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Brought to you by Penguin.

The extraordinary No.1 best seller.

Battle Scars tells the story of Jason Fox’s career as an elite operator, from the gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service, to a very different kind of battle that awaited him at home.

After more than two decades of active duty, Foxy was diagnosed with complex PTSD, forcing him to leave the military brotherhood and confront the hard reality of what follows. What happens when you become your own enemy? How do you keep on fighting when life itself no longer feels worth fighting for?

Unflinchingly honest, Battle Scars is a breathtaking account of Special Forces soldiering: a chronicle of operational bravery, and of superhuman courage on and off the battlefield.

©2018 Jason Fox (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"The most important book you’ll ever [listen to].... Battle Scars will save lives.'" (Tom Marcus, author of Soldier Spy)

"A vivid, searing account of a life at war." (Bear Grylls)

"A must [listen]." (Ant Middleton, best-selling author of First Man In)

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Life changing

At the point of starting this book I was in a hole in terms of my mental health having been diagnosed with PTSD and depression. I was bounced from GP to consultant and wasn't getting any better. Hearing Jason's story inspired me to reach out to Rock to Recovery and to start putting steps in place to better my situation. his story is inspiring and exceptionally brave. Thanks for writing this important book mate, you may have just saved my life.

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Unexpected journey

Unlike most veterans autobiographies, mostly about their missions and near death experiences (good as they are) and this started no differently, Jason is equally candid about PTSD and depression that will undoubtedly help other sufferers - he had to narrate it and he did - top bloke.

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Totally gripped

Wow what a thrilling story from start to finish. Told in his own words, I really enjoyed how Jason narrated his story which meant that none of the details or emphasis were lost. What a journey this guy has been on, and what an inspiration to hear of his achievements. As a fellow veteran (although not of the SAS) I saw many parallels between our life situations, whether it be the stress of going on tour or the mixed emotions of leaving the armed forces security bubble. I think we can all relate to Jason’s story to some degree. I would definitely recommend this book.

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As a former reconnaissance soldier who completed two tours of Afghanistan before I turned 21 I’ve
battled with my thoughts since leaving the army and trying suppress them. This book has given me a chance to accept the problem and it’s scary how similar my own account is after listening to this. Thank you I’m sure this will help a lot more people to come with it’s honesty. Writing this review was difficult but the book deserves it. Brilliant

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Jason's voice is boring.

He will literally send you to sleep with his mono-tone reading voice.

"Bark, Bark, Bark". Christ - put some effort in Jason.

His actual book is really good. His audio book, is not.

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Well recommended

Amazing book. Powerful and emotional. Heart breaking yet heart warming. Definitely well worth a read.

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This book has changed my life! I suffer from PTSD and DEPRESSION thank you Foxy

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Refreshingly Honest

An incredible story by an incredible man.

A brutally honest insight into the mental health struggles of a special forces soldier and how he overcame them.

well worth a listen/read. inspirational!

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Interesting but flat to listen to

Would be better if narrated by someone else. Really interesting stories but the time of voice in the reading sounded forced at times and a different reader would improve this. Some very thought provoking themes and I found the actual book really interesting.

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Awesome and very cathartic. Well done mate!

a very brave book to write. all the very best foxy! I wrote a book for those feeling helpless leaving the military, as I felt the leaving process was more than a little lacking!

kind regards
Chris Hitchens
ex-AAC Pilot.
Author of Leaving the Military

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  • 14-02-21

Outstanding

I loved the openess and honesty of the author. It bought an understanding of how we can define ourselves with what we do and how it can affect us. Thank you

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  • SerieLis
  • 04-10-20

Starts slow, moves to greatness. Powerful

It started really slow, was hard to get used to Foxy's narrating, but after few quick chapters and no distractions this book just gets better and better. As an ex military who've been through some depression and anxiety I understand exactly what he is talking about, I resonated with him a lot. More than that, the last chapter mentions a lot of things that I took into my own life. We share common journeys, and maybe he is 100 steps ahead of me these days. but still it's never too late to start improving.

This book explains exactly that, he did it the harder way in my opinion, but the rewards and the life beyond he shares are much greater.

Recommend to go through this book, and take notes if you are new to this perspective, or even in this journey yourself.

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  • 01-12-19

Took me a lot of time to read

The accent Foxy had made it hard for me follow..

But I enjoyed the appendix. This real story gets me into a new world I haven't been through before (the life in military) and how hard it is.

I deeply felt the part about self rediscovering and stop thinking about past faults or worrying about the future, just think about the moment (think like a kid).


Thank you Foxy for opening up and sharing your experience. I wish I can meet you one day in the UK. Have a joyful life. ❤️

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  • 08-11-19

Good story, mechanical-ish narrating,

When starting, the first chapters the narrating was somewhat mechanical, it really felt like 'reading text', not telling one's story (which is what i expected since the narrator is the writer?). Once i got used to Fox 's voice and 'narrating' style , it became bit better.
The content is solid, i hope him tellin his story about what he went through and what he really felt can help others still being ashamed of mental troubles.

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  • 23-02-19

Recommended reading/listening!

What a book! Foxy, simply amazing sharing your experience and your difficulties. Loved reading it!

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  • Mike Walker
  • 07-02-19

enlightening

good story about real life mental effects and solutions which could affect anyone. good book.