Talk: 'Life and Books' by Local Hero Major Chris Hunter
Major Chris Hunter is a Bomb Disposal Specialist, Writer and motivational speaker. Hunter had ‘The world’s most dangerous job, in the world’s most dangerous place‘. He joined the Army aged 16 and trained to be a Russian linguist and intelligence operator. He was later commissioned from Sandhurst and re-trained as a bomb disposal technician. For over fourteen years Hunter had served in the Balkans, East Africa, Northern Ireland, Colombia and Afghanistan, but Iraq was different. Roadside bombs and constant rocket attacks were a part of his daily life in Iraq. Chris and his team were very successful at disabling the insurgent’s devices, but their success came at a price. The bombers placed a bounty on Hunter’s head and also started designing bombs specifically for him. For his actions during his Iraq tour, Chris Hunter was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. During the July 2005 London bombings, Hunter played a key role being seconded to COBRA as a suicide terrorism expert. Since retiring from the army as the MOD’s senior IED intelligence analyst, Chris has worked as a counter-terrorism consultant. He has trained members of the U.S. Department of Defence and provides specialist security consultancy services around the world. He is also a best-selling author of non-fiction titles including: Eight Lives Down and Extreme Risk.Hunter has also co-written two teenage novels with children's writer Steve Cole.The first Tripwire was published in April 2010, and its sequel, Deathwing was published in July 2011. Chris Hunter is a Pseudonym. He will talk about translating his work into two highly successful and readable works of non-fiction.