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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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1 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Vaught on 08-08-17

This should fall under fiction, not biography

I had to stop listening after he described his first battle in Iraq. As a combat vet of U.S. Army Field Artillery, I started to sense B.S. when he started misusing terms and phrases even Privates would know. How could he keep identifying the Iraqi "G5" as a "D5". PMCS is another term he described incorrectly. Anyone that works with a vehicle in the Army knows what PMCS stands for... except him. It only got worse when started describing his first battle. I would say 80% of his story is B.S. After some light research my suspicions were confirmed. He is widely discredited by others that served with him.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 05-08-17

was needing a better military read

amd this was it. Nothing crazy or movie stylish, Just good stories told from the heart.
thank you for you service to all who have and currently serving.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-14-17

Great story Well read

Very gripping journey through different conflicts. Very well read and an enjoyable listen which keeps you wanting more

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5 out of 5 stars
By Miranda on 02-11-17

An exciting account of armoured combat

Regardless of the controversy that has surrounded the author of this book, the story provides a fascinating, exciting and human account of combat in our era. The author provides the listener with a technical and visceral view of mechanised and hand to hand fighting and balances it well with touching personal elements and the horrors of war in a greater context. The book provides the adrenaline rush of a good old adventure whilst not glorifying war. As a comparison, it is much like a modem version of Robert Mason's classic book "Chickenhawk".

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-23-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Arn on 11-12-17

great book.

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

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