A grenade attack, the downing of Blackhawks and negotiating under fire in Mogadishu are only the start of a tumultuous career for a UN Peacekeeper and his family. The author relies on an appreciation for the absurd and his sense of humor to survive inept administration and local warlords in hazardous assignments on three continents. Escaping certain arrest in Iraq he then stays one step ahead of an unscrupulous supervisor. Later from his New York office he watches the horrors of 911 followed by a "mission impossible" assignment to Afghanistan. Bad times are made bearable by his companion a German Sheppard named Jimmy. As the senior administrator for an oil rich area in Sudan he uses diplomatic skills with both rebels and Sudanese military to ease tensions. Taking a page out of "Catch Twenty-Two" his description of surviving dire conditions in Sudan is both revealing and humorous, providing a little known view of the UN. A vivid and entertaining account of the highs and lows of international life, this book provides an insiders view of the challenges and values of UN peacekeeping operations, and asks the question can the UN remain relevant. The book is illustrated with personal photographs and informative maps.