According to this improbable memoir, The Sixteen were an"untraceable" British military assassination team operating in the s, so secretive that even the author, a member, knew little about them John Urwin served with the Sixteen for two years. He currently trains undercover British security agents and public figures in survival and combat skills. John Urwin.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Sixteen by John Urwin. As an year-old, John Urwin was posted to Cyprus, where he was recruited into a top-secret unit called the Sixteen, whose task was to assassinate key figures throughout the Middle East.
Now he breaks his silence to tell their story. Their training was said to have surpassed that of the SAS in unarmed combat and weaponry. His description of their four key missions is expl As an year-old, John Urwin was posted to Cyprus, where he was recruited into a top-secret unit called the Sixteen, whose task was to assassinate key figures throughout the Middle East.
His description of their four key missions is explosive and a riveting account of the turbulent s in the Middle East. The Cold War was approaching its height and when there was a mission to be undertaken that no government could be seen to endorse, the Sixteen would do the job. No previous depiction of a military group, in book or movie, has remotely compared to the secrecy, skills, and sheer professionalism of the Sixteen.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 14, Brian rated it did not like it. I really wish I had sat down and read the first few pages of the book before buying it, this book is absolutely hilarious and not in a good way. The author is a complete fantasist and offer no proof of any kind that his claims are true in anyway.
I am frankly disgusted that the publisher is happy producing this supposed work of non-fiction with no evidence to back up its claims. In short, Urwin claims that he was talent spotted at the age of 18 during his national service in the 's. He was a I really wish I had sat down and read the first few pages of the book before buying it, this book is absolutely hilarious and not in a good way.
He was an unremarkable soldier who had received no military training and spent a lot of his time being made to repair roads and dig latrines. His lack of training was such that he wasn't even instructed in how to use a rifle.
Despite this he managed to impress members of some shadowy organisation, it would seem primarily based on the fact that he was quite fit and he didn't drink or smoke. During this session he lost all his fear and ended up being taught 'the machine' an unarmed combat system. Ohh and to top it all of he became adept at using some esoteric weaponry which is never really described. One of these weapons come up repeatedly and is a belt of sorts which when the buckle is hit flies through the air and kills an enemies in the vicinity.
So what is the purpose of The Sixteen? They are there to carry out the dirty work of either the government or to battle the Illuminati who control the government, talk about confusing depending on what part of the book you are reading. It doesn't stop there though. One of the missions is to assassinate Gamal Abdal Nasser, the then president of Eygpt who is extremely well protected. As it turns out, the day they go to get him, he isn't in but as luck would have it there is someone else there who they are told is also a high value target.
None of the missions are to be carried out using guns, everything has to be done silently using their unarmed combat skills. They kill this other target and make it look as though he has shot himself. How does Urwin make it look like suicide? Easy, he has an ingenious idea to use 5 very light fishing lines from outside the closed door to 1 move a chair across the room 2 wedge this chair under the handle of the door 3 turn the key in the lock, 4 manoeuvre the keys into the pocket of the dead man 5 slide the deadbolts across the door, double locking it.
This isn't the end of the insane claims though. There is also an incident where one of his colleagues repairs the outside of a helicopter during flight, UFO's and alien technology. Yeah right. Avoid this book at all costs, it's a shocker. View 1 comment. Jeroen Berkenbosch rated it liked it Jan 04, Mark Williams rated it liked it Jan 31, Penelope New rated it it was amazing Jun 22, Dryvers rated it really liked it Aug 29, Bernie rated it it was amazing Nov 20, Trev Churchill rated it it was amazing Mar 10, Bruce Hill rated it really liked it Jul 14, Yann rated it liked it Sep 05, Jonathon Moore marked it as to-read Aug 04, Andrea added it Oct 15, James Morcan marked it as to-read Sep 22, Grace marked it as to-read Sep 22, John Banks marked it as to-read Sep 23, Stephanie marked it as to-read Sep 23, Iona Stewart marked it as to-read Sep 23, Heather Lowther marked it as to-read Feb 29, Breezze marked it as to-read Feb 07, Georges Vanden Avenne added it Feb 25, Simon James marked it as to-read May 11, Brandon marked it as to-read Nov 09, About John Urwin.
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The Sixteen : The Sensational Story of Britain's Top-Secret Military Assassination Squad
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