Bomb Hunters: Life and Death Stories with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit in Afghanistan

By Sean Rayment

The Sunday instances Bestseller 'Afghanistan is rather like Iraq -- sizzling, dusty and entire of people that are looking to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer seek consultant Bomb Hunters tells the tale of the British army's elite bomb disposal specialists, males who face loss of life each day within the most threatening zone in the world -- Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Bomb Hunters are up opposed to the Improvised Explosive equipment -- the IED -- the lethal home made bombs planted through the Taliban. demanding to discover and simple to set off, an anticipated 10 bombs for each one of many 10,000 British troops were planted within the area. IEDs are actually the most killer of British troops in Afghanistan and the final word mental weapon. Bomb Hunters paintings in 50-degree warmth as they take the 'long walk' into the kill region, defusing as many as 15 bombs an afternoon. long ago yr the casualty price has soared because the troops became locked right into a lethal video game of cat and mouse -- to find and deactivate the lethal bombs sooner than they maim and kill infantrymen, police and civilians. ability, chilly braveness and unavoidably natural good fortune play an immense half within the survival of those males and because the British public have already noticeable -- a unmarried lapse of focus can lead to speedy demise. Ex-paratrooper, now defence journalist, Sean Rayment, takes the reader on a trip into the warmth and mud of Helmand Province as he meets those brave squaddies whereas they positioned their lives in danger to avoid different British troops falling sufferer to the IED. He interviews the Bomb Hunters as they practice their tasks at the frontline and paints a panoramic photo of what existence is like for the lads who play poker with their very own lives each day, who dwell understanding the enemy watches their each circulation, watching for a weak point to teach itself, a trend in strategy to be exploited, or an blunders to be made that triggers the gadget itself. this is often as shiny and dramatic as struggle reporting will get, blending 'close to the bone' narrative and dead-pan black humour from the Bomb Hunters themselves, a few of whom have been as a consequence killed in motion. No punches could be pulled on what those males suppose concerning the conflict, their position in it, the politicians and generals who ship them there, and the way they care for the relentless strain of the task itself within the center of the world's such a lot opposed wrestle environment.

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The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

For readers of Sebastian Junger, Philip Gourevitch, and Dexter Filkins, Graeme Smith’s magnificent e-book is a uncooked, uncensored account of the conflict in Afghanistan from a tender reporter who for numerous years was once the single Western journalist courageous adequate to dwell full-time within the perilous southern region.

With a brand new foreword via the author,The canine are consuming Them now's a hugely own narrative of our battle in Afghanistan and the way it went dangerously fallacious. Written by way of a revered and fearless former international correspondent who has received a number of awards for his journalism (including an Emmy for the video sequence "Talking with the Taliban") it is a gripping account of recent battle that takes you into again alleys, cockpits, and prisons –telling tales that may have endangered his existence had he released this ebook whereas nonetheless operating as a journalist. Smith was once no longer easily embedded with the army: he operated independently and at nice own hazard to document from contained in the conflict, and the heroes of his tale are the translators, courses, and traditional voters who helped him locate the reality. They printed unhappy, absurd, touching tales that offer the most important to knowing why the undertaking did not convey peace and democracy.

From the corruption of legislation enforcement brokers and the tribal nature of the neighborhood strength constitution to the economics of the drug exchange and the widespread error of international troops, this can be the no-holds-barred tale from a number one specialist at the insurgency. Smith attracts on his unequalled compassion and a unprecedented skill to chop during the noise and spot the wider truths to offer us a daring and candid examine the Taliban's endured influence–and on the blunders, catastrophes, and supreme failure of the West's most sensible intentions. And with the yank retreat from Afghanistan in 2016 nonetheless some extent of competition, there hasn't ever been a extra pressing want for a accomplished and clever examine our struggle in Afghanistan.

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Can Science End War? (New Human Frontiers)

Free-roaming killer drones stalk the battlespace trying to find natural objectives. Human warring parties are programmed to suppose no soreness. Highpower microwave beams detonate munitions, jam communications, and prepare dinner inner organs.

Is this imaginative and prescient of destiny battle attainable, or perhaps inevitable? during this well timed new e-book, Everett Carl Dolman examines the connection among technology and battle. traditionally, technology has performed a huge function in finishing wars – give some thought to the half performed by means of tanks in breaching trench battle within the First global battle, or atom bombs in hastening the japanese quit within the moment global warfare – yet up to now this has basically elevated the chance and destructiveness of destiny conflicts. may possibly technology ever create the con-ditions of an enduring peace, both by means of making wars very unlikely to win, or so awful that nobody may ever struggle? eventually, Dolman argues that technology can't, by itself, finish struggle with out additionally finishing what it potential to be human.

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Retreat, Hell! (Corps, No 10)

By W.E.B. Griffin

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Orwell in Spain (Penguin Modern Classics)

By George Orwell

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Free the Darkness (King's Dark Tidings, Book 1)

By Kel Kade

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Rezkin needs to commute throughout Ashai to discover the only guy who may perhaps carry the clues to his very lifestyles. His final orders, spoken at the lips of his demise grasp, have been to "Kill with conscience" and "Protect and honor your friends." residing in isolation from the outworld less than a strict routine of teaching and schooling, the younger warrior has no realizing of a moral sense or associates. made up our minds to stick to his final orders, Rezkin extends his defense to an not likely collection of people he meets alongside the way in which, frequently resulting in funny and poignant incidents.

As if pursuing an elite warrior throughout a country, knowing who he's and why every body he is aware is lifeless, and searching for those so-called pals and safeguard them isn't really adequate, unusual issues are taking place within the country. New risks start to come up that threaten not just Rezkin and his pals, yet potentially everybody in Ashai.

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H.M.S. Ulysses

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The tale of fellows who rose to heroism, after which to whatever better, H.M.S. Ulysses; takes its position along The Caine Mutiny; andThe merciless Sea as one of many vintage novels of the military, its males and its ships, at struggle. it's classic MacLean -- and unforgettable.High-powered dramatics San Francisco Chronicle

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Osprey's research of the crusade at Marengo in 1800 throughout the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). Having back from Egypt and seized energy as First Consul, Napoleon led the military of the Reserve opposed to the Austrian military besieging Genoa. After a interval of skirmishing and manoeuvring, Melas, the Austrian commander, introduced a shock assault at the morning of 14 June. The assault at first drove the French again to Marengo village and, regardless of committing the Consular protect, by way of 3pm the French have been taking flight. Believing he had gained, the wounded Melas left the sphere to his Chief-of-Staff, Zach. The well timed arrival of Desaix's department led by means of Kellerman's cavalry and the 9e Légère threw the Austrians into confusion, became the conflict in Napoleon's favour, hence securing his place as First Consul. it may possibly were very diversified.

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By John le Carré

From the acclaimed writer of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Our type of Traitor which is soon to be a movement picture starring Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Damian Lewis

The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carré's first paintings of non-fiction, will be to be had from Viking in September 2016

"A novel that beckons us past any and all expectations."—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

A counter-terrorist operation, code-named Wildlife, is being fixed at the British crown colony of Gibraltar.  Its objective: to seize and abduct a high-value jihadist hands patron. Its authors: an bold overseas workplace Minister, a personal safeguard contractor who's additionally his bosom pal, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So smooth is the operation that even the Minister’s own deepest secretary, Toby Bell, isn't really cleared for it.

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