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    DescriptionSEARING HEAT - You have the most dangerous job in the world's most dangerous place. You are responsible for bomb disposal in the British sector of Iraq.You are the last defence against oblivion. And it's already a hundred degrees in the shade. COLD FEAR - You are up against some of the most sophisticated bombmakers in the world. They don't play by the rules of the Geneva Convention. Nothing but your own wits will save you. You're on your own. SILENCE - Now is the moment of truth. All you can hear is the sound of your own blood pounding through your veins. This could be your last moment on earth. IT'S JUST YOU AND THE BOMB


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    Title
    Eight Lives Down
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chris Hunter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 377 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780552155717
    ISBN 10: 0552155713
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBQ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1, HBW, JWH, HBLX
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JMC
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027170
    BIC subject category V2: 3JMC, 1FBQ
    DC22: 956.70443341092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations, maps, ports. (chiefly col.)
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Corgi Books
    Publication date
    04 November 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Chris Hunter joined the British Army in 1989 at sixteen. He was commissioned from Sandhurst at twenty-one and later qualified as a counter-terrorist bomb disposal operator. He served with a number of specialist counter-terrorism units and during his career was deployed to numerous operational theatres, including the Balkans, Northern Ireland, Colombia, Afghanistan and Iraq. For his actions during his Iraq tour he was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
    Review quote
    "A ticking bomb of a book; breathtakingly tense, fast-paced and incredibly moving. The best war memoir I've read in years" -- Andy McNab "You might expect an account of disabling bombs to be repetitive or overly technical, but Hunter's is neither. Each incident is fascinatingly different and edge-of-the-seat dramatic, and Hunter recounts them with vividness and clarity" Daily Mail "Thoughtful, gripping and engaging... The emotion, the immediacy, the adrenalin rush of what it feels like to walk towards a device that may or may not blow at any minute taking you and everyone in the proximity with it packs an authentic punch" -- Kate Mosse The Times "Chris Hunter is a very brave man. His work couldn't be more terrifying or necessary" Daily Mirror "Action-packed... A breathtaking story of courage and survival" News of the World
    Review text
    A British Royal Logistic Corps captain shares his experiences of front-line service in Iraq.Trained in IRA and Colombian FARC tactics of bomb construction, 31-year-old Hunter shipped out to Iraq in 2004 for a 101-day tour disposing of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and rooting out bomber teams. Despite his disgruntled wife (she wanted him back home in Oxfordshire) and two small daughters, Hunter admits that after 13 years on the job he still found its dangers and risks exhilarating. That may not be the adjective that comes to readers' minds as they peruse his narrative, written as a present-tense diary of his tour of duty. IEDs created havoc for the troops in some 2,000 attacks a month, and sniffing out insurgents and their homemade bombs in a country where Westerners were angrily resented was perilous and extremely dicey work. Soldiers were both witting and unwitting provokers of disaster. Hunter saw a husband give his pregnant wife a severe beating after her burqa slipped and the British gazed at her face. He did nothing, he later explained to his men, because he'd heard about what happened when some fellow soldiers retaliated against a man who had beaten his 11-year-old daughter - the father cut her throat "to save his honor." Neutralizing banks of explosives was a punishing, thankless task, and Hunter was frequently plagued by guilt and sadness about the violence he and the Americans inflicted. Eventually, he had to say goodbye to the other blokes (lots of jocular Briticisms here); he was promoted to major and got a desk job as a staff officer, leaving the situation in Iraq much the same as when he arrived. Ponderous platitudes from Gandhi to Gilda Radner form epigraphs to each chapter but don't add much gravitas.Hunter's prose is wooden, his experiences rather formulaic, but he offers singular glimpses of the Iraqis' harsh, hardscrabble lives. (Kirkus Reviews)