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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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Shocking treatment of a soldier. A must read.

I can't believe I left it this long to read (listen to) the book. I had the honour of helping Brian and the Friends of the PWRR back in 2015 when they were preparing for their "Ride to Recovery". Little did I know back then what Brian had been through - and was still going through.

The story starts when Brian is young, his childhood and then dives into his military career. I've not had any exposure to the military - and reading about his extreme experiences in combat is an eye opener. Several times it jumped out where equipment he was using had failed him. It's frustrating in civilian life when this happens - but in combat, when a gun or radio fails, puts a crashed office computer into perspective.

His subsequent treatment at the hands of the UK Government and a very public enquiry after what should have been blindingly obvious false allegations is incredible. Having been subject first hand to false allegations and a close family member in Crown Court (unanimously found not guilty), I still fail to see how these are given the light of day with no actual evidence other than the word of a liar(s) when they are clearly fabricated.

A riveting book. Thanks for sharing it Brian.

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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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Lightning fast narrator

The narrator reads so quickly I couldn’t take in half of what he was reading. I had to slow the speed down to 0.9x. I wanted to go slower but then it sounded weird. Found it difficult to listen to.

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great

a good book and a true look at what these guys and girls need to do then get let down by the ppl that should protect them brilliant book

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Good read but a lack of understanding of things

I enjoyed the book once it got going, which was about chapter 7, I would have liked to know a bit more about Kosovo and less about his family life.

I enjoyed the Danny Boy part of the book, it was a real insight. The book is a lot better than the recent TV film.

Whilst a good read, the author does have some issues such as failing to see the difference between a criminal trial and a public enquiry . Also some of suggestions do not make sense such as the investigation being done the the Red Cross ( bizarre suggestion), also that it was wrong to answer questions about the incident as they were not battlefield trained. He didn’t seem to understand that there are 2 sides to the story and it was important to find out the truth. Not just accept his version.

He is a hero and overall I thought it was a good book from a person who has suffered for his country. Good book but lack of realism from the author at times

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amazing story

I remember when this was happening and it's great to hear exactly what happened. Highly recommended

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Great book. Well written and well read. Listened to it on a long journey. Looking forward to watching the film.

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Top Class - A must read

Absolutely brilliant and thought provoking account of military service. Brian Wood is a war hero, yet he was let down terribly by the authorities who should have been protecting him. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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Simply outstanding!

Exceptional, inspirational, gripping, emotional, enlightening - I'm a better person for listening. Thankyou Brian Wood!

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a must listen can't recommend enough

I knew of the battle of Danny Boy but good to hear first hand account

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  • 16-03-21

A truly remarkable story of courage and endurance

Brian’s story should be held up as one of not just how a soldier should behave but how anyone aspiring to lead should behave. Told with great balance and thought, a story of stoic courage and endurance in front of not just a battleground enemy but also enemies from unexpected quarters. A riveting listen.

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  • 10-04-19

Got through the whole book in one day.

Fabulous, exciting and engaging story of an incredibly brave, honest and surprisingly unguarded man’s story. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the film/series that is rumoured to be in the works.