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

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I bought this book because I’m interested in drugs and altered states of consciousness and the situations people take them in. Suddenly he was a real addict, unable to kick it with his life slowly beginning to revolve round the acquisition and use cycle where everything makes sense because, well, heroin. I liked the author’s language and intelligence and some of his recollections as documented here are absolutely interesting and sometimes incredible. But such is the clarity of the author’s perspective that this part of the journey is less about self-loathing and and the emotional abyss; and more about a sense of identity and a lonely pride that comes with being a truly committed addict.

the lengths that he went to to satisfy his quest for excitement and risk were incredible/stupid/brave/insane.Having said that there's no denying this book is literate, a modern day Seven Pillars of Wisdom perhaps but with much less military battle and more of the personal.

This book will become a classic of the genre and should be read by anyone with an interest in risk, war, drugs, addiction, belief, re-wiring the mind, how the mind works under stress, deeply embedded psychological pain and the points where those areas intersect. The regular forays into cliché and overblown metaphor are cringe-worthy at times, and the occasional attempts to reassure us he's not an arsehole ("young mothers are doing the most important job in the world" - spare us) are laugh out loud (in a bad way). 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. In the honeybee (Apis mellifera), it has been demonstrated that, even if the absolute neural representation of an odor in the primary olfactory center, the antennal. To me the book became the (very articulate) ramblings of someone who is fully and proudly aware they are a member of a club and an attendee of parties to which 99.Repeated or prolonged exposure to an odorant without any positive or negative reinforcement produces experience-dependent plasticity, which results in habituation and latent inhibition. For me, it was a story of learning and discovery of the Self and the sacred through profane adventures. I'm not sure this review is even fair, but I found a lot of Ben's narration techniques to be noticeable and annoying. The poor me attitude of intentionally getting addicted to heroin and then going and living on a remote island is almost a caricature. Starting with Ben’s first near-death experience—in a Nazi-themed bar in wartime Yugoslavia— High Risk is a whirlwind tour of everything from service in the SAS, combat in Iraq, and encounters with a gambling-obsessed 9/11 hijacker, to veterans blissed out on MDMA, hook-ups in the world of extreme sex, and battling a heroin habit on a remote Scottish island.

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