I don't read that many biographies but, when i saw this, I thought "why not" and I am glad I did. I have a particular interest in Australian ex- soldiers because they tend to stay in the background a lot more than their American counterparts but, in my mind, play no less a role in the worlds worst places. This book does a lot, not only, to tell Rob's harrowing story but also to give the reader a better understanding of what 'goes on' in this amazing, and tragic, land. I thought I was going to get a read on life in the gaol but Rob tells an amazing story about life in the Australian army, life before this incident and his own thoughts and feeling that he needed to survive this incredibly difficult (read impossible but our terms) set of circumstances. The way this is written does NOT make you feel like you are there but more like hiding in the corner watching this 'thing' unfold..... For a 'novice' writer Rob has a charm and straight forward attitude that gives his story an amazing level of credibility and believability. His writing style appears to be like the author himself - up front and zero BS. I really liked this book. I liked it because it tells a story without embellishment, without hype but with bucket loads of "dealing with the inevitable" and that makes a really pleasant change for someone who likes to get immersed in the read. So - if you want to visit these places without going through the sheer horror of actually being there and if you want to have a read that leaves you gasping and shaking your head - this is it. Have a read and be thankful there are brave, and hard, men like Rob who are out there trying to make a difference.
I have enormous respect and admiration for the author Rob Langdon. This memoir is well written and enthralling from start to finish. Enduring and surviving seven years in Pol-e-Charki prison in Afghanistan goes well beyond every readers worst nightmare. It is a tale of resilience that we can all learn from and take the messages and words of wisdom away to use in every day life. Rob has shown the importance of focusing on what we can control and living with integrity by acting according to our own values and being true to this. I also learnt from Rob the importance of a routine every day to ‘get us through ‘ even the most dire circumstances we have been dealt. Highly recommended reading.
Perfect. I await the follow up. So easy to throw in a book of short stories similar to James Ellroy. Short story, snap...before you have a chance to digest snap.... next story, hard and fast.
I hope to read the sequel . Personally I would like to see more information and in-depth stories about the body in the mind whilst being in these places. However I recognise that that would kind of suck having to reiterate a pretty shit situation. I certainly don't have the mental training for surviving that.... did like the finish at the airport. Very descriptive. Perfect ending.
Couldn't put this down and read it in under two days. An excellent read and a real eye opener to the world of international contractors working in some of the most backwards, hostile environments in the world. Thanks Rob Landon and of course "Duty First"
I was so impressed with the resilience of the author in such unbearable circumstances and conditions. How could he survive? It was such an in site to the politics and hypocrisy of the Muslim religion. Very well written