An elite SAS fighter on life in Australia s toughest and most secretive combat force
By Robert Macklin and Clint Palmer
An elite SAS fighter inside Australia s toughest and most secretive combat force.
Clint Palmer has spent much of his adult life in the SAS and has fought in this elite military unit as it developed from its fledgling beginnings into the highly trained, specialised fighting force it is today. He is an insider with the long view and this is his unique story of life in the SAS.
As a bush kid in the Northern Territory of Australia, growing up in a one dog mining town, Palmer s best friends were mostly Aboriginal kids, and the outside world barely existed. But he always had one driving ambition - the army. Enduring the toughest of tough training, Palmer soon demonstrated his fighting capabilities and became part of the Australian SAS. So began almost thirty years of service.
We go with him to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he is at the heart of some of the worst fighting in Operation Anaconda in the Shahi-Kot Valley in 2002. He lets us in on what it s like to have made well over a thousand parachute jumps, many of them in terrible conditions and into treacherous terrain which may have ended not just his career but his life. And he shares with us how this adrenalin fuelled world has become a lifelong commitment.
Palmer is the man who knows the Regiment almost better than anyone, so SAS INSIDER really is the inside story of the SAS - and a gripping account of one Australian soldier s life at the sharp end.
Robert Macklin was born in Queensland and educated at Brisbane Grammar School, Queensland University and the ANU. He began his journalistic career on the Courier-Mail and subsequently wrote for The Age, The Bulletin and was Associate Editor of the Canberra Times until 2003.
Robert is the author of 26 books, including four novels and major works of history and biography, including three memoirs of recently retired SAS operators. He is a graduate of the Australian Film and TV School and has written and directed documentary films in 33 countries of Asia and the South Pacific. He now lives in Canberra and Tuross Head and divides his time between his screenplays and books.
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12 Aug 2014
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[A] macho memoir of a special-forces badass - Kirkus Reviews, USA on SNIPER ELITE/SAS SNIPER
A chilling glimpse of the hazards encountered by SAS troops. - Daily Telegraph on SAS SNIPER
A rare beast in this genre, this is an honest, insider's account of the dark arts of sniping and special forces. - Herald Sun on SAS SNIPER