Date: 23rd December 2013
British Army On The Rampage
by Sean Connolly
IF YOU LIKED M.A.S.H. YOU'LL LOVE B.A.O.R.
Sean Connolly brings us his laugh-out-loud
memoirs of the British Army on the Rampage
First came the misery of training in freezing conditions for a deployment in a very hot climate. Then came the decision to send one hundred trained lunatics running around in dense jungle, armed with live ammunition. And they called this the solution?
This is a down-to-earth, witty account of a humble British soldier on his tour of duty in the Carribean country of Belize in 1982. It's the autobiographical novel that tells it how it was - warts and all.
"I wasn't in the SAS, I dont think I killed many people and if I did it was an accident", author Sean Connolly confesses. These are just the stories of a hell of a good time with real friends and comrades and the life we lived, the pranks we got up to and the friendships we formed. I make no apologies for the fact that these memoirs are humorous, because that's simply how it was for me in spite of the fact that we were fighting a war against insurgents who would happily torture a man to death.
Connolly's humorous memories include the accidental destruction of the warden's new hut with a grenade launcher, the export of frozen tarantulas, windsurfing with bull-sharks, biting the heads off chickens, insulting the memory of Bob Marley, causing a riot, breaking a toe on a frog and the near-death experience of a dislocated finger...
Along with his account of this operation, Connolly proves that it is only with sheer determination, camaraderie and a sense of belonging to the 'military family' that pulls soldiers through the difficult times they often face. "Let's just say if war is a serious business, at least we had a lot of laughs on the way!"
"It's like Club 18-30 with guns."
- David Lewis Richardson, director of Shameless
SEAN CONNOLLY is a fifty-one year old ex-British soldier and a first-time local author who was recently inspired by the birth of his son to write. He joined the British Army in 1978 at the age of 16 and continued his service for fifteen years before leaving and settling down in his home town of Southport.
:: Our Review ::
As with any book written on the British Army in the 80's has to be a good read right?
Right indeed and a must buy for this fun packed filled book containing bags of humour within its stories and 624 pages worth!
It’s a big book and worth its value, as well as being a fast and easy read, we look forward to see more from Sean Connolly.
Many thanks for giving us the opportunity to review this book - Military Forums.
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