Sergeant Steve Heaney tells the explosive true story of the epic operation that helped to bring to an end the Sierra Leone Civil War and earned him the Military Cross.
Steve Heaney joined the Parachute Regiment Juniors at 16, then passed Parachute Regiment selection and joined 3 PARA in 1987. Two years later he successfully undertook selection into X Platoon - the Pathfinders. He went on to serve with X Platoon, working with almost every allied Special Forces unit with which the British military has links. In 1999 he was promoted to Platoon Sergeant. He won the Commanding Officer's Commendation for finding arms caches in Northern Ireland. Sergeant Heaney left the British military in 2001, by which time he was the most experienced Military Parachutist in the British Army. He has spent the last decade working as a senior military adviser to one of Britain's key allies.Damien Lewis has worked as a war and conflict reporter for major broadcasters, reporting from across Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East, and has won numerous awards for his journalism. In 2001 he wrote his first book, an international bestseller translated into over 30 languages, and adapted into a film and stage play. His books OPERATION CERTAIN DEATH, APACHE DAWN and FIRE STRIKE 7/9 were SUNDAY TIMES bestsellers, and he has co-written many other books, including PATHFINDER and BORN FEARLESS - the former a SUNDAY TIMES Top 10 bestseller, and the latter the UK's highest-selling military non-fiction title of 2012. Damien's recent Special Forces book ZERO SIX BRAVO reached No.1 on the SUNDAY TIMES non-fiction bestseller list.
Sergeant Steve Heaney captures the confusion, black humour, raw
courage and sheer exhilaration of combat brillantly. This book is
one of the best accounts of low-level tactical soldiering since
Fred Majdalany's WW2 classic Patrol. But Heaney tells a broader
tale that has rarely been captured so well... I commend it to the
professional soldier and layman alike. -- General Lord Richards of
Herstmonceux, Chief of the Defence Staff 2010-13 * THE TIMES *
'... read this account of his [Steve Heaney] stint with the 26-man strong X Platoon in the sweltering jungle, living on grubs, outnumbered 80 to one, battling heavily armed rebels with bamboo sticks and home-made grenades, and you'll be asking the question... Why wasn't he given TWO MCs?' -- Jon Wise * Sunday Sport *