Troubador Bullets, Buildings and Beer

Released: 28/02/2022

ISBN: 9781803130682

Format: Paperback

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Bullets, Buildings and Beer

Exploits of a contractor working in WAR ZONES


A biography which started life as a short diary of memorable moments whilst the author was working overseas, mainly in areas of existing or previous wars. As he was committing these stories to paper, mainly for his family, the author realised that there was a real story to be told, which not only involved himself but many others, good and not so.

After first working predominantly within the U.K. the opportunity arose to travel further and widen his experience of managing projects in extreme and usually limited situations. The description of these projects takes the reader from the initial onset of a task, taking in the planning, logistics, travel and on-site banter and mixing it all together to produce chapters of interest, education and amusement.

The author describes various travel experiences while attempting to show the reader what it would have been like sitting next to him at the time. This enables the reader to share the comfort, the excitement, the views, the smells, the intrigue, the disappointment, the elation and the hilarity. A fascinating memoir full of historical fact military hardware, construction requirements, weather occurrences, geographical panoramas, hostile environments, personal fashions, colourful language and the cutting banter that makes the guys in this book comrades in arms. Be it a weapon, a trowel or a bottle of beer

BULLETS, BUILDINGS & BEER is a record of a few different projects around the world.
Describing the situation, scenery, history and hostility of the specific country at the time of the construction.
Intriguing, informative, interesting, beguiling and extremely humorous.
Follow the antics of a team of construction workers in real life situations.
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Excellent read, very interesting, very informative, very amusing - couldn’t put it down.

by Brian Chenery

Gripping stuff

by Shirley Woodhall

Cracking read. Really enjoyed reading about something that was never really a normal job. Loved the camaraderie, strength and loyalty shown by all involved. I also get to know a little bit more about El Tel Mcgarry loved it. Didn’t put it down.

by Woody

Really enjoyed this book,had some real belly laughs at some of the teams antics,Terry the author is like James Bond and bob the builder rolled into one, Looking forward to further adventures.

by Steve jolley

I enjoyed reading this book, I know the author and knew he did some work for the NAFFI but didn't realise he went into "live" situations, the book is funny with a working mans sense of humour when groups of men work together, you also get a sense of the dangers faced in certain situations and how they unwind and try to keep it all together. Well done Terry, how many more tales have you got to tell.

by Anthony Headlam

Loved it! From beginning to end this book is filled with intrigue, suspense, many dangerous situations but a shed load of laughs.
At times I felt like I was there with the boys in building and drinking and worrying my pants off in some dodgy places.
A must for any reader.

by Vivienne Bacon

I only put the book down to eat and wipe the tears from my eyes. The humour is sometimes subtle and sometimes right in your face. I wish I could have been on the team. It's an easy read and I would to tead volume 2 if there one.

by Steve Clarke

What a great read. I have read many books and this rates as one of the best, informative, funny, and there is plenty of beer. what more could you ask for. I hope that Terry will be writing another book sooner rather than later. well done Terry a great achievement. i would highly recommend this book to everyone.

by Andy Lewis

Terence McGarry

Self employed joiner/site manager worked all over the globe especially in war zones.

Living in the North of England, now retired from sitework but kept busy making bespoke furniture as a hobby.

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