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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2010
Collins was heavily involved in the Pre-911 Jihadist movement when Jihad was considered an honourable venture and was not associated with the atrocities of post-911. He describes a life constantly in movement between the US and various warzones. He really made his name in Chechnya during the 90's as a young man. Undoubtedly the experience was harrowing. He saw many atrocities and took part in brutal reprisals. The description of knifing a sentry outpost, and witnessing Russian soldiers who had raped, tortured and mutilated a Chechen girl being decapitated is not for the faint hearted, but these things happened and he makes sure the reader understands the context. Clearly he left a part of his soul in Chechnya, losing a leg and a wife and child there. I imagine that Chechnya very much haunts him to this day. The Jihadists as they were pre 911 are a collection of Hanky-panky Jihadists, obese Saudis and young guys with fervour but dubious religious convictions and seemingly time and money on their hands to travel the globe almost but not usually taking real roles in global Jihad. Collins finds these people infuriating, and with the zeal of a prison conversion, and the tragedy of a wretched childhood, seeks to take on the world. He ends up falling out with the Mujahideen movements in Azerbaijan supporting the Chechens due to unclear acts of treachery, and then approaches the CIA and begins to work for them informing on the bad members of the Islamic community.

He is a contradictory character. Now a bountyhunter and with a myspace profile you can't tell what he really stands for to be honest. It is clear he is passionate about injustice which Jihad allows him a legitimate expression for challenging, and his own own blog words ' has gun, will travel'.
He is a good example of a modern Islamic convert with very different cultural attitudes and values to the Muslims he has rubbed shoulders with and shows the gulf in understanding that will become more significant in the future as more Westerners embrace Islam and find their values clashing with their co-religionists, who as he makes abundantly clear are know-alls, disorganised and without a clear vision for dealing with injustice, which is why Jihad today has such a bad connotation with mass murder and unjust killing.

The book is well written, although quite a lot of it is tedious, but that clearly is the nature of that life, endless journeys, hold-ups and double crosses. The Arabs are as ineffectual with Jihad as the CIA are with counter intelligence. He concludes the War on Terror is a complete nonsense, and the political will to actually do things is constantly stopped by the 'professional bed-wetters' in the White House. He should know. Its a long book, but for people who wish to see how inept the FBI and CIA really are on the ground, this book makes thoughtful reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2006
Giving an insight into the Mujahid's world, this amazing account gives a detailed description of the motivation and methods of the global jihad movements.
I was especially gripped by the Mujahid's account from Chechnya. The Chechen conflict has been a source of interest for me for some time now, aside from reports in papers/magazines and the occasional reports on the news, this war has largely been ignored.
Be ready to read about the horrific accounts of war and human brutality, along with the hypocrisy of the West in regards to the state terrorism committed against the Chechen populous.
One minute these Mujahids are freedom fighters the next they are terrorists.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2002
I read a review for this book in a magazine, and being very interested in the chechen conflict i decided to buy it. Im so glad i did, the book world has been crying out for a true-life account of whats it like to fight in chechnya and this book does that and more.
The author talks in great detail about his conversion to islam and fighting the jihad in many countries, some of the stuff is shocking but its just one of those books that you just cant put down.Ive bored you enough with this review just go out and buy this great book now!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2003
This book is one of the best books i have bought. All i can say is it's very good and informative. recommended for anyone
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2008
I was amazed by this book and i think all other people that read this will feel the same way.
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