High Risk: A True Story of the SAS, Drugs and Other Bad Behaviour

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High Risk: A True Story of the SAS, Drugs and Other Bad Behaviour

High Risk: A True Story of the SAS, Drugs and Other Bad Behaviour

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The whole thing about PTSD is it’s a cluster of horrible symptoms that revolve around a traumatic episode – or episodes. A stricter editor would have redacted some of the more prurient prose bestowed on drug-consumption; and the question of ‘Why? A British special forces veteran who had been embedded with US soldiers fighting to retake the city of Ramadi from al-Qaeda in Iraq, Timberlake, now 47, used to think the dark stories of conflict told on the boat were “ruining my buzz” – after all, he wasn’t there to relive what he and his comrades had been through. This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees.

For the soldiers on his houseboat, and for Timberlake himself, there was the possibility of redemption through drugs, of pushing into and then away, from the horrors of warfare. a smorgasbord of fascinating topics told in a laugh out loud style mixed with genuinely moving prose. Beginning with a bowel loosening near death experience as a young ‘war tourist’ the first few chapters are a fascinating summation of how the mind/body works when put in extreme, stressful situations whether in war or extreme sports etc. High Risk is a within-and-without journey that glides between parable, text book and confessional without compromise.According to the book’s cover blurb, Ben Timberlake has been an archaeologist, Special Forces soldier (21 SAS), combat medic and drug addict. We had a rule that we had to do our wraps by 9AM - certainly before noon,” says Timberlake today, in his office on nearby Portobello Road, in Notting Hill. Under the exquisitely deceptive camouflage of the rush of adrenalin and heroin, this is a beautifully written book about a man who truly dares. Repeated or prolonged exposure to an odorant without any positive or negative reinforcement produces experience-dependent plasticity, which results in habituation and latent inhibition. Yep… To be honest I did forward thru chapter 9 but for some reason I was drawn to the addiction part.

I can only suppose that the author could not have written High Risk any earlier or later in his life and I can only thank him for his courage in sharing.

While publisher after publisher wanted him to tell an Andy McNab style story of hard men at war, Timberlake went his own way, writing a book that is as profound as it is eye-popping. which reminded me of Joseph Campbell's work with prehistoric cave paintings of Mother Goddesses and Timberlake opens this book with his memories of boyhood crawls through such caves in South West France. Timberlake lays out the foibles of his past and the passionate, human hunger driving him to seek after adventure, sex, life, war, meaning, and ultimately the divine. At several points in the book it gets so bizarre with so many sudden twists it just becomes hard to believe. If you are looking for a story on a man who has pushed the envelope on living life on the edge, this book is for you.

The debate is probably endless and fruitless and I have heard it so many times that it really does not appeal to me and for this reason I lost interest in the book towards the end. Ben Timberlake makes a neurobiological experiment in a laboratory that I'd advise everyone to stay out of--the self. It's very hard to feel sorry for the character in this book whilst also understanding that this isn't the point.One night in Ramadi, for example, on Christmas Eve of 2006, Timberlake dished out some Es he’d brought with him to some American soldiers, all of whom had been either weeping or despondent because of the hellish situation they had found themselves in. Join authors Ben Timberlake and Antony Loyd as they share their uncompromising personal accounts of embracing fear and choosing to live life at the very extreme, revealing what happens when you’re taken over the edge. That said I fully respect the incredible job that the armed and special forces undertake on our behalf, and am in total admiration of the author as a soldier.



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