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WHAT PRICE TRUTH?
WHAT PRICE TRUTH?

5.0 out of 5 stars A Lucky Man, 7 Dec. 2014
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I am surprised the author has survived with his life up to now !! I found this book very interesting and cringed at most of the things he got up to, only because as I turned each page I expected him to have been compromised and tortured or beaten. His experience's were at a time of the height of the Troubles and fought a flipping risky but brave episode of his life to provide vital Intelligence and information to the security services. A very good book.


Special Forces Pilot: A Flying Memoir of the Falkland War
Special Forces Pilot: A Flying Memoir of the Falkland War
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely great read with a great deal of accurate information, 7 Dec. 2014
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An absolutely great read with a great deal of accurate information. Clearly the author had kept excellent records and flight details of his experience's during the Falklands War. So much so that I could often picture the scene for myself during each story. In parts it was an emotional episode for his family and the book relates that very well. Yet another very interesting book written some 32 years after the event with great clarity. Well done.


Police, Crime & 999: The True Story of a Front Line Officer
Police, Crime & 999: The True Story of a Front Line Officer
by John Donoghue
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hillarious, 13 Sept. 2013
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I obtained a personal signed copy of this book for my wife but I pinched it off her to read first as I'm quicker than her! This book is brilliant and absolutely hilarious from front to back. Never have I once read parts of a book which had made me laugh and giggly so much.....even in a busy coffee shop reading it one day made me burst out laughing at its humour, reading in bed with my wife asleep next to me has forced me to bite my lip so as not to laugh too loud and wake her...I even re read some stories just to laugh again. I honestly admire John's brilliant humour in the way he tells the stories and the way they come across. This book is extremely well organised and packed full of a vast variety of policing experience and stories which I can relate too and often experienced my self. Fantastically funny and a must read. Well done

Darren Ware
Author of: A Rendezvous With The Enemy


A Fair Cop
A Fair Cop
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punishment in the face of duty, 4 Aug. 2013
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What a very interesting, hard hitting, emotional and amongst other things, a very good book. Michael had experienced a difficult situation in his service when he dealt with a routine incident. Whatever went on that night was tough, but what Michael was subjected to following that night with a prison sentence and to cope with life after prison was also tough. He dealt with some tough times and came out fighting and moving on with his life. There were people who supported him and gave him the confidence to move on in life.

Darren Ware - Author of A Rendezvous With The Enemy.


Belfast Diaries. A Gunner in Northern Ireland 1971-74
Belfast Diaries. A Gunner in Northern Ireland 1971-74
by Steve Corbett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting, tough times and the reality of fighting terrorism from a soldier's personal experience., 29 July 2013
Belfast in the 1970’s during the army’s deployment to Northern Ireland was a very busy place! For Steve Corbett, joining the army at 17 years old and being deployed to Belfast two years later in 1971 was certainly going to be a challenge. For Steve knew not a lot about what was going on in Belfast at his young age but having chosen to join the Army, he was now on his way to deal with what he confronted.

Belfast Diaries is a remarkable personal account of all of what Steve experienced with his time as a soldier in Northern Ireland. Having kept a daily diary throughout his time there and able to write this book some 30 years later is an achievement in itself, let alone all what he confronted during his time in Belfast.

Having had no knowledge of the developing situation in Northern Ireland and being sent there at short notice, his deployment to Belfast housed him and his colleagues in a wooden hut in a bus depot in the city and they would have no idea what to expect. From the moment they arrived they were expected to provide their own protection for their basic accommodation, and the first priority was to sandbag the surrounding area to protect themselves……during which they would often come under sniper fire from many an unknown firing point.

Daily patrols using the Pig armoured personnel carriers was met by being bricked and paint bombed from most street corners from offenders and IRA sympathisers from all ages….the daunting intimidation of entering an estate during foot patrols was greeted by females banging bin lids on the ground to warn the gunmen that the soldiers were here…..ready to prepare a shoot against the foot patrol was always anticipated, the stress of having eyes in the back of your head and to prepare you for a gunfight was often distracted by the constant barrage of missiles, bottles and bricks from the rioters….their response to return fire with the baton gun was met with frustration as to its unreliability. This then developed over a short period of time where by other methods of attack were introduced….the petrol bombs, the gunfire and the regular bomb explosions became a daily experience and dealing with being shot at and seeing your mates shot and hit added to the trauma

The diaries explain other frustrations in the commanders who led and at times the colleagues worked with and being left out on patrol by errors almost cost him his life……all typical elements of any war or campaign. This was Belfast in what was probably in 1972.....the bloodiest year.

These are the impactive diaries of a soldier fighting an unknown war in his eyes, every page tells you a new story and every paragraph is yet another life threatening situation. If one day was ever quiet then it appeared to be an unofficial truce. The book also tells of many different patrol experiences and planned operations, routine guard duty and the guilt of having any free time to recover from an ever draining experience. This book will highlight, remind and educate those who wish to learn and remind themselves of how tough at times the 38 years of Operation Banner took its tough toll on those who served. A truly remarkable personal experience and a very good read.

