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Brothers in Arms

Real War. True Friends. Unlikely Heroes.
Narrated by: Geraint Jones
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Darkly funny, shockingly honest, Brothers in Arms is an unforgettable account of the brutal reality of war - every boring, scary, exciting moment - and the bonds of friendship that can never be destroyed.

If you could choose which two limbs got blown off, what would you go for?’ Danny said. ‘Your arms or your legs?’

In July 2009 Geraint (Gez) Jones was sitting in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, with the rest of The Firm - Danny, Jay, Toby and Jake, his four closest friends, all junior NCOs and combat-hardened infantrymen. Thanks to the mangled remains of a Jackal vehicle left tactlessly outside their tent, IEDs were never far from their mind. Within days they’d be on the ground in Musa Qala with the rest of 3 Platoon - a mixed bunch of men Gez would die for.  

As they fight furiously, are pushed to their limits, hemmed in by IEDs and hampered by the chain of command, Gez starts to wonder what is the point of it all. The bombs they uncover on patrol, on their stomachs brushing the sand away, are replaced the next day. Firefights are a momentary victory in a war they can see is unwinnable. Gez is a warrior - he wants more than this. But then death and injury start to take their toll on The Firm, leaving Gez with PTSD and a new battle just beginning.

 This audiobook includes an exclusive interview with the author, Geraint Jones.  

©2019 Geraint Jones (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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really great, loved every dirty muddy part

loved it, amazing what the boys and girls had to overcome over there, war is a tough game

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-2019

No less than impressive

What starts as a brutal rant at the conflict in Afghanistan turns into a retelling of an almost unreal tour experienced by Geraint Jones. The final part of the book looks in detail at the long and dark path the author had to go through before realising his PTSD and beginning his road to overcoming it.

The author is also the narrator for this story which is the best way for a book like this to be told. Gripping from start to finish, I really see no negatives in buying this book. I cannot begin to imagine what him and the people around him went through, I can only hope that books like this help those others who find themselves in similar positions.

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  • Mummy & Daddy
  • 20-10-2019

great book not what I expected

an excellent book written in such a way for me me as a civi to understand all the things that they've been through and all the struggles

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  • gaz617
  • 26-05-2020

fantastic

great listening would recommend this book as it gives you a great insight from one who served

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  • robert roan
  • 06-05-2020

memories

I am an northen ireland vet from the height of the struggles, although I had seen some desperat times nothing compared to these boys. but that bond that bloody bond of brotherhood is the same for all of us.

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  • iestyn
  • 15-04-2020

Great insight of War

Class book well written, would like a few more books with the grim reality of war.

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  • alan thumwood
  • 31-03-2020

one mans story that applies to many

just brilliant whilst listening I had tears in my eyes at times especially when author was talking about what he went through once again just brilliant

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  • Andy
  • 30-03-2020

Great book

A no holds barred and realistic account of war from a squaddies perspective.

There is no dressing things up or changing accounts of behaviour and banter for the sake of political correctness, or to avoid offending people, like you get with some other books.

Author also has a podcast - Veteran State Of Mind - which I also thoroughly recommend if you have a dark sense of humour.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-03-2020

Amazing detail

Listening to this book brought back every detail of my tour right down to the smells!

I could feel the stale Afghan heat on my skin listening to this in my car every morning on the way to work -2 degrees.

Made me proud to be a part of a brotherhood of a generation that went out to do the job.

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  • Eric
  • 23-02-2020

Possibly a new favourite book

what a book! A no holds book about squaddies, narrated in fluent, Squaddie. I don't normally go for books narrated by the author as I find there is normally a disconnect between the written word and narration when done by the author. This time however, not a bit of it. Gez nailed it! (can I call him Gez? I was, after all a REMF!). He brings to life conversations and banter and comradeship of young soldiers the way I remember. I have never heard PTSD described so effectively or it's cause so graphically. Possibly one of my new favourite books!

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  • Karen D
  • 18-02-2020

Great book.

Great book thanks for sharing your story with us and helping us understand more about PTSD.👍