Midnight in Some Burning Town by Christian Jennings Cassell, $128 Subtitled 'British Special Forces Operations from Belgrade to Baghdad', this is one of those gung-ho books long on detail, but woefully short on critical analysis or insight. Midnight in Some Burning Town is a slap on the back for those brothers in arms who are being replaced by targeted weapons of remote destruction and private contractors. Christian Jennings wields the military jargon as if he were one of them. The attention to weaponry verges on the obsessive. The detail on people being machine-gunned to death is disturbing. And describing a belt of machine-gun ammunition as being like 'a bronze anaconda' is, well, something for Freud. Jennings' previous book, Across the River: Rwanda, Burundi and the Heart of Darkness, was considered by one critic as 'a candidate for the worst book ever published'. The blurb identifies him as 'a foreign correspondent covering military interventions', and cites former employers as Reuters and The Economist. One sometimes still hears his ilk at the main bar of the FCC. Apparently it still impresses the chicks. But, hey, if you like guns, you'll love this book.