Darren Ware

Author of: A Rendezvous With The Enemy

darren9720@gmail.com


The Loose Screw: The Shocking Truth About Our Prison System
The Loose Screw: The Shocking Truth About Our Prison System
by Charles Bronson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting insight, 22 Mar. 2013
I found this book very interesting to read and to learn of what goes on behind those prison doors. Often we can read about well known criminal cases, books about gangs and rivalry and all sorts of goings on in the world of crime. Not often can we easily learn of what goes on inside those prison walls nor do we know how much a prison officer has to put up with. This truly interesting book captures just that! It tells the story of one particular prison officer who shares his career and life experiences with the reader.......and it has not been a happy nor enjoyable life all along that ride.

The book describes a varied and open story of his personal life and the tough challenges that he confronts whilst dealing with hardened and tough criminals intent on making life hard for everyone, it also tells of the frustrations of the work routine and management of such an organisation and deals with anger and disappointment. Above it, The Loose Screw takes you inside that prison, it allows you to meet the prisoners and makes you understand some hardship along the way and how many people's lives are effected. Interestingly and surprisingly to some readers, it tells of a remarkable friendship that the author has struck up with one of those famous and well known inmates Charles Bronson and proves that whatever job you do or however you come to end up in prison........we are all human!

An excellent book which will open your eyes.

Darren Ware - Author of A RENDEZVOUS WITH THE ENEMY


Bullet Magnet: Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier
Bullet Magnet: Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier
by Prince William
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars True action packed experience, 9 Mar. 2013
What a great book which tells many a good story of action, emotion, anger, frustration and above all courage in the face of the enemy. There seems no exaggerated stories but purely ones from many different theatres of war........Northern Ireland, Falklands, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. It's no wonder Mike Flynn has been decorated.

Enjoy the read.

Darren Ware author of A Rendezvous With The Enemy.


Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain's War in Afghanistan
Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain's War in Afghanistan
by Toby Harnden
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good detailed researched book, 26 Aug. 2011
Review by Darren Ware author of A Rendezvous With The Enemy; My Brother's life and death with the Coldstream Guards in Northern Ireland. Dead Men Risen is one of those books that I was eager to read and once started, it did not take me long to finish it. Like his first book Bandit Country; The IRA & South Armagh, Dead Men Risen was packed with breat detail, fact and gruesome encounters of a bloody tough life as a soldier in Afghanistan. Toby has clearly spent much quality time in researching the book to enable him to deliver to the reader just how tough, emotional, tiring and demanding life in Afghanistan is. Even the book title has been carefully chosen from comments from World War 1 history to show the soldiers strength. It shows how hard and frustrating it is for soldiers to deal with what they confront and how to try and complete the mission against all odds and with limited equipment and numbers. A great book which emphasises the respect we should honour Our Troops...well done Toby.


A Long Long War: Voices from the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98
A Long Long War: Voices from the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98
by Ken Wharton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories Just Waiting To Be Told, 9 May 2011
I served in the same regiment as Ken Wharton and I conducted two operational tours of Norhtern Ireland. I experienced differing levels of terrorist acts and I lost my soldier brother when he was killed in South Armagh in 1991. I could not wait to read this book and to see for myself what everyone else experienced, suffered, did, got up to and hated whilst they served their country in what was a bloody hard campaign. The vast ammount of stories in this book are a fantastic compilation of military experience during a time where every day the servicemen and women had to have eyes in the back of their head, even when they slept. A Long Long War is a must read for anyone who wants to hear the truth of what went on. Its from the horses mouth and they are experienced, tough and scared horses. Those killed are remembered and those who still suffer are not forgotton in these stories of laughter, death, fatigue and sadness but above all it is a complete story of what the armed forces had to deal with. This book is not big enough to tell everyones stories so I look forward to reading further books by Ken Wharton. Well done Ken for letting them tell their story.

Darren Ware
Author of A RENDEZVOUS WITH THE ENEMY; My Brothers Life and Death with the Coldstream Guards in Northern Ireland


Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died Through the Northern Ireland Troubles
Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died Through the Northern Ireland Troubles
by Chris Thornton
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference, 13 Mar. 2011
I brought this book in 2005 when I was researching my brothers death in Northern Ireland during the writing of my book about his death. A Rendezvous With The Enemy tells the story of Simon Ware's death in South Armagh. I ordered and collected Lost Lives from my local WH Smith and when I saw the size of it I knew it was money well spent. The book had been dilligently researched and found so much interesting reference information. I served as a soldier in Northern Ireland for almost three years on two tours in 1989 and 1991 and I related to a lot of incidents that I dealt with.This is a fantastic account of every sad death and is a most helpful tool for research and interest. Thanks Darren Ware (...)


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