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A very insightful book
on 30 March 2012
'Fighting Season' offers an excellent insight into a war which for those not taking part in it, has simply become part of the background noise of modern life, and the purpose of which can often seem opaque. Captain Lee went to Afghanistan looking for a war, motivated by the same desire to 'see action'that compels so many other young men. However, the war was not as he imagined it would be. Lee writes superbly, and captures themes common to many modern war memoirs, only he does so in a much finer resolution. The frustrating monotony of his roles at Camp Bastion, are contrasted with the poignant reality of the war he witnesses at the 'sharp end' with the devastating effects it has both on his comrades and local people. Where Lee's book excells is with its thoughtful analysis of what's going on around him and inside his own head. 'Fighting Season' presents an incredibly honest and intelligent account, free from bravado, and offering many piercing insights into the murky reality of this conflict. Moreover, despite the seriousness of his subject, Lee does not take himself too seriously and relays some very humerous anecdotes. This book is very entertaining, yet at the same time it is the most thoughtful and lucid account I have yet come across concerning this war. Essential reading to anyone interested in Afghanistan and what's going on there.