‘Apache’ is a blazing true story from the heart of Afghanistan – a tale of courage, comradeship, technology and tragedy, straight from the cockpit of the world’s deadliest helicopter.
Includes an exclusive 20 minute Q & A with the author
When Ed Macy's career in the Paras was cut short by a brutal accident, he thought he'd never fight again. But joining the Army Air Corps gave him the chance to return to the front line. And when the army launched its attack helicopter programme, Ed was the first to sign up.
The Westland Apache AH Mk 1 is the deadliest, most technically advanced helicopter in the world –and only the top two per cent of pilots even make it through the training.
In 2007, Ed's Apache squadron was dispatched to Helmand, Afghanistan. Their mission: to protect the men on the ground. So when a marine goes missing in action during an attack on a Taliban stronghold, Ed and his team know they are the Army's only hope of getting him out …
‘Puts you right in the cockpit with your finger on the trigger. A truly awesome read; and a climax that Hollywood couldn’t invent…’ Andy McNab
‘You do not need to ask them about their contribution, you need to ask those on the ground who depended on them, day after day, to provide the crucial military edge over the enemy. They will leave you in no doubt about what the Apache achieved, and the praise of the praiseworthy is beyond measure’ Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, Chief of Defence Staff
About the author
Ed Macy left the British Army in January 2008, after twenty-three years’ service. He amassed a total of 3,930 helicopter flying hours, 875 of which were inside an Apache.
As a work of fiction I'd have given this 5 stars too. The fact that it is based on real events is ...... mind-blowing.
This is packed with detail which gives you a great insight into the skills of these pilots and the operations they are involved in. Its fast paced, good narrator and quality recording. I have listened to this several times so overall good value for money.
I have listened to a lot of audiobooks recently but this one really stands out. A compelling and gripping listen that I really enjoyed.