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by Theodore Knell

This is my life story and the story of my time in the SAS. I hope that any soldier who reads it will find some sort of connection with their own. I have tried to share my experiences honestly, and as such all of the incidents portrayed within this book are true, some so dark and painful that I often questioned whether I wanted to remain part of the human race. I hope it will provide you an insight into the life and mind of a soldier—what makes us the way we are, what drives us on when other men would fold, what binds us together like no other brotherhood on earth, what makes us laugh and what scares us shitless.Watching men die violently for the first time is not something I would wish on any young man. Yes, many who have not served will say "It will make a man out of you, son," but what do they know? In reality it will destroy far more men than it makes, leaving many dead or crippled for life, some with wounds you can see, but far more with wounds which you cannot.
Download A Hell for Heroes: A SAS Hero's Journey to the Heart of Darkness epub
ISBN: 1444742892
ISBN13: 978-1444742893
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Author: Theodore Knell
Language: English
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Digital original edition (October 1, 2012)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1635 kb
FB2 size: 1901 kb
Rating: 4.9
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That war is hell is nothing new, although each generation continues to wage war despite that certain socio-cultural knowledge. Theo Knell is a retired British SAS soldier who survived a childhood of appalling circumstances and a career that took him into numerous situations dangerous beyond most civilians' ability to imagine.
"A Hell for Heroes" loosely chronicles Knell's journey from being a displaced youth living off the streets to a bona fide decorated war hero. Knell will take some issue with the latter designation, as will nearly anyone who has received those same accolades. They simply did what they were trained to do.
Knell's story is told in simple straightforward terms, as if he were seated in a pub with the reader, sharing what he considers significant moments of his turbulent life - the ones he either can or is willing to talk about. These vignettes are accompanied by simple poems reflecting on the gist of each related event. They are uncomplicated verses, powerful, direct, and often as hard to take as some of the vignettes. All of his books partly unveil the side of our world that we all would prefer did not exist, yet it does. The most disturbing part of that truth is that we demand everything from those we hire to deal with that dark aspect of humankind and we give but the barest of compensation in return for that enormous sacrifice.
Regardless, Knell and others like him do not consider themselves helpless victims, dependent on the mercy of those they served (or continue to serve). They only ask that we open our eyes, come to an understanding of what we are actually asking to be done, and tender appropriate respect for that effort.
Respect needs to involve more than parades and discounts at restaurants. Heroes/soldiers need extensive assistance to reintegrate into a society that quite honestly fears them for what they can do and have done. Whether that assistance is a thorough regimen of counseling in preparation for a transition to civilian life or re-training for the civilian workforce, we do not need to throw our ex-military into a mix for which they are no longer prepared, and create a new extension of the hell they have already been through.
Knell is a true survivor. He has done more than merely survive, though, having been lucky enough to have a relationship that has provided the unconditional love and support that anyone with PTSD requires in order to function. His writing and involvement with related organizations reaches out to millions of others to offer hope and encouragement in a world where they feel quite apart.
"A Hell for Heroes" is a must-read for anyone who needs to understand - or thinks they do - why war is hell.
Most people know someone who has been in combat. I've known several, the first being an uncle who, as a nineteen year old from Auburn, Washington drove ammunition trucks to the front lines in France in World War One and returned a shattered shell of himself. I remembered him as the uncle who drank too much. He didn't breathe a word of what he'd gone through until, at age 66 and living with my parents, he told my mother everything. My mother said it was wonderful to have her favorite big brother back. Two years later he was dead from diabetes and other ills. Back then there was no help for men like him.

I've known men from other wars, too, and wished I knew of a book I could recommend to them and their families, written by a person who'd been there and knew what it was like to go through that hell and live. If you're a combat veteran, have a veteran in your family, or know or work with combat veterans, Theo Knell's "A Hell for Heroes", is just such a book. With 22 years experience in Britain's Airborne and Special Forces, Theo Knell has dealt with the things that tear combat veterans apart and leave too many of them shattered shells of their former selves, cut off from the people who love them, and cast aside by the nation that employed them to fight its wars.

"A Hell for Heroes" is a tough, gritty, big-hearted and wise story of a man who's been there and knows how to make it through. If you're a veteran, or know someone who is, pick up a copy of "A Hell for Heroes", read it, then recommend it to them. That's what I've done. Simply put, this book is the one I recommend.
This book jumped out at me in a book store, I immediately bought it and took it home to start reading. I was engrossed in a different world. I found this book was unlike anything else I have read in that it is written in a totally honest manner, something I don't come across to often. The tales (that we're given a first hand account of ) were both awe inspiring and chilling to the core. Inspiring in the essence of what a human can achieve from whatever background they may come from (and achievements there seem plenty). Chilling as we all know that atrocities occur in this world, but Theo, mainly through his poetry, has a way of allowing you but a glimpse, a brief insight into the real occurrences. Shivers to say the least. But as mentioned this book is more then a story, it's rare in that it allows a view, both looking in and out of the window of another's house. This house being that of the service men and women of all our nations. Anybody that's ever had a really hard pill to swallow, an idea of the consequences and repercussions of living with PTSD.

Then to top it all off there's that that sense of humor riddled throughout: "Well, at least there's only 500 of them" - Who is this guy??!? There's also the unmistakable sense of the silver lining in all. For me this book has just made me want to wake up each morning and be a better person, Live a better life and have a little more compassion for my fellow human beings.
So would I recommend this book? Hell yes, I cant really see anyone who wouldn't benefit one way or another from a read.
This is just my opinion, I encourage you to read it and make you own.
I liked it .The book to ,me had a good story wth good plot and real action characters.I would like to read more of these Theo Knell books as i did enjoy this one.
total waste of money and insult to my intelligence when the author offered some very simplistic view of life as a soldier and life in general.