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on 23 June 2003
Having spent time in the Province employed in this very field, I was glad to see that someone had at last made the effort to write about this little known and overlooked task that is carried out on an almost daily basis. However now that I have read the book, I am disappointed that "Jack" felt it necessary to make constant vague references to "Special Forces". Although he did undoubtably work in support of these people, the tasks that he carried out and those carried out by other Royal Signals Riggers are daring and pulse racing enough without trying to hang on the back of other peoples glory. I think that "Jack" has missed the point. He could have told the story of these brave lads who risked their lives day after day, going to some of the hardest areas in NI, climbing towers in South Armagh, Belfast, Londonderry and East Tyrone without teams of "Operators" watching their backs. He does however get across the feeling of almost acute paranoia that is felt at the beginning and end of a tour, the mind numbing tiredness felt after long hours of stress combined with hard physical work and also the terrible heart ache when a friend is lost.