About The Book:
This newly expanded, acclaimed best-seller from Captain Clarke (British Parachute Regiment) on the blood soaked 70’s in Northern Ireland is a raw, visceral, “no-holds-barred” account of life in combat from one of the men we pay to kill. Eerily similar to Afghanistan now, soldiers live with senses on high alert waiting to be ripped apart by the accuracy of a sniper or a well-hidden bomb.
Clarke takes us to the heart of the action. We enter the private world of the soldiers, experience their emotions, fear, courage, humor, bravado and the anguish of death. This expanded edition reveals the untold nightmare Clarke lived through having nearly died, with half his insides missing, suffering from PTSD and being expected to return to a “normal life”. A story of the heartache and scars of war that affect generations.
“..a major contribution to our understanding of war and how people act .. Contact is the work of a brave writer.” Kevin Toolis, Irish News.
AFN Clarke is the bestselling author of the nonfiction book CONTACT and of numerous fiction books. He has 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. He a proud father of four daughters, writer, pilot, race car driver, screen writer, loves to sail, listen to opera, cook gourmet meals, drink wine, read good books, have heated discussions and travel off the beaten path.
His books are rich with his own past and present experiences, giving them a greater immediacy, depth and realism, even in his flights of fantasy. Writing mainly fiction these days, he tends to favor politically charged thrillers, suspense and intrigue, humorous satire and books about the challenges of human relationships. Despite setbacks, he’s an optimist at heart and still believes in the overwhelming power of love and of the human spirit.