Red One: A Bomb Disposal Expert on the Front Line

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  1. Dear all,

    My first book, Red One: A Bomb Disposal Expert on the Front Line, is published on 19 August this year. Red One is a memoir of my time as a counter-terrorist bomb disposal operator (ATO) in Iraq, focussing on a single action (for which I was later awarded the George Medal) and how PTSD affected me for a number of years afterwards.

    Here is the blurb:

    This is the gripping true story of a young bomb disposal officer and his terrifying experiences in Iraq facing daily rocket attacks and terrorist bombs. When two of his colleagues are killed by a roadside bomb, Kevin Ivison is called in to defuse a second even deadlier bomb just a hundred yards from the bodies of his friends. To make things worse, the entire area is under fire from snipers, and a crowd of angry Iraqis have begun to hurl petrol bombs... With little chance of living through this impossible task, Kevin leaves final messages for his loved ones and sets out alone towards the bomb that he is sure will be the last thing he sees. In this gut-wrenching tale of heroism and survival, Kevin Ivison explains why he chose to be a bomb disposal expert in the first place, how he found the courage to face his death, and the unendurable stress that has given him nightmares ever since

    As soon as I get an advance copy I will offer it to fellow ARRSErs for review. In the meantime, please take a look at Red One on Amazon. If you order the book through the link below, you will also be supporting Help4Heroes - I will donate every penny of Amazon commission to that incredible cause.

    Here is the Amazon link:

    Red One: A Bomb Disposal Expert on the Front Line: Kevin Ivison: Books

    Thank you,

    Kevin Ivison
  2. Thanks Kevin,
    you have just given me an idea about what I should ask for as a birthday present!
  3. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    I will be looking for that, thank feck there are enough loons like you, Dingerr and my mate's dad who ensured I had many hours stagging on as Cordon fodder!
  4. i will be getting one cheers.
  5. Red One has had its first review; The Literary Review says:

    “the author of the gripping memoir Red One...tells it superbly...Ivison – who this book proves to be a gifted writer as well as a genuine hero – draws out the tension of this nightmarish scene...that literally left me sweating in terror.”
  6. Many thanks, pre-ordered mine.
  7. Same here Kevin,

    I'm asking for Jamie Oliver's new book.
  8. General Melchett

    General Melchett LE Moderator

    Is it better than the "other" book about bomb disposaling in Iraq?

    Will buy a copy anyway. :)

  9. As an AT you are duty bound to deride it, getting the knife in good and proper, regardless how good it is.

    Of course when it comes to my book you must lavish it with praise (only because I have plenty of dirt on you ;-) )
  10. Made me laugh, that :D
  11. Are ATOs becoming the Andy McNabs of the 21st Century?
  12. Nah! We're more Chuck Norris.
  13. doesn't chuck norris eat bombs for breakfast? :)
  14. Surely it would be something along the lines of "Chuck norris doesn't defuse bombs, the bomb turns itself in and surrenders..." or some such garbage!
  15. The one Dinger ate must have been a like a hot curry, it fucked his whole up.