Tony Banks and his comrades of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment were highly trained, but nothing could prepare them for the intensity and ferocity of fighting to liberate the Falkland Islands.
Plunged into a war of night attacks and vicious close-quarters combat, Banks and his fellow soldiers' fierce bravery and determination saw them through the bloodiest conflict British troops had faced in decades. Seventeen men died at Goose Green, a hard-fought battle the paras came close to losing.
After the Falklands, Banks suffered years of debilitating combat stress, a battle only recently won when he met his former enemies and laid the demons to rest.
©2012 Tony Banks (P)2013 Hachette Digital
"[A] visceral, fast-paced, no-holds-barred autobiography . . . Strongly recommended" (Neil Faulkner, Military History Monthly)
"A vivid, thoughtful book" (Herald magazine)
"A harrowing first-hand account" (Daily Mirror)
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"What sort of Para would let this narrator live ??"
Dreadful. Sure TB a brave and determined chap but his story is more like Dr Finlay's casebook that a warry biopic. Anecdotal and Sugary. He must have written "Laddie" more times than anything outside of Come Home Lassie.
The narrator is simply awful. He repeatedly pronounces the abbreviation for a general purpose machine gun as "gimpy". Anyone that has been anywhere near khaki knows it is pronounced with a "j" i.e. "jimpy". Not some S&M devotee from Pulp Fiction. Also pronounced Napalm with a short "a".
Awful. I am getting my money/credit back.
Got a ghost writer
Annoying folksy jock that has never been anywhere near the army
Sack the narrator
This audiobook is one of my favourite to date! Great to listen too on a long drive!
I enjoyed the various viewpoints from both sides of the conflict.
The battle for Goose Green!
Very interesting listening to the effects of post traumatic stress disorder!
"Gritty, real, inspiring, tragic,sad and honest."
I use five. Gritty, real, inspiring, tragic,sad and honest.
Good, clear and you feel the emotion
Both, the shock of the after war casualty rates makes me think about our latest veterans, will we be able to help them ? I think I had better keep supporting the military charities with even more energy.
A good listen about the life of a 50+ year old to date.
"Title doesn't match the content"
Written more about the Falklands not his family and friends that weren't relevant.
Yes if the reviews were good.
I really enjoyed this book...fascinating on many levels. This chap has had quite a journey!
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