With little chance of living through this impossible task, Kevin leaves final messages for his loved ones and sets out alone towards the bomb that he is sure will be the last thing he sees. In this gut-wrenching tale of heroism and survival, Kevin Ivison explains why he chose to be a bomb disposal expert in the first place, how he found the courage to face his death, and the unendurable stress that has given him nightmares ever since As soon as I get an advance copy I will offer it to Rum Ration for review.
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According to the data recently put out by WikiLeaks , some 16, IEDs have been planted in the past five years; amazingly, over half of these have been found and cleared. Heroic bomb-disposal teams — Royal Engineer search teams, specially trained IED-disposal experts and the Ammunition Technical Officers ATOs — risk everything not just to make the lethal devices safe but, at extra risk to themselves, to preserve them in order to help counter the evolving threat.
Although unfamiliar to the general public, Al Amarah was well known among British troops as the most difficult and dangerous place in that country and it was here that Ivison spent four months as the ATO for a battle group effectively under siege. Coming to the end of a remarkably successful and relatively lucky period, the battle group is devastated by a complex IED ambush at the Red One and it is down to Ivison and his team to prevent a difficult situation from deteriorating.
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The detail with which he then charts his own emotional response, his disintegration into post-traumatic stress disorder, demonstrates bravery, perhaps even greater than that he displayed in Iraq, and for which he was awarded the George Medal. The honesty with which Ivison relays his fear, his overwhelming sense that he is going to die, is impressive and even the reader for whom the world of combat and military acronyms is completely alien will come away with a strong sense of the pressure under which both ordinary soldiers and the extraordinary ATOs operate.
The losing side will be the one that reaches that point first. In human terms it is the moment when the soldier realises that he or she has reached the point at which it is no longer possible to mask natural fear with the stoic veneer of bravery.
This is the moment when, quite literally, you hit the dry rock bottom of the cistern of courage. As a nation we are in danger of reaching the point at which we believe that the war in Afghanistan is indeed futile, that it….
When two of his colleagues are killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, young bomb disposal officer Kevin Ivison is called in to defuse a second even deadlier bomb. This is the gripping true story of a young bomb disposal officer and his terrifying experiences in Iraq facing daily rocket attacks and terrorist bombs. When two of.
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