Kicking bombs in the land of sand
After 22 years in the Army, there was nothing Craig Jackson (CJ) didn’t know about the deadly craft of bomb detection and disposal. He was the go-to guy for clearing an area of explosives. When he left the military, there was really no choice: his expertise was rare, sought after, and potentially very lucrative. He’d long ago learnt to put the danger to one side; now he loved the adrenaline rush, the exhilaration of the job, staying cool in the face of death, outsmarting the murderous and wily bomb-makers.
Craig establishes his own landmine clearance company, and is catapulted into the thick of the war in Iraq, tasked with disposing of Saddam Hussein’s massive array of bombs, ammunition and weapons. This is his dream job: getting to play with hundreds of thousands of tons of explosive ordnance, while also doing a bit of good on the side. All is well until a typical convoy sortie in the Iraqi desert turns Craig’s world into a nightmare. Ambushed by a large, well-armed and organised enemy force, Craig and his colleagues are taken prisoner by Saddam’s henchmen. Thrust into a nether world of pain and brutality, all of his thoughts and efforts become focussed on one thing: staying alive. Soon Craig has to draw on every shred of his mental and physical strength to endure the horrific daily torture at the hands of his captors.
Kicking Bombs is based on fact, however as part of his employment author, soldier and explosives expert Barry Stevens signed a US Official Secrets Act – he is unable to tell the real truth until the year 2023.
When writing the book Stevens own experience with landmine clearance and ordnance disposal over five years in Iraq formed the foundation.
Soft cover, 218 pages.