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Mark Time
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28 Feb 2014 Bootneck Threesome
"Like my time in 'The Corps', this account is full of fun, exposing the calamity as well as recognising the great. But please, don't expect tales of derring-do. I will leave that to the heroes." At 16, Mark Time wants to become either a geologist or a Royal Marines Commando. Despite his love of basalt, he chooses the career that teaches him how to kill... and shit in plastic bags. Knowing his weak body will have to shape up to complete 30 weeks of commando training, Mark prepares for the Royal Marines by sleeping in his shed wearing only plastic bags. He braves pain by ordering his mate to attack him while trapped in a sleeping bag. He even starves himself in a stupid urban survival exercise, turning down the offer of his favourite crispy pancakes from his mother. He knows about cold, he can endure pain, and he can resist crispy pancakes. He is ready. Some, might say, for the nut house... Often hilarious and yet shockingly sobering, Going Commando is the true story of a boy who joins one of the world's most elite military units with only naivety and incompetence equalling his will to succeed. As the first book in the 'Bootneck Threesome' series, it will appeal mainly to military enthusiasts, and any former/current/future military personnel. Humorous in tone, the book will also be enjoyed by lads' mag readers, and audiences worldwide will be able to relate to Mark Time's story, for whilst the military is the book's subtext, it is really a motivational tale of spirit; of a young man who will go through anything to reach his dreams.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (28 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178306286X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783062867
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An extremely funny yet truthful spin on what it takes to be a Royal Marines Commando.' --Rob Maylor Sniper Elite

'A cover to cover laughathon' --Soldier Magazine

'Tough, touching, it's a right good read' --Daily Telegraph

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, thought-provoking, motivational 14 Feb 2014
By Jalo
Format:Kindle Edition
As much of a story about motivation as it is about the military; 'Going Commando' is written in a style not usually associated with this genre.
As a female I took a rather motherly approach to Mark's story and found myself willing him on through the highs and lows of his journey.
Those about to embark on their own careers, whether military or not, could do a lot worse than read this to realise that rewards are rarely won easily.

Some of the book may shock, but we are talking about the Marines, and some of the language is not for the faint hearted but Mark's use of analogy and similies were a delight if not slightly surreal; after all, it is unusual to find a book that mentions Plato, Fred West and Spiderman.

5 stars and one to recommend
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoofin 15 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Amy Love's review is spot on, a wonderfully inspirational book. Amy, with insight like that I'm sure that you'll find peace and contentment in this crazy world, sadly (for me and much less or not at all for you) not with me.

Back to the book, and more importantly me, it's spot on and that's what it was like. Very funny, but CTC is a funny place, albeit uncompromisingly and brutally so. 'Mark' captures it to a tee (how do you spell t in that context?) My only criticism is that I can black cat the drinking a bowl of washing up water story with a half hour leopard crawl to the training team tent to finish off the snotty dreggs of a dog's water bowl followed by a triumphant half hour crawl back, probably the only time I 'beat the system' at CTC. Wazza.

The place turns out the most amazing people you'll have the fortune (or misfortune, depending on context) to meet. I slipped through the net and it was an honour to have been a part of it. Mark captures the humour and humility that made it so, brilliantly.

Former Royals - read it. Future Royals - read it, but remember that the tortures (if it's still like that) are a tiny price to pay for the big beautiful world that awaits a trained rank. Royals families and loved ones - it will help you understand some of the odd ways of that strange fella sat in the corner of the room and might shed some light on why he would sooner die than let anything bad happen to you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book about a young lad who came from a very humble and somewhat troubled childhood to persevere through the world's toughest basic military training. Expertly written it vividly and humorously describes the pain and heartache Mark had to overcome to achieve his adolescent aspiration. I read the book on a long haul flight and had several looks as I could not help myself laughing aloud as I sat alone, a true page turner and one that you can't stop until finishing the last page.
As a former bootneck SNCO and Late Entry Officer I would say this book should be read by any person with a connection with the Royal Marines, in particularly the instructors on recruit training teams, and those in the wider public who have a great sense of humour or wish to be inspired by sheer determination to succeed and overcome a physical and mental battle to achieve individual goals; truly motivational!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for any RM wannabe 25 Feb 2014
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This is a must read for anyone connected with the Royals. Mums, sisters, daughters, WAGs please read as it will let you understand why your man is as he is. It certainly explains alot about my father's behaviour, at 76 he still wet shaves bare chested. Wannabes read as it is a great in depth description of what you will go through during your time at CTCRM.
I laughed til I cried and then cried with emotion at the trials that the author and his oppos went through. Above all though, as great as the descriptions of their antics are, is the overwhelming desire to succeed and the need for a puny 16 yr old to be able to walk tall with the best. The proof that although you may think being physically strong is desirable, being mentally tough is what you really need to be a Bootneck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a no BS story of what Royal Marines Commando training was like in the 80's. Expertly told in graphic detail, every page took me back to my time preparing for PRC and that terrifying trip to Lympstone Commando to start training as a 'boy'. I laughed hysterically throughout. Mark Time describes experiences every Bootneck will remember, some with a knot in the stomach. I could not put this book down it took me right back and once again I felt the pain, the stress and the heartache. A must read for all Royal Marines and anyone who knows a RM should read this to get a thorough understaning of what we went through. Hopefully book 2 will tell of the sixth commando test?????
Bazz Campbell Former C/Sgt RM
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A harry waza book. 7 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Well done Mark Time, this was a fantastic book which brought back so many memories for me. How you managed to remember it all exactly as it was i dont know. I read this on a plane going on holiday and laughed out loud numerous times. Loved the quote of "its mind over matter fellas" always followed by "we dont mind and you dont matter" classic, and as an ex PTI, a phrase I also used. This is a book i would highly recommend to any ex, serving, or just interested in the Royal Marines. Thanks for the memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good effort royal
Hoofing read, looking forward to the next one!
Published 13 hours ago by andrew peel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good read buy it
Published 1 day ago by michael brain
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic must read book - those without a sense of humour need not...
Would recommend this to anyone related to a bootneck as they don't like to talk usually do they? Gives a true insight into why that green beret is so precious, touching and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Susan Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, honest and intelligent: a fascinating insight into the world of...
A fascinating book on many levels, and shows the value of a service career to a bright young lad from a less than conventional and settled background. Read more
Published 1 day ago by The Admiral
5.0 out of 5 stars truthful insight of what it would be like to be in the Royal Marines...
Having no prior experience of Royal Marine Commando procedure, this book gave me an entertaining, truthful insight of what it would be like to be in the Royal Marines (without the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Nettie Hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars Truthful, heartwarming & in some parts, quite frightening!!
Being an avid reader of military themed biographies, this book captured my eye from the get go. Unlike most books of this genre, it displays the true feelings and thoughts of the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Tom&Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars It's so funny in places that I had to cover my mouth ...
Very well written and observed, numerous and at times moving. As an ex Royal Marine it sparked off so many memories for me. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Adamnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Going nowhere until I've finished this book
What a fantastic read, I couldn't put it down, Mark you have written a brilliant book, I can't wait for the next one.
Published 8 days ago by mike1971
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and Funny
Having gone through Royal Marine recruit training a few years back, this book brought back a lot of memories - both funny and painful. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Peter Munday
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife Sue bought me this as a present and ...
My wife Sue bought me this as a present and it was definitely money well spent! Having passed out out of Commando training 34 years ago it brought it all back, the sometimes... Read more
Published 8 days ago by susan lock
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