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British Army on the Rampage (B.A.O.R.) [Paperback]

Sean Connolly
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28 Feb 2014
It's the autobiographical novels that tell it how it was - warts and all. This is what the British Army really got up to in Belize! British Army on the Rampage is a down-to-earth, witty account of a humble British soldier on his tour of duty in the Carribean country of Belize in 1982. It is the first military account of this operational tour, detailing how the task was carried out by an individual and a 'team of lunatics', under difficult and sometimes stressful conditions. It takes more than training, education, teamwork and leadership to make it through a squaddie's working day. B.A.O.R. proves that sometimes, it is only with sheer determination, camaraderie and a sense of belonging to the 'military family' that pulls soldiers through the difficult times they often face. The book is filled with humorous anecdotes, including the accidental destruction of the warden's new hut with a grenade launcher, the export of frozen tarantulas, windsurfing with bull-sharks, biting the heads off chickens, insulting the memory of Bob Marley, causing a riot, breaking a toe on a frog and the near-death experience of a dislocated finger...Along with the author's account of this operation, B.A.O.R. also includes an analysis of the balance between patriotism, professionalism and sheer lunacy. Humorous and honest, it will appeal to serving, ex-services and veteran armed forces personnel, and those who enjoy military history and are interested in the British Army.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (28 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783062924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783062928
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean Connolly is a Tour de France or perhaps Force. His autobiographical novel 'British Army on the Rampage' recently soared to the top 12 out of tens of thousands on the Authonomy listings. He firmly believes the pen is mightier than the sword, which isn't bad coming from a man who has fired 5lb shells over inhabited villages. He writes with humour about military life but he writes it real. And it is about more than just laughs, it is about what happens when you give a dysfunctional teenager a big piece of military hardware to play with and it's about growing up and finding a family and a purpose, at least that's what someone said in a review. What started as a simple suggestion to write an account of his early military days has snow-balled into a literary obsession and he has just completed his first fictional novel. It is early days in his career but already newspapers, radio and tv are following his progress. The film rights to his first novel were bought for a penny, which the Producer had to borrow from Sean anyway. He is thinking of getting an agent... He has now been approached by a very well known publisher who doesn't want to borrow a penny!

He loves motorbikes but rides far more slowly since the recent birth of his son. He has also started writing poetry - in short he is going soft... fortunately his books aren't.

And now Sean's first work of fiction is available - 'Gunners 'n' Grenades' about a group of young misfits who are comandeered into one of Britain's most elite fighting forces. Attempting to attract a wider female readership it was originally going to be about a ballerina joining the Women's Royal Army Corps entitled 'Dancers & Dynamite' but this was thought to be a litle too Mills (Bomb) & Boon so it was changed into a book about agressive young men instead.

Sean is currently working on his next book which harks back to his autobiographic work as seen in B.A.O.R. with more hilarious tales but from his very early army life. He says that he's writing them down now before he loses his memory as he's getting on a bit.

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Sean Connolly is a fifty-one year old ex-British soldier and a first-time local author who was recently inspired by the birth of his son to write. He joined the British Army in 1978 at the age of 16 and continued his service for fifteen years before leaving and settling down in his home town of Southport.

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Sean Connolly's `British Army on the Rampage' bristles with acerbic squaddie-humour and gloriously offensive observations on army-life of the most delightfully inappropriate sort; basically it's bang-on and tells it exactly as it is, warts, runny-poo and all. Sean's book is that rare work which captures British Army culture in a very particular era: the 1980s decade of repeat Northern Ireland tours, a massive Cold War presence on German plains, and the odd, drink-sodden, crotch-rotting tour to a certain hot and sticky place called Belize.

Connolly served a dozen years in the Royal Artillery and his latest work is an excellent summation of those wild, youthful times. The first half of his story focusses in microscopic, hilarious detail on just how much fun - and sheer hard work it was - to be a young squaddie, building up to Junior NCO rank, in a busy Artillery Battery in the `80s. There are lots of big oily guns, squashed fingers and severed thumbs, vomit strewn pavements and furious Sgt Major rollockings in epic scale. But above all else there is humour; long, laugh-out-loud and wet-your-pants-humour - for that is the medium through which Connolly has chosen to tell his story, and it works surprisingly well.

The second half of the book deals with the author's 1982 operational tour to Belize and all of the sweat, laughter, mishaps and misadventures that came with it; as well as a fair-old dose of gritty professionalism in getting a hard job done, amidst giant spiders, anthills, `mozie-bites', upset tummies and constantly running backsides in a searing heat. I particularly enjoyed Connolly's Belize musings as I feel it's an underreported conflict and it's a great shame that more hasn't been written of it.
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