A raw and unflinching front-line account of war in Helmand with
Britain's 16 Air Assault Brigade, from an award-winning
journalist who got unrestricted and unescorted access for a full 6
month tour of duty.
'Riveting. Evocative. Spine Chilling. Taste the bullets and the fear. Kiley writes like a dream, taking the reader into the heart of the heat, blood and dust of the Afghan nightmare' Damien Lewis, author of Apache Dawn 'A triumph ... Without hyperbole, without any softening or glamorising effects, he takes us to the battlefield and shows us its grimness' Patrick Bishop, Evening Standard 'Kiley is a remarkable reporter ... He writes with affection as well as insight, through turbulent and bloody experiences' Max Hastings, Sunday Times 'A vivid writer, not afraid of physicality, able to depict in words a scene that would never be shown on television. He writes fiercely in the just causes of men at war' Kate Saunders, The Times
Award-winning journalist Sam Kiley has covered wars and insurgencies in more than thirty countries over the last twenty years. Educated at Oxford University, he joined The Times in 1987, and since 1990 has worked as a foreign correspondent all over the world, most notably in Africa, where he won acclaim for his coverage of conflicts in the Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. He has worked extensively in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taleban and has made more than twenty television films for Channel Four, Sky 1 and the BBC. He is a frequent contributor to the Mail on Sunday, the Evening Standard, the Observer, The Times and the Spectator. Married and a father of two, Sam Kiley lives in the countryside of East Anglia.