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.