The Feather Men

The Feather Men

Book - 1993
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Details the story of how a private British vigilance committee eliminated a group of contract killers who were targeting British soldiers for death. By the author of To the Ends of the Earth. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
The Feather Men is the riveting story of the efforts by a private British vigilance committee to eliminate a band of coldblooded contract killers.
From 1977 to 1990, three hired assassins known as the Clinic tracked down and murdered four former British soldiers, one at a time. Each of the assassinations was carried out in such an ingenious fashion that there would be no hint of foul play, but one clue these killings had in common was that all four victims had fought in the Arabian desert.
Throughout those fourteen years the Feather Men - so known because "our touch is light" - were never far behind the hit team. Finally, in the autumn of 1990, on a quiet English country lane, the Feather Men achieved a form of justice. Then - for reasons disclosed in these pages - they asked Ranulph Fiennes to reveal their spellbinding story.
For many months, The Feather Men has been a number-one best-seller in England. It is a fascinating account of a tenacious double manhunt: the assassins stalking their victims and the Feather Men pursuing the assassins. It is perhaps the ultimate vigilante story, a tale that combines the white-knuckled tension of The Day of the Jackal and the revelatory drama of Spycatcher. And, at its heart, this shocking and intriguing real-life adventure raises the moral question of whether private citizens should take the law into their own hands. "However, I for one," says the author, "am truly glad that the Feather Men exist, or existed. As to my reasons...the reader will learn in what follows."

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The story of how a private British vigilance committee eliminated a group of contract killers who were targeting British soldiers for death

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Wm. Morrow, c1993
ISBN: 9780688121341
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 25 cm


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LRS1969 Jan 20, 2016

4.5 stars for plot and action; 3 stars for veracity.

As to THIS book, see:

("The Feather Men" being the original title and publication version)

"The Feather Men" by the author is the actual INITIAL novel by this author, that later became the much dramatized movie "Killer Elite". The movie was highly dramatized from this book.

The book "Killer Elite" was then written to correspond with the released movie and is much different from this original.

Both the original Feather Men and, of course, the book and movie "Killer Elite" appear to be fiction (see the above Wiki link).


And, if so, was really quite unnecessary - it should have been simply published as fiction from the start.

In fact, the publicized Intro for the book should remove the comments as to "recounting the true story" (etcetera).

The author is otherwise a quite exceptional individual.

debwalker Sep 20, 2011

Killer Elite, based on The Feather Men by Ranulph Fiennes, opens September 23. Robert De Niro, Jason Statham and Clive Owen star in this action-thriller about SAS agents hunting a trio of assassins.

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