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Three Lives of a Warrior
Three Lives of a Warrior
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3.0 out of 5 stars tangents and torture, 30 Dec. 2011
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Quite a strange book in a way
Much has already been written about the life of a Vietnam pow, that the danger is of more of the same , whilst the torture an inhumane suffering that went on is shocking , so was the carpet bombing.
Also the first 25% of the book he tells us how he hated the racial discrimination in southern usa as he was growing up . Then spends most of the book calling his guards gooks
Through sheer hatred. The same hatred some people had towards blacks in the u.s.a back then
He even calls then slant eyed........ twice
Because of the rough upbringing and then being betrayed by his wife whilst a pow then being rejected by his daughter its been a tough old time for him
The epilog goes on to be a soapbox for all that's wrong with the world, bit of a yawn....


If You Survive (Ivy Books World War II/Nonfiction)
If You Survive (Ivy Books World War II/Nonfiction)
by George Wilson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars fate is the hunter, 15 Oct. 2011
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What a fantastic book with a fantastic title
What this man went through was sheer hell on earth
Extremely well written account of war in Europe from d day +30
The statistics he lists of 160% casualties with only himself as an original are staggering
Yet he could have been killed many times, but for the grace of fate.


The True Tale of Castaway Daniel Foss: A Short Story
The True Tale of Castaway Daniel Foss: A Short Story
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars littered with inacuracies, 31 Aug. 2011
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The book reads like a copy and paste
as its so short
it states his home town inaccuratly
the geography of direction when in the boat is wrong and he mislables cape of good hope and cape horn

a poor effort as little research must have been done
infact there is no eviedenc to say who the third person in the boat was let alone iit be the captain


The Rescue of Streetcar 304: A Navy Pilot's Forty Hours on the Run in Laos (Ausa)
The Rescue of Streetcar 304: A Navy Pilot's Forty Hours on the Run in Laos (Ausa)
by Kenny Wayne Fields
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Down but not out, 29 Aug. 2011
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I found it quite difficult to like this guy
And the first 25% of the book he seemed obsessed with writing thinly veiled criticisms of his wingman iceman.
The theme of what are people thinking about him crops up through out the book , as if over explaining that it wasn't his fault he got shot down. Exposing what I can only assume is an inferiority complex.
Even stating what other people reportedly said about him in a good light "That guys got spunk they thought"
That aside the story as it stands whilst on the run is very readable.
There is a decent epilog at the end and the story of the captured sandy who then spent years as a POW looks like the real best seller here


Rogue Male: Sabotage and seduction behind German lines with Geoffrey Gordon-Creed, DSO, MC
Rogue Male: Sabotage and seduction behind German lines with Geoffrey Gordon-Creed, DSO, MC
by Roger Field
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A life worth living, 12 July 2011
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I really like these tales of yesteryears daring do told in today's contempory terms.
This book has it all without being sleazy but also contains the brave acts of a true war hero.

Even then, PTSD seems to have caught up with GGC as it seems he never went back to Greece to visit any of places he and the local Greeks had their finest hour.

When you work in the shadows no-one is your friend especially your own government.
You can get just as shafted by your own side as well as the opposition.

GGC obviously lived with some demons through out his life after the war.
I hope he didn't die alone
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The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
by Alistair Urquhart
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Hatred and the Horror, 7 Jun. 2011
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A truly evocative memoir written superbly , I didn't think it was possible to top Eric Lomax's "The Railway man " but this does it
It really beggars the question how anybody survived such in humane conditions.
As a visitor to the bridge myself. The sanitised conditions there now, do little to help people imagine the horror of it all.
I hated to get to the end of this book


Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle
Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle
by Marc Gonsalves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the long slow ride, 27 Dec. 2010
As harrowing as being taken hostage is , I think all these men knew the risks and paid dearly for the consequences , in fact for the big bucks they were being paid they ended up in a least two cases losing wives who wouldn't wait and letting the best time of their kids lives go by.

As there are three authors all wanting to tell their tale the book for me went on far too long
Their captors seem to have been firm in their control but not as sadistic as they would like to portray

There was no real violence or torture to obtain information, they didn't seem to even question them too much for intelligence.
It was more a long drawn out drag for them .
They refused to contemplate escape as that would have put them in chains if caught, which was exactly what happened anyway when FARC started losing ground.

And that's exactly what he book lacks, a decent escape attempt by them and the thrill of the chase


Welcome to Hell: One Man's Fight for Life Inside the Bangkok Hilton
Welcome to Hell: One Man's Fight for Life Inside the Bangkok Hilton
by Colin Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Time without hope, 9 Dec. 2010
This is a fantastic book easy to follow and a change from the usual drug bust and banged up stories
That most Thai prisons are about
Having read Mr. Martins story I don't believe he was guilty of murder but I do believe he carried out a a manslaughter. He denies
How else could the guy have died? Nobody else was involved in the fight it was a knife fight and one person lost.

why didnt he threaten his Thai wife to expose the involvement of her brothers if she didnt return the stolen bail money?
and as another reviewer points out ... what exactly was the role of the brothers during the knife fight??

Even so he has now paid his debt to society and is square with the house
The conditions he faced in prison and described are atrocious some would say about right for those who commit serious crime
Hope you make some money from the book as it's a one hell (no pun intended) of a read


Skeletons On The Zahara
Skeletons On The Zahara
by Dean King
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars staggering, 4 Aug. 2010
Possibly one of the best non-fiction adventure books written.
Sadly it was spoilt for me as I saw the documentary on the Discovery Channel some time previously.
But as survival stories go this really does take some beating.
Having read "white gold" this really did bring the horrors of ship wrecked mariners tales home.
Treated less than dogs, to be bought and sold like cattle and classed as less than sub human
You won't put it down


A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza De Vaca
A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza De Vaca
by Andre Resendez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Un-imaginable hardships, 3 Jun. 2010
Synopsis : Spanish explorer requires gold , land and fame

Such a journey like this is only comparable to Homers Odyssey. Broken and lost at the whim of the natives the journey to civilization take 10 long years.

From master to slave to master again . The book has been brought together well for a very cogent read


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