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ISBN: 9780007257782

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3 Para

by Patrick Bishop

Category: History / Asian & Middle Eastern
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 3 September 2007
Number of pages: 320

Description:
Afghanistan, Summer 2006. This is war. Afghanistan in the summer of 2006. In blazing heat in remote outposts the 3 Para battlegroup is pitted against a stubborn enemy who keep on coming. Until now, the full story of what happened there has not been told. This is it.

What the papers say:
'Wonderfully compelling ! a fast-paced story of incredible bravery that at times reads like a thriller.' Christina Lamb, Sunday Times 'Bishop gives a gripping insight into deployment in Afghanistan last year of 3 Para!written with the fluent, rich and engaging fashion typical of the author's as a journalist.' Times 'Patrick Bishop's riveting account of 3 Para's bitter little war is based on extensive interviews with the officers, NCOs and privates who slogged it out with the Taliban day after day!he presents an inspiring story of courage, discipline and!selfless comradeship!the frenzy of close--quarters combat!is captured particularly vividly!fast--paced and absorbing.' Daily Mail 'Thorough and engaging (it) really does put you on the ground with the troops. There is plenty of realistic action together with insight into the day--to--day grind of a modern soldier at war!Bishop's book doesn't just give us the 'bang bang'. It also explores the attributes of courage, camaraderie and duty that still exist in the Army!This book is a tribute to the sheer bravery and determination of 3 Para Battle Group.' Andy McNab, Mail on Sunday 'The best reporting I have read on the war in Afghanistan is in Bishop's "3 Para" a mortar-by-mortar account of the battle group's six months in Helmand province last year.' Observer 'By turns, funny, moving, gripping, furious, insightful and terrifying, 3 PARA is as fine a book as you'll ever read on modern warfare. It was written in haste - it must have been to have been published so soon after the event - yet there is no sloppiness: only vigour, immediacy and intensity, as we learn through thrilling first-hand accounts what it's like to go from combat novice to jaded veteran in a week.' Daily Telegraph 'Vividly written and the several set-pieces make for thrilling reading!Bishop has written a moving tribute to the soldiers of 3 Para.' Daily Express More reviews for 3 Para: 'The best reporting I have read on the war in Afghanistan is in Bishop's "3 Para" a mortar-by-mortar account of the battle group's six months in Helmand province last year.' Observer 'An exciting, eye--opening book that will leave you sadder and wiser about the validity of war. Bishop draws vivid pictures of army life.' The Guardian 'By turns, funny, moving, gripping, furious, insightful and terrifying, 3 PARA is as fine a book as you'll ever read on modern warfare. It was written in haste - it must have been to have been published so soon after the event - yet there is no sloppiness: only vigour, immediacy and intensity, as we learn through thrilling first-hand accounts what it's like to go from combat novice to jaded veteran in a week.' Daily Telegraph 'Vividly written and the several set-pieces make for thrilling reading!Bishop has written a moving tribute to the soldiers of 3 Para.' Daily Express

Author's Biography:
Patrick Bishop worked a senior correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of 'The Irish Empire'; the acclaimed book 'The Provisional IRA' with Eamonn Mallie; the bestselling 'Fighter Boys'; and most recently 'Bomber Boys'. He lives in London.

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