Man Down

You don’t have to be killed in action to be a casualty of war.

Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 2006.

Medics Paul Adams and Lizzie Jarman are one of the most welcome sights to injured soldiers in the war-torn poppy fields of Afghanistan. With red crosses on their arms and medical equipment strapped to their backs, they thunder into battle in a Chinook helicopter – straight into areas everyone else is desperate to get away from.

In the middle of the fiercest fighting British troops have seen since the Falklands War, the medics are the last defence from death on the ground in some corner of a foreign field. But in Afghanistan, where a hostile is only obvious when they raise a weapon, there’s no such thing as a non-combatant. And not all enemies are on the other side.

Despite the heroic efforts of the medics on the ground and in the air, someone in the field hospital is determined to finish what the Taliban has started. Wounded soldiers – who should be living – are dying. Their deadliest enemy is much closer to home than they realise.

As the death toll and the temperature rise, can the medics finish their tour of duty, or will it finish them?

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Alistair Reviewer

The author did such a good job of transporting me to a war zone in Afghanistan that I think I have come away with false memories!


Kayak Reviewer

This is an incredibly good presentation of life in a frontline medical facility in Afghanistan, combined with a murder mystery. The book captures all the thrills and downers of working in a remote medical facility in thee middle of the desert. It is well worth reading.


UK Kindle Reviewer

Exciting story in military setting, working successfully on multiple levels: medical; military action; whodunit; black comedy, even romance, but also anti-war. Heart in mouth page -turner takes no prisoners.