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How much of this tale is likely true? No one will ever know because much of it cannot be verified. How much stock can you put in the words of a man who respects the Taliban? Very very little.
Langdon was a gun for hire who went to Afghanistan for no higher purpose than chasing money. Look where that got him. It is lamentable that security guards with big guns equate their themselves to regular national armed forces. Contractors do not share the same legitimacy as soldiers and never will.
This novel has a great number of holes in it that undercut its credibility. If Langdon felt so compromised by the immoral activities of Four then why didnt he do something about it?
At every turn Langdon paints himself as a white knight. Regardless of the situation, Langdon seems to emerge as the good guy single handedly trying to save Afghanistan.
Langdon has a little cheap shot at Australian police officers towards the end which caught my attention. Throughout his little story he constantly tells us that unless you’ve experienced what he has, you can’t judge how he acts and thinks. Most hypocritically, he tells us that Police officers wearing militarised uniforms have done nothing in their careers. If you’ve not worked a stretch as a cop, best keep your opinion to yourself.
Overall, this book is unsubstantiated and uncorroborated rubbish. In my opinion, Langdon brings dishonour to himself , the Australian Army and Australia itself. I sincerely hope he has moved to South Africa and stays there.