anatomy of an event

Operation Nimrod: The Iranian Embassy Siege (Unabridged)

Author: Russell Phillips Date: 2015 Narrator: Phillip J Mather Provider: Shilka Publishing Running Time: 3 h 20 min Audible Enhanced Audio On April 29, 1980, British police assured Iran that their embassy was secure. The very next day, terrorists stormed the embassy and took 26 hostages. With the Iranian government willing to let the hostages become martyrs, and the British government only willing to talk if the terrorists surrendered, 26 lives hung in the balance. What followed was six days of tension and terror. It was finally ended when the SAS launched a daring rescue mission, broadcast live on television. Millions held their breath, waiting to see the outcome of Operation Nimrod.


This is a very short book, but it gives a fairly in depth portrayal of what happened during these 6 days, and why it happened.  The extreme drama is showcased by the low key objective writing style.  The author has gathered, and presents documentation from various sources to excellent effect.  He has, in fact, made that documentation an integral part of the story he is telling.  This is more than another incident in the history of terrorism, because it shows the first time the British SAS became, essentially public figures, and in their success, viewed live around the world, popular heroes, as well. 


Mr.  Mather provided an adequate and professional narration.  Though he used expression fairly well, and though his pronunciation was excellent, I was slightly put off by his narrating style for reasons I can’t quite pin down.  However, that in no way distracted me from this book.


I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.


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