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  • A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time
  • By: Dillard Johnson, James Tarr
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Carnivore

By: Dillard Johnson,James Tarr
Narrated by: John Pruden
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As commander of the Carnivore - the most lethal Bradley Fighting Vehicle of the Iraq War - Dillard Johnson was at the forefront of the 2003 invasion. Awarded a Silver Star with Valor for his heroic efforts to save the crew of a crippled Bradley, he was personally responsible for 2,000 confirmed enemy kills. But surviving the enemy was only the beginning. Johnson would use the intensity, focus, and humor that kept him alive on the battlefield to fight stage three Hodgkin's Lymphoma - which developed from the radiation poisoning he suffered discharging 5,000 uranium rounds in combat - despite learning he had a 1 in 4 chance of survival. A man determined not to die, Johnson made a miraculous recovery - and then returned to Iraq for a second combat tour as an Army sniper. Performing overwatch protection for his fellow troops, he is officially credited with 121 snipers kills, believed to be the most ever by a U.S. Army sniper and second only (across all branches) to Chris Kyle. After finishing his 21-year career in the military in 2006, Johnson became a private contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, in Carnivore, this decorated hero tells his amazing story.

Funny and exciting, Carnivore offers fresh insight into the mind and heart of a warrior and offers a look at the lives of troops on the ground not seen before. It is the story of a poor kid from Kentucky who has beaten extraordinary odds and a loving husband and a devoted father of four children, including a son with cerebral palsy. It is a story only one man can tell.

©2013 Dillard Johnson and James Tarr (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Mostly Rubbish

I don't doubt his courage but apparently this guy won the war all by himself. After further research, it appears his fellow soldiers have disowned him.

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Hearing this soldiers account serves as a solemn story of what war really is - it’s not glamorous

I enjoyed this account and have no doubt it was probably far more confronting and brutal than what was written. My understanding of all who go to war for Freedom is that no one is really free because we all have to follow rules to live and carry out our lives . No matter if you are for or against war doesn’t change the fact that if someone comes against your cultural and civic way of life then you humanly must stand firm for what you believe. But war never has a good outcome and history bears testimony to how futile war really is for humanity.

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Astounding book

The way the author holds his men and family to the highest regard is admirable, the narrator is awesome and the way its read had me not wanting to put it down. The funniest stories of their mistakes had me in stitches and amazement the made it out of a few bad situations. This book is in my list of top 5. It would have been great to serve with these men.

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Amazing Story

Wow. Just Wow.. What a story. Heart wrenching at times but wonderful storytelling. Thank you for your service!

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great book.

great true account of some terrible and funny times. good voice over too. never a dull moment

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very very good. 9/10

a very bery nice story bout amour in the war. book is very entertaining n enjoyable. . reader did a good job on it

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America's deadliest soldier

Amazing and very entertaining story of the personal account of Dillard Johnson in the Iraq war

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