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Army April 25, 2013
By Bob Dikkenberg
SAY AGAIN, OVER
If you can think of a
clever caption for the
picture featured right,
with "caption comp
April 25" as the subject.
Keep entries under 25
words and include your
name, rank and unit.
Just my luck -- our first live-fire exercise
and the safety catch has stuck!
Flt-Lt Michael Wallace
Air Movements Training &
Development Unit, Richmond
144 pages, RRP $24.95
FORMER CA Lt-Gen Peter Leahy
(retd) launched a book of soldier's
poetry called Love, Life and Anzac
Biscuits at the National Press Club
in Canberra on April 4.
Written by Lt-Col Barham
Ferguson, the book contains
both military-themed poetry
as well as others written since
"Barham Ferguson ... is
a modern war poet," Lt-Gen
"He shares his emotions, his
thoughts and his hopes with us.
He has lived the life of a soldier
and knows of their fear, humour,
loneliness, and the close bonds of
mateship that tie them together."
After 26 years in Army,
Lt-Col Ferguson has served in
Bougainville, Southern Thailand,
Afghanistan and Iraq -- opera-
tional tours that inspired many of
His first book, A Feeling of
Belonging, was a limited publica-
tion of military-themed poetry,
the contents of which have been
included in this new book, as
well as later poetry from both
operational areas and other works
The book launch also includ-
ed a surprise performance.
Lt-Col Ferguson had written a
song called "Fallen Soldier",
which was played live by the
band Loose Connections, led by
The song is a slow ballad
designed for ramp ceremonies
and funeral services. It was pre-
sented to Legacy Australia presi-
dent Bob Connor to help raise
funds for the charity.
Mr Connor said it would be
recorded and available on CD
along with other military songs
in the next few months.
Love, Life and Anzac Biscuits is availa-
ble online at www.vividpublishing.com.
au/barhamferguson, through the book-
store at the Australian War Memorial, or
through Dymocks. An eBook version will
also be available from Amazon or
Military poetry written on operational deployments printed
Hunter: Intrepid 2
Author: Chris Allen
430pp, RRP $27.99, $6.99
Reviewer: Sgt Dave Morley
FORMER 3RAR paratroop-
er Maj Chris Allen has undoubtedly written a
winner here. Hunter is his second book in a
series about a former Aussie digger working
for Intrepid, the black ops division of Interpol.
His lead character, Alex Morgan, is part
soldier, part spy and part policeman.
Morgan is given a near-impossible mission
which has him flying around the world seeking
out former Serbian war criminals and bringing
them to justice.
His mission becomes crucial when these
criminals begin assassinating judges from the
International Criminal Tribunal for the former
Yugoslavia and kidnap a judge's daughter.
The book is laid out in short, easy-to-read,
action-packed chapters, and once started, is
very hard to put down.
Allen knows his weapons and aircraft
particularly well, and his immense atten-
tion to detail shows he has obviously walked
the streets of the cities where his character's
actions take place.
He is currently listed number 85 in the top
100 action and adventure writers on Amazon
and has a film franchise under way.
Although relatively new to the world of
writing, he is set to give the likes of Tom
Clancy and Robert Ludlum a run for their
For more on Chris Allen and his books go to
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