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Contact epub

by A.F.N. Clarke


Contact epub

ISBN: 0436099985

ISBN13: 978-0436099984

Author: A.F.N. Clarke

Category: History

Subcategory: Europe

Language: English

Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd; First Edition edition (March 7, 1983)

Pages: 176 pages

ePUB book: 1403 kb

FB2 book: 1107 kb

Rating: 4.4

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So writes AFN Clarke in Contact, the book he wrote about his experience as a 3 Para platoon commander during and after two tours of duty in Northern Ireland. Clarke’s book Contact is an excellent example of this type of book.

So writes AFN Clarke in Contact, the book he wrote about his experience as a 3 Para platoon commander during and after two tours of duty in Northern Ireland. In 1973, Clarke served a tour in Belfast and in 1976 he served a tour in South Armgah, two very different environments. He wrote Contact in an effort, it seems, to cleanse himself of his experiences in Northern Ireland and his Royal Army service. You don’t get excuses; you get an unvarnished view of what happened from someone who was there. There are lessons in it for everyone.

AFN Clarke is the bestselling author of the nonfiction book CONTACT, which was serialized in a British national newspaper and made into an award winning film by BBCTV. He also writes fiction of various genres. He’s lived all over the world, served in the British army, had a near death experience, lost half his insides and recovered from the physical and emotional traumas of war. A proud father of four daughters, screenwriter, pilot, race car driver, he loves to sail, listen to opera, cook gourmet meals, drink wine, read good books, have heated discussions and travel off the beaten path.

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AFN Clarke's best selling and controversial book CONTACT is a raw, visceral, "no-holds-barred" account of what it's like to be in combat. When it was first published it caused a furore for its devastating honesty and chilling revelations of one of the men we pay to kill. Clarke vividly recounts his experiences of two tours in Northern Ireland (in Belfast and Crossmaglen) as a Platoon Commander with Britain's elite Parachute Regiment during the blood soaked 1970's.  The dangers, political agendas and religious roots underlying the conflict are eerily and heartbreakingly similar to Iraq, and Afghanistan today.    The enemy wears no uniform and shoots from the shadows and the bomber's trip-wire is an ever-present nightmare.  This is the worst kind of war, the kind of war that is virtually unwinnable. A war that nobody admits is a war at all ...   CONTACT makes disconcerting reading.  The Truth of war is like that.  We want to look but we don't want to see.  Clarke makes us see: we feel what it's like to live each day with our senses on high alert knowing that at any moment we can be ripped apart by the accuracy of a sniper or a well-hidden bomb; we learn the private thoughts and attitudes of trained soldiers operating in conditions of extreme stress, fatigue and squalor, ordered to hold the lines in an ancient quarrel they have little affinity for, but whose consequences are deadly.  The book is no longer in print and is now available in updated form as an ebook form the Amazon Kindle Store.  The ebook version includes additional material continuing on from where the print version left off revealing the untold nightmare Clarke lived through having nearly died, with half his insides missing suffering from PTSD and being expected to return to "normal life".    CONTACT was first published in the UK in 1983 by Martin Secker & Warburg, was serialized for 5 days in The Mirror, a national newspaper, and became an instant best seller. In 1984 it was published in paperback by PAN Books, by Schocken Books New York and made into a BBC TV film that won the Locarno Film Festival top award for best TV film. All these years later the expanded ebook edition is still selling strong.   Fiction books by AFN Clarke include AN UNQUIET AMERICAN, COLLISIONS, THE BOOK OF BAKER Trilogy (DREAMS FROM THE DEATH AGE, ARMAGEDDON, GENESIS REVISITED), and THE THOMAS GUNN suspense series coming soon.
An engrossing, lyrical look at the life of a British officer during two tours of duty in Northern Ireland during the 1970s, Contact by AFN Clarke (@AFNClarke) reminded me in many ways of two of my all-time favorite books, one fiction and one non-fiction but both centered on Vietnam: Michael Herr's classic Dispatches and Fields of Fire by James Webb.

As a platoon leader in the elite Paratroop Regiment -- the Paras -- Clarke served in Belfast in 1973 and South Armagh, close on the border with the Republic of Ireland, in 1976. The operational environment of each posting war very different -- one urban, crowded with warring factions who agreed on little but a hatred of the Paras; the other, seemingly bucolic farmland masking nearly unlimited routes of infiltration and escape for the enemy -- but the fear of sudden death or maiming injury by explosion or bullet were very much the same.

