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Bloody Heroes

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In the Afghan wild lands, British and American special forces soldiers ate, slept, fought and died alongside each other - working in close-knit units the likes of which have rarely been seen since the Second World War. This is the story of the trials and exploits, the victories and defeats, of one of those units. This book takes us from the first ever assault against a terrorist ship carrying weapons of mass destruction to attack London, to the epic siege of the terrorist-held Qala-I-Janghi fortress in Afghanistan. In the interim, our half-a-dozen soldier-characters deliver suitcases stuffed with millions of dollars in cash to 'friendly' Afghan warlords; they penetrate the towering heights of the uncharted Naka Valley, where allied intelligence has identified the mother of all terrorist training camps; they fight in the labyrinthine tunnels running beneath the Afghan mountains; and they risk all to rescue their fellow soldiers from a downed aircraft stranded on a snow-blasted mountain peak. The book culminates in the single battle in which more terrorists were killed than any other in Afghanistan: the siege of Qala-I-Janghi, an ancient mud-walled fortress used to imprison the most dangerous Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. The battle for Qala-I-Janghi would last a staggering eight days, from the moment of the first shots being fired at the start of the uprising to the hour that the fort yielded up the last Al Qaeda fighters. It is a battle in which over 500 terrorists would die - but which would also claim the life of a US serviceman and dozens of Northern Alliance allies, with scores of severely wounded British and American soldiers. And, in the final denouement, this savage battlefield turns out to be populated by the most ultimately shocking enemy - John Walker Lindh, the white American Taliban who held out in the forts' bunker until the very last. At the same time as the story of the fort siege played out on TV screens all across the world, our band of British and American special forces were involved in a secret, deadly dual to rescue their fellow men - a duel that only one side could win.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 34mm | 281.23g
  • Cornerstone
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 58
  • 0099481952
  • 9780099481959
  • 201,874

About Damien Lewis

Damien Lewis is a journalist and documentary film maker and has spent twenty years reporting from conflict zones. He has worked for the Telegraph, the Guardian and the BBC. Slave and Operation Certain Death have both been Sunday Times bestsellers. He lives in London.show more

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"The most dramatic story of a secret wartime mission you will ever read" News of the World "A gripping account that follows the exploits of British and American special forces involved in a secret, deadly dual in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan" Eye Spy Magazine "A must read" Compass South "One of the best, if not THE best, books ever written about Special Forces operations" Amazon.co.uk "This is a powerful military story, told with a human touch" The Good Book Guideshow more

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The most explosive true war story of the 21st Century It is the winter of 2001. A terror ship is bound for Britain carrying a horrifying weapon. The British military sends a crack unit of SAS and SBS to assault the vessel before she reaches London. So begins a true story of explosive action as this band of elite warriors pursues the merchants of death from the high seas ... to the harsh wildlands of Afghanistan. The hunt culminates in the single greatest battle of the Afghan war, the brutal and bloody siege of an ancient mud-walled fortress crammed full of hundreds of Al Qaeda and Taliban. The story follows our handful of crack fighters as they battle against impossible odds and bitter betrayal to rescue fellow soldiers trapped by a murderous, fanatical enemy. Over eight days of vicious and medieval bloodshed some 500 enemy would be killed, but at the cost of dozens of British, American and allied casualties. "The most dramatic story of a secret wartime mission you will ever read" News of the World "A must read for all Damien Lewis fans" Compass "The author has been given unprecedented access" Zoo "Gripping" Eye Spy www.damienlewis.comshow more

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"This is a powerful military story, told with a human touch"show more

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46 ratings
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4 41% (19)
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2 4% (2)
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