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Painting the Sand Audiobook

Painting the Sand

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Publisher's Summary

This is a book about science, bombs and what happens to the human psyche when every day you go to work might be your last.

Kim Hughes is the most highly decorated bomb disposal operator serving in the British Army. He was awarded the George Cross in 2009 following a gruelling six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, during which he defused 119 improvised explosive devices, survived numerous Taliban ambushes and endured a close encounter with the Secretary of State for Defence.

The backdrop to Painting the Sand is the Afghan War, the conflict where the cold courage of the bomb disposal operator rose to national prominence. No other field of warfare offers the chance of a single individual to come so close to his enemy and fight out a battle of wits where losing means death. This is one of the best memoirs that will come out of a 10-year struggle to defeat a hidden and enduring enemy.

©2017 Kim Hughes (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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    "A realistic and thoroughly interesting real life story."

    Loved this book, it’s honesty and utter realism. Read it if you have the slightest interest.
    Being EOD is a seriously punchy role needing nerves of steel and top level skills. Well in Staff!

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    ryan 28/11/2017
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    "Excellent and compelling listen"

    I can't fault the content or the narrater, it was a fantastic book and it was a shame when it ended. It was easy to listen to and captivating with the real-life tales of war. Great book.

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    Anne 14/11/2017
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    "Excellent listen and narration "

    Really enjoyed this book,a real insight into the training and deployment of a in layman's terms 'Bomb Disposal 'expert and the trials and desperate decisions they have to make, what a brave man Kim is and all his fellow comrades.

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    D. J. Craig Dorset, England 31/10/2017
    D. J. Craig Dorset, England 31/10/2017 Member Since 2018
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    "A truly great read!"

    An in depth recollection of life on the frontlines of IEDs in Afghanistan. An honest encounter of what really happened, what went on and what it was like. No bullshit, dampening of the situation or moderated views to achieve a life like feel of what it was like without actually being there. The story of the army told by someone who has become the army. Well worth a listen.

    NB - not recommended if you will be unable to listen to descriptions of fatal scenes

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    "A Gripping Insight"

    An outstanding military memoir. Hughes was one if only 5(!) ammunition technical officers in Helmand during summer 2009. There is no better account if the difficult and very dangerous role of these experts and the EOD teams that they lead.

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    "Riveting listen from start to finish"

    Really well written and really well read. Amazing story of true heroism in a dirty war.

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    Tony Hanley 13/02/2018
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    "Much respect !"

    Chillingly true life unglamorous account of fighting the terrorist war as a bomb disposal SNCO brings home the reality of being there and all the raw emotion that comes with that.

    Im in awe of the sacrifices made by our troops that were made, and it’s also good to know that the authors views on whether it was actually all worth it, were not suppressed.

    The audiobook puts you in the middle of it all.

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    Richard 12/02/2018
    Richard 12/02/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent book"

    makes me proud of what our armed forces do on a daily basis, to keep us safe

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    "A privilege"

    This book is an experience the like of which I cannot match. I am humbled by the honesty and integrity of Kim Hughes GC.
    This country cannot hope to repay what we owe to Mr Hughes and his fellow soldiers wherever would we be without them.

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    Amazon Customer Hampshire UK 26/01/2018
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    "Amazing and thoroughly thought provoking"

    Kim's story provides real insight into life as a bomb disposal expert. Many soldiers and society in general owes much to them. I was struck by the articulate way it was written without losing its real soul. And was the Afghan war worth it? In some ways this book reminded me of Jake Wood's book "Among Us" which I would highly recommend. Sounds a bit corny, but I wanted to say ... thank you for what you and your colleagues did Kim.

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