Sean Rayment - Author

About the Author

Sean Rayment served as a Captain in the Parachute Regiment in the late 1980's. As a journalist, he has specialised in war reporting for the past ten years, undertaking assignments in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the Gulf and Africa. He has been embedded with the British Army on more than a ten occasions.

Featured books by Sean Rayment

Tales from the Special Forces Club The Untold Stories of Britain's Elite WWII Warriors

Tales from the Special Forces Club The Untold Stories of Britain's Elite WWII Warriors

Author: Sean Rayment Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Stories of real-life bravery and courage-under-fire contribute to a unique and poignant record of a club created for heroes. There are just a handful of men and women alive today who served and fought with the Special Forces during the Second World War. They are a dwindling bunch of veterans in their twilight years whose tales of heroism and daring-do will soon be lost in time forever - yet they still regularly get together in a gentleman's club, right in the heart of London - The Special Forces Club. In ten separate and astonishing accounts of ingenuity and heroism, former Sunday Telegraph defence correspondent Sean Rayment visits this unique group of people, and through their vivid memories, transports the reader back in time to the dark days of the Second World War when Britain was again fighting on multiple fronts across the globe.

Bomb Hunters In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit

Bomb Hunters In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit

Author: Sean Rayment Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2011

'Afghanistan is just like Iraq -- hot, dusty and full of people who want to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer Search Advisor Bomb Hunters tells the story of the British army's elite bomb disposal experts, men who face death every day in the most dangerous region of the most lethal country on earth -- Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Bomb Hunters are up against the Improvised Explosive Device -- the IED -- the deadly homemade bombs planted by the Taliban. Hard to detect and easy to trigger, an estimated 10 bombs for every one of the 10,000 British troops have been planted in the region. IEDs are now the main killer of British troops in Afghanistan and the ultimate psychological weapon. Bomb Hunters work in 50-degree heat as they take the 'long walk' into the kill zone, defusing as many as 15 bombs a day. In the past year the casualty rate has soared as the troops have become locked into a deadly game of cat and mouse -- to locate and deactivate the deadly bombs before they maim and kill soldiers, police and civilians. Skill, cold courage and inevitably pure luck play a huge part in the survival of these men and as the British public have already seen -- a single lapse of concentration can result in instant death. Ex-paratrooper, now defence journalist, Sean Rayment, takes the reader on a journey into the heat and dust of Helmand Province as he meets these courageous soldiers while they put their lives at risk to prevent other British troops falling victim to the IED. He interviews the Bomb Hunters as they perform their duties on the frontline and paints a breathtaking picture of what life is like for the men who play poker with their own lives every day, who live knowing the enemy watches their every move, waiting for a weakness to show itself, a pattern in technique to be exploited, or an error to be made that triggers the device itself. This is as vivid and dramatic as war reporting gets, mixing 'close to the bone' narrative and dead-pan black humour from the Bomb Hunters themselves, some of whom were subsequently killed in action. No punches will be pulled on what these men feel about the war, their place in it, the politicians and generals who send them there, and how they deal with the relentless pressure of the job itself in the heart of the world's most hostile combat environment.

Other books by Sean Rayment

Tales from the Special Forces Club The Untold Stories of Britain's Elite WWII Warriors

Tales from the Special Forces Club The Untold Stories of Britain's Elite WWII Warriors

Author: Sean Rayment Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Stories of real-life bravery and courage-under-fire contribute to a unique and poignant record of a club created for heroes. There are just a handful of men and women alive today who served and fought with the Special Forces during the Second World War. They are a dwindling bunch of veterans in their twilight years whose tales of heroism and daring-do will soon be lost in time forever - yet they still regularly get together in a gentleman's club, right in the heart of London - The Special Forces Club. In ten separate and astonishing accounts of ingenuity and heroism, former Sunday Telegraph defence correspondent Sean Rayment visits this unique group of people, and through their vivid memories, transports the reader back in time to the dark days of the Second World War when Britain was again fighting on multiple fronts across the globe.

Suicide Raid: Lieutenant Corran Purdon (Tales from the Special Forces Shorts, Book 4)

Suicide Raid: Lieutenant Corran Purdon (Tales from the Special Forces Shorts, Book 4)

Author: Sean Rayment Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2013

This is Corran Purdon's story, one of five true-life recollections from the Second World War in Tales From The Special Forces Club.The Special Forces Club is a fabled gentlemen's club, based in the heart of London. It has a closely guarded secret: you have to be a genuine hero to be a member.Corran Purdon was a gung-ho officer in the Ulster Rifles who thirsted for action. He would volunteer for a new unit, requested by Churchill: the British Commandos.Corran was to fight in 'The Greatest Raid of All': the destruction of the port of St Nazaire in France. The volunteers knew it was fraught with risks. This is his story.

