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The Feather Men

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And, at its heart, this shocking and intriguing real-life adventure raises the moral question of whether private citizens should take the law into their own hands.

The targets for assassination end up all being British SAS officers who were "seconded" to the Sultan's army during the war. Once I’d grasped the plot, I surprised myself in realising that I had actually begun to rather enjoy it; that is if a reader, who in this situation is essentially a voyeur, can actually claim to be favorably interested in seedy sex, brutal violence and carefully calculated cold blooded killing. Best book I have read in a long time and it is a true story, with a lot of it set in Oman, a country I have never thought very much about. Like a number of other readers, I came to this book via the movie, which was such a success that it caused the author and the publisher to change the book's title from the original (The Feather Men). The Feather Men was a secret British vigilante organization protecting the families of former SAS members.Un suspense constant, de multiples détails ethnologiques et historiques sur la région, une intrigue qui se déploie progressivement au fur et à mesure que les personnages apparaissent les uns après les autres et qu'on comprend le rôle de chacun.

At the end of the movie, it was stated that this movie was based on the 1991 non-fiction true story historical novel by author Ranulph Fiennes. Finally, in the autumn of 1990, on a quiet English country lane, the Feather Men achieved a form of justice. Throughout those fourteen years the Feather Men—so known because "our touch is light"—were never far behind the hit team. What Fiennes somehow manages to do is humanize everyone, even when there is no doubt which side he is on.However, there is a paperback edition of The Feather Men which includes photographs of the victims and other real life characters, a map (Oman in 1976) and other illustrations (e. It was written like a non-fiction work (every acronym or slightly unusual word was then explained in brackets, frequently quite unnecessarily), and the "exciting" scenes were told in a completely matter-of-fact way, losing any sense of tension.

It is about a group of contract assassins, The Clinic, who were hired by an Oman sheikh to carry out revenge killings for the deaths of his four sons during the civil war. But, again because of that, I was a bit disoriented at first, because the prelude, the initial chapters, were slow and over-detailed for that kind of fiction, almost the opposite of a page-turner. If the story is a true one, and clearly elements of it are based on fact, then it should have been told that way. I do regret that I read this book either side of November 11th , Armistice Day) , which actually fell on Remembrance Sunday this year.The Feather Men somehow grok that the accidental deaths of four SAS are not so accidental and spend ten years hunting down the killers, killing two and nabbing the ringleader during his attempt on the author's life. I had this book many many moons ago and somehow it has disappeared when i had thought about reading it. Another parallel with The Quiet American, where the first film to be made of the novel, the 1958 version, with Michael Redgrave and Audie Murphy, not the second version in 2002 with Michael Caine, ends up completely distorting the original story, making the English journalist, played by Redgrave, appear to be a naive and bumbling has-been and Pyle, the American agent played by Audie Murphy, is vindicated as righteous and far-seeing, in working towards the establishment of a 'third force' in Vietnam to defeat the communists and replace the effete and outdated French colonialists with the righteous forces of American freedom. At the end of the book, Fiennes holds up his hands and justifies his use of his background knowledge and experience to ‘paint’ the scenes for which there was no primary (first-hand) source.

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