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Publisher's Summary

On September 11, 2018, Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher - a highly-decorated combat veteran with nine deployments to war zones in Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq - was arrested for war crimes at the TBI medical clinic where he was receiving treatment. His incarceration was the culmination of a year-long whisper campaign started by a group of disgruntled members of his SEAL platoon after a successful deployment fighting ISIS in Mosul, Iraq. At the end of that deployment, Chief Gallagher was named the number-one chief at SEAL Team 7, put in for a Silver Star for valor on the battlefield, and listed for promotion to Senior Chief. The junior members whom Chief Gallagher had called out for cowardice and ineptitude in combat decided they couldn't let any of those things stand and escalated minor complaints into false accusations of stabbing a captured ISIS fighter and shooting noncombatants that gained international attention. 

Despite a corrupt investigation and a deceitful prosecutor who would be removed from the case for spying on defense attorneys, Chief Gallagher was found innocent on all major charges, and freed from prison. But only after his family was put through hell, and President Trump intervened to allow Chief Gallagher a fair trial in a military justice system designed to break and persecute our country's warfighters. 

While heavily covered in the media, the full story of how a war hero was railroaded and nearly sent to prison for life for crimes he didn't commit has never been told. Chief Gallagher did not testify at his trial and has spoken in little detail about how this travesty came about. Until now. A shocking, raw, tell-all expose that pulls no punches, and identifies each and every bad actor in this surreal story. Book includes QR codes that link to videos of the accusers’ NCIS interviews, trial audio, and text message threads highlighting the plot to take Chief Gallagher down.

"People always tell me, if our life was a movie, no one would believe it." (AG)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Andy Symonds (P)2021 Ballast Books

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Outstanding!

This was a GREAT listen. Pre-ordered the hardback "package" but could not bring myself to break the spine with a normal reading. Looked at the autographs and photos then placed the book on the shelf with my other treasures.

Eddie's story tells you the truth of how the military operates in today's "kindler, gentler" Navy. You are a only a number, and even should you perform at an exceptional level, if the wrong person gets "butt-hurt" and they will seek to persecute you and destroy your military career, not giving a second thought about your future. Parent's, advise your children of the new ways before they sign the contracts.

Kudo's to Eddie, Andrea, the family and the defense team for keeping faith, exposing lies and showing the world how the JAG really works.

Kudo's to President Trump for putting those seeking to add injury to insult in their place.

Thank you for your service Chief Gallagher!

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I don’t normally write these

But this story, and knowing firsthand how the Navy/military can crush one of their own with no remorse, I need to say something.

I’m sure people will hate on Eddie and co. for reading this and making some mistakes, but by them reading it, it brings the listener closer to it all.

While this entire part of his life was awful beyond words, I’m relieved he made it through to the other side with only a few more mental scars.

I’m also happy he and his team shined a stadium full of bright lights on how terrible and unfair the UCMJ is.

This story may only be his side of it, but the team made everything transparent and laid out all the facts. Eddie is completely justified for naming his accusers so they may face the court of public opinion and cancel culture.

As for the the dead terrorist sympathizers, get off your faux moral high horse. This person would gladly kill every single American citizen which includes you and your family, most likely with extreme prejudice. Knowing that, can you honestly say you care about that persons life?

Eddie, congratulations to you and your team for for this monumental victory. Enjoy the hard earned retirement and God bless.

Navy Chief
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Riveting story! The audiobook was produced poorly.

The underlying story is as fascinating as it is tragic. It is hard to believe this could happen within a community that is built on honor and trust. This is a compelling story and well worth the listen. BUT, this is hands down the most poorly produced audiobook performance I have ever listened to. I'm not a fan of most authors narrating their own books. This book reaffirms my dislike. Chief Gallaghers delivery changes throughout the book. At times you hear pages being turned and he often mispronounces words. His pace changes often and it feels as though he just trying to power through the reading becoming monotone and devoid of any inflection or intonation. I'm not suggesting this is easy. Narration is a difficult skill, that's why most authors/publishers hire professionals. There were probably 12 or more instances where the narrator repeats sentences. Two chapters are the same audio. It is almost as though no one listened to the book in post-production. These errors are impossible to miss. In spite of the sloppy production, the book is still worth the price.

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One of the WORST productions ever

This has to be one of the worst audiobook productions ever. People are repeating words, people talking in the background, chairs moving and pages turning.

Other than that the story isn’t bad but greatly suffers from the horrible production done for the audiobook

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USMC Veteran review.

This is my second time reading this book. The way NSW1 left Chief Gallagher out to the wolves is disgusting. I’m gonna send him a personal email, but this book is amazing. I’m proud of my fellow Marines for having the integrity to do the honorable thing and tell the truth.

Long live the REAL brotherhood.

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A must read

Can’t believe this actually happened. But glad things turned out the way they did in the end. Great story. Amazing hearing all the voices from the individuals who were there. Thank you Eddie for all you have done for this country. It will not be forgotten. Long live the real brotherhood.

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The voices are terrible.

I wanted to be into this book so bad. But his and his wife’s voices are so bland. No enthusiasm in them or anything. They just read the story bland. I fall asleep every time. This is a shame.

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Wow

Obviously I have followed this in the news but hearing this book makes me seriously wonder WTF the senior command was thinking. Why all the bullshit with the prosecutors and NCIS. Unreal. Thank God for true American warriors.

