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Tony "Bomber" Bower-Miles was born in Queensland in 1949. A childhood love of explosives, coupled with his father's tales of military life, led him to join the army at seventeen. In 1969 he went to Vietnam, where he served his tour as a sapper and tunnel rat - investigating the labyrinth of underground tunnels used by the vietcong. Life after the war proved tough, however, and like so many veterans, Bomber went on a downward spiral into alcoholism and the many symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Eventually he returned to Asia in 2001, having heard about mine clearance efforts going on in Cambodia, a country devastated by decades of war a repression. Inspired by the people he met there, Bomber is now spending his retirement helping to clear the mines littering the countryside.Mark Whittaker is the author or co-author of six books, including Sins of the Brother: The definitive Story of Ivan Milat and the Backpacker Murders, The Road to Mount Buggery: A Journey through the Curiously Named Places of Australia, and Love and Death in Kathmandu: A Strange Tale of Royal Murder. In 2005, he won the Walkley Award for Magazine Feature Writing. Mark lives on the NSW south coast with his wife and sometimes co-author, Amy, and their two children.

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