on 25 February 2013
Dangerous Frontiers is a fascinating account of the author's military service and exploits in the Somaliland Scouts and the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces. In British Somaliland 1949-51, Bryan Ray was doing his National Service; shortly after, he converted to a regular commission, and twenty years later he went to Oman to command the Sultan's Northern Frontier Regiment. It is fascinating stuff, not merely because it tells of the kind of life that (when I was a boy or young man) every boy or young man wanted to lead, but also because it gives an insight into the culture of both those countries and the mutual affection between the British and the local people with whom the author was working.
It is written in a highly accessible style, with imagination and humour.
on 31 December 2013
"Dangerous Frontiers" covers two almost contiguous zones, Oman & Horn of Africa. This is an extraordinarily vivid story of what it was like to be involved at the deepest level with the peoples of these two zones at some of the most critical periods of their history. Bryan Ray writes beautifully and the stories he recounts are full of surprises: one is, how to get a hyena out of a well. Try 50 guesses before you read the answers in this book...
A glorious, surprising and moving read.
on 10 May 2011
An inspiring insight into one of those little known wars that the Brits did so well. No noise, no fuss, job done, unlike the cousins across the water. This and 'In the Service of the Sultan' will remain on my bookshelf, revisiting a certainty.
Thoroughly recommended to all especially those interested in the history of the secret wars of the twentieth century