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We Were Warriors Audiobook

We Were Warriors: One Soldier's Story of Brutal Combat

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Publisher's Summary

The rounds were single shot from the same two enemy positions, trying to pick me off. They were kicking up the dirt around me. Then all hell broke loose as the gunship's Gatling vomited ammo right over my head. The sound was deafening. It was now or never. I got up and ran.

A captain in 29 Commando, Johnny Mercer served in the army for 12 years. On his third tour of Afghanistan, he was a joint fires controller, with the pressurized job of bringing down artillery and air strikes in close proximity to his own troops. Based in an area of Northern Helmand that was riddled with Taliban leaders, he walked into danger with every patrol, determined to protect them. Then, one morning, in brutal close-quarter combat, everything changed....

In We Were Warriors, Johnny takes us from his commando training to the heat, blood and chaos of battle. With brutal honesty he describes what it is like to risk your life every day, pushing through the fear that follows watching your friends die. He took the fight back to the enemy with a relentless efficiency that came at a high personal cost. Back in the UK, seeing the inadequate care available for veterans and their families, he was inspired to run for Parliament in the hope he could improve their plight. Unflinching, action-packed and laced with wry humour, We Were Warriors is a compelling listen.

©2017 Johnny Mercer (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

What the Critics Say

"An adrenalin-fuelled, gritty story of heroism on the frontline in Afghanistan." (Andy McNab)
"This is not the stereotypical account of war, it's without doubt the best first hand account in a war zone I've ever read. Brutally honest, humble and written with a pace that could induce a heart attack." (Tom Marcus, ex MI5 surveillance officer, author of Soldier, Spy)

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    sfak107 08/06/2017
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    "A hugely compelling story written by a soldier's soldiers."

    A gripping life tale of one of life's most humble and gifted individuals as well as telling the plight that is currently effecting those who have seen action in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Keep up the good work mate.

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    KIERON 19/09/2017
    KIERON 19/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Eye opening story!"

    Great listen! Voice actor was perfect for the book and the story hammers down the importance of mental illness awareness!

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    Kenneth 10/09/2017
    Kenneth 10/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprisingly good"

    I usually prefer true stories with dramatic special forces actions but this book is not quite that. Yes it does have some action in Afghanistan but the heart of the book is Mercer's life before during and after his time in the army. It is very good listening from the first pages to the last and extremely well read. I was sorry when it finished. Excellent book

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    Mr. James A. Bolton Cornwall 08/09/2017
    Mr. James A. Bolton Cornwall 08/09/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "A must for 2017."

    An honest, gritty, compelling and personal account of the effect a decision to go to war affects our soldiers not just on the battlefield and against the Taliban in Afghanistan but on the battlefield which is home where the enemy are the demons which haunt long after the guns fall silent.

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    Suebee UK 02/09/2017
    Suebee UK 02/09/2017 Member Since 2008

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    "Amazing account"

    3 tours of Afghanistan graphically told. Best account I've read
    Some humour, lots of drama and plenty of humanity

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    James B. MK, England 02/09/2017
    James B. MK, England 02/09/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "Johnny, thank you for your service and your continued service and thank you for this book!"

    You will not regret, for one second, the time that you give to listening to this book. An amazing story of an amazing man that has lived an amazing life. Such an honourable man who continues to give service to the country as a member of Parliament.

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    darren 02/09/2017
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    "Inspirational"

    What an interesting and inspiring account from a very humble man. Really enjoyable listen, would recommend.

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    kevin 01/09/2017
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    "Stunning"

    One of the most heartbreaking and inspiring books that I hsve listened to. Johnny is truly one of the most dedicated and human people. Congatulations on a great book and good luck with your future endeavors.

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    Nick Scott 30/08/2017
    Nick Scott 30/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Cracking read"

    Great story, we'll read and good casting apart from some minor lapses near the end such as saying "2 1/c" instead of "2 i/c".

    Minor stuff but spoils the impression that it is being read by a young officer.

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    D. 28/08/2017
    D. 28/08/2017

    I enjoy history and particularly books on the First and Second World Wars. I also enjoy novels based on the period and modern day combat.

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    "Brutally honest from a man who was in the depth of the fight"

    From his boyhood which shaped his early years through the hell of Afghanistan to the decision to change career and take up the fight on behalf of those he felt our country was letting down. This is a searingly honest book that I defy anyone who reads it not to have at least a lump in their throat if not a tear in their eye. I found it deeply moving and has made me question even more our countries leaders expectations of what our forces can achieve when they hamstring them with poor equipment and a straight jacket of rules of engagement.
    Read it and be moved and be thankful that there are men of Mercers character willing to sacrifice themselves to preserve our way of life.

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