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C. Q. B: Close Quarter Battle Paperback – Import, 1998
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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18 years in the British army. 15 in the SAS. Combat in Faulklands. Jungle. Behind lines in Iraq. Bosnia. Dead comrades. Soldiering in the most hostile places on the planet. Left with a failed marriage, two daughters somewhat estranged, an inadequate pension, and a parasite that will eventually kill him.
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Left with a failed marriage, two daughters somewhat estranged, an inadequate pension, and a parasite that will eventually kill him.
From working in the Welsh coal mines as a youngster, all over the world. Jungles. Deserts. Freezing in the Faulklands. Skiing with the Norwegians. UN surveys in Bosnia during the hostilities.
Beautifully written but not much humor. (Humor high point of book: He reports being assigned to a foreign country base on a training mission & being struck by the extraordinary beauty of one of the civilian workers on the base. He checks and finds out that she was hired to be and works as a prostitute.)
The impression given is that the training in the SAS produces about as many casualties as combat. He contrasts the good pay and base conditions - and safety consiousness of US Delta Force with the toughness and mission effectiveness focus of the SAS.
The characters mentioned came back to me and I found myself write in the middle of them again, I laughed out loud 6 times and I cried 4.
This is a book that you cannot put down (in both senses).
I highly recommend this book. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I would have liked more battle information (maps, etc..) but still, a very good book.