If you're looking for a present for your boyfriend, husband, brother, dad, uncle or grandad, this is it!
Being a woman, it's not the sort of book I would normally read. I bought it for my husband and started flicking through it. A couple of hours later I realised I was still reading it!
It is awesome. (He absolutely loved it too once he wrestled it off me to read).
It's a collection of interviews with 25 soldiers/Marines and RAF personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They've all won medals for bravery and because all the stories are told by the soldiers themselves it is their first hand accounts of what they did, saw and feel. There is no media spin or cover-up.
Their stories are incredible - some rescued seriously injured friends while under fire. Others took on the Taliban without a thought for their own safety, flew helicopters into the most dangerous situations to pick up the injured, or diffused bombs while being shot at.
The book also includes the first woman to win the Military Cross - a young medic called Michelle Norris - who saved the life of her boss, who had been shot in the head, by climbing on the top of his Warrior and administering emergency first aid. All around the vehicle RPGs were going off.
It is a good, thick book so brilliant value for money even if you pay the full £7.99 cover price.
A brilliant, brilliant book.