We Were Warriors
- One Soldier's Story of Brutal Combat
- Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
- Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-06-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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.
"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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By David MacLean on 26-09-17
The reality of war..
What did you like most about We Were Warriors?
Excellent - courage, humility and concern for others are a few of the authors qualities..
If you read 1 book this year make it this one.
David 26/9/17 .
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Kenneth on 10-09-17
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
8 of 8 people found this review helpful