As commander of the Carnivore - the most lethal Bradley Fighting Vehicle of the Iraq War - Dillard Johnson was at the forefront of the 2003 invasion. Awarded a Silver Star with Valor for his heroic efforts to save the crew of a crippled Bradley, he was personally responsible for 2,000 confirmed enemy kills. But surviving the enemy was only the beginning. Johnson would use the intensity, focus, and humor that kept him alive on the battlefield to fight stage three Hodgkin's Lymphoma - which developed from the radiation poisoning he suffered discharging 5,000 uranium rounds in combat - despite learning he had a 1 in 4 chance of survival. A man determined not to die, Johnson made a miraculous recovery - and then returned to Iraq for a second combat tour as an Army sniper. Performing overwatch protection for his fellow troops, he is officially credited with 121 snipers kills, believed to be the most ever by a U.S. Army sniper and second only (across all branches) to Chris Kyle. After finishing his 21-year career in the military in 2006, Johnson became a private contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, in Carnivore, this decorated hero tells his amazing story.
Funny and exciting, Carnivore offers fresh insight into the mind and heart of a warrior and offers a look at the lives of troops on the ground not seen before. It is the story of a poor kid from Kentucky who has beaten extraordinary odds and a loving husband and a devoted father of four children, including a son with cerebral palsy. It is a story only one man can tell.
©2013 Dillard Johnson and James Tarr (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I wasn't looking for political commentary, just action. This book has lots of action.
It reminds me of the Carlos Hathcock book.
He has the proper voice for this type of storytelling.
It wasn't, but I completed it in less than two days.
There is little emphasis upon motivations, philosophy, and political drama in this book. I like that a lot. This takes you directly into the action.
I bought and listened to this before reading any reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. Some parts did stretch belief a bit; an armoured vehicle crewman operating in an almost infantry role and racking up a high count of marksman/sniper kills seemed unlikely. Reading others' comments afterwards I learned that he was not well liked by colleagues and considered to be a liar, but this doesn't diminish the fact that I found his story to be greatly entertaining. You'll have to decide for yourself whether the fact that the story is quite fictionalised puts you off or not.
John Pruden's narration is fantastic as always; this being the third book I've listened to that he has narrated, American Sniper and Viper Pilot being the others.
"Really amazing story!"
A truly remarkable first hand account of modern warfare. Thoroughly gripping, funny and very enjoyable.
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