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Hidden Soldier

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Padraig O'Keefe joined the elite and secretive French Foreign Legion at the age of 20 and went on to serve in Cambodia and Bosnia. On returning to civilian life, he was not able to settle, so became a 'hidden soldier' by opting for security missions in Iraq and Haiti. Here, he tells his story.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 7th 2007 by O'Brien Press
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Eloquent but down-to-earth, concrete but passionate. This is a person I'd have been honored to serve beside or to follow. It's a brutal read at times, because O'Keefe doesn't soften brutal situations when he describes them. Reading his account of the incident that forms the climax of the book was, to me, as overwhelming as watching the opening half hour of Saving Private Ryan.

I've read some other books about the French Foreign Legion and seen some documentaries, so I have a fairly clear picture
Aug 20, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing
The book started off reasonably interesting. The frustrations of the author being unable to protect innocent citizens was a major reason for leaving the legion as well as the legion slowly changing for the worse.

Where the book really came into its own was when the author worked as a security contractor. The gritty realism of the ambush that he survived really hits home and portrays the the ruthless and harsh realities of the Iraq war. The effects of guerilla tactics on a much better trained for
Charles Sloden
Oct 02, 2015 Charles Sloden rated it it was amazing
I've read at least six books written by former Legionaires and this one is absolutely one of the best. In addition to O'Keefe's time in the Legion, he tells us about his first forays into the world of Private Military Contractors and the work they do in some of the most dangerous places on earth. A great read. We don't realize how fortunate we are to live in the United States. I can't recommend it enough!
Jun 13, 2014 Eralp rated it really liked it
Great read. An honest account of a man whose dream was to become a soldier and how he achieved that dream. A good life with its best human values and inevitable downfalls.
Meg Sheridan
Jul 28, 2014 Meg Sheridan rated it it was amazing
So well written and WHAT A STORY! Amazing!
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Oct 29, 2013 Karen Daly rated it it was amazing
Second read now as I always miss something in eagerness to see what happens next. Riveting and gripping real life accounts.
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