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From the best-selling author of The Commando and Born to Fight comes a fascinating investigation of modern warfare that combines methodical research and the fast-paced action of battle with the personal stories of the combatants on both sides of the line.

Taking us from the suburbs of Western Sydney and Australia's military army bases, to the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, this is a remarkable audiobook that reveals the as-yet-untold story of the battle for Mosul and the secret involvement of Australians on both sides of the war - both our commandos and Australian ISIS fighters. 

Mosul details the rise of ISIS influence in Australia, the Iran and Australia allegiance to fight Daesh and shows what led up to the battle and the ramifications that are still being felt at home - by our soldiers and the victims of that war.

Ben Mckelvey has extraordinary access to SOOCOMD/2 COMMANDO units - the most decorated modern Australian fighting unit; ISOF - Iraq's premier fighters; Yazidis women who had been slaves of ISIS; returned commandos and their devastated families and explains how petty criminals in Western Sydney became some of our worst jihadists who took their families to Iraq to fight for ISIS. Focusing on the stories of key figures like 2 Commando's Ian Turner and one of Australia's most infamous jihadist, Khaled Sharrouf, Mckelvey takes us the heart of this brutal battle and brings history to life in an honest, thoughtful and compelling examination of modern warfare.

A must-listen for anyone interested in modern military history. 

©2020 Ben Mckelvey (P)2020 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

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A must for every Australian

This is a story every Australian should hear or read.
It is confronting and eye opening

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Every Australian Should Read This Book

Every Australian should read this book. So that they know what the brave, dedicated people on the ground have done what is asked of them in our ADF by the politicians and their superiors. Their selfless work for the good of our country, so that they allow us to enjoy the freedoms that they have fought so hard for and continue to fight for us. It is disgusting the way the ADF personnel are dealt with when the ADF has finished using them. It doesn’t seem to matter whether they have physical, mental or health issues they are just discarded and are left to fight for themselves and deal with their issues alone. And the latest witch-hunt is just another typical way that the ADF and politicians try to cover their own arses, by blaming the people that they ordered to do the jobs that needed doing and then pretending that they didn’t have a hand in it.

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An amazing story of Australia troops battle against ISIS

The professional and dedication that these few have had towards our countries security is worthy of tremendous respect. However, the tragedy is also profound as serving soldiers, veterans and their families pay such a high price. Thank you for you and your families service.

The interlinking story of the why. The real terror situation faced in Australia and unfortunately its citizens was eye opening.

Great book, wonderful narration and very enjoyable.

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Raw, Brutal and Transparent.

This book reveals the abhorrent reality that exists outside of Australia’s borders and the threat that potentially conspires inside of local neighbourhoods on Australian soil. Shining light on the immense sacrifice made by our ADF’s elite along with the dark end for those who do not find their own end on the battle field. It will also infuriate you by exposing the negligence made by ADF hierarchy once they have extracted all they have needed from their service men and women. A critical story that should be heard by everyone.

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Bloody great read

You and all that serv have my greatest respect, RIP digger.
what a fantastic read, I truly hope it aids to get help to these diggers before we lose any more of them, well done Ben.

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My first Audible book was on point 👍

Such a great combination of Aussie experiences tied together in this book. I finished it in just 3 days and was impressed from start to finish. Rippa!

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Exceptional

Multifaceted storyline with an all encompassing image of the entire issue within Australia. This book is really something special. At times I felt it was a little meandry, but the bigger picture is important. It's more than Mosul by a long shot and that title felt like marketing as you go through the book when it really didn't need to as the story was excellent. Does cover a LOT of subjects and not least of all how Defence deals with (or not deals with adequately) PTSD and how that contributes to the actions of our diggers in the military and outside of it. Could write a LOT more on this book. Get it, if this topic interests you.

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OMG... I felt as if I had returned to Afghanistan

I was not a member of the SASR or the Cdo Regt but... This told of the missing parts we knew existed and the struggles of the situation that faced people in SOTG. The play on words that both ministerial and hierarchy of the military use, when the simple fact of the matter was "train them to kill, send them into combat", now throw them under the bus because they are embarrassing us personally, not as a Nation. Every member of the serving military and every person who has served, combat veteran or not feels the kick in the gut by all those who attack these brave men and women. So many have been treated like they were something our politicians had trod in and wanted scraped off from their shoes, ever since Vietnam.
This book tells us what it is really like, holds back little to nothing and also brings the stark reality of PTSD and its most turbulent ways of attacking the mind. I suffer from severe PTSD, I cannot read a book because of this a d have taken to audio books. I can listen to the stories like this with calm detraction from the stark reality knowing what is true. I can see the images, smell the fetid air, and even sense the heat and yet when I stop listening I am OK. I discuss this with my Psychiatrist who says that the mind is always coping in different ways. I suffer nightmares still, but not from this book, mine are my own experiences. To listen to this helps me understand myself a little better.
I commend the author for some great research and at a difficult time in our world history, the narrator for making it so comfortable to listen too.
As a veteran I can only say thank you for telling their stories in a manner that is true to the nature of the military beast that is The Australian Army.

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Excellent read

All Australians should read this book and from there will have an understanding of what our soldiers have been through. A very special thank you goes out to all our veterans who have put there lives on the line and for some have made the ultimate sacrifice for in return giving us the freedom we have.
Lest we forget.

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Awesome

very good and confronting
A great insight into the military work in modern work and its costs

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