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Rubbish! Buy '3 PARA' instead
on 10 February 2009
As a serving member of 3 PARA and one who has now completed 2 tours of Afghanistan with the Battalion, I was mildly irritated by the publication of this book (as were most members of the Regiment). Any soldier with experience (and any brain cells!) will read this book and be frustrated by the author's exaggerations (bordering on untruths) and lack of any insight into the wider Afghan campaign.
One of the more sinister sides of this book is the way in which he makes dispargaging remarks about well respected members of the regiment who have served on numerous operations with distinction, and continue to do so. It is worth noting that the author served for only a short time in the Parachute Regiment before leaving to join a Private Security Company. Soldiers with integrity who care about their Regiment do not leave the Army to write books like this. Soldiers that do are viewed in a very negative light indeed.
This book is very poorly written and really no more than a series of bitter opinions and pub-boasts strung together. For a true insight into what it was like for all levels of soldier during this time, buy '3 PARA' by Patrick Bishop instead.