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Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon
Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth 4 hrs of your time to read!!!, 10 Sept. 2015
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Well written and documented tribute to all the top marathon runners.
This account is destined to become a must read for anyone that appreciates the necessary work to run a marathon.
A sub 2 becomes a strong possibility to witness in our lifetime with a Kenyan the most likely athlete to do it.


Fire Strike 7/9
Fire Strike 7/9
by Paul Grahame
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant blockbuster from Damien Lewis, 28 May 2010
This review is from: Fire Strike 7/9 (Hardcover)
What an absolutely cracking read. This has a soldier on every page. You laugh with Bommer, you cry with Bommer, but best of all your'e in the action with Bommer thanks to the wonderful way Damien brings a soldier's story to life.
A tour in Afghanistan is an emotional time and these soldiers bond well in war. The 2 Mercian are a true band of brothers and Paul'Bommer' Grahame can take credit for having told such a remarkable account of his and their time in this war torn country.
This is everything you want in a war book. It comes with a good mixture of squaddie humour and also good technical details on a JTac's job and the weaponry at his disposal. It takes a hell of a training schedule to become one and Bommer pulls no punches as he describes the intense pressures that are put upon a JTAC. Awesome book and will become a best seller without doubt.
Once again Damien has got it just right. He takes the soldiers stories and cuts, pastes and with creative talent forms a piece of history for the reader to get very excited about....well done, truly fantastic account.


Drawing Fire: The diary of a Great War soldier and artist
Drawing Fire: The diary of a Great War soldier and artist
by Len Smith
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from WW1., 10 Jan. 2010
Well I just love these finds and this one is definately a pleasure to read. To be reading a diary written at the front often in secret and kept on scraps of paper is a profoundly moving moment. Every page depicts life in the trenches, often diabolicle conditions, sometimes hungry, cold and fed up the diary still remains humerous and full of hope.
It has been done in a very professional manner. The book, the binding and the content is far superior to other products. It is worth every penny of its face value and will play an important part in my collection.
Please see my other reviews of ww1 diaries/ letters.


Stanley Spencer's Great War Diaries
Stanley Spencer's Great War Diaries
by Stanley Spencer
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly superb archive of the great war., 5 Dec. 2009
I was very impressed with the way that Stanley Spencer has written his diary. It gives a real sense of the war from a birds eye perspective which can never be achieved by historical accounts. This was a soldier writing his account of the war and its trials and tribulations on a day to day basis. Sometimes even in the face of adversity it comes across with a young man full of wit and humour along with a sense of survival and adventure. Times were extremely hard, to fall off a duck board into the thick wet mud was not unusual and would have resulted in certain death. For Stanley as luck would have it the last man in the line helped pull him out. A trip to the local estaminate saw him fill his face with a plentifully cooked breakfast which must have been heaven. To have to strip naked and have a cold shower with a dozen other men in a disused barn in a French winter in the middle of a war would be a sight for sore eyes.He even turns down promotion to lance corporal as he states he doesn't want to be weighed down with the NCO stuff!!
A remarkable insight into a soldiers life during the great war. I loved it and am heartened that the family have chosen to share with us this historical document, which I'm sure will become an important great war treasure to be read and shared for another 100yrs.
Very sorry that Stanley had failing health and was unable to live a full married life and succumbed to his illnesses well before he would have been able to fulfill his dreams, especially after surviving the war and winning himself a military cross.
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Attack State Red
Attack State Red
by Col. Richard Kemp
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic account of The Angle Irons tour., 4 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Attack State Red (Hardcover)
By and far the best account of a tour of duty in Afghanistan I have ever read. From cover to cover it covers the Taliban attacks with such ferocious descriptions one is sweating jusr reading. I really like the way this book has been set out. 18yr olds enjoying the recruit course, the camaraderie of a soldiers life only to find that in every chapter the poor souls described at the start are the ones that end up falling to the taliban bullets or Ied's. It makes tears flow freely and I am not ashamed to say so as I have a 19yr old son serving with the Royal Engineers.
If you only read one book in your life I couldn't recommend a better one.


Task Force Helmand: A Soldier's Story of Life, Death and Combat on the Afghan Front Line
Task Force Helmand: A Soldier's Story of Life, Death and Combat on the Afghan Front Line
by Doug Beattie
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Irish wit and charm. A bloody war told from the heart., 4 Dec. 2009
Having read Doug's first book and finding it a fascinating and bloody account of his tour of Afghanistan I was wondering why the need for a second book. Curiosity got the better of me and I purchased a copy of Task force Helmand. I went to an evening with Doug Beattie in Crawley and heard from the man himself some stories and clips from this book. I found Doug both charming and interesting and realised straight away this second tour was no ordinary one.
Having now finished this book from cover to cover I felt the same highs and lows Doug would have experienced. At times he thinks he is winning the battle to train Afghan men into soldiers only to find he has achieved nothing when they murder prisoners in cold blood. For me the chapter that really sets Doug in a league of his own was eleven. This, entitled, Killed in Action is Doug spilling his words from the heart. It is a piece of literature that will remain one of the best descriptions of the futility of war. The sheer waste of young lives. He has captured the perfect answer to a question often asked, How would you describe soldiers dying in battle?
We always play the game of having a ficticious dinner party and asking who would be your guests if you could have anybody dead or alive at the table. Well Doug Beattie would definately be at my table along with an eighteen year old from Scotland....Read the book if you want to know what that means!!


