Sunday, May 22, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: No Time For Fear

Title: No Time For Fear

Author: Paul de Gelder

Publisher: Penguin

RRP: $29.95

ISBN: 9781921518577

Release Date: April 2011





These three words – the mantra of the Australian Army – resonated with Paul de Gelder the first time he heard them. Paul chased adventure wherever he could find it, from his wild ride as a hoodlum teen and his drug-and-alcohol fuelled stint working in a strip club to hauling his way up to the elite echelons of the defence forces.

But trouble hunted him down in the form of a brutal shark in February 2009. Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil navy clearance diver was flung into jeopardy. Drawing on everything his eventful life had taught him, Paul left nothing to chance in his recovery. He fought through excruciating pain, smashing challenge after challenge, and amazing the medical staff with his will to succeed. His inspiring story takes 'never say die' to a whole new level.


No Time to Fear is a very inspirational autobioraghpy about an amazing guy, Paul de Gelder. The recount of how a bull shark savagely mauled this Australian Army officer. While this event changed Gelder’s life, there are also accounts of his rebellious life prior to enlisting in the armed forces.

There are some pretty horrific photos in the centre of the book of Gelder’s mutilated arm and leg, so I wouldn’t flick through the pictures with your kids.

This book is a great and truly inspirational.

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