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Siege? Bomb threat? Terrorist alert? Shooting spree? The Sons of God are who Australia turns to in times of extreme crisis. The SOG's top-secret methods, advanced training and incredible bravery have made them the ultimate urban warriors in the war against high-level crime and terrorism.
This book details the birth of the Sons of God and revisits 12 dramatic incidents: the Port Arthur Massacre, the bombing of Victorian Police headquarters, a wild gun battle with Neo-Nazis and more. All are told in the voices of the 'Sons' who were in the maelstrom, did their duty and somehow came out alive.
Author Heath O'Loughlin is the son of a Sons of God commander. He watched his bomb technician father leave the house on 'calls outs', never knowing where he was going or if he would return. Heath has been given exclusive and privileged access to SOG case files and interviewed 19 'Sons', all of whom are going on the record for the first time, narrating their hell-raising and heretofore secret adventures in high-octane recollections guaranteed to give readers a feel of what it was to be there.
About the Author
Heath O'Loughlin began his journalism cadetship at the Seven network in Melbourne in 2001 and worked as a general news and specialist police reporter. In his time there, he covered some of Melbourne's most infamous crimes including the underworld killings and other high-profile cases. He crossed to the Nine network in 2006 to report on sport and co-anchor the weekend bulletin. After eight years in television news, he became General Manager of Media, Communications and Marketing at the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL), where he has been since 2008. Under his lead, the club's media department has become an industry trailblazer, winning several nationwide awards for excellence and innovation.
In 2016, Heath collaborated with North Melbourne Football Club legend Brent Harvey on his acclaimed autobiography, Boomer (Macmillan). Sons of God is Heath's first book.
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I have heard about the SOG many times over the course of my life; so I am no stranger to their existence, or of the wonderful job they so obviously do.
Maybe I thought of them as a "Who you gonna call" specialist unit for when bad stuff is about to go down – or to prevent the - you know what - from hitting the fan!
Reading this book I felt like I was sitting on the shoulder of these highly trained and dedicated individuals as they performed dangerous (I can say heroic) deeds - all as part of their jobs. High risk operations all in an effort to keep the public, their fellow officers (and sometimes even the perps) and last but not least themselves safe. They expect no thanks - just the satisfaction of doing the job they were trained for, achieving the desired outcome and being able to go home to their loved ones at the end of a job.
It is truly nothing like the movies – all that transpires in the book is real life in the moment stuff. Not a made for Hollywood blockbuster – with bullets firing everywhere – a good vs evil scenario – with maximum carnage dragged out for entertainment value on the big screen.
This is the real thing - real life and death stakes. There is no guarantee that good will triumph over evil; you can't do another take, and the whole scenario - once the call to "GO" is made – can all go down in a matter of seconds.
The SOG (Special Operations Group) may be known as the Sons of God – but I thank God we have them and I thank them for their dedication and skill in getting the job done with as little damage as possible.
Please read this book. I'm glad I did.
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 27th June 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.54