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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, My emotions went on a roller-coaster ride., 7 Sep 2001
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This review is from: Trusted Mole: A Soldier's Journey into Bosnia's Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
I loved this book. This book is so in-depth and detailed, that I actually felt as though i was Milos Stankovic on the recieving end. It seems as though it wasn't written with a 'targeted audience' in mind, it seems more as though Milos just wrote what he was feeling, as though he didn't care if you were a 17 year old student or a Government Official, his words and experiences can reach out to anyone. No matter what your views on war are, and no matter what side of the front line you want to be on, be sure to understand that this is not a 'Lets point the finger at some one else' type book, there is no blaming people/religions/governments, its just a story about a man who's road in life wasn't sealed, it was a dusty gravel road, with pot holes, no street signs, and no rest stops. This book, had it been properly marketed, would have been right along side 'The Bible' in book stores.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 star book, 9 Sep 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Trusted Mole: A Soldier's Journey into Bosnia's Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
Trusted Mole, very interesting book. I had some doubts when I bought this book since I knew the author's background, that he was arrested by the MOD police due to his service in Bosnia. But I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading it. Since I am one of those "little people" who survived the war in Sarajevo under siege, I think I am the right person to write this review.
Mr. Stankovic's book is a true account of what happened in Bosnia & Herzegovina during the war. Naturally, I wouldn't know what was going on behind the curtains, and obviously I cannot say anything about that, but all the rest is, more or less, very true, that being my own experience. How the "little people" in The Town lived without anything and everything, how the politicians and military authorities on the "Dark side" controlled everything; from water, food, gas to electricity... It is a pity they could not control the air, because they would have definitely turned it off too (only too willingly!). The "Dark side" controlled who was to survive and who was to die, and Mr. Stankovic described this very well. He also pointed out how helpless the blue helmets were in this conflict. They were helpless in the tug of war between NATO and UNPROFOR, leaving the people crazed and dazed in the uncertainty of the forces everyone thought they were there to help them.
If you what to learn who was who in this conflict, who did what, what kind of people the people on Balkans are, then this is the right book. You will read it in one breath.
Finally, I have one remark. In his book, the author often mentioned that his father fought with the Royalist army against the communist in the W.W.II. He only forgot to mention that the Royalist army fought on the Nazi side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The soldier as a human being, 2 May 2007
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This review is from: Trusted Mole: A Soldier's Journey into Bosnia's Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
We met Milos Stankovic in the U.K. He was kind enough to give us a copy of his book. It was a generous gift and we received it in that spirit. We were then off to Rome on holiday. But after starting _Trusted Mole_ on the airplane out of curiosity, it became hard to put it down despite the enticements of Trestevere. The pop fiction adventure writers can do no better than this report of real events.

Milos writes brilliantly and personally. His memoir is insightful, illuminating, tragic and sometimes darkly hilarious. It is, above all, a visit to a good and caring man's mind as he looks back on Catches 22+ in what he terms a "necro-war" with all the madness and decency, confusion and courage, it evokes. The book ends without really concluding, perhaps because that is true to life. Warfare doesn't end, it merely relocates.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How the Tory's controversial policy in Bosnia wanted to wash its hands?, 13 May 2007
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Isa Mulaj (Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Trusted Mole: A Soldier's Journey into Bosnia's Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
The main message of this book which the author is delivering to the reader is different from what I have seen by some reviewers in the first and second page of the book, namely newspapers such as Sunday Times, Observer, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, and Eastern Daily Press.

Every author creates a work as a result of something to achieve a certain goal. A detailed and balanced record of what happened in Bosnia during the author's mission, a well-written book illustrated with photos and maps; all these might have been inspired by something. The book is published in 2000 or 3 years after the author was arrested by the MoD under the charges of spying for the Bosnian Serbs, which made him resign from the army that destroyed his military career. Without that arrest, I am afraid the book might have had a different record, at least in part.

When the Tory's political and military policy in Bosnia came under criticism, the MoD wanted to show that there were deviations from its normal mission, one of them being the espionage in favour of Bosnian Serbs by a British officer of Serb origin. The origin of the author has not impeded the Britfor at all to encourage him to cooperate a lot with the Bosnian Serbs, including the arrangement of meetings of the high ranking military officials such as Sir. Michael Jackson and General Michael Rose with the Serb warlords Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic - the latter two later indicted at the Hague Tribunal for war crimes. The MoD in an attempt to cover Britain's criticised bias towards the Bosnian Serbs, saw it as a good opportunity to through the author away like a squeezed lemon or dirty purple, but did nothing to investigate his masters, probably because they were English and not of Serb origin.

"Let's get Stanley (i.e. Milos Stankovic, the author of this book) out. He'll give us the inside track on the Serbs", says a sentence on page 36. Once you are in that position and having realised which side the policy is little biased, no doubt that you will be delighted to act in support of those that have the same national background. It could be you, it could be me or anyone sent to the country that has a significant share of the nationals like you. The author leaves the impression that he has not acted beyond instructions given to him, despite that he was encouraged to do so. He might have supported the Serbs far less than General Michael Rose and Lord David Oven - two controversial figures in the Bosnian war. It is out of context of this book review to emphasise that two other high ranking Tories in power, the foreign secretary Douglas Hurd, and Dame Pauline Neville-Jones were directly involved in business with Millosevic. All that changed with the US involvement in the Bosnian war. Since then, we have seen a radical shift in Britain's foreign policy, though this may partially be attributed to the coming into power of the Labour Party.

One reviewer in this site already stated that the author forgot to let us know that the Royalist army of the first Yugoslavia fought on the Nazi side against the communists during WWII. The communists were aided by Britain - the country that hosted the royal family of Yugoslavia. Britain recognised the partisans/communists as the official resistance against the Axis Powers and not the royalists from which the author descended. In a picture where he shows himself with a pistol directed against the picture of Josip Broz Tito in Sarajevo, as the author says, to take revenge against the murder of his godfather, the author could have added few words more that would fit with his royalist background; that he is also taking a revenge against Tito (and his establishment) for the execution of Draza Mihajlovic, a well-known execution in socialist Yugoslavia for collaboration with the Axis.

Killing Tito in picture may cast some doubts about author's "purely honest service in Bosnia". Tito was the essence of peace and stability in Bosnia and the former Yugoslavia that fought the hegemony of both Serbs and Croats. Who knows what was in the author's mind in that case and some others? The MoD should know. Anyway, this is not a disadvantage for the book because the main message of the author as I said earlier is different, and that is: to gain sympathy among the readers for his cause against the MoD to which the author has fallen victim of alleged spying. The outcome of the spying may be more due to his national background and less for any wrong doing without permission of his masters. After all, the book is a small but smart hit back against the MoD and the Tory's policy towards the war in Bosnia.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT, READ IT AND THINK, 22 Nov 2008
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Mr. D. Hamilton "EDA Dave" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Trusted Mole: A Soldier's Journey into Bosnia's Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
As an aid worker in Bosnia at this time I was perplexed by what was going on, angry and frustrated. Milos Stankovic's book has filled in so many blanks for me and others who were in that tragic place witnessing the horrors of war. The book has rekindled some difficult memories for us but the extraordinary insight and background we are given is utterly unique. The appalling way the author was treated by the Ministry of Defence adds an additional element of incredulity to the story and I truly hope that things have now worked out for him.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!, 23 Dec 2005
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Rjm Theunens (Belgium) - See all my reviews
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This should be mandatory reading for anyone who wants to understand the 92-95 BiH conflict!
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