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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141040882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141040882
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Essex in 1964, Ross Kemp is best known for his portrayal of Grant Mitchell in EastEnders. His father was a senior detective with the Metropolitan Police force, but before that he served in the army for four years. His regiment was amalgamated with others to form the Royal Anglians, the troops Ross was with in Afghanistan.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sb on 20 July 2009
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Well done to Ross Kemp for having the desire to document the experiences of British troops on the front line. The news often has stories about the conflict out there, but as Ross himself says, he wanted to find out more about the men and women who are out there doing the job they do and to document their daily struggles, successes, hopes and fears. These personal aspects are increasingly less reported in the home press - he notes that it is no longer front page news when a British soldier dies on operations.

The book covers his three visits to Helmand province, on Herricks' 6,8 and 9. As an exercise in comparing and contrasting, it is interesting to note the differences and developments on each tour he visits. His first visit on Herrick 6 describes some pretty basic living conditions that the lads out there have to cope with, through to his time spent on Herrick 9 where he notes some changes in the living conditions out there. Unfortunately for the lads (and Ross)the standard of toilets hasn't noticeably improved!

For anyone with an interest in the military, this book is a good snapshot of contemporary life on operations for the UK soldier. A very good read and I think it well deserves the 5 stars I have awarded it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J.A.S. on 8 Sept. 2009
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I have not seen the TV series yet but was given this book as a present. I cannot begin to explain how enlightening and emotional this book is. Ross Kemp has written this from the heart, giving a true and honest portrayal of the life of a British solider fighting on the front line. I had some idea of what soldiers go through but this opened up the true nature of the tough job they are doing and risking their lives on a daily basis.

I think Ross has produced a fantastic book that I found hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Myra Pollock on 29 Mar. 2010
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This book is a gripping real-life report of life on the modern day front line. My son was there with Ross Kemp and told me that he really got into the thick of things and put himself in real front line, dangerous situations without endangering the lives of the troops. My son is mentioned quite a lot in the book as he was injured whilst engaged in fighting with the Taliban. "Too cool for school" Ross describes him as. This book, the television programme and dvd, helped me see what my son and his fellow troops went through when they were over in Afghanistan. Ross had a real interest in them all and got to know them well. This shines through in his book and dvd. He has a great, natural way of getting over to you how the troops coped with the heat, the living conditions and the horrors most of them came across while they were there, and brings it all to you in the comfort of your living room.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Barker on 4 Aug. 2009
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This is a brilliant portrayal of life in the army by ross kemp. He does not attempt to glam it up at all and tells it how it is. A truly touching piece of writing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ladyjul on 7 Jun. 2011
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This book is a must read to better understand our role in Afghanistan. Ross gives a frank account of his training his fears and a unique account of the men who are fighting this war. Afghanistan comes over as a tribal cointry that will never be at peace with itself. All we can do is try and make it safer for everyday people with some sort of standard of living. The hard part is telling who is the enemy. They infiltrate everywherre people have to give thwem shelter or die. Childre will grow up not knowing anything but war. Ross doesn't try to give solutions just factsm he comes home with the dead and looks up the injured to follow their progress. He comes over as very caring and tells of the impact it has had on his life. What does come across is the lack of funding for our very brave soldiers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Campbell on 10 Aug. 2009
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I read this book whilst on holidays, i was really impressed to have such detailed experience written in the book, it's such an eye opener. You dont realise what the guys are going through until you read this.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W Holmes on 10 July 2009
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This book is pretty damn good to say the least. I think it is tatamount to the type of person Ross Kemp is that he has been so honest in this book. He has no hidden agenda and he is basically as he said himself, "Trying to get an honest account of what it is like to be a British Soldier on the front line in Afganistan".

I have a lot of respect for Ross and the team who went out there with him over the numerous visits he made to helmand province, I also think that he is somewhat of a hero for showing the everyday British Citizen exactly what "Our Boys" go through for whatever reason. The book which accompanies the TV series, has a lot of information not included in the programme itself and gives a lot more detail and personal expereience from Ross's perspective than the TV programme. I also found the information on the history of Afganistan and the wars/battles it has hosted from the 1800's to be very interesting and informative and can often serve as light relief from the main message of the book.

Overall this book was well worth the £7 I paid for it, I even got to meet the man/legend himself in newcastle at the book signing in Waterstones, absolute legend.

Cheers for reading, hope you enjoy the book.

Ross Kemp on Afghanistan
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By John Baldanza on 14 Nov. 2010
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A fantastic book that gives us mere civvies a small insight to way things really are. Ross has done a brilliant job of not only explaining what goes on but how being there made him feel. I have a huge amount of respect for what our soldiers are doing and reading this book makes me even more proud. I feel there should be more publicity about the good work being done by our lads and rest of the coalition forces.

The book has some very funny bits too, "SAS my arse" and the description of the thunder boxes, err Gross.

Good work Ross, in writing the book and in educating us on what goes on.
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