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Extreme Risk

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By (author) Chris Hunter

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  • Publisher: Corgi Books
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 36mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552157597
  • ISBN 13: 9780552157599
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations, maps, col. ports.
  • Sales rank: 253,243

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Bosnia...Northern Ireland...Iraq...Afghanistan...For the past twenty years, some of the most dangerous places on earth. And for Major Chris Hunter, just some of the places where he has defused bombs in his ceaseless battle against terrorism and the bombmakers. This is the story of a teenager with no hopes who joined the army at sixteen and went on to become one of the most successful counter-terrorism operators in the world. This is the story of survival when all the odds are stacked against you, when every second feels like a lifetime, when the sound of your heart beating is as deafening as a ticking bomb. This is what it's like, day in day out, to take your life and the lives of others in your own hands, and make a difference. And this is what it costs to live that life...

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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 deployed to numerous operational theatres. For his actions during his Iraq tour he was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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By Matthew Smith 22 Aug 2012 5

An incredible recounting of the life of one of the best CIED operators in the trade. Tells the story of Chris' life both leading up to, and coming down from the tales he told during "Eight Lives Down".

Was interesting finding out how he ended up in the job he did, and seeing the effects that such a fast paced and dangerous job had on the rest of his life, while also seeing that politics is rife even at the cutting edge when lives are at stake.

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"A beautifully descriptive fly-on-the-wall look at the daily work of the EOD men...For those with a fascination with international terrorism and the deadly IEDs that have become its weapon of choice, this books will offer a unique insight." Independent "Gets underneath the skin of the terrorists and, like the bombs he made safe, gets to to the heart of what makes them tick" News of the World

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BOSNIA…NORTHERN IRELAND…IRAQ…AFGHANISTAN… For the past twenty years, some of the most dangerous places on earth. And for Major Chris Hunter, just some of the places where he has defused bombs in his ceaseless battle against terrorism and the bombmakers. This is the story of a teenager with no hopes who joined the army at sixteen and went on to become one of the most successful counter-terrorism operators in the world. This is the story of survival when all the odds are stacked against you, when every second feels like a lifetime, when the sound of your heart beating is as deafening as a ticking bomb. This is what it’s like, day in, day out, to take your life and the lives of others in your own hands, and make a difference. And this is what it costs to live that life…