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Callsign Hades Paperback – 26 May 2011
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Patrick Bury's Callsign Hades joins that elite band of great war books. It is a quite enthralling account of Irish soldiers at war, by a gallant Irish officer and a superb writer - Irish Independent
This is an intensely sad and moving book . . . Callsign Hades is a vivid but ultimately despair-inducing account of war in the 21st century - Irish Times
A scintillating masterpiece... The first great book of the Afghan War Kevin Myers
I was particularly impressed by Bury's understanding of junior command and leadership... I sincerely hope that this book becomes embedded in every account of leadership across all three services...There have been many books written by serving personnel of life at the "sharp end" in Helmand since 2006. This is, in my view, the very best - British Army Review
Utterly riveting. - Belfast Telegraph
Excellent...Bury is a gifted writer... (Callsign Hades) is thoroughly deserving of the accolades it has received - Army Rumour Service
A classic. Rarely has the nature of war in Afghanistan been captured as well as in Paddy Bury's book -Richard Doherty, author of Mission Helmand
Enlightening... brilliant - Daily Mirror
Subtly different...a more personal account of action - Financial Times
Describes the hell of combat with visceral intensity - Irish News
One of the most thoughtful books on Afghanistan I've come across - Professor Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, Oxford University
A gripping account of the bloody war being fought in Afghanistan by Northern Irish and British soldiers - Belfast Telegraph Sunday Life Magazine
Whilst there's no shortage of blood and guts, this book also contains thoughtful analysis of the moral and emotional difficulties young soldiers endure - Irish Examiner
[Bury] is honest about a soldier's experiences and frank about the toll - physical and mental - inflicted on himself and his men - Sunday Business Post
Bury writes this soldier's view expressively and honestly, and with a humorous undertone that never detracts from the seriousness of operational life... It is clear that he has a profound love for his regiment and the men that served in it - --Soldier Magazine
About the Author
Patrick Bury is 27 years old and served in 1st Royal Irish Regiment until October 2009.
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Whilst there have been many accounts emanating from the Afghan conflict, this is the first that I have read that explores the emotional side of war.
In places it reads like a novel and not a 1st hand account. It is evident within the first couple of chapters were the narrative is going, however even as the book reaches its tragic denouement, there is no let up in the journey towards this ending. Of particular significance is an exchange between the author and a veteran at Wooton Bassett.
Coming out of it, I went straight onto Amazon and ordered a copy of the book.
I sat and read it in one sitting. Unlike an action novel or film, this stuff is real. This is why the book is extremely disturbing, scary and horrifying. That doesn't mean it's a bad book however, far from it. It is one of the best non-fiction books that I have read this year (2012) as it has forced me to think about the reality of warfare, and its effects.
This is ideal for anyone looking for a soldier's true experiecnce of warfare, rather than a glamorised war-film or action novel. I can see this being used in around 50-100 years as a historical source for researchers looking at opinions of the Afghanistan war.
Brutal but brilliant.
Patrick story was well detailed, set the scene to what was happening.
I feel sad that we send the guys out to bad places to fight.
Enjoyed reading, not just a blokes book!!
Thank you for sharing your experiences.
Anymore books in the future??
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