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Book: In My Blood: A Man in Trouble Lured to the Middle East and Africa by Cash and Soldiering
Artist: Greg Waggett

A true account, this book is about a man drawn into the world of security overseas. Something of a maverick, he sees this as a fresh start after his personal and professional lives go belly-up. So, when most people are hanging up their boots, he kicks off by joining a private security company and heads out to Iraq. But it is his time in Africa which gives the book another dimension. Here, he has to deal with menacing officials in state security and the threat of expulsion. An erstwhile warlord becomes an unlikely ally. Then, on one occasion, he is arrested by a vindictive colonel, and locked up. After making a bold escape he is faced with a dilemma that is both agonising and hilarious. There are other lighter moments, too. His fascinating and vivid accounts are written with verve and pace. They take you not just to Iraq, but also to Libya when it was a rogue state, Kuwait, the splendour of East Africa, and war-torn Sudan. In sum, A rich account, skilfully blending a life in security with military tactics, political commentary, travelogue and high comedy. A varied and enjoyable book with broad appeal.
Recommended by: Forum Member
Book: Succeed at Psychometric Testing: Practice Tests for the Armed Forces: Entry Level (SPT)
Artist: Bernice Walmsley

To enter the Armed Forces any candidate will have to successfully negotiate the appropriate selection process. At entry level most applicants will have had little experience of psychometric testing and written tests and exercises of this nature are often a stumbling blockfor even the best candidate but they are certainly something that an applicant can prepare for and improve performance. For the tens of thousands of potential recruits to the British Armed Forces at soldier, rating or aircraftman/woman level each year this book will prove invaluable in giving guidance, and more importantly, practice in the aptitude tests required to enter the service of their choice. In addition the extended practice available in this book will raise a candidate's confidence level overall and help to improve general performance at interview.
Recommended by: Simon Bywater
Book: Forced Out
Artist: Simon Bywater

This is the searingly honest story of a brave man who served his country in war and on the streets - and the appalling price he paid. Simon Bywater fulfilled his ambition to become a Royal Marine Commando by surviving a gruelling training, where mind and body were tested to the extremes. He learned jungle warfare with the aid of head-hunters in Brunei, saw a friend's leg sliced off by a propeller, and saved his colleagues from tragedy by spotting that live ammunition had been substituted for blanks during an exercise. But then came the Gulf War and even more horrific experiences in Northern Iraq, such as a truck load of Kurdish guerrillas spilling its occupants one by one as it careered down a mountainside, and children bartering live mines for food. Unknowingly suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, he joined the Greater Manchester Police, serving in crime-ridden estates where the culture of violence only added to his trauma. Even a move to the more tranquil Cambridgeshire Police failed to halt his breakdown. Simon Bywaters courage in telling all aspects of his story will undoubtedly help many others now suffering in silence and ignorance.
Recommended by: Sea Soldier
Book: The Traitor
Artist: Guy Walters

It is 1943. British SOE agent Captain John Lockhart is in Crete, fighting with the Resistance. Captured by the Germans, Lockhart faces a stark choice, between death and betrayal of his country. Concealing his true motives, Lockhart makes a bargain in return for the life of his imprisoned wife, he will work with the Germans. When his mission is revealed, Lockhart is stunned. He is to lead a unit of the Waffen SS made up of British fascists and renegades culled from POW camps: the British Free Corps, Lockhart takes command, but he has an audacious plan to free his wife and other innocent victims of the war - whatever the personal cost.
Recommended by: Robert Parry
Book: Winston Churchill (Penguin Lives Biographies)
Artist: John Keegan

One of the greatest historians writing today gives us a defining portrait of the incomparable Winston Churchill.
In his landmark biography of Winston Churchill, acclaimed historian John Keegan offers a very human portrait of one of the twentieth century's enduring symbols of heroic defiance. From Churchill's youth as a poor student to his leadership during World War II, Keegan reveals a man whose own idea of an English past--eloquently embodied in his speeches--allowed him to exhort a nation to unprecedented levels of sacrifice. The result is a uniquely discerning look at one of the most fascinating personalities in history.
Recommended by: Derek Blevins
Book: Chickenhawk
Artist: Robert Mason

As a child, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating. As a young man, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the U.S. Army gave him his chance. They sent him to Vietnam where, between August 1965 and July 1966, he flew more than 1,000 assault missions. In Chickenhawk, Robert Mason gives us a devastating bird's eye-view of that war in all its horror, as he experiences the accelerating terror, the increasingly desperate courage of a man 'acting out the role of a hero long after he realises that the conduct of the war is insane,' says the New York Times, 'And we can't stop ourselves from identifying with it.'
Recommended by: Rover
Book: Pegasus Bridge
Artist: Stephen E. Ambrose

In the early hours of 6th June 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defence forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe. Pegasus Bridge was the first engagement of D-Day, the turning point of World War II. This gripping account of it brings to life a daring mission so crucial that, had it been unsuccessful, the entire Normandy invasion might have failed. The author of this book traces each step of the preparations over many months to the minute-by-minute excitement of the hand-to-hand confrontations on the bridge, a story of heroism and cowardice, kindness and brutality.

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