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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091938082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091938086
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Damien Lewis is a former war reporter and one of the nation's "twenty favourite authors" (World Book Day). He is a prolific writer, penning over a dozen books and topping bestseller lists worldwide. Many of his books are being made into movies or TV series, and he scripts his own work as films (time permitting!). His military books include the No. 1 bestseller Zero Six Bravo, and his man-and-dog at war true stories include the phenomenally successful War Dog (The Dog Who Could Fly in the USA), both of which are being developed as films. His war victim memoirs - Slave, Tears of the Desert - have won a string of awards, and were top international bestsellers. He also writes thrillers, and his first, Cobra Gold, is being made into a movie by LA-based Safadi Entertainment. The first computer game with his name attached is "Damien Lewis's Zulu Response" - www.zuluresponse.com - based around the true story of Rorke's Drift, in the Anglo-Zulu War.

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"JTACs carry out the most extraordinary of missions where the battle is fiercest. Many a soldier owes their life to their skill and bravery, as this book so eloquently shows" (Colonel Tim Collins OBE)

"One of the many unsung heroes from the battles of the Upper Gereshk Valley, Bommer Grahame was an outstanding JTAC, unflappable in a punch up, and it was a privilege to scrap alongside him and the lads from B Coy" (Colonel Richard Westley OBE MC)

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Sergeant 'Bommer' Grahame is the deadliest man in Afghanistan

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A. Cresswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2010
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This is a tremendous read and it benefits immensely from having a professional author working on the book. The book is well put together and very very impressive and exciting. The book is quiet possible one of the most action packed reads I've had in the last few years and certainly one of the best to come out of the Iraq/Afghan conflicts. My respect goes out to 2 Mercian and their JTAC. I remember thinking afterwards that these guys have some of the most incredible luck, (It's strange just how much luck our troops have ... I suspect their incredible training and reflexes has a lot to do with their making their own luck) and they've got balls the size of space hoppers and more courage than even. When you read about some of the Danger Close airstrikes they seem amazingly dangerous and they must scare the guys silly ... however to get a comparison I read another book from the US Soldiers point of view and they won't work and neither will their JTACS when Danger Close is <200m Bare in mind these guys are calling in strikes continuously <100m It's not as if the JTAC stand off miles away and call the strikes in. In some of the cases he was closer to the strikes than the troops and he is always trying to ensure he has a visual on what they are trying to hit. There's a good smattering of typical squaddie humour and language in the book and it certainly served well to bring back a lot of my own memories. Out of all the Iraq/Afghan books out there this has to be one of the best. Read it. You won't regret it and your respect for the troops will go up immensely, if that's at all possible. The one thing I was disappointed to see yet again .... Poor equipment and even worse rules of engagement. (Troops now can't attack even ARMED TALIBAN unless they shoot at the troops first. The morons that come out with these rules should be sent in to the field to find out how ridiculous and dangerous that is. There's a special place in hell for the people that hamstring our troops like this.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ScottishWarrior on 8 Sept. 2010
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This book is fantastically written. Since starting the first page, I could not put it down.
Damien Lewis, who is co writter of this book, has written two other very good books on UK Forces in Afghanistan.
Paul 'Bommer' Grahame undoutably saved a great many UK and Allied lives throughout his tour described in this book.
I highly Recommend this book, a real 'Page Turner'!!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul (Harry) Harrison on 28 Aug. 2010
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This book gives you an insight into what to expect in 21st Century Warfare. It has everything you can ever hope for in a book; wit, squaddie humour, suspense and above all an excellent account of a JTACs exploits on Operations. Lets hope there is a sequel to this super humans soldiers memoires.... 10 out of 10 in all accounts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Wellstead on 8 Aug. 2014
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Unlike so many of these non-fiction accounts of life in the Afghan theatre, I couldn't put this one down for more than 30 minutes. The bravery, courage and sheer intensity of this unparalleled asymmetric conflict was like no other. Also, the terrific cooperation between international forces (the French pilots being the exception) was heartening and returned my faith that a well-oiled machine can get a horrific job done well. The role of the JTAC commanding and coordinating complex air strikes at Danger Close range to crush an illusive and well-trained enemy can not be under estimated and this book outlined in raw but perfect detail just how close we all came to utter disaster or valiant victory. My only regret is that we never will finish this job and the Taliban will shift right in behind our boys exiting the theatre, undoing the work of so many brave souls. They have my deepest gratitude. Great read, well written and heart-thumpingly edited.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McElvenney on 8 Dec. 2010
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I got this book on the recommendation of my son who met Bommer whilst under training. Bommer was a Joint Tactical Air Controller or JTAC working in Afganistan on attachment to the 2 Mercians bringing air assault "Danger Close" whilst they were on Ops.
From page one the action is unremitting and gives a soldiers eye view of what it's like to be under fire and taking the fight to the enemy and you, almost,feel sorry for the Taliban have very little chance against the air power unleashed on them.
I have read many military books over the years but must say this is amongst the best for it's depiction of being under fire.
Read it and you won't be disapointed.
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Not a lot to add to the other reviews. You have to admire the skill, bravery and dedication of all those involved.

The book chucks you right in to an intense air supported battle with a host of acronyms to get your head round and doesn't really let up from that point.

Along with "Sniper One" by Sgt Dan Mills this is as good a description there is of the modern British army at work and illustrates extraordinary heroism from ordinary men.

I thought that the role of the JTAC couldn't be that exciting compared to a Special Forces operative or similar - how wrong I was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mordo on 3 Jan. 2015
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I grabbed this book. I'd never been in the military and had no idea what a JTAC was. Having read Sniper One and throughly enjoyed the experience I was looking for something else that would give me a difference perspective of the war in Afghanistan.

This book brought it in spades. You get a real feeling for what the JTAC's role is, the sheer chaos they need to help manage, and the risks they take to keep everyone safe. Full of action with some great stories both on and off the battlefield this book is highly recommended. I definitely know what a JTAC is now.
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