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3 PARA was the first unit into Helmand in 2006. Sent on a peace mission, it became engaged in a level of combat that had not been experienced by the British Army since the end of the Korean War.

Undermanned and suffering from equipment shortages, 3 PARA fought doggedly to win the break in battle. Numerous gallantry decorations were awarded, but they were not without cost.

This is a dramatic, and often moving, insight into the leadership of soldiers at the sharp end of war.

©2009 Colonel Stuart Tootal (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • mac
  • 01-25-15

Honest and accurate

I was part of the battle group in 2006 and fought along some of the brave men mentioned and those not. I have seen first hand Col Stuart's hands on approach in battle and can testify that I have never read a book as honest and true to the accounts of that tour as this. I commend the book to anyone who wants to have a sense of those days in Helmand.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ade
  • 03-30-15

Good book read by wrong style narrator

What did you like best about Danger Close? What did you like least?

True story written by someone on the ground, he's someone who leads from the front and has been there and done it. I bought a paper copy due to the narration.

Would you recommend Danger Close to your friends? Why or why not?

In book format yes. In audio book format, no.

What didn’t you like about Simon Shepherd’s performance?

I couldn't get into the book and I had to stop listening to it after a few chapters due to the narration.Simon Shepard is very clear in his reading but I’m sorry his voice just doesn't suit this type genre, he would more suited to something like hamlet, have a listen and you will get my point.When the book or any book describes rounds going off or comrades being killed and injured, some narrators put you right there, they have you on the edge of your seat. Listen to Apache by Ed Macy narrated Sam Hazeldine and you'll see what I mean, The story is great and the Narration is awesome.

Any additional comments?

After reading the book in paper format, it's a good book I enjoyed it. The audio book is let down by the narration. Although clear and well spoken (very posh accent) when you're describing combat you need some grit. if this was read by Sam Hazledine i would have given it full marks.

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  • Jon-Paul
  • 04-18-15

A fantastic insight

A fantastic insight into the world of commanding a British Army regiment. I am very proud of the professionalism and commitment of our troops. It is a shame they don't get the lasting support they deserve from our government. Maybe the best modern war book i have read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-17

excellent

excellent insight into what our boys went through in helmand. I'd highly recommend this to anyone interested in war books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-17

It's 15 ☆'s

A gripping true story, well read from start to finish. Thank God for these men, heroes every one.

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  • Bedrock9600
  • 04-21-17

voice!

What did you like best about Danger Close? What did you like least?

I could not get away with the narrators voice. I have recently completed Lone Survivor and Outlaw Platoon and was looking forward to a book involving the British forces. Full respect for the guys and what they were doing for the security of our country but didn't like the way it was put across. No offence this is just personnel preference.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Tootal? Why or why not?

yes - good content

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

yes

Was Danger Close worth the listening time?

I did nearly turn off early doors but persevered and enjoyed the book in the end.

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  • kevin
  • 08-21-16

Tough listen

Reasonable account of brave men fighting like lions. Sadly pretty much murdered by the narration.

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  • the runner mum
  • 05-25-16

wow we knew but now we really know

you think you know what these amazing guys have been through for their country but then you listen to this brilliantly read epic true story
and you realise these courageous selfless heroes and so many other bands of brothers just don't get the credit they deserve
it's bloody ridiculous
I was truly moved by this book

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  • katherine
  • 03-14-16

moving account

detailed and without fluffing things out but reduced me to tears. Paras are undoubtedly the strength of the British army

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  • Chez
  • 01-14-15

Puts it all together!

This book patches together so many other books about the heavy days of Afghan. This book also mentions several other authors who have written about contacts.

The person reading the book is a great fit when you consider who had written the book.