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The casualties of war aren't only on the battlefieldComing back from war is never easy as Sergeant Dave Henley's platoon discovers all too quickly when they return from Afghanistan Home can be an equally searing battlefieldWhen they are summoned back to Helmand to protect the US team destroying the opium crop it is almost a relief to the soldiers if not to their wives girlfriends and families who are turned inside out once by their men's sudden departureAnd now danger lurks around every corner for Dave's team who must learn new skills to survive and their loved ones in England whose lives be ripped apart by equally deadly weapons blind prejudice acid jealousy ugly rumour


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    I enjoyed this novel and read it quite quickly as it engaged my attention thoroughlyWhile there is an extensive cast of characters the two key protagonists are Sergeant Dave Henley and his wife Jenny Their parallel narrative strands hold the story together Recently returned from serving in Afghanistan Dave and his unit are posted back to Helmund Province when the situation there escalates Jenny and her army wife friends are ambivalent they dislike the inappropriate behaviour and sullen moods of their repatriated husbands but also hate the idea of them returning to this difficult theatre of war The soldiers have similar resentful feelings about their families and domestic life back home The feelings of discontent between Jenny and Dave are exacerbated when she takes a job working for a retired Army general who makes quite a lot of demands on her time The rumour mill at the Army base where the personnel and their wives reside soon turns nasty accusing her of being unfaithful to her husband who is overseas doing his valiant bit for the free world Nasty bitchy stuff and it made me think very poorly of the secondary characters in this novel I thought the portrayal of the army wives was viciousYet it made me wonder if this kind of bitchiness really does exist in those hot house environments where army staff and their families are living cheek by jowl with each other Author Andy McKay a much decorated veteran of the Gulf War has an enviable reputation for the veracity of his stories about contemporary army life and the conditions of modern warfare in hostile settings like Helmund Province The scenes of the platoon members on patrol and under enemy fire were genuinely tense and scary to read I could not put the book down at certain stages so keen was I to ensure the chaps were safe in the face of that most reviled of enemies the Taliban But there are many light moments particularly the blokey banter around the army base which provides some relief from the tension of this well written well structured novel It reads well despite some obvious cliches and flat patchesMcNab and co author Kym Jordan toss in some meaty moral issues and contemporary social problems at various points in the story How do soldiers maimed in battle cope back in civilian life? Do you risk everyone's life and rush in to save a wounded mate or do you wait for reinforcements? How should you conduct yourself professionally in the field when your commanding officer is a selfish ignorant twat? All grist to the millI did have one frustration with this novel The text is littered with acronyms product names and military items which meant absolutely nothing to me What's a MERT or a T4? GPMG? RPG? Bergen? Barma? Hello Zero Alpha and Charlie One Zero this is Charlie One One At this location I have a CMT Class 1 I will now move from here to your grid ref with Vallons to give assistance Clearly it is designed to evoke immediate recognition among those readers with experience of these things For me it was a minor turn off