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CONTACT [Kindle Edition]

AFN CLARKE
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This newly expanded edition of AFN Clarke's best selling and controversial book CONTACT is a raw, visceral, "no-holds-barred" account of combat from one of the men we paid to kill. When first published it caused a furore for its devastating honesty and chilling revelations. Clarke vividly recounts his experiences of two tours in Northern Ireland (in Belfast and Crossmaglen) as a Platoon Commander with Britain's elite Parachute Regiment during the blood soaked 1970's. Eerily similar to soldiers' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan today, the enemy wears no uniform and shoots from the shadows and the bomber's trip-wire is an ever-present nightmare. 

Clarke takes us to heart of the action. We enter the private world of soldiers, operating in conditions of extreme stress. We experience their emotions, fear, courage, humor, bravado and the anguish of death. 

This expanded edition reveals a section omitted by the publisher from the original edition, revealing the untold nightmare Clarke lived through having nearly died, with half his insides missing, suffering from PTSD and being expected to return to a "normal life". A story of the scars of war that affect generations. Of heartache, courage and hope for peace. (Available as an ebook and paperback.)

REVIEWS
 "...the best account we have had of what it is like to serve in Northern Ireland..." Richard West, The Times Literary Supplement. 

 " ... a major contribution to our understanding of war and how people act ... Contact is the work of a brave writer." Kevin Toolis, Irish News. 

"Captain Clarke is more than a serving solder, he is a writer of distinction." Jack Gerson, Glasgow Sunday Standard.  

"...Contact is one of the best military stories that I have ever read and I recommend it to you in the highest terms; it's a book from a past conflict that has timely and resonant lessons for a present one." Steven McLaughlin, Author of Squaddie: A Soldier's Story. UK 2010. 

"An excellent book... I can relate to all places he speaks of having served at those locations. A truthful & honest account of a Soldier in a War that was never acknowledged by those who sent us." Eugene Murray, UK 2013.

"A very truthful account... As an ex Infantry man myself of the era, this book speaks for us all about our time in Ulster." Peter Poland, UK 2013. 

 "Clarke's tale of his actions in Northern Ireland are eye-opening to this American... like the stories I have heard first-hand from the men who served in Vietnam." Robert, USA 2013. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
CONTACT was reviewed by soldiers who served with Captain Clarke as verification of his recollections. First published in the UK in 1983 by Martin Secker & Warburg, it was serialized for 5 days in The Mirror, and became an instant best seller. In 1984 it was published in paperback by PAN Books, by Schocken Books New York and made into an award-winning BBC TV film.  The expanded ebook edition was published in 2012, the paperback in 2014. Readers outside the UK are invited to visit Amazon.co.uk for soldier's reviews and comments.

For readers interested in other books by AFN Clarke, though his latest books The Orange Moon Affair and The Jonas Trust Deception are thrillers and works of fiction, they do continue a thread established in CONTACT, revealing the inner turmoil of an ex-soldier who wants nothing more than to forget his past and live a "normal" life but whose circumstances make it difficult to do so.

ABOUT AFN CLARKE
AFN Clarke is a full-time author.  Books include one memoir (CONTACT) and seven books of fiction of various genre: The Orange Moon Affair & The Jonas Trust Deception (Thomas Gunn thrillers); An Unquiet AmericanDry TortugasDreams from the Death Age & Armageddon (The Book of Baker Satire Series); Collisions with more coming soon.  Please visit afnclarke.com for more information and leave your email for updates and special offers. Deep appreciation for any reviews.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1892 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Clarke-Books LLC; 2 edition (28 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00870EKH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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AFN Clarke is the son of a British MI6 operative, former officer in Britain's elite Parachute Regiment, pilot, yachtsman, screenwriter and father of four who's lived in Hong Kong, India, Libya, Iran, Europe, the UK, USA, and Australia. He's written seven books of fiction and a bestselling memoir, CONTACT, which was serialised in a British newspaper and made into an award-winning BBCTV film. His latest Thomas Gunn thriller series has captured the imagination of readers world-wide. As he says: "For me, good books are a great way to shut out every day life, suspend normal ways of thinking, and allow yourself to be transported to another world. It's what I continually strive to deliver to my readers."

Published Books: autobiographical memoir (CONTACT): the Thomas Gunn thriller series (THE ORANGE MOON AFFAIR and THE JONAS TRUST DECEPTION); political thrillers (AN UNQUIET AMERICAN); human drama (DRY TORTUGAS); humor/satire (DREAMS FROM THE DEATH AGE; ARMAGEDDON); psychological horror (COLLISIONS) with more coming soon. For more information visit www.afnclarke.com, leave your email for updates, and deep appreciation for taking the time to write a review of any books you have read. Happy reading :)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contact 4 Sep 2013
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Excellent excellent excellent. Having been to most of the places described in this book be it many years after the places were still the very same. Well done,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars insightful read 15 July 2013
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Overall i enjoyed this account of Mr Clarkes' tours of Northern Ireland as a paratrooper in the 1970's. Honest and frank throughout with stories of patrols and battles with terrorists which left me unable to put the book down for hours on end. Being from ulster myself and also a serving member of British forces, I could connect with some of the scenarios described, and I would recommend the book to other military minded people. However I was a little disappointed and and often offended by his "tarring with the same brush" of the people of Northern Ireland with comments like "razing the country to the ground", "these people don't deserve a beautiful country like this" and constant references to "paddy's". Also references to an RUC member as "never leaving the base but collecting all the overtime and allowances", I found disgusting as almost 370 of these brave men and women lost their lives during the conflict. In summary, very good stories but disappointed with some of the narrow-minded opinionated expressions portrayed.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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A few months ago I was a guest speaker at a `Peace & Reconciliation' conference hosted by the Tim Parry Peace Centre in Warrington. Various figures from the military were there to speak about our experiences of serving in Northern Ireland at different stages of the conflict; I was there to discuss how it felt in the very end stages, when 'The Troubles' had all but petered out. But by far our most illuminating guest and powerful speaker was a former Parachute Regiment Captain and author, AFN Clarke - which brings me to the purpose of this review.

