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High Risk Reviews

High Risk by Ben Timberlake

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

Ben Timberlake

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1 review

Imprint: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 20 May 2021
ISBN: 9781787384637

This is a dark, raw and uncompromising tale of the human condition in extremis, drawing on the many lives of Ben Timberlake: as an archaeologist, Special Forces soldier, combat medic and drug addict.

4 stars out of 5
Justin Marozzi
23 May 2021

"A former special forces soldier’s hair-raising life story, from military high-jinks to heroin addiction"

To all intents and purposes this looks like a bonkers, entirely voluntary experiment, but perhaps it’s a form of extreme dopamine addiction. Either way, if Timberlake’s fall is inevitable — and without giving the story away it is a long, long descent into oblivion — his powers as both observer and writer make the journey utterly compelling. The sections on heroin are right up there with Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels, only funnier, more self-deprecating and counterintuitive. He’s brutally honest and unflinching in his self-appraisal. I lost count of the number of times he refers to himself as an asshole.