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First Into Action

Duncan Falconer was born in London and raised in an orphanage until he was ten. At 18, with the UK in an economic slump, Falconer joined the Royal Marines to get away from the city for a few years. But a series of unusual events saw him attend SBS selection at 19, which he passed to become the youngest man in his day to join British Special Forces. This unusual opportunity was never to be repeated. The SBS, faced with a neophyte in their employ, immediately sent him away to gain experience with the military elite. It was to be the beginning of a great adventure spanning four decades that saw him involved in practically every major conflict on this earth in one form or another. This book is about Falconer’s formative years working with the SBS, SAS and British military Intelligence.


“What comes over in this modest, but well-written account is the sheer fitness and can-do attitude of the marines. This does not disappoint.”

Sheelagh Birks - Reviewer

‘A must for military buffs.’


“This was an enjoyable, informative and delightful read. I picked it up in the morning and had finished it by nightfall. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in military history or any kind of book involving the deeds of special forces.”

Stephen Bentley - Reviewer

“It is always interesting to read about the incredibly gruelling training required to achieve full status in these units. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone who is interested in the subject.”

Janice Bell (Reviewer)

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