Bomb Hunters: In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit

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Collins, 2011 - Afghan War, 2001- - 282 pages
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Dangermen is the story of the British Army's bomb disposal experts - an elite force of men, and some women, who every day, face death in the most lethal country on earth. The IED operators, as they are known, are locked into a deadly game of cat and mouse. To survive, the Danger Men must be both good and lucky. As the British public have already seen; one mistake, a single lapse of concentration, can result in instant death. The Oscar-winning Hurt Locker portrays what life is like for the men of the United States Marine Corps, this is very much the British version, with a heavy dose of reality, as our author will be out there with them. This is not fiction, this is the way it actually is!

Much like Patrick Bishop's best-selling 3 Para, this will be an action packed, adrenaline-fuelled narrative, based on first-hand interviews and recollections. The author will undertake an arduous journey, not only to tell the story of these incredible elite troops, but also to serve alongside them, seeing the dangers they face every single day, how they cope with the stress, the fear and the conditions in which they serve. He will be imbedded with them for a month and work on the frontline, as well as interview those commanders who oversee operations in Helmand. He will be asking the tough questions of how Britain and her allies can succeed in this tough environment and lead Afghanistan to democracy. Along the way he will retell stories on incredible courage in the face of this deadly foe, and the many crazy characters who serve in this elite unit who are rightly called 'The Dirty Dozen' due to the extreme and dangerous conditions they work in.

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About the author (2011)

Sean Rayment served as a Captain in the Parachute Regiment in the late 1980's. As a journalist, he has specialised in war reporting for the past ten years, undertaking assignments in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the Gulf and Africa. He has been embedded with the British Army on more than a ten occasions.

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