Bullets, Bombs and Cups of Tea: Further Voices of the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98
Bullets, Bombs and Cups of Tea: Further Voices of the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98
by Ken Wharton
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile account of 'THE TROUBLES' in NI., 6 Nov. 2009
Yet again Ken Wharton has spent his time to document the troubles in Northern Ireland with priceless anecdotes from serving soldiers and other personnel. It has been compiled in as professional way as the first book was and leaves no stones unturned with incredible insight to life for our Toms on the front line. My only criticism with both books is the number of grammatical and spelling errors throughout the 500 pages. Surely they could have been proof read before taking to print.
If, like me, you keep your books in as new condition it is infuriating to leave the mistakes uncorrected for the next generation of readers, who, might well think it was the norm for books to be inundated with so many mistakes.
Please don't let this detract from the importance of this account as it is a masterpiece in it's collection of stories from the atrocities of war in Northern Ireland.
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Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin
Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin
by Richard Van Emden
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Sapper's war., 1 Nov. 2009
Sapper Martin is a superb documented account of life in the trenches for an ordinary sapper. By reading this diary you get a better feel for the mundane activities away from trench warfare, the hardships in atrocious conditions and the camaradery of privates in conversation. It has been put together in a very professional way which Richard should take credit for. One reads and can barely turn away from this account. No sooner have you turned the page it draws you in to more incredible anecdotes of the war era now a whole generation ago. There are diaries worth reading that I have already reviewed and this is definately another that is worthy of it's place in being a must read.


Desperate Glory: At War in Helmand with Britain's 16 Air Assault Brigade
Desperate Glory: At War in Helmand with Britain's 16 Air Assault Brigade
by Sam Kiley
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Good Game'., 25 Oct. 2009
I like this book. It is bloody and fierce. The words can horrify, bring tears of pain and at the same time give hope. It has been written so well I could not leave it alone. Every page needed reading. Every page devouring a lust for war, an obsession of conflict between men, fighting men. When I read a book of such a high calibre in descriptive detail I cannot praise enough the skills of a writer that has justified the reason for war.
I have always said religion is war. All men fighting to achieve God's right of passage to a better world. Would we have war without religion? Would man invade a country to dominate or to annialate?
What is left for Afghanistan only time will tell. Nothing must be left unfinished. We will not walk away from an unfinished job. We must destroy the Terry's and the opium.
Well done Sam Kiley for supporting our troops and bringing their story home.


A Long Long War: Voices from the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98
A Long Long War: Voices from the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98
by Ken Wharton
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first war on terrorism, 14 Oct. 2009
A very informative and well documented book. Little was known, far less reported on at the time. I know far more about the Vietnam war and saw much more news documenting the American war than our own troops in N Ireland.
This was and will always remain the first war on terror. Our troops were sent to keep peace between two religions that could not live side by side in harmony. Fueled by factions led by extremists and forming terrorist organisations the whole debacle of Northern Ireland got totally out of hand and led to one of the worst conflicts our troops have ever had to deal with.
Ask any x serviceman which war since WW2 he'd have chosen to be in very few would say Northern Ireland.
A long awaited testament to the heroes that went and served Queen and country. This almost reads like a diary. It is filled with daily life, fears and thoughts of our serving forces. The terrible strains put upon them in the early days is utterly remarkable and astonishing to read now 30- 40 yrs on. If only we had the same care for our military then as we do now so many more might have suffered less.
It's fair to say that Blair has blood on his hands now but who was to blame for the bloodshed during the 'troubles' in N Ireland?
This book gives a very good insight into the actual war on a daily basis and does not complicate itself with politics.
The only downside I have is that the author chose to inform us at the very start that he was a Jehovah's Witness. Personally I believe Northern Ireland's conflict was due to Religion. Afghanistan is due to religion. There are no wars fought without two or more religions involved and I believe he had no need to inform us of his own religious bending.
If there is a God all the religion in the world will not be a reason to believe in him. He would not have asked so many people to fight over the rights of ownership. Infact the less bent on religion you are the more chance of meeting him later.
Remember the Germans thought that God was with them in WW1 and the Taliban believe they are fighting for Ala now.
It was two Jehovah Witnesses that killed my father in 2000.
A good book and I look forward to the second one as I'm sure there are many more who served that would now like to be heard.
Remember the only war fought without religion involved is the Cod war.
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