By Sean Rayment
The Sunday instances Bestseller 'Afghanistan is rather like Iraq -- scorching, dusty and entire of people that are looking to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer seek consultant Bomb Hunters tells the tale of the British army's elite bomb disposal specialists, males who face loss of life each day within the most threatening zone on the earth -- Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Bomb Hunters are up opposed to the Improvised Explosive equipment -- the IED -- the lethal home made bombs planted by way of the Taliban. challenging to notice and straightforward to set off, an predicted 10 bombs for each one of many 10,000 British troops were planted within the quarter. IEDs are actually the most killer of British troops in Afghanistan and the final word mental weapon. Bomb Hunters paintings in 50-degree warmth as they take the 'long walk' into the kill area, defusing as many as 15 bombs an afternoon. some time past yr the casualty expense has soared because the troops became locked right into a lethal video game of cat and mouse -- to find and deactivate the lethal bombs earlier than they maim and kill infantrymen, police and civilians. ability, chilly braveness and unavoidably natural good fortune play a massive half within the survival of those males and because the British public have already noticeable -- a unmarried lapse of focus can lead to immediate demise. Ex-paratrooper, now defence journalist, Sean Rayment, takes the reader on a trip into the warmth and dirt of Helmand Province as he meets those brave infantrymen whereas they placed their lives in danger to avoid different British troops falling sufferer to the IED. He interviews the Bomb Hunters as they practice their tasks at the frontline and paints a panoramic photo of what existence is like for the boys who play poker with their very own lives on a daily basis, who reside understanding the enemy watches their each stream, anticipating a weak spot to teach itself, a development in strategy to be exploited, or an errors to be made that triggers the gadget itself. this is often as bright and dramatic as conflict reporting will get, blending 'close to the bone' narrative and dead-pan black humour from the Bomb Hunters themselves, a few of whom have been to that end killed in motion. No punches might be pulled on what those males consider in regards to the struggle, their position in it, the politicians and generals who ship them there, and the way they care for the relentless strain of the task itself within the middle of the world's so much adverse wrestle environment.
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