Book review: Load, Aim … Fire

Ari Seirlis reviews Load, Aim … Fire by Duncan Mattushek.

Duncan writes an incredible story about a tragic incident he faced while serving in the army as a national serviceman. A life-changing incident that cost the lives of some of his dear friends and comrades.

After a long recovery and rehabilitation process, with the incredible support from his parents, siblings, and wife, Irene, he made a conscious decision to get on with life and achieve his dream of being a farmer.

In November 1975, as an artillery man in the SADF, he was deployed in Angola with his team and they hit a landmine. He describes the incident in detail. The tragic loss of life and his casualty evacuation to hospital and rehabilitation is an incredible story. He was severely burnt and lost both his arms … but life had to continue.

He studied agricultural sciences (farming); graduated; worked hard; fell deeply in love and married the love of his life; started a family; emigrated; and pursued his dream career.

Duncan’s book has so many incredible lessons of how to overcome, persist and achieve. This read will definitely influence the way you think about life.

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