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Double Crossed

A Code of Honour, a Complete Betrayal
Narrated by: Simon Darwen, Brian Wood
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Double Crossed by Brian Wood.

At the age of 23, Brian Wood was thrust into the front line in Iraq, in the infamous Battle of Danny Boy. Ambushed, he led a charge across open ground with insurgents firing at just five soldiers. On his return, he was awarded the Military Cross.

But Brian's story had only just begun. Struggling to reintegrate into family life, he suffered from PTSD. Then, five years later, a letter arrived: it summoned him to testify at the Al-Sweady Inquiry into allegations of war crimes by British soldiers during the Iraq invasion of 2003.

After five years of public shame, Brian took the stand, and his powerful testimony led to full vindication. Phil Shiner, the lawyer who made the accusations, was struck off.

In this compelling memoir, Brian speaks powerfully and movingly about the three battles in his life, from being ambushed with no cover, to the mental battle to adjust at home, to being falsely accused of hideous war crimes. It’s a remarkable and dark curve that ends with his honour restored, but, as he says, it was too little, too late.

©2019 Brian Wood (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Mark
  • 02-22-19

A brutal assault on the senses

An incredible insight into this mans life so far, I just couldn’t stop listening. Ive never felt such a range of emotions from one book. I can’t recommend it highly enough. What a hero and what a man. I hope this book has the success it so richly deserves. Well done mate!

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  • Paul Brown
  • 03-21-19

Excellent

This is a moving insight into the actions of brave men and women in the complex modern battlefields. The author portrays the feeling of belonging and comradeship brilliantly, giving excellent perspective of what military life at home and on operations is like.

This is thrown into sharp relief when the events of the enquiry take place, drawn out over a decade. The sense of betrayal and injustice is clear and comes from the heart of the author with incredible emotion.

This book really places you in their shoes. I felt like I was a part of it. I felt outraged on their behalf. I felt shocked at the conspicuous lack of support available to them throughout the enquiry.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Kati Watson
  • 03-20-19

An exceptional story of courage under fire both from bullets and Shiners

Had me gripped from beginning to end. An account of life in the military and all that throws at you, then add in the inquiry, the lack of support and the true morale courage and integrity of this man and you have a tale that is inspiring and despairingly sad in between the covers. A must read.


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  • Philip Watson
  • 03-15-19

bloody amazing

an absolute must read! those men and what they went through both on and off the battlefield shows just what amazing men they are!!! our government needs to bow their heads in shame! truly amazing read wow!!

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  • Steve
  • 03-15-19

Fantastic

A very well told account of the ferocity of battle and then a story of betrayal by a system/government. Right prevailed and Brian Wood deserves another medal for overcoming and prospering. His wife Lucy is also a shining example of so many army wives and a real heroine for staying strong in very trying times!

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  • Christina Greenaway
  • 03-12-19

Insightful and inspirational

Modern Conflict Account, told from the frontline. Demonstrating how war and terrorism come in many forms. It never leaves us, but... we can use it to better ourselves.

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  • Mark Rooke
  • 03-11-19

Epic Read

Another show of how service personnel are let down by the Government. A must read.

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  • Alan
  • 03-07-19

A great read/listen

Definitely worth buying. Very gripping and honest. It is shocking that people who have fought for our country were put through this!

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  • Richard
  • 03-06-19

Leading from the front

It's a cliche perhaps but it is clear to me that Brian led his men from the front, the fact that he was in such a position as to close with and engage the enemy is clear evidence of that fact.

The book describes in detail the emotions and complexities of serving as a front line soldier, its compounded for Brian because it would seem that a lot of what went on could have been avoided. Sometimes there are people in positions of authority who should stick their necks out a little - Johnny Mercer has bucked the trend most recently and he is flying the flag, his work to shame the IHAT enquiry is testament to his endeavours.

If you want to know what it is like to serve, how a solider is treated when accused of such atrocities then read this book. We were trained to fight, we are proud of the fact we are the best in the world at doing that, but we are definitely not blood hungry monsters. We abide by the values and standards and this set us apart from the evil that swarmed the Middle East, the people who may claim to be farmers, butchers and candle stick makers but are actually nothing of the sort.

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  • Jason O'Hanlon
  • 03-03-19

A truly gripping and well written piece

Did not disappoint.

A very well written account of everything that shouldn’t happen to a soldier! This man deserves all he support he can get cannot wait for me next book