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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (279 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ranulph Fiennes Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780307934352
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Here is a gripping novel, inspired by real-life events, about a private team of British vigilantes that sets out to eliminate a gang of cold-blooded contract killers. From 1977 to 1990, four former British soldiers die, one by one, supposedly due to accident or illness. But soon a link is established between the victims: a shared mission in the desert kingdom of Oman, where they fought for a sultan against insurgents and ruined the life of a rival sheikh, who in turn has sent a band of assassins to methodically slay the soldiers and salvage his pride. Now these clever assassins are on the run from an underground group of SAS vets with nothing to lose, no time to waste, and a desire to dispense their own form of justice—no matter the cost.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 2/9/2014

    " Another fantastic novel, shame he hasn't written more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yulia | 2/8/2014

    " I'm amazed this hasn't been made into a movie. What a suspenseful, complex, and compassionate real-life story this is, a gem of a book. For better or worse, I almost never read a book without finding out what it's about, but I do wish I hadn't read the foreword until I'd gotten into the story. Really, it seems misplaced at the beginning. It would have been enough to know "The Feather Men" chronicles the systematic murder by a team of technically savvy contract killers of several British SAS men who'd all been stationed in Oman, while a British vigilante group associated with the SAS tracks the killers and tries to stop them before they catch their targets. A thoughtful look at honor, revenge, duty, and motive. There were several times I wondered what Truman Capote would have done had he been presented this story to tell, but the basic fact is, Capote would never have found himself in the position this author did. And Fiennes did succeed in making me empathize with individuals I never thought I could have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rank1n77 | 1/21/2014

    " My dad recommended this book to me & said I would not be disappointed. It wasn't until I watched Killer Elite & found out the movie was based on this book that I decided to read it. My dad was right it was a excellent read & I wasn't disappointed. The only downside being I wish I read the book b4 I watched the movie. Strong 4 stars & hard to believe that it's based on True Events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Prichard | 1/2/2014

    " If true, an amazing story. I think it must be true! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Shipway | 12/19/2013

    " Whether its true or not its a cracking story. Now I'll have to see the film( Killer Elite) and see if its as good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Tyrrell | 12/6/2013

    " A fast paced thriller this is not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcella | 11/11/2013

    " it was awesome, a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 don grant | 11/9/2013

    " I had seen the movie and then read the book, this is an amazing story and as expected the book is better than the movie. I wont spoil it but the movie got it backwards. A great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 11/1/2013

    " Is it true?? Who cares, it was a really good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 10/18/2013

    " Good page turner with enough detail and plot to keep you interested. A bit hard to believe it's based on a true story, but well told even if it seems a bit far fetched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 8/14/2013

    " It can take a while to get into this book but it is well worth the effort. A true and rather disturbing story with an unexpected twist near the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmanuel | 7/10/2013

    " Good background to the movie. Plots differ, but still good. Gives a glimpse of the history of the SAS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saul | 7/6/2013

    " has a slow build up but its worth every second.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Mcvean | 3/21/2013

    " Read the book before you watch the movie (killer elite) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 12/17/2012

    " Ooooh I loved this book!! I read it back in the nineties when I was engaged to a remi squaddie!! Wow i have since re read it & enjoyed just as much! x x "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvh11a | 10/11/2012

    " Tries to be "The Day of the Jackal". Doesn't succeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anoop Subramanian | 9/6/2012

    " Decent read. Interesting theme, good description of characters. The author has described every single detail in the story, which is good, but at most times irrelevant. Even with such an exciting theme the book fails to be a page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard Marman | 7/27/2012

    " I was unconvinced by Rannulph Fienne's assumptions. Not a bad read, but it got a bit tedious in places and I believe he made it all up anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holzster | 4/6/2012

    " Weather fiction or the truth - good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 11/26/2011

    " another brilliant book by a true modern day hero "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 10/22/2011

    " Good page turner with enough detail and plot to keep you interested. A bit hard to believe it's based on a true story, but well told even if it seems a bit far fetched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcella | 9/26/2011

    " it was awesome, a page turner. "

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About the Author

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has traveled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth. In the process he lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, nearly died on several occasions, and raised millions for charity. He discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman, was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel, and was also the first to cross the Antarctic continent unsupported. In 1993 Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the Order of the British Empire for “human endeavor and charitable services.” An elite soldier, athlete, mountaineer, and renowned explorer, Fiennes is also the author of more than a dozen books of both fiction and nonfiction.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cowley is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He received AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narration of The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen and The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries.