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Brothers in Arms

Real War. True Friends. Unlikely Heroes.
Narrated by: Geraint Jones
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

Darkly funny, shockingly honest, Brothers in Arms is an unforgettable account of the brutal reality of war - every boring, scary, exciting moment - and the bonds of friendship that can never be destroyed.

If you could choose which two limbs got blown off, what would you go for?’ Danny said. ‘Your arms or your legs?’

In July 2009 Geraint (Gez) Jones was sitting in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, with the rest of The Firm - Danny, Jay, Toby and Jake, his four closest friends, all junior NCOs and combat-hardened infantrymen. Thanks to the mangled remains of a Jackal vehicle left tactlessly outside their tent, IEDs were never far from their mind. Within days they’d be on the ground in Musa Qala with the rest of 3 Platoon - a mixed bunch of men Gez would die for.  

As they fight furiously, are pushed to their limits, hemmed in by IEDs and hampered by the chain of command, Gez starts to wonder what is the point of it all. The bombs they uncover on patrol, on their stomachs brushing the sand away, are replaced the next day. Firefights are a momentary victory in a war they can see is unwinnable. Gez is a warrior - he wants more than this. But then death and injury start to take their toll on The Firm, leaving Gez with PTSD and a new battle just beginning.

 This audiobook includes an exclusive interview with the author, Geraint Jones.  

©2019 Geraint Jones (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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No less than impressive

What starts as a brutal rant at the conflict in Afghanistan turns into a retelling of an almost unreal tour experienced by Geraint Jones. The final part of the book looks in detail at the long and dark path the author had to go through before realising his PTSD and beginning his road to overcoming it.

The author is also the narrator for this story which is the best way for a book like this to be told. Gripping from start to finish, I really see no negatives in buying this book. I cannot begin to imagine what him and the people around him went through, I can only hope that books like this help those others who find themselves in similar positions.

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great book not what I expected

an excellent book written in such a way for me me as a civi to understand all the things that they've been through and all the struggles

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Great book.

Great book thanks for sharing your story with us and helping us understand more about PTSD.👍

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Really enjoyed this audiobook.

Realistic, gripping and hard hitting. Geraint is very articulate. Highly recommend. Thanks for serving Geraint.

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Good story content

The content is honest and would have kept me interested, but it was read like it was a race to the finish. I found myself rewinding several times to re listen what I’d missed.
If it was read at a sensible pace,this book would a a lot better.
Regards
Mark
P.S
Thank you for your service.

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Geraint Jones a mad lad

It's a perfect book for understanding what it's like to be a modern British squaddie.

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Excellent

Eye opening memoire of a modern war zone. Brutally honest made all the more intimate by the brilliant narration of the author.

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Amazing

loved it. very heart felt brutally honest brother.
worth listening to and read by the author. gives the real feel

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superb book, soldier f 💙

having ptsd myself, speaking definitely helps. brilliantly explained and great book 10/10 highly recommend🇬🇧 hero

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Top effort!

It made me laugh at the military humour, which hasn’t changed throughout the years. Top effort Geraint on covering your story from a soldier’s perspective and the close bond with your brothers ( in your case the firm) on operations. Thanks Soldier G