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City of Death

By: Ephraim Mattos,Scott McEwen
Narrated by: Ephraim Mattos
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Publisher's Summary

This is the true story of Ephraim Mattos, a former US Navy SEAL, and what he witnessed while volunteering as a frontline combat medic during the historic battle to retake Mosul from ISIS - the deadliest urban combat the world has seen since WWII.

After leaving the US Navy SEAL teams in spring of 2017, Ephraim Mattos, age 24, flew to Iraq to join a small group of volunteer humanitarians known as the Free Burma Rangers, who were working on the front lines of the war on ISIS. Until being shot by ISIS on a suicidal rescue mission, Mattos witnessed unexplainable acts of courage and sacrifice by the Free Burma Rangers, who, while under heavy machine gun and mortar fire, assaulted across ISIS minefields, used themselves as human shields, and sprinted down ISIS-infested streets - all to retrieve wounded civilians. 

In City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the Battle of Mosul, Mattos recounts in vivid detail what he saw and felt while he and the other Free Burma Rangers evacuated the wounded, conducted rescue missions, and at times fought shoulder-to-shoulder with the Iraqi Army against ISIS. Filled with raw and emotional descriptions of what it's like to come face-to-face with death, this is the harrowing and uplifting true story of a small group of men who risked everything to save the lives of the Iraqi people and who followed the credence, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends". 

As the coauthor of the number-one New York Times best-selling American Sniper, Scott McEwen has teamed up with Mattos to help share an unforgettable tale of an American warrior turned humanitarian forced to fight his way into and out of a hell on earth created by ISIS.

©2018 Apollo River, LLC. and Scott McEwen (P)2018 Hachette Audio
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"Ephraim Mattos has demonstrated a rare level of public virtue and commitment to humanity. City of Death is a sobering reminder of the challenges we face on this earth, but stories like Ephraim's inspire us to press on. Books detailing the lives of Special Forces heroes are not uncommon these days. However, Ephraim's unique story of combat and sacrifice AFTER leaving the military will leave a lasting impression on the reader." (Tim Ballard, founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad)

"In combat it's not about the number of lives you take, it's about the number of lives you save. Ephraim did not only fight the toughest terrorists in the world during the Battle of Mosul, but he also saved numerous innocent Iraqi lives. He is the true definition of an American freedom fighter." (Hamody Jasim, Sgt. Major Iraqi Army (Ret.) and author of The Terrorist Whisperer)

"Ephraim's story is a taut real-life thriller. His vivid and brilliantly reported account of events on the front-lines gives the reader a real dose of reality. He has a unique way of storytelling that makes this book a page-turner." (Rudolph Atallah, lieutenant colonel (ret.), former Africa counterterrorism director, Office of the Secretary of Defense)

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An inspirational tour de force

It takes a humble and strong person to reveal personal memories from mind-numbing and soul-crushing war zone experiences. Ephraim does an incredible job recounting the stories and weaving together a narrative that truly touches the soul and uplifts the human spirit.

In the audiobook, his smooth and personable voice transports you to the very moments the events took place in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq. You will feel connected, as if you were there yourself. Be prepared for a wild adventure of life, love, death, and redemption.

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Captivating

It was a phenomenal read that truly inspired me to be daring for love.
I was a bit disappointed with the amount of language (although I’m sure it was really exponentially more). However, I still loved this read. What portraits of courage.
I found this book after watching “Free Burma Rangers”

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Amazing Book

Great story about heroism of another sort. Not the door kicker, charge the bunker, kill them all sort. The completely outnumbered moving under fire to give life saving aid type. While also delving into the mental struggles of love, hate, and combat.

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This is an incredible book!

Thank you for taking the time to share the importance of groups like the FBR and their impact during time of war. The eloquence in the way you told the story and explained your surroundings and counterparts gave vivid details to what you experienced during these trialing times. You humbly explained the heroic details and gracefully explained the errors and talked through them to the reader to share those emotions.
I felt like I was a part of this story and that I could see things through your eyes, it was great!

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A story every man, woman and child should read!

Ephraim is the definition of heart, soul and compassion! He and berma rangers are doing gods work! Ephraim I’m so thankful for your decision to share your uncanny account with all of us who could only imagine what it would be like but your account proves that our imaginations weren’t even close to the real happening !! Much love from Minnesota

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Worth the credit.

Never a dull moment, the author takes the listener deep inside the most gritty side of the fight against terror. very violent, very honest, very moving. I thank the author for his story and service.

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WOW

amazing book!
it's a must-read, I'm amazed. All I can say is thank you to all the Hero's in this book.

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Very moving but very inspiring

Well written book. Easy to follow crazy fast action. Well worth the time to read.

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amazing

honestly I loved the book, although many times I felt my heart breaking when I thought of the stuff that not only did FBR as a whole witnessed, but the Iraqi people themselves. too learn true compassion and loving those who are also suffering is beauty because it would be easy too go not my responsibility and turn a blind eye, but they didn't, the men, the women, and the children who showed courage in face of such horrors made my heart swell with pride. honestly I will definitely listen to this book time and again

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inspiration to read

As a Veteran who fought in Mosul and North Iraq, I felt the moral conflict that Ephraim describes. this Moral conflict increased after ISIS took North Iraq. this is a must read for all warriors of faith.

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Savage Reality

A stark and brutal first hand account of the savagery witnessed as mankind yet again seeks to tear chunks out of itself. Heroism, fear, horror and hope are all found within this account as witnessed in the fight against Daesh.

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Inspiring

I first heard of Efram on a podcast and decided to get the book. It was a fantastic insight into the brave mind of navy seals and the driving force that pushes a person to sacrifice himself for the good of others.

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Absolutely outstanding

I came across this seals story watching a YouTube video. Bravery, resilience, determination beyond words!

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Eye Opener.

An excellent book by a strong yet humble individual who describes the horrors of war made much worse by a cruel and cowardly enemy who massacred and raped their way across parts of Iraq and Syria - ISIS/Daesh. It also describes the sacrifice and bravery of his mates and also some of the Iraqi soldiers.
The author's story is written in a matter-of-fact way and is a narrative worth reading.

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  • 02-29-20

brilliant

thank you FBR for your inspirational work and humanitarian aid. Ephraim you truly are a hero.

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  • 01-09-22

Captivating

A captivating and eye/ear opening account we never hear.
Hopefully more accounts written by them to spread their fantastic work to more.

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Stories like these need to be heard

Listening to this in the comforts of my home is extremely eye opening and deeply saddening. But his amazing story and perspective gives me hope that even in the darkest of times, there are beacons of light. I'll admit it was slow to start but history is important as you will see how it builds a person. After reading this book I went ahead and googled the FBR and saw many videos of scenes from the book that was told and he definitely was able to capture that and more. Highly recommended read and it fills my heart to know that there are people out there who will forgo their own needs for the needs of others. Thank you for sharing your story.