“There are a lot of books at the moment dealing with personal experiences in Afghanistan, this one from Chris Green is different. Exploring his return to army via the Reserves and an operational tour in Afghanistan with the Grenadier Guards, a unit not used to reserve soldiers and what they can bring to the party.
Chris Greens description of his life before mobilising, his work, marriage breaking down, his passion for sking and his sons gives you an idea of who he is. As the book develops you can feel his frustration and anger at knowing he can make a difference but being stopped by politics and indifference.
A very good entertaining, informative read, well worth your time.”
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.
‘The best book by a soldier concerning the Afghan War that I have read’
Frank Ledwidge, bestselling author of Losing Small Wars and Investment in Blood
‘SPIN ZHIRA vividly conveys the disjointed essence of modern warfare and the impossibility of balancing the adrenaline of combat with ‘normal’ life. This book brims with authenticity and dark humour.’
Patrick Hennessey, bestselling author of The Junior Officers’ Reading Club and Kandak
‘If you want to read about political and military success in Afghanistan, this book isn’t for you. If you want a fresh perspective from someone who is not a career officer and who is brave enough to bare his soul, then SPIN ZHIRA is a must read.’
Lt Col Richard Dorney, bestselling author of The Killing Zoneand An Active Service
SOLDIER The official magazine of the British Army
‘A journey of love, service and adventure. Excellent.’