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A former member of the British Parachute Regiment, Tom Read was preparing to freefall more than 23 miles in order to become the first person to break the sound barrier unassisted. This autobiography is the story of his descent into madness and his attempts to find his way out again.

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Tom Read featured in Andy McNab's bestselling IMMEDIATE ACTION. He still lives in Hereford. This is his first book. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Human struggles shared 23. Oktober 2009
Von Huggy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I followed up this book after reading Andy McNab's book on his SAS troop. Ultimately, this is a very sad story, and a true one at that, because 'Tom' ends up taking his own life by free-falling out of a plane without a parachute. What made this elite SAS soldier do this? Tom, himself, describes experiencing psychosis, a condition which he had to be incarcerated for. There is no doubt that this is an honest life story, because it takes guts to publicly share this sort of stuff. Andy McNab, in his book, surmises something more akin to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There seems no doubt that depression played a large part in the equation. What is clear is that Tom was a fun-loving, humorous, talented man, who was a freefall world champion and who had made it into the best-of-the-best of soldiering, as well as being a family man and a great mate to many people. Unhappily he chose to cut short his life by the very means through which he had made one.
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Freefall 30. Mai 2011
Von doc - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This was without doubt one of the best, if not the best books I have read. If you like real, gritty no bull biographies then this book is for you. I was almost in tears in parts and laughing my arse off in others. It's written in such a way that you can almost feel the authors pain and frustration, and in some ways I could relate some of my own thoughts to his. A cracking read. I couldn't put it down and I felt sad when I had finished it.
Harrowing. 29. August 2014
Von Darren Wearmouth - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Being a former soldier, and reading the synopsis of a book called Freefall by Tom Read, I was very interested in seeing what he had to say on the matter. Mr. Read was preparing to freefall more than 23 miles in order to become the first person to break the sound barrier unassisted, but that’s only half of the story. The autobiography also covers his descent into madness and his attempts to find his way out again. His toughness, bravery and frank narrative made the book utterly absorbing and helped me to gain an insight into an individuals condition and thought process during the descent. It also provides hope that breaking free from the shackles of depression is entirely possible. As soon as I finished the book, I Googled the author to see if I could find our how his recovery was going. Sadly, he jumped out of a small plane he was flying over the Oxfordshire countryside at five thousand feet, without a parachute. Mr. Read didn’t make it, but he inspired me to help and work through the illness with the people I knew, and I suspect he’s also helped many others with his harrowing tale.
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