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  • Soldiers who can write are as rare as writers who can strip down a machinegun in 40 seconds, but Patrick Hennessey is one of the few

    Sunday Times
  • High-tempo, full-on . . . honest and revealing . . . a memoir brimming with vinegar and testosterone

    Evening Standard
  • The military memoir of the moment

  • A very fine book, a powerful dispatch from the front line ... what impresses is the sheer candour and immediacy

  • An extraordinary memoir . . . Hennessey has a reporter's eye for detail and a soldier's nose for bullshit

  • Outstanding . . . A classic of its kind

    William Boyd, Sunday Herald, Books of the Year
  • Harrowing and frequently funny . . . sparkles with wit, wisdom and boyish glee . . . His generation owns the war

  • Must rank as the most accomplished work of military witness to emerge from British war-fighting since 1945

  • Remarkable . . . conveys vividly what it's like to experience combat

    Jeremy Paxman, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
  • An engaging mix of war reporting, stream of consciousness and reflections on the nature of conflict in the twenty-first century

    Caroline Moorehead, Spectator, Books of the Year

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