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This is Not a Drill: Just Another Glorious Day in the Oilfield Paperback – 8 Nov 2007

3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (8 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857885007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885002
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

About the Author

Paul Carter was born in England in 1969. His father's military career had the family moving all over the world. He has worked in the oil industry for fifteen years, re-locating every few years (old habits).When not getting into trouble on the rigs Paul lives in Perth with his wife and two motorbikes, visits his father in the UK and his mother in France, and is constantly flying to all corners of the globe.


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Okay, so you write a book about your wild and weird experiences on an oil rig ('Don't Tell Mum..'), it's pretty good and it manages to sell a surprisingly respectable amount of copies. So the publishers come back to you and say 'Well that last book went down a storm, we need you to write another one'. Your dilemma now is whether to:
A) Admit you've used up all your good material and regretfully decline
B) Happily use all the other fantastic stories you've been holding back or
C) Regurgitate a few well-worn tales that aren't quite the pick of the bunch and take the money.

If you're anything like me and the author of this book, you will go for option C.
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This is longer, denser and more mature than the first book, still stuffed full of gross-out humour and stories for grown up boys about drunkenness, pranks, motorbikes and dangerous situations.

Paul Carter's style is very readable, but this sequel has even less of an oilfield theme than the first book. Here we hear flying stories from Paul's dad and his Air Force mates, Paul goes on an interesting but unexplained trip through Afghanistan, and we stray so far off track that much of it has hardly got anything to do with the drilling of the title.

So anyone expecting to read something with any connection to the oil industry will be disappointed, or at least confused.

Still, if you're looking for a rip-roaring, rollicking roster of drunken antics, tropical diseases and bad behaviour, you won't go far wrong.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2008
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Really enjoyed the author's first book and read this one straight after.
The first book was very original and contained some great tales and escapades and I suppose I was looking for more here. In this one Carter tells a few more tales but mixes in some serious stuff and some views on the way of the world. Obviously the best tales got used in the first book and here is is looking to do something slightly different.
This is still very entertaining and readable but does not hit the highs of the first one.
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This book is a great follow on from "Dont Tell Mum I Work On The Rigs" I came across it in the airport, and just had to buy it. I read most of the book on the flight, not being able to put it down, Paul has some excellent tales to tell and it sure makes you think about life on the rigs.

If you buy this book don't read it in a quiet place, since you will frequently laugh out loud. I was getting some very funny looks from the cabin crew on my flight! Buy it!!
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A great sequel to the first book, with some hilarious tales from the oil patch. It's guaranteed to have you laughing and once started its very difficult book to put down, it's addictive! I passed the book over to my wife and she enjoyed it as well and she has little experience of the oil field.
Sadly one of the characters Miguel left the oil field after spending a few days in a Yuzhno Jail for trying to smuggle Soviet medals out of the country... Some of the characters in this book are larger than life. Scary
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Casing hands have a reputation for embellishing the truth.

They also enjoy macho posturing - hence the side trip to Afghanistan, a country that has nothing to do with the oil industry.

Don't believe every word of it. I work in the oil industry and was able to second guess the outcome of many escapades.
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An excellent book and a definite read for those of us who fell about laughing reading "Don't tell Mum..." however not quite up to the same standard but then I do not think Paul could ever have topped his first book.
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Made me laugh. Mostly set overseas but I can see lots of the behaviour I saw in the North Sea. Obviously not meant to be instructive - I'd read Bill Mackie first.
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