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Great story, just hard to get past bad narration

I had a hard time trying to listen to Eddie Gallagher’s monotone voice. I ended up reading the kindle book instead. The story was interesting and engaging. However; I just spent more time trying to get pass the bad narration. I would have enjoyed the book more if I could have listened to an audiobook which was better produced! I would suggest Eddie Gallagher put his pride aside, pay to have the audiobook reproduced using a professional reader Please! You’ll get higher ratings and perhaps more sales.

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Incredible

Why read fiction when you have amazing real storie ssuch as this. Chief Gallagher and his amazing family went through hell and back both in ciuntry and home thanks to corrupt NCIS agents. He doesnt hide his wrongs and explains everything from an objective point of view (as much as possible). I find myself wishing there was a sequel, but I dont rhink Chief wants to go through this again lol.

God speed Chief

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  • 08-29-21

A must listen

Chief Gallagher is a warrior, a dedicated and experienced navy seal that was put through through hell along with his family for doing his job. This book goes into detail from when he took over his platoon right though workup into the day in question, then right through the court process. My takeaway is that the publicity seals get these days is bringing people in to the community that aren’t really there for the job, they are there for the glory of being a navy seal. The fact his men complained that they were fighting the enemy too much shows. The few mutinous men formed a dislike for Eddie because he was a bad ass who loved doing his job and wanted his platoon to work hard.

Eddie’s story comes from a modern day mutiny. They didn’t want him to continue his career, they didn’t want him to get a silver star, they didn’t want him to become a master chief, so they came up with a story of murder.

As a British soldier myself I can imagine the kind of platoon sgt eddie was, and the whingers and whiners would probably have an issue with his no nonsense attitude. But the vast majority of men would have followed him into battle and been thankful they had him to lead.

This book is brilliant. 5 stars doesn’t do it justice.

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  • 08-03-22

A Brits reaction

As a Brit I heard about this Gentalman via a podcast.
I have to say it is truly shocking what happened
It's very well done with the people involved reading thier parts.
really makes you feel the emotion.
I m halfway through as I write this review and won't stop till the end.
It seems like his higher ups and the people accusing him were but cowards hiding amongst hero's.

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  • Morag Bocking
  • 07-24-22

Salute you Eddie

Well done eddie and team, shame on the top brass, trump played a good role, I have seen the documentary this clears a lot off things up and shame on the seals who even breathed a word to ncis

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  • 04-20-22

Great story from the horse’s mouth, but some poor editing.

This is a fantastic story from a very brave and successful man. It’s great that the story is self-narrated. However, the overall production is littered with poor editing where sentences are repeated or minor narration mistakes have been left in the final edit.
It doesn’t take away from the story per-say, but is very irritating and could have easily been rectified.

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  • Carl Gelin
  • 03-18-22

Real life

A very sincere story, told by the people involved in Eddies release themselves. By Eddie himself and his family, including his kids, his brother, his wife and his lawyers.
An uncomfortable story about how a few loud enough people can have a catastrophic impact on a macro-level, and how the expression "evil prevails when good people do nothing" is yet again ever so true. A good reflection of how western society has evolved into "mob-justice" and defamatiion and accountability as a phenomenon is seemingly an "endangered species".
After hearing the audiobook, I bought the hardcover book as well.
Highly recommended.

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  • Stoo Zaraki
  • 11-05-21

detailed account of a shameful prosecution

Really worth the listen and
you can forgive the errors in edits where they've missed removing repeats etc as it's spoken by the actual people involved, they aren't voice actors after all.

it's evident that Eddie went from being a target of revenge to a political football . bruised egos still wanted him punished right till their last. His wife and brother truly went to war for him as he'd gone to war for them.

The legal team he had at the end were absolutely stellar.

This lays out everything the biased media reports where failing to cover.



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  • Tracie
  • 08-09-21

What a book, uncovers the lies and deception.

Absolutely loved the book, it's great Eddie got to tell the truth. Rather than the version that the woke, left and liberal media tried to convey. The NCIS, his superiors in NSW and the minority of his platoon should hold their heads in shame.

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  • Peter Swift
  • 07-13-21

Really enjoyed this book

From across the pond UK. I’ve never served but read and listen to all war books and I think the UK and American are lucky to have people as dedicated to protecting us like this man. I’m sure he will be the first to admit he’s done a few things wrong over the years but who the fuck hasn’t. 20 years service and it’s disgusting how this was handled. Enjoy your retirement

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  • 06-09-22

this is both inspirational and tragic

an amazing story of family, of strength and commitment to the truth. innocence is not just a word. this audiobook shows that.

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  • 11-13-21

what happened to our character

the story of Eddie reminds me of the disintegration of the character of humanity throughout the western world. thank God the truth prevailed.
great read, loved the story

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  • 09-13-21

wow! Absolutely incredible listen.

More people need to hear this story.
Good on you for getting the truth out there!

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  • Graham Poole
  • 09-10-21

Fast Eddie!

I listened to Ed’s story twice and absolutely loved it! This is a great book, written and read by Eddie with chapters also read by his family, friends and his lawyers. This is one of the best books that I have listened to and highly recommended it to all readers! You won’t be disappointed!