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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Thanks Olga.

    1. Thanks, Rosie. A very apt read in my case, but I think of interest to many others.

  2. Hi Olga, this books sounds like a very intense read but I think that it is a must read for me. My son suffers from PTSD following a very traumatic series of operations he underwent as a young child. I have started writing a book about it but have to take breaks from it as stirring up those memories also stirs up the emotions and anxieties which I find hard.

    1. Dear Robbie. I’m sorry to hear about your son’s suffering. In this case, the author found his own way out of PTSD using a combination of the techniques he’d been taught (and I think writing the book must have been another way of dealing with it).
      I’m reading a book called ‘The Power of Meaning’ at the moment (review to come in the near future) and one of the things it discusses is how telling stories, or your story, can be very therapeutic, but it has to be at a time when you can extract some meaning out of it (what would life have been like without this, kind of reflection sometimes, but sometimes it’s a process). I understand it must be very hard. At times we need time to settle and process.
      All the best, Robbie.

  3. Wow, that must be a thrilling book. Knowing those are true stories gave me goosebumps already!!!

    1. Thanks, Erika. It is. It seems incredible that with so many warnings, in both cases, these disasters still took place. And in both cases, it could have been even worse.

      1. That’s right! It was meant to be and at the same time it was meant as a clear warning!

        1. Indeed. Have a great day, Erika.

          1. You too, thank you

  4. It does sound valuable, Olga. I agree that a shorter PTSD-specific extract would be useful. Most people have no idea what it’s like to live with the after effects. And it’s not limited to military, combat, or mass shootings.
    Thanks for a mindful review. Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, I think the book does a lot of things, but perhaps some of the parts are more relevant to some readers than others. No, it is not limited to big disasters either. As Robbie mentions in her comment, some personal events can have a similar impact. Have a good day.

  5. This appears to be something that could teach people lessons and deliver warnings to stop such incidents happening. It has a definite market, and I hope that it is taken up by those who need to be aware of the issues.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, there’s always talk of lessons learned but one has to wonder. Have a great Tuesday.

      1. The ‘right people’ need to want to read about it, I suppose.

        1. Yes. And want to be aware of the issues. As the book makes quite clear, a lot of people had expressed concerns but still… I did send links to the book to some of the people I know whom I thought might be interested. It’s worth the effort if any tragedies can be avoided.

  6. Hello Olga. There has been so many incidents of violence where the authorities have dropped the ball. This reads like a stirring book. I would be curious to see how Andy Brown wrote about the events without making the book read like a newspaper. Thanks for your review.

    1. You’re right, Vasthi. We have the advantage of a first-hand account, as he was there at one of the incidents and it did have a major impact on him. Let’s hope lessons are finally learned.

  7. I find this fascinating in every way. People tasked with guarding other’s safety have an impossible tightrope to walk. Of course we never hear about the occasions when preventive action is taken, because the good result is that nothing happens. We also never hear about the individuals who are unbalanced but don’t tip over the edge, because again, nothing happens. I also know how difficult it is to act (I was harassment officer at work for a couple of years), because of the fear of making a mountain out of a molehill. I have seen the consequence of PTSD and I will in time have to read this book.

    1. Thanks, Hilary. It is fascinating and you’re right, there are many ‘near misses’ few people hear about and also many cases like this when many people worried and even tried to do something, with no results. Sometimes people who are too close don’t see (or don’t want to see) what’s evident and in many cases, people don’t believe it could happen to them. It’s very difficult to try and give people the benefit of the doubt whilst at the same time keeping everybody safe. I’m sure you’ll find it interesting, Hilary.

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