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Among You | [Jake Wood]

Among You

Among You is the gripping real-life story of a soldier serving on the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an unforgettable, unflinching account of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Jake Wood lives parallel lives: encased in the glass tower of an international investment bank by day, he is also a dedicated TA soldier who serves on the front line during the invasion of Iraq, later returning to the war zone to conduct surveillance on insurgents.
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Among You is the gripping real-life story of a soldier serving on the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an unforgettable, unflinching account of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Jake Wood lives parallel lives: encased in the glass tower of an international investment bank by day, he is also a dedicated TA soldier who serves on the front line during the invasion of Iraq, later returning to the war zone to conduct surveillance on insurgents.

Disillusioned with the dullness and amorality of the banking world, he escapes back to the army for a third tour of duty. But in Afghanistan he discovers the savage, dehumanising effects that war has on both the body and the mind. Diagnosed with chronic PTSD on his return, he must now fight the last enemy - himself - in order to exorcise the ghosts of his past.

Brutally honest and beautifully written, Among You brings home the harsh reality of front-line combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the courage of the troops who risk their lives for their country, as well as revealing the devastating after-effects of service.

©2013 Jake Wood (P)2014 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The most haunting and moving account of how battle scars your mind." (Daily Mail)

"Jake Wood tells his story with an expert eye for detail… intensely gripping and emotional." (The Scotsman)

"As a military historian, I have read thousands of firsthand accounts of war, in all its gore and glory, brutality and suffering. But there were tears in my eyes as I followed Wood's story of his descent into the bleakness of post-traumatic stress disorder." (Daily Mail)

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-13-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-13-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "PTSD at its Worst"

    Jake Wood had served in Iraq two times and came back home the same as when he had left. However, when Jake returned home from Afghanistan he was a changed man. He was unable to concentrate on life. The time he served in Afghanistan continued to intrude into his thoughts. Jake would have what was called the "the thousand mile stare." He was thousands of miles away, in Afghanistan, seeing death, carrying the wounded, watching the wounded die and killing people he did not even know.

    Jake sought help and after sometime was diagnosed as having PTSD. He was glad that at last there was a name for his continued inability to stay focused. Little did he know that he had another long and arduous battle to fight.

    The health insurance from his job would not pay for any of his needed treatment because his disability was caused by the war. PTSD was just beginning to acknowledged as a impediment to men and women returning from war. Therefore, Britain had no manual to follow.

    How was Jake Wood to survive in his world if he could not work because the diagnosis of PTSD had taken over his life? He had been given 9,000 lbs. from the British government and was told that he would receive no more.

    The true story, Among You, took Jake ten years to write. He knew that he'd probably never write another book. Writing was not going to support him. He got lucky one day and a lawyer, waiting in the line behind him in the court building, heard Jake's plight. She did not have to think very long and offered to help him pro-bono, which in lawyer talk means, free.

    The narrator, Joe Coen, was easy to listen to. He did pronounce many English words differently then I'd say them but maybe he was British and that was how they pronounced those words.The story did serve as an eye-opener in how the disability caused by PTSD had to be studied and justified as a disability that deserved benefits. However, I thought much of the story took way too long to get to the main event.

    I purchased this book because I wanted to learn about PTSD from its beginning as being recognized as a disability. Now that I've read about Britain, I'll need to search and find a book about PTSD and its beginnings in America.


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    Alexander M. 04-12-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Experience PTSD from a victims point of view..."
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well... how can a normal civilian person rate this book. This book is a description of one mans battle with his inner demons. The first part of the book which describes his long lost love is a little tedious. But when he starts describing his deployments and his experiences and reactions, it is bone chilling.


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    frank 07-24-15
    frank 07-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good read"

    The storyline took a little bit to take off but after it did this turned into a good read.

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    Eugrne McNeel 03-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The total story."

    A total story of a soldier at war and war within a soldier. The true effects of PTSD. Great job.

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    Michael 07-29-14
    Michael 07-29-14
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    "Extraordinary Insight into PTSD"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Among You to be better than the print version?

    It has the British accent applied appropriately in different circumstances that would not be evident in the book.


    What other book might you compare Among You to and why?

    Tin O'Brien's "The Things They Carried". Was in the Vietnam era but also an amazing account. Read by Brian Cranston - very well done - with an epilogue by the author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I do not have a favorite scene - but the end is heartwarming.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


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    6/8/15
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    "A must"

    Excellent! thought provoking and inspiring. A dark start with a hopeful finish that lifts your soul...fantastic reading, highly recommend.

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    5/23/15
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    "Listenable"

    An interesting, albeit long memoir. Performed well but the production quality left a sense of frustration at times.

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    4/25/15
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    "Worth a listen."

    Narrator was a bit wooden and didn't suit the story. Apart from that it was enjoyable.

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  • Paul
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    11/30/14
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    "Heartfelt, well written and well read"

    This book really brings home not just the horrors of war these people face but also how this effects their personal lives and the lack of support they face from those who are not on the front line.

    The author has written this in a captivating way taking you on a personal journey through his life and the part being a soldier and war has taken on it. The narrator helps bring this to reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jaspal
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    3/3/14
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    "Amazing and moving story"
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    Narrator gave lots of expression but kept pronouncing a few words incorrectly, which was quite annoying when it happened.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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