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Discover “the stories America needs to hear” (Admiral William H. McRaven, US Navy (Ret.)) with these moving and powerful recollections of war, told by the men and women who lived them.

Walk in my Combat Boots is a powerful collection crafted from hundreds of original interviews by James Patterson, the world’s number one best-selling writer, and First Sergeant US Army (Ret.) Matt Eversmann, part of the Ranger unit portrayed in the movie Black Hawk Down

These are the brutally honest stories usually only shared amongst comrades in arms. Here, in the voices of the men and women who’ve fought overseas from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, is a rare eye-opening look into what wearing the uniform, fighting in combat, losing friends and coming home is really like. Listeners who next thank a military member for their service will finally have a true understanding of what that thanks is for.

©2021 James Patterson and Chris Mooney (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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"Up close war is a tapestry of individual stories, as painfully raw, improbably funny, and completely human as the soldiers themselves. James Patterson and my former Ranger comrade Matt Eversmann, have brilliantly woven together an image that is as compelling as it is entertaining." (Stanley A. McChrystal, general, US Army (ret.))

"This book will take your breath away, break your heart, and leave you in awe of the hard work, raw courage, ingenuity and resilience of the men and women who wear the boots. You'll hear them say why they do it, and how they deal with triumph, tragedy and living with the legacy of their service. Every American should read it." (President Bill Clinton) 

"James Patterson is one of America's great storytellers. He is a also a first-rate reporter. He and Eversmann have collected stories of brave men and women who have defended our country. Each one is a profile in courage. Read this book and you will have even greater respect for those who serve in our military." (Chris Wallace, anchor, FOX News Sunday)

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I enjoyed the variety of the stories.

I enjoyed the book. As a veteran myself I enjoyed hearing the stories, especially the ones that were similar to my experience. The only issue I had was with the reading. I think having a veteran read it would have been better. His mispronunciation of acronyms, spelling them out instead of reading the words, like F-O-B instead of FOB, and S-A-W instead of SAW, etc. It’s a little thing, but as a veteran, it bothers me when military words are spoken incorrectly.

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Awe inspiring listen

I didn't serve on the Vietnam War and have often regretted it. I also questioned whether I would have lived up to expectations had I served. Listening to this book was inspiring as it let me live vicariously the experiences of those who did serve and paid the price and overcame. I am humbled by their courage and determination. Saying thank you are too small and too little words to express the full measure of my gratitude for these people and others like them.

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Wonderful!

The narrator did a great job at bringing to life, the true life stories of Vets. Made you feel like you were in the room with the Veterans and listening to their life stories.

Thank you! the book was wonderful.
please do another. Keep the vets voices heard!!

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I learned so much

I think that this book should be required reading for every high school student. I am 70 years old and I got an education from this book. Maybe this should be a wake up call to our youth. We need another GREAT GENERATION to lead us into the future.

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Ear opener!

Enjoyed all the short stories. Make you better understand the impact of war on veterans.

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What a bad choice to have a narrator who does not know how to use military jargon. So distracting. I am tapping out after just the first chapter. Too bad. It could have been interesting

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great listen!

it was a great book! a good perspective of what different soldiers from different branches experienced during their military careers. I highly recommend it!

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A must read

I have no words to describe the emotion and bravery within the covers of this book. Thank you to all our service men and women.

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First hand experiences

An excellent insight into the experiences and lives of our Heroes and families. A very good listen.

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Horrible narration

Narrator was so bad I could not finish the book. I can not describe how bad it was.

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