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Callsign Hades A powerful and moving account of a 28-year-old British Army Captain's experiences fighting alongside the Paras in Helmand Province. Full description
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published 2010 by Simon & Schuster
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John Doherty
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bury writes with honesty. The British Army wasn't his 1st choice. His recall of the training is very realistic as are his combat experiences. I was pleasantly surprised at his treatment as an (southern) Irishman in Officer training, and I suppose that being in the RIR with other Irish of both hues, made him less of an oddity.
I particularly liked that he gave the first names of his NCOs and referred to them as such. Many former officer authors only refer to their NCOs as "Sgt Smith" or "Cpl Black
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't put it down, definitely it is a very thoughtful, powerful and a very influential book. It's like the soldier is directly chatting to you, telling you every experience that he is experiencing in the Modern Warfare, sharing with you every thought, ache, smell and taste of life as a soldier on the frontline and at home. A story of a 28 y.o soldier Patrick Bury's from Ireland, he began training in Sandhurst, became an infantryman in the Irish regiment then went to serve in Afghanistan in 200 ...more
Steve Woods
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-wars
This is a good well written memoir of an infantry officer in Afghanistan. It's just amazing how things may be different place to place war to war but at the same time how much they are the same. The responses to the combat experience are universal. This war though has its own peculiarities. The questioning by the troops who are fighting and dying, who see the bulk of the population regard them with pure hatered, who experience an enemy who, by our standards fights in ways that are cowardly and d ...more
I have known the author since those early days at Sandhurst - I suspect I may have been one of those who rammed the morality piece down his neck while he struggled to stay awake.

What strikes me about his book, which is as surely torn from the heart as any book written by the men who have fought in Afghanistan, is the simple honesty of a young man who stood up to the test only to find that the test wasn't up to him.

To any British or American reader who wishes to know more about the realities of o
Stephan vanOs
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gritty text which at its heart tells the story of a young Platoon Commander on the very sharpest edge of operational duties in Afghanistan commanding Ranger Platoon in Sangin. The author doesn't merely tell a story but also engages with the heart and his emotional feelings about the Tour; what it feels like to be under fire, experiencing danger and all kinds of life threatening experiences on a daily basis. A first class read and one of those books that is very hard to put down once you get st ...more
auntie Cer
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful and moving

This is an outstanding book. Written with honesty and sensitivity. Respect to the fine men and women who fight and who endured afghanistan. Thank you for sharing your story PADDY
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is the very powerful, and at times uncomfortable, story of Patrick Bury’s journey through officer training at Sandhurst, into the Royal Irish Regiment and then out to Afghanistan in 2008 in command of 7 Platoon, Ranger Company, who were stationed in F.O.B Sangin in Helmand Province.

Patrick writes with a fluid honesty that is peppered with the wry, dry humour and moments of sang-froid that the British Army has become synonymous with. He shares his experiences freely, makes no attempt to
Ian Major
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A superb read, but the truth of it is disputed. Bury's platoon colleagues who reviewed it on Amazon give it top marks for accuracy and insight; those of 'the other platoon' rubbish it as an ego-exercise. Hard for me to judge. The descriptions of conditions certainly fit in with an American account I read recently (War, by Sebastian Junger). And it's hard to believe Bury would mention the families of his fallen comrade, Ranger Cupples, in a work of ego-serving fantasy. I'll be taking it as accura ...more
Michael Flanagan
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: afghanistan
Callsign Hades simply did not live up to my expectations. After reading all the glowing reviews I was expecting a book I could not put down. What I found instead was a rather pedestrian read which was way too easy to put down.

There was nothing really wrong in the writing or narrative it just simply failed to elevate itself above the plethora of biographies on this conflict for me. If you have not read to many books on the Afghanistan conflict, then this book might hold your interest more than it
Peter Stuart
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Honestly authored.

Tells the story of his rejection by the Irish army and his acceptance into officer training by the British. Recounts in engaging terms he and his teams deployment into the Afghan conflict and their experiences there and some of the ultimate outcomes from his view point.

Well worth a read should you wish to gain an insight into one mans frontline engagement in the Afghan conflict.

Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best book I've read! Paddy comes across as a typical Rupert fresh from Sandhurst! Later on he seems to dismiss the fact that the patrols finding the IEDs usually had a dog attached as the book Treo explains! It's as if he is trying to make it sound as though he found them! I couldn't take to him for some reason and am glad he was not in my regiment!
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-my-books
I was pleasantly surprised at the way this book has been written. It is an easy read and more like Bury is chatting to you around a campfire than reading a book. That didn't stop me getting a bit teary near the end.
James Drew
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very action packed! Conveys a very deep message that applies to everyone. A very good insight into the life of a soldier serving in Afganistan.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of an Irishman who joins the British Army and heads out to Afghanistan.

This book has pace, excitement and a realism that other books of its type try to realise but fail.

Matt Wallace
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Articulate, intelligent and insightful.
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