- Publisher: Matador
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 24mm | 300g
- Publication date: 24 February 2014
- Publication City/Country: Leicester
- ISBN 10: 178306286X
- ISBN 13: 9781783062867
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 304,530
At 16, Mark Time wants to become either a geologist or a Royal Marines Commando. Despite his love of basalt, he chooses the career that teaches him how to kill...and shit in plastic bags. Knowing his weak body will have to shape up to complete 30 weeks of commando training, Mark prepares for the Royal Marines by sleeping in his shed wearing only plastic bags. He braves pain by ordering his mate to attack him while trapped in a sleeping bag. He even starves himself in a stupid urban survival exercise, turning down the offer of his favourite crispy pancakes from his mother. He knows about cold, he can endure pain, and he can resist crispy pancakes. He is ready. Some, might say, for the nut house...Often hilarious and yet shockingly sobering, Going Commando is the true story of a boy who joins one of the world's most elite military units with only naivety and incompetence equalling his will to succeed. As the first book in the 'Bootneck Threesome' series, it will appeal mainly to military enthusiasts, and any former/current/future military personnel. Humorous in tone, the book will also be enjoyed by lads' mag readers, and audiences worldwide will be able to relate to Mark Time's story, for whilst the military is the book's subtext, it is really a motivational tale of spirit; of a young man who will go through anything to reach his dreams.
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By Conrad F 02 Mar 2014
I bought this on the back of the author's radio interview.
Expertly written it, is more of a motivational book than a gung-ho account of the military.
Not for the faint hearted, the book recounts the brutality of commando training but does it with a slight of hand using laugh-out-loud self defacing humour to add contrast.
There are further contrasts to elicit a range of emotions unusual in such a genre.
Great book 5 stars
"An extremely funny yet truthful spin on what it takes to be a Royal Marines Commando" -- Rob Maylor Sniper Elite