Patrick Hennessey is a graduate in his 20s. He reads Graham Greene, listens to early-90s house on his iPod and watches Vietnam movies. He has also, as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, fought in some of the most violent combat the British army has seen in a generation. This is the story of how a modern soldier is made, from the testosterone-heavy breeding ground of Sandhurst to the nightmare of Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Contemporary war fighting explained"
When Patrick Hennessey returned home from Afghanistan, battle-worn and exhilarated, he left behind him bands of friendship forged in the heat of the moment between living and dying. The comrades he left furthest behind were Qiam, Syed, and Majhib. They are still there in the dust and heat of Helmand, soldiers fighting for their homeland. Kandak is the story of how these lasting bonds were made.