As a self-published author I’m well aware of the importance of customer reviews on the Amazon platform and I’m proud of the 50+ five star reviews that SPIN ZHIRA has attracted to date.
But SPIN ZHIRA is a minnow when compared with the 1,033 reviews that Veet for Men Hair Removal Gel has generated. Not only is it an impressive tally, but each review is an excruciating and often hilarious story of bathroom misadventure.
In January 2012, at about the same time I set off for Afghanistan, Amazon Customer, Andrew wrote: ‘Being a loose cannon who does not play by the rules the first thing I did was ignore the warning…’ Just like Andrew, I’ve always considered myself a bit of a loose cannon, it’s how I ended up an Old Man in Helmand, but I lack his recklessness and raw courage.
35, 202 people found Andrew’s review helpful. A further 1,711 felt compelled to comment, mostly through tears of laughter and anguish. Almost everyone agrees it’s the ‘best review ever’ and a salutary lesson for us all.
SPIN ZHIRA: Old Man in Helmand is the unauthorised, unvarnished and irreverent story of one man’s midlife crisis on the front line of the most dangerous district in Afghanistan where the locals haven’t forgiven the British for the occupation of 1842 or for the Russian Invasion of 1979. Of course, all infidels look the same so you can’t really tell them apart.
A JOURNEY OF LOVE, SERVICE AND ADVENTURE. EXCELLENT!
A MODERN WARFARE LITERARY CLASSIC! OUTSTANDING READ.
ENTERTAINING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND COMPULSORY TO READ.