Writing with fluid and light prose, Clarke sweeps the reader up into the day-to-day life of a British soldier in Northern Ireland: "The incompetence of the commanders; the insanity of our orders, and the surrealism of being an occupation Army on home soil." You won't find any pronouncements about which side is right or wrong but there is plenty of fear, sweat and some tears, frustration, mind-numbing boredom and a few laughs.

Be warned: if you haven't served in a military unit, some of the humor may escape you. Don't let that be an excuse not to read Contact, just know it in advance. There is something unusual forged in the furnace that is the military, something that often doesn't translate well to those who haven't shared the experience.

Another thing: to someone in the year 2013 the conduct of Mr. Clarke and his soldiers may appear unduly harsh, brutal even. To be sure, both sides of the conflict are treated the same, but there is undeniably a tendency to freely use the baton. Know the context. One step outside the cobbled-together fortifications of their too-small bases, Clarke and his men were targets for attack by any number of enemies and in any number of ways including car and pipe bombs, landmines, snipers, ambushes, and mortars. The little old lady from either side of the conflict bringing you tea and cakes will also pump you for information that could be used to kill you later.

The author does an excellent job of describing how this environment influenced his decisions, which in most cases was to fall back on his training. With the benefit of our experience in Iraq, US military training today includes Counter-Insurgency Operations (COIN) but in the Cold War-era things were different. Elite combat forces like the Paras were trained to attack the enemy, violently and with the intent to destroy, to seize the initiation and in doing so to keep the enemy off balance. Fine and proven to succeed on the battlefield, but in a murky sectarian conflict like Northern Ireland such tactics frequently ran counter to political calls for "reconciliation." Remember the context.

This edition restores passages of the book that the previous publisher wanted removed from the author's initial manuscript. These passages dealt with Mr. Clarke's severe medical issues, which first appear near the end of his South Armagh posting. Clarke nearly died as a result of the inaction and incompetence of British military medical personnel; a situation too many military personnel will relate to. I suppose the earlier publisher wanted to keep the focus on Northern Ireland, but the author's illness and eventual recovery was just as compelling to this reader.

One final note: there were several instances of typo or format errors in my copy, perhaps as a result of the eBook conversion by the new publisher or after rewrites in preparation for the new edition. These may have been fixed later. I normally wouldn't mention this in a review but I know some take exception and therefore allow typos or grammatical issues to influence their experience. I strongly urge readers to ignore any such issues and focus instead on the narrative. Don't lose out on a great story, and this is a great story.
It was interesting reading Capt Clarke's perspective of his two tours in Northern Ireland. He described what it was like and how the troops adapted to the conditions by shedding their normal personalities and assuming a cold, hard and sometimes brutal demeanor. As in most wars (although this was not officially classified as a war), politicians sending young men into combat for political reasons without much concern for either side of the issue. Good reading for anyone thinking that it's good to use troops in a policing action.
This book approaches the realities of war rather than the glories and heroics. He tells the truth about the fears, the questionable moralities of war itself and strips bare the thoughts of a soldier on the front lines.
I give this 5* because it is good non-fiction. It gives great insights into the lives of ordinary soldiers in Northern Ireland during "The Troubles." It's no hooah, hooah novel but shows the real price soldiers pay in enforcing political policy. The writer is permanently disabled due to his service but the British Government is not giving him what is due.
Maybe it wasn't called a war, but it certainly was one. Just look at the cover: that's "home" to a group of British soldiers. That wire around the building is there for good reason, to keep the odd bomb from blowing them up. Brutal and realistic. It was no fun for anyone involved. I'm glad I wasn't there. Well written.
Clarke doesn't pull any punches in describing the incompetence of military brass and the senseless waste of energy and lives that is the whole Northern Ireland fiasco. Brits get out! His ablilty to paint a vivid picture of the awfulness of the lives of the ordinary soldier is excellent. He really had me right there with him and it wasn't very nice. A rivetting read I recommend highly.
I respect this person for writing this book but it is so horrifically sad. Reading it is very stressful and I am sad that anyone had to experience this. More of a book for veterans who could empathize I think, I couldn't finish it.
Contact is similar in many ways with the. American Civil War. The chilling effect of neighbor fighting neighbor is difficult to comprehend, but it is all to real in the world we live in, and Clarke explained the difficulty in his war.

Really well written for his first book. Hope there will be more.