Bomb Hunters: In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit Paperback – 7 Jul 2011
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‘A vivid and absorbing portrayal of a unique and dedicated group of soldiers.’ – General Sir Mike Jackson, formerly Chief of the General Staff.
‘[a] scintillating book’ – Short List
This is a powerful piece of reportage – The Financial Times
‘The great merit of Bomb Hunters, Sean Rayment’s study of the British bomb disposal units in Afghanistan, is that it lets us hear the true voice of the soldier.’ - The Financial Times
‘Bomb Hunters is highly recommended’. – The Daily Star
“(the book)…amply demonstrate(s) why we should be just as interested in Afghanistan as ever... it is no longer enough merely to depict action for action’s sake – now the action must be there for a reason.” - The Telegraph
“The authentic voice of the British soldier is irresistible: unforgettably funny, realistic and brave. One in 10 soldiers are killed or injured in Afghanistan.” - London Evening Standard“In Bomb Hunters, ex-paratrooper-turned-war-correspondent Sean Rayment joins some of the Army’s top Ammunition Technical Officers (ATOs) on tour to find out what their daily life is like, and how they deal with the stresses of undertaking such dangerous work.” - Legion magazine
About the Author
Sean Rayment served as a Captain in the Parachute Regiment in the late 1980's. As a journalist, he has specialised in war reporting for the past ten years, undertaking assignments in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the Gulf and Africa. He has been embedded with the British Army on more than a ten occasions.
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I am pleased Sean chose to tell our story and I was pleased to be part of the story.
Afghanistan doesn't get reported in the news so much anymore, with other conflicts in the Arab world taking the focus away; it makes it even easier for the British public to forget what is actually going on at the moment in Helmand Province and why our soldiers are being killed.
Sean Rayment has taking it upon himself to get to the front, take the same risks and endure what the bomb disposal teams endure every day. The book contains a lot of interviews, not only with officers that are trained to answer media questions but with soldiers from private up warrant officer. Interviews with soldiers such as Staff Sgt Karl Ley whose team managed to clear 139 IED's in a 6 month tour.
The book is concise, all of the military jargon is explained and acronyms are expanded. One of the interesting points I picked up from reading this book is how patriotism is changing, maybe only 70 years ago soldiers would be fighting for land, pride and the glory of an empire. Now most of us just fight for each other, we do what we can with the equipment we've got and we try to do whatever it takes to get all our guys back home in 6 months time with all of their limbs and no major injuries. Anything else is seen as failure.Read more ›
how controversial, is born out in this outstanding account of life in
the most dangerous place on earth, Afghanistan.
This is the book governments don't want you to read.
Hilary Meredith Solicitor
As well as the action you get to know the Bomb Hunters as men and as characters because of the time Sean Rayment spent with them. He writes in a very personal way about his experiences with them and obviously got to know them very well and came to like them very much which makes a reader like them too, as well as admire them for their raw courage. And so it is even more devastating when things go wrong and men die, which in this job they do a lot. Rayment, to his credit, does not hide that or other truths about war and Bomb Hunters is all the better for it. The sadness he feels when men are killed is described incredibly powerfully.
Bomb Hunters is quite simply as good a book about the realities of war as you will ever read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has a lot of very interesting stories in it which make it clear just how brave the RLC high-threat IED operators are (not to mention the Royal Engineers search teams... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Didier Sept
Thoughtful and told wth an obvious respect for the job and risks undertaken by our lads
With a few needed sideswipes at the government that revels in their victories and seem... Read more
this in an interesting book, you hear about the bomb hunters on tv, on the news and in films, this book tells you what happens
to these brave men and women while they are... Read more
The first book I read was the wonderful Extreme Risk and have been hooked ever since. This book is a must if you are interested in what these brave people actually do. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jacqui
Well written . A credit to the men and women who do this . An eye opener .Published 8 months ago by geoffrey 68