By Sean Rayment
'Afghanistan is rather like Iraq – scorching, dusty and entire of people that are looking to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer seek Advisor
Bomb Hunters tells the tale of the British army's elite bomb disposal specialists, males who face demise each day within the most deadly zone of the main deadly kingdom in the world – Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Bomb Hunters are up opposed to the Improvised Explosive machine – the IED – the lethal do-it-yourself bombs planted by way of the Taliban. tough to become aware of and straightforward to set off, an predicted 10 bombs for each one of many 10,000 British troops were planted within the area. 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 stroll' into the kill region, defusing as many as 15 bombs an afternoon. long ago 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 sooner than they maim and kill infantrymen, police and civilians. ability, chilly braveness and necessarily natural success play an important half within the survival of those males and because the British public have already visible – a unmarried lapse of focus can lead to fast death.
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 wide ranging photograph of what existence is like for the lads who play poker with their very own lives each day, who reside understanding the enemy watches their each movement, looking forward to a weak point to teach itself, a trend in strategy to be exploited, or an mistakes to be made that triggers the machine itself.
This is as bright and dramatic as battle 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 thus killed in motion. No punches might be pulled on what those males think concerning 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 such a lot adverse wrestle environment.