MAVERICK ONE: THE TRUE STORY OF A PARA, PATHFINDER, RENEGADE – Buy it here.
For the first time ever an elite British operator tells the gruelling story of his selection into the Pathfinders – Britain’s secret soldiers. Pathfinder selection is a brutal physical and psychological trial lasting many weeks. It rivals that of the SAS and takes place over the same spine-crushing terrain, in the rain-and-snow-lashed wastes of the Welsh Mountains. For two decades no one has been able to relate the extraordinary trials of British elite forces selection – until now.
Captain David Blakeley goes on from completing selection to serve with the Pathfinders in Afghanistan post 9/11, where he had a gun held to his head by Al Qaeda fighters. From there he deploys to Iraq, on a series of dramatic behind-enemy-lines missions – wherein he and his tiny elite patrol are outnumbered, outgunned and trapped.
MAVERICK 1 is unique and extraordinary, chronicling the making of a warrior. It culminates in Blakeley fighting back to full recovery from horrific injuries suffered whilst on operations in Iraq, to go on to face SAS selection.
PUBLICATION DATE: 23 May 2013