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Mesmerizing Topic; Captivating Story
on 12 October 2011
Over 30 years ago I watched a TV program called "Danger UXB," staring Anthony Andrews, who played a young British army officer in World War II. He and his colleagues were in the 97th Tunneling Company, which was a bomb disposal unit of the Royal Engineers. Partially based on the memoirs of a Major A. B. Hartley, M.B.E., these men were employed to defuse the considerable number of German aerial bombs--some actually booby trapped--that had failed to explode after being dropped on London during the Blitz. This was my first introduction to the world of explosive ordnance disposal, and I found the whole thing absolutely mesmerizing - both in concept and in detail. I was struck just as forcefully as I read Stephen Phillips' novel "Proximity." His characters draw you in, the action sizzles, and the tension is palpable. Phillips' U.S. Navy and EOD background give him 100% authenticity; his imagination and flair captivate you from the beginning; the whole translates into a page-turner of the first rank. You don't need to be navy or military--or an EOD tech--to enjoy this remarkable book. If you're looking for front-line adventure, this is the one for you.