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Thursday, 3 January 2013

The New Recruit by Andy McNab

The New Recruit
What if your prank killed your best friend. Could you live with yourself? You try to forget and move on; you enrol in Army training, you want to make something of your life. The training is tough and it almost breaks you. But you survive; you know you'll make a good soldier. Finally, when you're out in Afghanistan, under enemy fire, you come face-to-face with your best friend's brother. He still blames you for his brother's death. You now have more to fear than just enemy soldiers...

Andy McNab is a well known name in military fiction and all things military. I was intrigued to read his latest release, The New Recruit, which is being released for the Young Adult market.

The book follows the life of Liam Scott as he enters military life, starting from his first days at the Army Foundation College and follows his on his first tour of Afghanistan.

This book is definitely for the older young adults - as could be expected from a book about soldiers there is a small amount of expletives, but all in context. The book gives a good insight into a new recruits induction into the military, from their first year in college and then the full range of emotions and experiences encountered on their first tour of duty. It is both hard hitting but also inspiring and is as good a read as any of McNab's adult reads.

The story is a great read and would be great for young adults to read if they are thinking about a career in the military. It is a realistic account of life in the army and I do not believe it has been 'glamourised' or 'falsified' for the book. 

Thank you to the publishers and PR company for sending me the copy to review.

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