Blood and Sand by Frank Gardner gathered mixed comments.
There was disappointment that the book focussed in a rather clinical way on his
shooting in Saudi Arabia and subsequent treatment.
Much of the rest of the book was rather a travelogue from
his earlier life and was felt to be lacking in insight. This is despite his
undoubted expertise on the Middle East and the terrorist threats originating
there. The descriptions of Bedouin type camp life show a cultural relativism
with no counterbalancing comment on the barbaric treatment of women.
One member commented that his TV appearances show a strange
lack of expression and this was widely felt to be typical of a passionless
It was agreed that it was a well written work which was easy
to read. It did read rather as though it had been ghost written.