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Authentic and explosive - and well-rounded,
This review is from: Making A Killing: The Explosive Story of a Hired Gun in Iraq (Paperback)
I have no connection to any military, I have no knowledge about guns or survival in a hostile urban environment, and I haven't been to Iraq, but James Ashcroft's "Making a killing" jumps from the pages as authentic and explosive in both the story and the storytelling.
How much of it is actually real and happened the way, Ash says, I cannot know, but the effect is great.
"Making a killing" is about Ash, who is former British military, who takes a job with a private security company in Iraq. "Making a killing" shows both way in the world Ash would put himself harm's way and what life was like in Iraq just after the tumble of the great Saddam statue et al.
Excellent points for "Making a killing"
- not just packed action, but also about the everyday life and reflections about Iraq and the effort there. Not a Rambo-story, but also about the chaos and ignorance about what is actually happening.
- the slang and military talk which is an integral part doesn't make the book unreadable for an outsider.
- the respect for Iraq and the Iraqi people and culture that shines through.
"Making a killing" may not be long or shortlisted for any literary awards, but it is definitely an explosive read.