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One of the best books I've ever read...,
This review is from: Trusted Mole: A Soldier's Journey into Bosnia's Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
...and I don't use that line lightly, I've read a few; some good, some bad, some brilliant, some ok.
Having spent time in Bosnia during the war, a war that left a mark on me that's branded on to brain to this day, I read this book and others from the war numerous times since I left, but this one makes the most sense to me (maybe because it's written by a soldier in a language I understand).
Forget the politics, goodies v baddies and press pack or many Governments, NATO or UN that played literally with people's lives in that war for agenda's good and bad, this book nails it for me.
The confusion, the ridiculous-ness, the "why am I here" or "Is this what humanity is capable of" feelings Milos Stankovic brings to the tale over what happened in Europe in the 90s is right up there with the best I've read. No, it's the most extrodinary story I've read. Ever.
Milos was caught between his family history and what he was trained/conditioned to do as a British soldier and his unique insight in to the Serb language or mentality meant he could only be used as a tool to what the British Army felt he could best offer to their effort. If I was a General Rose or any of the UNPROFOR commanders I'd order him to my side instantly as well.
That the UK MoD shafted him, arrested him, wrecked his career, for it (without ever convicting him) makes the story double whammy.
A pawn, used and abused when it suited, arrested and charged when it suited, makes me sick but does not surprise me from UK FCO or MoD.
One of the most honest accounts I've read of UK soldiers on ops. No Andy McNab playing the superhero card, it's a story many should read thinking of joining Sandhurst.