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For the first time, a blistering, highly charged account from the man known as 'Marine A' who was at the centre of the controversial murder of a wounded Taliban fighter. His case led to an unprecedented wave of public support which raised over £800,000 to fund his appeal. The nerve-shredding situations Sgt. Blackman operated within, under sustained attack for long periods, living in the unrelenting horror of a theatre of war, took their toll mentally and physically.

©2019 Sergeant Alexander Blackman (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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A brave and honest account from Royal Marine colour Sergeant Al Blackman.

An incredibly honest insight into colour Sergeant Al B lackmans life. To date, including the outrageous murder conviction handed down to him by the MOD court-martial and Jeff Blackett. Typical of our political system to dishonour members of the armed forces and sacrifice them to satisfy the snowflake armchair critics and media. A fantastic book clearly written from the heart of a genuinely decent soldier who was only doing his job under extreme circumstances in a situation that only a small percentage of people could even begin to comprehend. I wish Al Blackman and his wife all the very best for the future.

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Interesting

A great insight to a defining part of history, The story is great, and I enjoyed it. HOWEVER: editing was poorly executed, as was some of the pronounceation (excuse spelling) ..... The poor editing did somehat ruin an otherwise brilliant book and you could tell the person reading the book had no clue of how to pronounce some of the words and just read them as written.

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horrendous narration

pronunciation of military terms made me cringe. who publishes a military audiobook without checking the 101 term pronounced wrong

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Interesting book spoilt by the narrator

The story of Marine A is very interesting and enlightening but this audiobook is ruined by the narrator and whoever edited the recording. There is at least one part of the book where the narrator starts reading an sentence and part way through it stops, briefly goes silent and then starts a new sentence leaving the first one incomplete. There are also many occasions where the same sentence is restarted part way through - lazy editing. I assume that it was the authors choice not to narrate his book but it would help if there was some involve who had a modicum of knowledge of the military to assist. The narrator mispronounces numerous place names and many simple military terms and names that detract from the story. Casevac (Casualty Evacuation) was pronounced case-vac, Corps (Reference to the Royal Marines) was pronounced corpse amongst many other terms. I enjoyed the story but did not enjoy the way it was read.

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tryanical establishment verses soldier A

horrible chance circumstance, one moment , one decision and fight for fair justice. UK shame of establishment draconian MOD treatment of front line troops. Without the fair and the free of this country to speak up where would they be !

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A true hero!

A fantastic insight into the military career of a true hero. You should not have spent 1 day in prison and should never have gone through what you and your family did. Thank you for serving our country and keeping us safe. Wish you great success and good health for the future.

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Military terminology

What an amazing story and I’m so glad I listened to it as when this incident was first reported in the news I was shocked that one of our troops would do this.... however the headlines were wrong and sensationalised thankfully Al is a free man. My only comment would be the narrator mispronounced terms like Corp and Casevac as an ex serviceman it made me chuckle.

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Very good read

Loved this read and listen. Very honest and gripping. I followed and signed the petition for the release of CS Blackman. Good on you sir. Live a fruitful and fulfilling life daily with your wonderful wife

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Fantastic listen

Great insight into this particularly difficult time for our armed forces and great to hear it told from his point of view. The only thing that let this audio version down it that the narrator, in places miss pronounces a variety of military terminology. Maybe most wont notice but after 17 years in it just takes the edge of an otherwise fantastic book.

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Inspiring

Great insight into life on the front line and the ordeal for Alex to live through! Inspiring determination!