Hello, Sunshines, I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour for; Gurkha Brotherhood: A Story of Childhood and War by Captain Kailash Limbu. This book is amazing, it’s inspiring and emotional, I can’t wait to share my review with you all.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for the invite to this tour.
About the Book
Gurkha Brotherhood: A Story of Childhood and War by Captain Kailash Limbu.
Genre: Military Non-Fiction, Memoir
Publisher: Michael O’Mara Publishing
‘Sometimes my mind reaches back beyond the fear and the arid landscapes of war, to memories of childhood that fill me with happiness and laughter.’ So begins this searingly honest memoir by Kailash Limbu, a serving Gurka soldier who undertook five tours of active service in Afghanistan. Kailash Limbu was in the front line of the fighting in Helmand Province. On dangerous resupply missions and on offensive patrols that took them to the heart of the ‘killing zone’, he and his men came under frequent attack from Taliban fighters.
He talks of other operations in which he has served – and, perhaps most movingly, of the other Gurkha soldiers – the united band of brothers – with whom he serves and on whom he relies every day.
On many occasions he has feared he would not live to see the end of the day – and, inevitably, he lost several friends and colleagues from the close-knit Gurkha brotherhood. His means of coping with the trauma of conflict was to travel back in his mind to his childhood in a remote Himalayan village in Nepal. But even amid the simplicity of mountain life, danger and tragedy lurked.
In this compelling narrative Capt Limbu celebrates his Gurkha heritage, relates remarkable stories of courage (his own and others’), and confronts demons that have shaped but never broken him. The result is a record of war and peace that is rare in its honesty and humility.
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The moment I saw this book I was intrigued, I think the Gurkha’s are always overshadowed a little by the more famous battalions in the British Military but they have and do play a crucial part in our military. Now it is time we finally understood their history and paid our respect and give our thanks to them and this book is perfect for that and I felt honoured to have had the chance to read it.
I have huge amounts of respect for Gurkha’s, it started from hearing stories passed down through the family from my great granddad served alongside the Gurkha’s for a short time during WW2 and his stories of how much he respected them not just for their selfless bravery but for their friendship and comradeship and yet, I have to be honest and admit that I didn’t know a huge amount about the Gurkha’s before reading this book, but by reading this insightful and incredibly moving account of Captain Limbu’s life and military career I am in awe of him and his comrades.
Gurkha Brotherhood is the personal memoir of Captain Kailesh Limbu he shares his journey from childhood and his family life in Nepal to the horrors that are Helmand Province, throughout the book, Captain Limbu touches your heart with his eloquent, real and passionate writing. I was particularly taken with his absolute love and loyalty for his family and his Gurkha brotherhood, the way he took it upon himself to do all he could for his family, I loved the addition of his family pictures, they are so personal and touching it’s like looking into someone else world for a short period.
This is an incredible book, it’s a beautifully written, emotional, insightful, intelligent and hard-hitting account of what a man will do for his love of family and country. It’s a book that needs to be read not just by those who love military history and true accounts, but by all. It will open your eyes and will leave you in complete awe and utter respect for the incredibly brave and inspiring Gurkha’s.
Overall, this is a fast-paced, rich in detail and poignant read which will have you feeling all the emotions from happiness, sadness and awe. It’s emotionally raw, powerful, hard-hitting and infinitely a book of hope and honesty and peace.
About the Author
Captain Kailash Limbu was born in 1981 in Khebang, one of the most remote villages in Nepal. He joined the 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles in 1999 and has been on operations in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and undertook five tours of active service in Afghanistan. He is married with two children and is currently serving in the UK.