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on 26 December 2013
Do not buy this book if all you want to read about is the Legion. Do buy this book however, it is a great read it is more than about the Legion, it is a great autobiography about the life of an Irishman who was determined to become a soldier even after the Irish Army turned him down. In my eyes they were worse off and he was better off for this. Padraig O'Keeffe does not glorify death or war but sees it as a consequence of his work.

Great book
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on 22 May 2014
O'Keeffe and his ghost writer have done a great job of bringing his experiences in the French Foreign Legion and as a contractor in Iraq, and his troubles while in less stimulating environments, to vivid and immediate life. My only real criticism is that there is a literary device whereby you're left on a cliff hanger at the very beginning of the book and the resolution doesn't come until close to the end - I had to read back to pick up the thread.
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on 21 February 2015
This book was able to make me laugh my ass off at moments and at other moments it revealed the horrors of the 3rd world. Its weird how I can relate so well with the author of wanting to be a soldier. The choice of joining the French foreign legion seems easy to me and him and its certainly a choice I intend on making. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it only makes me want to join the legion even more
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on 18 October 2013
I don't normally read this type of book but fancied something a little different. And... I really enjoyed it. I was immediately drawn by the insipiring documentation (ghost writer) of an interesting and challenging life which as a reader with little to no knowledge of a professinal soldier's life I was able to follow with ease and get stuck right into.

Well paced, griping and educational too.
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on 13 June 2014
One of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading for a long time. I found it to be well written and down to earth. It's good that Padraig has been able to tell his story without glorifying war whilst telling it like it is. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a book that will keep you interested from start to finish.
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on 22 December 2014
To be able to go through a life like Padraig has and to be able to be so graphic in writing about it is truly amazing. It is one of the best written books I have read and there where times when I found it difficult to put down. I would really love to meet him if only to shake his hand.
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on 9 October 2014
Excellent story of one man's commitment to do something he
Dreamed of doing I.e.becoming a soldier and about his instincts of how to survive in difficult situations.great insight and history details about the French foreign legion and the company you make friends with.
Bert/Aberdeen
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on 24 May 2014
I quite enjoyed the book but felt it glossed over a few things. the only character that I felt I got to know was the author. The other characters were all 'great guys' but that was about it. the description of life in the FFL was illuminating.
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on 28 April 2014
Padraig takes you on an incredible journey, the harsh realities of soldering and the being a Legionnaire, to the horrors of the Balkans, and then Iraq. His problems settling back in civvy street. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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on 5 December 2014
I loved this book and Padraig's style of writing. The story's of the Legion and of camaraderie, the nail biting ride through Iraq. I hope we see another offering from Padraig in the future - either based on fact or fiction!
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