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  • By Joel Mugambi
    Jul 19, 2011
    Dear Mohamed, Having meticulously gone through your book, word after word, to the last phrase “Never say die!”, let me now put down my honest feelings from a point of knowledge. Believe me you did an excellent job in every sense of the word! And just to echo the words of Gen (rtd) DI Opande, in his foreword, “It is a timely and useful work....” In the same foreword, I am particularly impressed by the wise General’s remark “As an anecdote of an experienced field practitioner, it has substantially raised the bar for others who may well encounter situations in future and elucidates the need for proper cooperation between the civilian and military components of the government” May I also genuinely say that; I am utterly humbled by the high rating you have accorded me in your work despite the fact that my contribution was intangible, if there was any at all! At least I felt relieved to see your humorous embedding of the survival phrase I helped you to coin in order to secure a safe passage... More > through Kinungi! Your theme, style and tone are superb! The way you chose to richly use military language and jargons undoubtedly beats any other writer who might have or may want to explore the same subject in future. I admire your wealth and application of manoeuvrist terminologies but I am more amused by your deliberate inclination to gunnery terms! One would never imagine that something prudent can be made out of our casually used phrases like “change round and End of mission, good shooting!” Your creativity here went a notch higher and it really stamps your authority as a professional gunner in your writing. The other striking aspect is the simplicity with which you explain those jargons as they relate to general life and to PEV, allowing every person to comprehend the gist of your theme. Let me acknowledge that; like any other book, I have a lot to learn from yours! I have come across new English words (Yes! Words that I had to consult my Encarta dictionary) for instance, I have now added to my vocabulary words like suss, pandemonium and picturesque! Other lessons that will henceforth enrich my knowledge are things like the “Rule number five- the empathy rule of negotiating” that; in order to gain the hardest concessions, one has to prove understanding of what is important to the other party. That; empathy= critical skill. As I was going through this experience of your action in Likia, I instantaneously remembered one SSgt Kimutai, a regimental store man now employed in Westcom, and somehow, I got tickled! – I guess you remember why? The Colin Powel’s rules have also impacted very positively on me:- - Be careful what you choose, you may get it - Share credit - Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier In a nutshell, your book is worth reading and re-reading (as I will do!). I have undertaken to ‘advertise’ the book to as many officers as I can. Already, I am ‘coercing’ Captain Galgalo, 20 Para to order for the book. Otherwise I once more register my appreciation to you and your family for having given me the privilege of freely enjoying your hard earned intellectual wealth. I do not take it for granted, and may God richly and continually bless your works. A small mistake only escaped the attention of your editor “the oxygen we breadth in” Joel Mugambi Major (Kenya Army)< Less
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June 10, 2011
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.51 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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