Moonlight Squadron: Squadron Leader Leonard Ratcliff (Tales from the Special Forces Shorts, Book 3)

Moonlight Squadron: Squadron Leader Leonard Ratcliff (Tales from the Special Forces Shorts, Book 3)

Author: Sean Rayment Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2013

This is Leonard Ratcliff's story, one of five true-life recollections from the Second World War in Tales From The Special Forces Club.The Special Forces Club is a fabled gentlemen's club, based in the heart of London. It has a closely guarded secret: you have to be a genuine hero to be a member.Leonard commanded a squadron tasked with flying Special Forces agents into Nazi-occupied Europe. His missions came with enormous risk and casualties were exceptionally high. By the end of the war the entire squadron had been lost three times over. Yet despite the dangers there was always a steady stream of volunteers ready to risk all. This is Leonard's story.

Hell of Burma: Sergeant Harry Verlander (Tales from the Special Forces Shorts, Book 2)

Hell of Burma: Sergeant Harry Verlander (Tales from the Special Forces Shorts, Book 2)

Author: Sean Rayment Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2013

This is Harry Verlander's story, one of five true-life recollections from the Second World War in Tales From The Special Forces Club.The Special Forces Club is a fabled gentlemen's club, based in the heart of London. It has a closely guarded secret: you have to be a genuine hero to be a member.Harry had volunteered aged 16 in 1942. By 1944, he was parachuting into France on D-Day as part of the Jedburgh espionage teams. His main adventure, though, was in the jungles of Burma fighting the Japanese. This is his story.

Fighting Rommel: Captain Mike Sadler (Tales from the Special Forces Shorts, Book 1)

Fighting Rommel: Captain Mike Sadler (Tales from the Special Forces Shorts, Book 1)

Author: Sean Rayment Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2013

This is Mike Sadler's story, one of five true-life recollections from the Second World War in Tales From The Special Forces Club.The Special Forces Club is a fabled gentlemen's club, based in the heart of London. It has a closely guarded secret: you have to be a genuine hero to be a member.Mike Sadler was in Rhodesia working on a farm when he decided to join up and fight Hitler. He would become one of the legendary men in the Long Range Desert Group, roaming behind Erwin Rommel's front line and causing havoc and confusion to the German Africa Korp. He would also go on to serve with distinction in the SAS. This is his story.

Honey Trap: Sergeant Noreen Riols (Tales from the Special Forces Shorts, Book 3)

Honey Trap: Sergeant Noreen Riols (Tales from the Special Forces Shorts, Book 3)

Author: Sean Rayment Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2013

This is Noreen Riol's story, one of five true-life recollections from the Second World War in Tales From The Special Forces Club.The Special Forces Club is a fabled gentlemen's club, based in the heart of London. It has a closely guarded secret: you have to be a genuine hero to be a member.A language expert, Noreen volunteered for a more exciting life with the SOE. She would play a vital role in training agents destined to serve overseas - most of whom would never returnNoreen is the only member of her unit still alive. Now she tells her story.

Bomb Hunters In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit

Bomb Hunters In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit

Author: Sean Rayment Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2011

'Afghanistan is just like Iraq -- hot, dusty and full of people who want to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer Search Advisor Bomb Hunters tells the story of the British army's elite bomb disposal experts, men who face death every day in the most dangerous region of the most lethal country on earth -- Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Bomb Hunters are up against the Improvised Explosive Device -- the IED -- the deadly homemade bombs planted by the Taliban. Hard to detect and easy to trigger, an estimated 10 bombs for every one of the 10,000 British troops have been planted in the region. IEDs are now the main killer of British troops in Afghanistan and the ultimate psychological weapon. Bomb Hunters work in 50-degree heat as they take the 'long walk' into the kill zone, defusing as many as 15 bombs a day. In the past year the casualty rate has soared as the troops have become locked into a deadly game of cat and mouse -- to locate and deactivate the deadly bombs before they maim and kill soldiers, police and civilians. Skill, cold courage and inevitably pure luck play a huge part in the survival of these men and as the British public have already seen -- a single lapse of concentration can result in instant death. Ex-paratrooper, now defence journalist, Sean Rayment, takes the reader on a journey into the heat and dust of Helmand Province as he meets these courageous soldiers while they put their lives at risk to prevent other British troops falling victim to the IED. He interviews the Bomb Hunters as they perform their duties on the frontline and paints a breathtaking picture of what life is like for the men who play poker with their own lives every day, who live knowing the enemy watches their every move, waiting for a weakness to show itself, a pattern in technique to be exploited, or an error to be made that triggers the device itself. This is as vivid and dramatic as war reporting gets, mixing 'close to the bone' narrative and dead-pan black humour from the Bomb Hunters themselves, some of whom were subsequently killed in action. No punches will be pulled on what these men feel about the war, their place in it, the politicians and generals who send them there, and how they deal with the relentless pressure of the job itself in the heart of the world's most hostile combat environment.

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