• Eight Lives Down

  • By: Chris Hunter
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind Tutt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-17-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Chris Hunter has the most dangerous job in the world in the most dangerous place in the world: he's responsible for bomb disposal in the British sector of Iraq, pitted against some of the most ruthless and technically advanced terrorists in the world. It is a 24/7 job; his team defused over 45 bombs in the first two months alone. And the people they're up against don't play by the Geneva Convention. For them, there are no rules, only results. Bombs, rockets, grenades, ambushes, booby traps: death by any means necessary. Welcome to the real Wild West. But for Chris Hunter, just when life couldn't get any more dangerous, the stakes are raised again. Halfway through his tour, he is told, "They want you dead, Chris. You and your team have captured their weaponry, you've fingered them with forensics, you've neutralised a shedload of their IEDs. They're out to kill the golden-haired bomb man in Basra."
Suddenly Chris Hunter is not only saving other people's lives, he's saving his own.
© Chris Hunter; (P) Random House
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3 out of 5 stars
By David on 06-12-08

enlightening, relentless, and depressing

An outstanding narration of a fascinating but depressingly predictable service of a segment of the British Army in Iraq. Yet, Hunter writes in a fetchingly personal style, presenting with intelligence the reality of life in a foreign army placed in a relatively friendless land. The final chapter of all of our post-9/11 realities is yet to be written, and, likewise, this book doesn't even attempt to assign a positive outcome to the whole bloody mess, either. Pity.

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5 out of 5 stars
By duncan on 05-02-12

brutally honest

Chris just tells it like it is and explains the contradictions in his life. The tough stuff is well balanced and the insight into what went on revealing
hope he (they - his family) are happy now

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 02-17-15

An honest account of front line service

This is a memoir written from the perspective of an ATO (Ammunition Technical Officer - conducting bomb disposal, investigation, IED removal, etc). It concentrates on the author's time in Iraq, but touches on his time elsewhere including in Northern Ireland, As such it's not an analysis of the war, but an account of his personal experiences and relocations.

It is a very honest account of the personal experiences and costs of his career choices. It also gives an insight into the Iraqi experience of normal people in Basra, Baghdad and some of the other locations. And for this the author should be congratulated.

It is however a personal account, and therefore is limited in scope for those looking for broader investigation and conclusions. For those wanting a personal account of a senior ATO in a front line role this is exactly what you are looking for.

It's very well narrated and edited (no level issues or obvious cuts).

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