Mad About Mines

A person with a passing knowledge of battlefields might think dodging mines, bombs and bullets was mainly a matter of keeping your head down and staying put. Aki Ra, a former child  soldier with Cambodia's bloody Khmer Rouge, has a much broader acquaintance with the infinite variety of explosive killing devices. Take the booby-trapped cigarette, a favorite weapon of Aki Ra's former  communist masters. A cigarette is fitted with a hidden explosive and left invitingly on the jungle floor. When the would-be victim lights up, the first few puffs are  normal. But when the bottom half of the  cigarette becomes hot,...

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