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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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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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Brilliant account

Every single MP should be forced to listen to this as a pre qualification for sitting in Parliament. Gripping and honest account of service and also the disgraceful lack of support and protection for our armed forces.
Only negative is the narrator grated on me a bit.

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Excellent!

Great insight of a real soldiers experience both during and after his time in the army.

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excellent story of bravery and eventual justice

through adversity justice prevailed in what was an intriguing and thought provoking story to read

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Read it to believe it, great story.

A very honest and humble account of a military career torn apart by greed. I felt embarrassed to be British whilst reading this. Brian Wood gets nothing but respect from me and he and his family deserve everything good in life. Respect. A MUST READ, soon to be followed up by a movie.

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Why did he narrate it?!

Can’t continue listening due to the terrible narration. I can’t understand why the author does the narration when the unfortunate truth is that he cannot narrate. Monotonous, unemotional and robotic. A waste of a purchase.

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Embodiment of professionalism

Brian Wood is the embodiment of a professional soldier, having heard is story through podcasts and the news I decided to listen to his book. This book is a must for anyone that is interested in military service and our involvement in Iraq.

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compelling

A great listen and really thrilling in parts. Don't let Woody's voice at the start put you off. The main reader really sells it.

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Fantastic!!

Really great read, thoroughly enjoyed listening on my journey to and from London. Its shocking you all had to go through that at fair play for staying professional through it all

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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.