High summer in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Two young soldiers, Milo and Zac, are on a mission which could really make their names. Their special duties team is to ambush and capture a notorious Taliban leader.
The operation has been meticulously planned and set up. But suddenly - all is chaos.
The hunters are now the hunted. To reach safety they must make their way through fifty kilometres of hostile territory, with a Taliban captive and a young, frightened woman in tow. Perilous at every turn, the journey is the biggest test any of them has ever faced, and it will change their lives forever.
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Helmand 2009. When an ambush goes wrong, Milo finds his troop almost wiped out and the radio destroyed. They are in the most hostile, insurgent-dominated terrain in Afghanistan with two extra people to slow them down and drink their water.Review:
A triumph of storytelling. The first great novel of the Afghan war. ( Major Chris Hunter, author of Extreme Risk)
Read it and enjoy a novel of great subtlety and insight; one that explores the age-old themes of loyalty, humanity and forgiveness, and that you finish feeling strangely optimistic about the future. ( Saul David)
Impressively authentic. The author knows his subject, British infantry soldiers and their fight in Helmand, very well and his instinctive understanding of the military should satisfy even those harshest of critics, the very men and women who have served in Afghanistan ( Evening Standard)
Crisp, action-packed tale set in Afghanistan . . . the material is so powerful that [Bishop] fashions it into a compelling novel. ( Mail on Sunday)
FOLLOW ME HOME does the details and the heroics well. It is a good, easy read and impressively authentic . . . Insofar as any book about a troubling, complex, bloody, contemporary conflict can be entertaining, this one is . . . It is a ripping yarn in which the swash and buckle of old has been replaced with the crack and thump of sniper rifle. ( Scotsman)
One of the most honest and evocative stories to come out of the war in Afghanistan. Authored by the acclaimed front line war reporter, this tale plays with ideas of love against a haunting backdrop of terror. ( Oxford Today)
The first great novel of the Afghan war ( Sun)
Read it and enjoy a novel of great subtlety and insight; one that explores the age-old themes of loyalty, humanity and forgiveness, and that you finish feeling strangely optimistic about the future. ( Country Life )
Patrick Bishop turns novelist in this beautifully crafted love story. In its evocation of time and place it rings true at every turn. ( Mail on Sunday)
Bishop writes an exciting aerial dogfight, rich in the telling detail that makes for authenticity. Yet this is a good deal more than a bloke's yarn, with well-drawn, convincing characters and plenty of what the movie-makers used to call love interest, too. ( Daily Mail)
A measured, lyrical novel of remarkable scope and poise, A GOOD WAR is also replete with the realism and authenticity that are the author's hallmark...wonderfully evocative...A GOOD WAR confirms Patrick Bishop as a writer of fiction who has come of age ( Damien Lewis, bestselling author of Cobra Gold)
One of the most profoundly moving books about the war to have emerged in recent memory ( Sunday Telegraph on Bomber Boys)
As one of the bravest and best war correspondents alive, Bishop has an instinctive sympathy for his subject ( Standard on Bomber Boys)
A terrific book, so riveting, exciting and moving...a true memorial ( Spectator on Bomber Boys)
Superbly written and authoritative ( Observer on Bomber Boys)
The pared-down simplicity of Bishop's narrative is made even more effective by details conjured from his own experience as a foreign reporter in war zones. ( The Sunday Times)
a compelling variant on the theme of soldiers trapped in enemy territory and striving to get home... The pared down simplicity of Bishop's narrative is made even more effective by details conjured from his own experience as a foreign reporter in war zones. ( The Sunday Times)
Bishop's first-hand experience of Afghanistan as a foreign correspondent lends authenticity to a tightly constructed wartime tale of friendship and heroism. (Sunday Telegraph)
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Book Description Paragon, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Best quality EX-LIBRARY copy, may have some stamps, marks etc Another Croaking bargain from the Frog !!!. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001465747