Book Review: Not A Real War by Paul Longley

9781742845197_FrontTitle: Not A Real War

Author: Paul Longley

Genre: Military / Historical / Biography

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

This book describes the experiences of the author whilst serving with the Australian Defence Force with the United Nations Mission to Somalia in 1993.

An interesting book about a naval officer who is sent on a peace keeping mission in Somalia, under orders of the UN and the Army forces. Although he’s served in the navy for a long time, he has little experience with the army’s way of doing things. It’s at times an emotional book, at other times also a fun one, showing humor even in dark times. The writing is all right, and it’s a quick read but it does show deeper insight into the Somalian conflict and the author’s experiences during that time.


  1. Colin Hylton says

    An excellent account of what (to many of us) was an unseen and little-heard about conflict. The author writes in a very engaging style, at times quite humorous and at others deadly serious. I found it hard to put this book down until I had finished it.

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