somebody needs to get this author a good agent, because according to goodreads statistics, he has only forty readers, but his writing is fine. in fact, he was the military correspondent for The Sunday Times. is he still alive? can we hack his work and put it online? this 1989 main selection of the military book club until the very last chapter is balanced, light in tone, and crisply written, covering Delta Force, Spetznaz, ISA, SAS, Achilla Lauro, Falkland Islands special ops etc.
due to it being published at the height of the Cold War, Secret Armies incorreclty identifies the "Russian desant" manuveur as some top-secret special forces tactic; with the end of the Cold War, 'desant' is now accuratley described as merely the French term for "deployment by vehicle". a couple of other minor errors having to do with a British perspective (Adams consistently suggests reforms that would work in the UK but won't in the US).
a decent piece of writing and a find of "B-list" military books.
acquired 3USD used book store; once previously sold 6 USD