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Lethal Shot

Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

Rob Driscoll, former sergeant with 42 Commando, Royal Marines, served tours in Iraq, Kuwait and Kosovo. A born leader of fighting men, with the medals to prove it, he also endured three tours in Afghanistan. The third of those will go down in history as one of the UK military's darkest hours, for it marked the first time a British serviceman has been tried for a murder on the battlefield since the Second World War.

That man was Sergeant Alexander Blackman, Rob Driscoll's friend and fellow NCO in 42 Commando, and on the day in question they were commanding patrols within a few hundred yards of each other. Few men know what really went on that day in Helmand Province. Rob Driscoll is one. And in his book - with Blackman's blessing - he reveals all.

Yet Lethal Shot is more than a compelling insight into one of the most controversial rulings in recent military history. It is a clear-eyed account of life on active service with the Royal Marines, of incursions into war-torn countries where chaos and anarchy ruled - and of risking your life daily for politicians back home who won't support you.

In charting its author's career as a Royal Marine Commando, it unflinchingly demonstrates the real-life horrors of engaging at close quarters with enemies such as the Taliban - as well as the dangers that politics can bring to the ordinary fighting serviceman.

Sergeants Blackman and Driscoll were two sides of the same coin. One came home a hero, the other a wanted man. But for circumstance, it might have been the other way round.

©2019 Robert Driscoll (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Absolutely brilliant!

Highly recommend this book to anyone who’s served or enjoys real war stories. Hope there will be a movie or mini series to follow. Thoroughly enjoyed every bit.

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Awesome listen

Thought it was a great listen with a well told story. Definitely recommend if you're into these sorts of reads.

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Amazing and very well read

I have been an Audible member for a number of years now and never written a review after finishing a book. This one I had to. The narrator is amazing on this book. I have listened to this book in under 2 days. I just could not stop listening. The start is a little slow given the title of the book but just remember this is the story of a man's life not an action film. When it gets going boy does it. I take my hat off Sgt Robert Driscoll for what he and his men endured. Very well written. Never has a book made me cry at the end but this did. I don't know why it did but I did. Just read it, listen to it and respect the men and women spoken about.

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what a book!<br />

An amazing book that tells the truth and every emotion the armed forces goes through when in a tough place.

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defiantly worth a listen

great book amazing life story and just incredible how the government treat there soldiers .

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The gripping story of a war that was not a war

This book reveals to us civilians a little bit of what must be a hellish situation to be in. It's not gung-ho. I can only be grateful there are people brave enough to do this sort of stuff.

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Gets better as it unfolds

I wasn't impressed with the early chapters, but it sort of wound up, getting tighter like a spring. The pace reached fever pitch at chapter 12 onwards and by 15 it became an classic not put downable thriller. I did find the narration like machinegun fire in slow motion, staccato like at times. It could have been smoother. All togehter an exciting book, honest, truthful and compelling. I ended up with nothing but the highest regards for the Royal Marine Commandos in the book. Even though my service was very under another cap badge.

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Stunning and shocking

Amazing gritty story which describes the horror men and women are put through for freedom.

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Amazing Book

Great insight into the war in Afghanistan.
Brilliant narration and highly recommend to anyone interested in the story of the Royal Marine’s who served in Afghanistan.

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Fascinating & enthralling

An awesome account of life as a RM Commando. Excellently written & read, and at times unbelievable that such events did happen. Infinite respect.