In 1983 Tony wrote Contact, a blisteringly honest and deeply controversial account of his two tours in NI at the very height of the troubles in the 1970s. Contact rapidly achieved cult status amongst the rank & file of the army, won critical acclaim from prestigious reviewers and at the same time drew stinging criticism from the retired Brigadiers & Colonels establishment brigade - which usually means you're doing something right because you've got them rattled. As the saying goes: "You judge a man by the strength of his enemies." Well Tony gained plenty; not least of all in the highest ranks of the MOD and politics - so much so that a smear campaign was launched against him and he was forced to defend his name with aggression and grit. The attacks only strengthened him and Contact was immediately made into an award-winning BBC film.

Tony went on to live in America where he built a new career as a Pilot, Yaught Charter Captain for hire and general all-round adventurer. If ever you have the privilege of meeting him you'll instantly recognise the classic `rebellious officer' streak that runs right through him and so irritated his former paymasters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the Memories 10 Dec 2013
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An excellent book, very very well written, I can relate to all places he speaks of having served at those locations as Infantry. A truthful & honest account of a Soldier in a War that was never acknowledged by those who sent us
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding truthful and brilliant 19 Oct 2013
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Your book took me back to Belfast,Leopold street fort Knox fort cross I was there 1971/72 tour thank you for the memories both good and bad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic read! 30 Dec 2012
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I read this book many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, it has lost nothing with the passage of time. The added bonus is the extra chapter detailng the author's declining health and his appalling treatment from an uncaring army.
The downside is that the book is full of grammatical errors due to poor proof reading, while not spoiling the read it is rather annoying.
If you have any interest in the army in Northern Ireland at the height of the 'Troubles' then this is essential reading.
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i was interested in the book as i grew up druing the troubles in northern ireland as a young catholic boy and wanted to see the real account of what went through a soilders mind as a human and not a war killing machine there government trains them to be... I was impressed with the brutal honesty of the accounts...
But what came to a massive shock to me was a part in the book, when he served in 1973 in belfast, in his book its titled MAY 1973 when he
wrote about a young boy being shot dead in his uncles car in the oldpark/ardoyne area,and the harsh words saying "no one gave a s*** about the poor little bastard, propaganda the weapon of 19th centry warfer" Well that boy was my 12 year old brother Anthony mcdowell (google it) who was innocently shot dead while passing in my uncles car. There was no justice and still is none to this day his death was just swiped under the carpet as if nothing happened and my family suffered and still are to this day. i tried to contact AFN Clarke just for any information of accounts that happened that day and i have never heard anything from him. It just so heartbreaking to be reading a book and to see that about your family member. I am shocked!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A few years ago I was a guest speaker at a `Peace & Reconciliation' conference hosted by the Tim Parry Peace Centre in Warrington. Various figures from the military were there to speak about our experiences of serving in Northern Ireland at different stages of the conflict; I was there to discuss how it felt in the very end stages, when 'The Troubles' had all but petered out. But by far our most illuminating guest and powerful speaker was a former Parachute Regiment Captain and author, AFN Clarke - which brings me to the purpose of this review.

In 1983 Tony wrote Contact, a blisteringly honest and deeply controversial account of his two tours in NI at the very height of the troubles in the 1970s. Contact rapidly achieved cult status amongst the rank & file of the army, won critical acclaim from prestigious reviewers and at the same time drew stinging criticism from the retired Brigadiers & Colonels establishment brigade - which usually means you're doing something right because you've got them rattled. As the saying goes: "You judge a man by the strength of his enemies." Well Tony gained plenty; not least of all in the highest ranks of the MOD and politics - so much so that a smear campaign was launched against him and he was forced to defend his name with aggression and grit. The attacks only strengthened him and Contact was immediately made into an award-winning BBC film.

Tony went on to live in America where he built a new career as a Pilot, Yacht Charter Captain for hire and general all-round adventurer. If ever you have the privilege of meeting him you'll instantly recognise the classic `rebellious officer' streak that runs right through him and so irritated his former paymasters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read about two very different journeys in this author's life.
Published 12 days ago by Tim
2.0 out of 5 stars Contact
I am extremely annoyed with the way this author depicts the people of Belfast. I was born and bred in Belfast and l lived there through a lot of the troubles. Read more
Published 26 days ago by ANNE E
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic read
Published 29 days ago by M. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
I laughed and cried. well written, a very inspirational book. Reflective and uplifting, honest and heart warming. I would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Sharron
5.0 out of 5 stars So honest
I personal did two tours just after these ones and its a true account of some crazy times .
Great book though and so honest
PLEASE READ if you want a real account of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant updated version
This book was the reason I wanted to be posted to Northern Ireland as a young man-it has stood the test of time for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Novelist101
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A GREAT BOOK, I READ IT YEARS BACK, AND IT STILL A GREAT READ.
Published 1 month ago by CHRIS MC CONOMY
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect
Could not put this book down. As a remf in N.I. I have the up most respect for all those that walked the walk and this tells it like it is. Excellent job sir.
Published 1 month ago by john g mcmillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this is a excellent book i have read lot of books about northern ireland this his the best
Published 2 months ago by mozza
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Excellent read. Been to both places. Just like being back there. A must for those who like to hear the unbiased truth.
Published 2 months ago by ERIC CROYLEc
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