Medal of Honor: The Book of the Game
A blog by ex-SAS Chris Ryan
22 Nov 2012
The British SAS and the American Tier 1 operators are cut from the same cloth. In Medal of Honor, the book of the game, I put an SAS guy alongside his American equivalents. The results were pretty explosive.
The Medal of Honor team had a lot of advice from American SF forces when they were making the game, and it shows. The game is very realistic, and I’ve tried to make the book just as authentic. You’ll get a taste of just what it’s like to be a member of a special forces team out on the ground in Afghanistan. It’s one of the harshest terrains on earth: incredibly hot in the summer, bitingly cold in the winter. There are scorching deserts and treacherous mountains, and if you venture into the lush ‘green zones’ around the rivers, you put your life in your hands – this is Taliban land, where the enemy rub shoulders with the ordinary Afghans you’re there, in part, to protect.
In terrains such as this, your equipment is your best friend. Just as in the game you’re given a full arsenal of formidable weaponry, in the book you’ll find out what kind of equipment these SF operatives have at their disposal: all terrain vehicles, firefly beacons, laser target designators, night-vision goggles. And then, of course, there’s the weapons. In Medal of Honor, the guys are armed with M4 carbines. Ordinarily these weapons fire standard 5.56 rounds, but guys like these are more likely to load their weapons with harder hitting ‘green-tip’ ammunition. These rounds fragment more on impact. They are far more deadly. It’s not bravado that makes them use this kind of ammo. The bottom line is that they get the job done better. Against an enemy as formidable as the Taliban, they can’t afford to mess around.
But all the equipment in the world is no good if you don’t have the skills common to both British and American special forces. These are some of the most highly trained, single-minded soldiers in the world. Their role is twofold. Sometimes they’ll be in country to gather information; other times they’ll be sent in to take out personnel or installations. In both scenarios, they are equally professional and clinical. If a target needs to be taken out, they’ll act with a clinical ruthlessness. But they won’t be afraid to let things go noisy if they have to. They’d rather use a scalpel to carry out their mission successfully, but they won’t hesitate to use the hammer if they need to. As an extra bonus, I’ve included the first chapter of my new book Osama with this download. It opens up with an SAS unit keeping watch as Seal Team 6 arrive to take out the world’s most wanted man. You’ll see both sides of the special forces’ role in the events that unfold...
So there you have it: a formidable fighting force pitting their wits, their skill and their weapons against a formidable enemy. Medal of Honor transports you right into that scenario. I hope the story that unfolds keeps you turning the pages. And in the same way that playing the Medal of Honor game makes you feel like you’re alongside these Tier 1 operatives, I hope the book gives you a sense of their exciting, brutal, dangerous lives.