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Double Crossed Hardcover
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it down. It shows the courage of those in the Army (and other public services) and the horrific lack of support and understanding for those suffering from PTSD. To be put through “a trial” after so many years of highly professional active duty shows a complete lack of empathy. Whatever your politics it is a really valuable read and would highly recomend to anyone.
He is a remarkable man with an amazing wife. To go from war hero to then years later be thrust into a public inquiry brought on by a vile greedy lawyer.
I really couldn't put this book down and after reading this you will have even more respect for our armed forces and what they have to go through.
I have been anticipating this book for a while having been aware of the Al-Sweady inquiry and a £31 million witch hunt of the British Army’s actions in Iraq. Primarily my interest was the motivation of those involved, on all sides, of the inquiry.
But that’s not the be all and end of of this remarkable book.
Brian Wood describes with a stunning clarity his upbringing, early army career, personal life and his deployment overseas.
In Iraq he details the Battle of Danny Boy without any premiss of courage or heroics. He was as he states doing his job.
In telling the story of his part of the battle which he would receive the Military Cross there is no indication of the further battles ahead for him. Firstly with PTSD and later against members of the legal profession, who with no regard for the lives that they would effect and with self serving interests, attacked him and his colleagues and the very courage and professionalism which they displayed, and were recognised for.
The narrative of his struggle with PTSD is heart wrenching, but ultimately uplifting. His telling of the Al-Sweady inquiry is an epic narrative of one man viciously and falsely accused and abandoned by the very system he and his fellow soldiers fought to protect.
Some who paid the ultimate price, and some who pay a daily toll for the privileges we enjoy and sometimes sadly take for granted.
This is not just a story about the aftermath of the war in Iraq, but the courage of a man who when attacked by the enemy, mental health issues and then by very system he had sworn to defend came out on top.
I defy anyone to read this book and come to the conclusion that our freedoms are by any means free. Good men and women pay that price for us.
Quite simply outstanding.
The language was colourful at times, however this added authenticity to the story because it was the language of real soldiers. Again and again, it seemed like I was reading about a life parallel to my own, only much better. I don’t want to give away any surprises, but I have a few scars on my forehead too. Likewise, the army terminology, such as REMF brought a smile to my face. If you don’t know what that means, read the book.
The lawyers were trying to tear Brian’s testimony apart at the inquiry, and were stressing the fact that Brian and Falconer’s testimony did not add up. I remember “The Manchurian Candidate,” starring Denzel Washington. This demonstrated perfectly the fact that if several people are stating exactly the same thing, then it proves that it is false testimony. If the personal accounts vary slightly, this proves that the witnesses are telling the truth. This is based on actual police and military training.
There are several similarities between myself and Brian, however there are also stark contrasts. Myself and Brian were both amateur footballers, however Brian was talented, whereas I was not. We both served in the British Army in Kosovo and Iraq, however Brian was both wrongly vilified by the lawyers and decorated for bravery by the Queen. We both went on to become authors, however Brian became a bestseller, when I did not. In short, Brian did everything I did, but did it to a higher level of professionalism.
The way that the book closed also resonated with me, as I have also dealt with situations in civvi street that drew on my military experience. I was absolutely captivated by Double Crossed and couldn’t put it down till I finished it. I would recommend this book to anybody. They talk about books that have a great impact on your life. Double Crossed is a book that fits that description.
Brian Wood, I salute you.
He Fought for his country, received the prestigious Military Cross medal for his part in the battle of Danny Boy. Now he has to fight to clear his name.