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The Seventh Circle

My Seven Years of Hell in Afghanistan's Most Notorious Prison
Narrated by: Nick Farnell
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A harrowing account of Afghanistan's notorious Pul-e-Charkhi prison, written by its longest-serving Western inmate.

Former soldier Rob Langdon was working as a security contractor in Afghanistan when he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death in a case that would have been ruled a clear miscarriage of justice in the British legal system. His sentence was commuted to 20 years in jail, and he served his time in Kabul's most notorious prison, Pul-e-Charkhi, described as the world's worst place to be a Westerner.

Rob was there for seven years, the longest sentence served by a Westerner since the fall of the Taliban, and every one of those 2,500 days was an act of extraordinary survival in a jail filled with Afghanistan's most dangerous extremists and murderers. In 2016, Robert was pardoned and returned to Australia. In this highly anticipated book, he talks about his experiences for the first time.

©2017 Robert Langdon (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Self aggrandising rubbish

How much of this tale is likely true? No one will ever know because much of it cannot be verified. How much stock can you put in the words of a man who respects the Taliban? Very very little.

Langdon was a gun for hire who went to Afghanistan for no higher purpose than chasing money. Look where that got him. It is lamentable that security guards with big guns equate their themselves to regular national armed forces. Contractors do not share the same legitimacy as soldiers and never will.

This novel has a great number of holes in it that undercut its credibility. If Langdon felt so compromised by the immoral activities of Four then why didnt he do something about it?

At every turn Langdon paints himself as a white knight. Regardless of the situation, Langdon seems to emerge as the good guy single handedly trying to save Afghanistan.

Langdon has a little cheap shot at Australian police officers towards the end which caught my attention. Throughout his little story he constantly tells us that unless you’ve experienced what he has, you can’t judge how he acts and thinks. Most hypocritically, he tells us that Police officers wearing militarised uniforms have done nothing in their careers. If you’ve not worked a stretch as a cop, best keep your opinion to yourself.

Overall, this book is unsubstantiated and uncorroborated rubbish. In my opinion, Langdon brings dishonour to himself , the Australian Army and Australia itself. I sincerely hope he has moved to South Africa and stays there.

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