Bought a bunch of books to have while my slow a$$ computer loads the maps.
Just finished The Real Bravo Two Zero by Micheal Asher and Soldier Five by Micheal Coburn.
Both books deal with the somewhat famous SAS Patrol with the callsign Bravo 2-0.
Asher is a former SAS trooper from the 23 SAS (not 22 SAS) who spent a great deal of time with beouins and speak arabic - and ventured to Iraq following the Gulf War to travel in the tracks of the Bravo 2-0 patrol. It seems his number one motive was to reclaim the lost honour of SAS sergeant Vincent Phillips who froze to death in Iraq - and got blamed by fellow patrol member 'Geordie' aka Chris Ryan for being the one who compromiesd the mission, and being a bit of a cry baby who didn't want to be there at all.
Asher retraces the route taken by the members of B 2-0, finding their LUP (Lying up point), the "tank ditch" where parts of the patrol spent the night freezing in the snow etc and talks to Iraqis who were involved in the kill or capture of the SAS troopers.
In short, the descriptions of the events between Andy MacNab (the patrol leader who wrote the first book about the mission Bravo Two Zero) and Chris Ryan (the patrol medic who wrote The One that Got Away) and the Iraqis differ on many details. It would seem like both MacNab and Ryan "added some spice" into the story, especially the number of Iraqi troops they killed and how heavy contacts they ran into.
Asher on the other hand seems to take the word of bedouins as more or less gospel, i.e. they always tell the truth - well, don't know if I buy that...
Soldier Five was written by Michael Coburn (a psedonym, he is known as Mark in most books about the B 2-0 mission).
Coburn was a New Zeelander volunteer with previous experience from the NZ army and SAS who managed to make selection for the 22 SAS. He takes a critical view of Chris Ryans portrait of Sgt Phillips as being in part untrue. Overall his account of the mission is a lot less "Rambo" than the ones by either MacNab or Ryan and in my opinion a bit more belivable.
Andy MacNab (psedonym) - is according to Wikipedia advising DICE on war related issues etc for Battlefield 3.