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Hidden Soldier: An Irish Legionnaire's Wars from Bosnia to Iraq by [O'Keeffe, Padraig, Riegel, Ralph]
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'A marvellous read'

(Sunday Tribune)

'A joy to armchair warriors and travellers.'

(Irish Times)

'A remarkable story of life and death in the world’s most dangerous war zones'

(Irish Independent)

'The book is at once a taut, fascinating insight into one man's quest to be a noble soldier and a shocking expose of how difficult that is to achieve.'

(Irish Mail on Sunday)

About the Author

Pádraig O'Keefe is from Cobh, Co Cork. A former Legionnaire, he is now a security expert who works in the most dangerous parts of the world.

Ralph Riegel lives in Cork. He has worked as a journalist for several newspapers including The Cork Examiner, The Evening Echo, The Evening Herald and The Sunday Independent and is the southern correspondent for The Irish Independent. He is also a regular contributor to RTE, BBC and TV3 and to British newspapers including the (London) Independent and The Daily Telegraph.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press (16 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847176224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847176226
  • ASIN: B00DTWHWAW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Always a bit of a wild child Padraig o keefe left his native Cork at the age of twenty one to fulfill his dream of becoming a soldier.His destination the almost mythical French Foreign Legion,this bold move set him on an extremely dangerous life path.Padraig tells it like it is from Bosnia to Cambodia to a near fatal ambush in Iraq the reader will not be spared the gory details.We see what life is like behind the closed doors of the Legion and the death row like existence of a private security operative in Fallujah.This sometimes graphic always gripping book is a must read but beware the faint hearted!!
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This is not one but two books. Part of it deals with the Foreign Legion and what it was like being there in the early 90's, while the remainder deals with the author's experiences as a 'hired gun' in some of the hotspots of the planet, over the last few years. The part of the book that deals with the Foreign Legion is interesting, in the sense that it relates the experiences of someone who has actually seen action with the Legion. This certainly is an advantage over other books on this subject. The second part of the book is also interesting in its own right, offering an insight into the world of security contractors in Iraq and elsewhere in the world. The impression I was left with was that some of the narrative, on both parts of the book, was somewhat spoiled by the author's misgivings about leaving the Legion - allegedly because of the deterioration of its standards during the author's stay - with the knowledge that he could never return. The author reverts to this point so frequently throughout the text that the reader could legitimately be left with some doubts as to his actual motives for leaving the Legion.
Other than that, an interesting book (in places, something of a page-turner) that I would recommend to anyone interested in the Legion and security contractors.
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This is a very interesting book. In fact this is rather a collection of stories and things that happened to the author. Amazingly - all he does is unfinished., but put it all together and it makes sense and first of all brings you a great book.

Recommended - good for anyone. I was unable to put it down.
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excellent read, think that he is holding back when telling about his first time in Bosnia because there was plenty of fun and (illegal) action. i know cause was there in 1993 attached to the 2e rep (i was a member ofthe UN Sign Bat)
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Having had some experience with the legion,i was eager to read this book,as usual the ones that aren't bigged up are the best.Did not want to put it down,excellent.Nice to read a factual,action packed biography on a subject that most people in the uk know bugger all about.Shame that as per many soldiers,they pay such a heavy mental price.
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This book is at times funny, sad, shocking - but always fascinating. Written with real wit and intelligence, it's sometimes easy to forget that Paddy is writing about real life; some of the situations are so hair-raising, the violence so casual. At times un-put-downable, this is a real page-turner of a book. Highly recommended.
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This is a fantastically honest book from a very level headed guy. Im in the Military myself and this book is a must for ant military enthusiasts and those just interested in a good honest read. If your looking for a detailed account of the legions training you may be a little disappointed . However if your looking to find an excellent account of a soldiers life, attitude, and mental change this is the book for you. In general a great read!
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I purchased this book because I am interested in the French Foreign Legion. Only 5 chapters cover his time as a Legionnaire, including a chapter each on a tour in Cambodia and 2 tours of Bosnia. A few chapters cover his time trying to start a business in Ireland. Several chapters then cover his time as a PMC in Iraq including covering the ambush he was caught in leaving many of his colleagues dead. There is also a chapter covering some time he spent as bodyguard in Haiti, which I would have like to know a bit more about. Although I found Padraig's story interesting I felt I didn't really get a insight into the FFL life. But hats off to him for doing something that most people only dream about.
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