kg): 0.5