A review by Scarletto Dan aka Northernsoulboy asked for some Arrsers to review his forthcoming book, so I thought id try my hand at a review, now this is a bit long, but the book and Dan deserves it. Also the Arrsers, who are in the book, also deserve it. Why well you will see. Never judge a book by its cover is an old statement, so lets start there at the cover. Many of you will have seen the picture of 42 Commando in Afghanistan which adorns the front, and striking it is, something that will make you just pick the book up to see what it is about. However its the back of the book which conveys more in my mind about whats inside, than the front. Using what may be called sound bites from the 25 Medal winners. It certainly conveys what is inside. So to the meat of the matter, the book. The preface of the book sets out what it is about, the words of 25 medal winners, no politics, no rights or wrongs but their words, obviously with some work by Dan!! Now Dan wasnt allowed to pay the people whose stories they have told, is giving 5% of the £17.99p to SSAFA, and this is from every book sold, not what you pay say to Amazon or Play.com. So into the book itself, a list of who is in it follows at the end, but basically the book starts in 2003 in Iraq and goes through to 2006 in Afghanistan, it shows to the uneducated how things slowly changed, again not through Politics but by the Blokes on the Ground. Each story (though thats the wrong word I feel, as well its not a story but real life but maybe memory would be a better word to use), is the Guys and Gals words, broken with bits from their citations and a very basic note on what was going on around them or what they were tasked to do. So how are these memories dealt with, as I said there not, they are basically the words from the Heroes, though each of them makes it clear their not Heroes, If there was one book which has been needed, if their was one book every Politician, every armchair warrior and yes I include my fat self should read, its this book. If every member of the public and every School had or read this book, then finally the Lads n Lasses now would get the Respect they so deserve. The 25 in this book tell their memories, with nowt much held back if in most cases anything, funny, scary and of course very sad memories, whilst they all say that others did more or others didnt get the respect they deserve, after your read their memories you think, Heroes by heck you are, okay easy to say, but again this book will tell you otherwise. The memories arent just about the way they won their medal, it deals with the aftermath, and again this is what has been needed, and sadly something that isnt thought or cared about by most in Civvy street. There is so much in this book that would have just been forgotten, that would have only been heard maybe one day in the Naafi or the Mess, by a few like minded people, that finally is going to be read and remembered. The book whilst it is about 25 Heroes is also due to their words, and no one elses, a testament to the Squaddie of today, be he Para or Cav, Infantry or Gunner. Its actually humbling to read how self depreciating they are about what they did. And yes Dan is to be congratulated for getting them to speak. A list of those in the book follows. Lt Campbell, MC. Lt Head, MC. Sgt Heley, MC. Lt Farebrother, MC LCpl Thomas, CGC. CoH Bell, MC. Cpl Jardine,CGC. LCpl Balmforth, MC Major Featherstone, MC. W02 Evans, MC. Sgt Broome, CGC LCpl Dickson. MC. Sgt Bryan CGC. Cpl Thomson, CGC CSgt Tomlinson, CGC. Cpt Bratcher, MC. Major Woodham, MC CSgt Harkess, CGC. Pte Norris, MC. Wcomdr Sampson, DSO Flt Carter, MC. Lt Farmer, CGC. LCoH Radford, CGC Major Hammond, DFC. LT Illingworth, CGC Also included in the book, are pictures of most of the recipients, and a glossary of terms for the uneducated. So there you are a basic review, i must add after talking to Dan, the man who without his work, these Heroes memories would never have been heard. A Big thank you, a very nice and genuine bloke, him and his missus deserve all the praise they will get for this book. Though even he says, its not his book, its the 25s. To the Lads n Lass who allowed their memories to be used, I cant personally say anything, nothing id say would cover how I feel about you, how proud or honoured I am. Some on here may think bit OTT, but well not bothered what you think bout that, tis the internet after all. It is actually very rare for me, to not put down a book, but this book I just couldnt put down, 25 memories of very Brave people, well more than Brave, though none think their special, Dans Book and through it their Memories may do more for others, than they will ever know. So, I aint going to give it stars or points, I am just going to say BUY THIS BOOK!!! No borrowing, stealing or using the Library, BUY IT. To the two arrsers who are in the book , hope the review is good enough!!!!! To Dan must buy you a pint after that phone call,didnt realise I waffled on for so long.