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Hellfire

By: Ed Macy
Narrated by: Ed Macy
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
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May 2006. Pilot Ed Macy arrives in Afghanistan with a contingent of Apache AH Mk1. It's the first operational tour for the deadly, difficult machines and confidence in the cripplingly expensive attack helicopter is low. It doesn't help that for their first month 'in action', Ed and his mates see little more than the back-end of a Chinook.

But when the men of 3 Para get pinned down during Op Mutay, the Army's reservations about their fearsome new fliers are thrown out the window. In the blistering firefight that follows, Ed fires the first ever Hellfire missile and, with one squeeze of the trigger, changes the war in Afghanistan forever. What had been looking like a £4.2 billion mistake quickly becomes the British Army's greatest asset, as the awe-inspiring Apache is dramatically redirected to fight the enemy head on.

In this gripping account of war on the ground and in the skies above the dusty wastes of Helmand, Ed recounts the intense months that followed: the steep learning curve, the relentless missions, the evolving enemy and the changing Rules of Engagement. As he comes to grip with the Apache, his early career as a paratrooper stands him in good stead, as does his operational baptism as a pilot. Both shaped his ability to fly, fight and survive during that fateful first Afghanistan tour against a cunning and ruthless enemy.

Ed will need every ounce of willpower and skill to succeed over the long, hot Helmand summer, as he and his colleagues find themselves on trial for their lives and for the reputation of a machine on which the British government had staked a fortune. The crucible of fire that awaited them would cement the fate of man and machine forever.

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a great read

Loved it. A great read.
this book provided a great appreciation into what these pilots go through

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  • Gavan Lim-Joon
  • 17-04-2012

Outstanding Non-fiction Military audio book

What made the experience of listening to Hellfire the most enjoyable?

Excellent account of Apache operations - cockpit dialogues, vivid environmental descriptions, thoughts and operations. Couldn't stop listening.

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Written & narrated by the author

Have you listened to any of Ed Macy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is a 4.5/5 and I would give APACHE a 5/5 which is the sequel, which combines the authors subsequent tour with an amazing narrator (a professional actor). Highly recommended.

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  • Rex
  • 14-04-2010

Hellfire (abridged)

This is an interesting and stark story of what happened in the early days of the British going into Helmand Province in Afghanistan. It also gives you an insight into how easy it could be for a helicopter to fire on friendlies. The discipline of the Apache pilots is very impressive.

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  • mr grant mcleod
  • 23-04-2020

Great, but too short!

Enjoyed this, and it is well narrated by the Author, just very short. Will be waiting for the unabridged version.

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  • Andrew
  • 21-03-2015

Too short

Great book but the abridged version is over to quickly, for such a entertaining and insightful insight into the Apache.

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  • Chez
  • 07-01-2015

Amazing!

You can certainly tell Mr Macy was a WO in the British Army when you listen to him read this book. It really adds to the authenticity of the book having him read it.

Highly recommended!

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  • Sarahjane
  • 07-04-2013

Flying Soldiers reach the 21st Century

As a former member of the AAC I was interested to read about the role of a pilot of the most advanced fighting helicopter in the world. Having read the hard back book before listen to the Audio book I had some preconceptions about the audiobook but I was not let down. Ed Macy in Apache gives a significant insight in the what makes a pilot of the most advanced fighting helicopter in the world. The book details the highs and the lows and in the interview afterwards acknowledges all the groundcrew both AAC and REME that keep these machines in the Air. It is not as critics of Prince Harry have made out to be a flying play station that any 16 year can fly the book details the dedication and commitment of the men and women who fly these awesome machines and their role as flying soldiers in support of troops fighting the worst close combat fighting since Korea. How should read this book anyone wanting to be a pilot, anyone who thinks pilots just have a jolly, anyone who believes the PC reporting of the role of the British Army in Afghanistan in simple terms anyone and everyone.