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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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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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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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Compelling stuff

Heard about Brian's story in an interview. Not disappointed by following up. Really enjoyed it.

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Inspirational Leader

Amazing book and audio book, a normal bloke who’s done amazing things, things none of us could imagine and served this country with distinction. You get a real sense of how down to earth Brian is in this book and a real sense of what people like him, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have sacrificed on our behalf. Listened to this feeling grateful and inspired especially by Brian’s keep attacking attitude. Deserves all the success and accolades that come his way. Wish the country would show more appreciation to the men and women and their families, who have made huge sacrifices to keep this country safe.

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Excellent, how could they do that to a hero.

loved it and didn't want it to end. Why didn't we as a grateful nation do more to support him! Very easy listing, and well written.

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great book, well worth a read

usually a book takes over a week as onky liten when travelling BUt finished this one over a couple of days as was gripped with Brians history. great book.

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Great Listen

What a book about the s**t some of our soldiers where dragged through because of crap by waste of oxygen solicitors who woukd rather screw our soldiers over for the sacrifice they gave also interesting fact Dan Mills Sniper One is about the same time on Iraq 2004 and the 2 marry up well best listened too one after the other 100% recommend

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BRILLIANT !

I know Woody personally and this true account shows what an inspiration he is!

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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.