Code Name: Johnny Walker

  • by Johnny Walker, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this illuminating and informative memoir, an Iraqi translator who risked his life working with American Sniper author Chris Kyle and the Navy SEALs tells his remarkable and inspiring story, offering a refreshing new perspective on the Iraq War.
As the insurgency in Iraq intensified following the American invasion, U.S. Navy SEALs were called upon to root terrorists from their lairs. Unsure of the local neighborhoods and unable to speak the local languages, they came to rely on one man to guide them and watch their backs. He was a "terp" - an interpreter - with a job so dangerous they couldn't even use his real name. They named him Johnny Walker. They soon called him brother.
Over the course of eight years, the Iraqi native traveled around the country with nearly every SEAL and special operations unit deployed there. He went on thousands of missions, saved dozens of SEAL and other American lives, and risked his own daily. Helped to the U.S. by the SEALs he protected, Johnny Walker's life is so remarkable that his tale sounds like fiction. But every word of it is true.
For the first time ever, a "terp" tells what it was like in Iraq during the American occupation. With inside details on SEAL operations and a humane understanding of how most civilians caught between the terrorists and the new government really felt, Code Name: Johnny Walker reveals a side of the war never told before.

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What the Critics Say

"Fiery, insightful memoir from the former Iraqi translator who fought alongside U.S. Special Forces during the recent war in Iraq.... [An] invaluable insider’s perspective of Iraq.... Vivid.... A harrowing personal journey of courageous self-empowerment during wartime." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Outstanding and real

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I served in country and this was very factual and real. What I really enjoyed about this audio was the writer covered all aspects of the thought process and actions from himself or others on the team. War although not good, does really challenge on all planes of the mind.

Great job and would reccomend it to all but especially those who have not served in combat. My only caveat is nothing can be written to replace first hand experiance from the horrors of battle.

God Bless the Troops.

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- Noel C. Stanhope "Mosquito Killer"

A REMARKABLE HERO

Where does Code Name: Johnny Walker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best I have ever read.


What other book might you compare Code Name: Johnny Walker to and why?

American Sniper, Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy Seal Team Six Operator Adam Brown; No Easy Day; The Red Circle; Seal of Honor due to the selfless sacrifice, courage, honor, integrity and refusal to give up.


What about Peter Ganim’s performance did you like?

Great performance, accent and portrayal of a quiet unassuming hero.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were so many moving, tender and frightening moments. I could hardly put it down.


Any additional comments?

This is a book about the undaunted bravery, courage and selfless sacrifice of a true hero. During the 8 years he spent as a “terp” he untraveled countless plots against the Seals and our allies thereby saving countless lives. When Chris Kyle says he saved more lives than even Chris did that is really something. Johnny Walker is fascinatingly introspective, philosophical and complex given his ideas about religion, life, honor and integrity.

This book is so well written that I felt like Johnny Walker was sitting in my living room and personally telling me his amazing story. From the moment I started the book I couldn’t put it down. It is so riveting it reads like fiction instead of the larger than life quiet unassuming hero that he is.

It is an insightful look and perspective into life in war torn Iraq and the factions and insurgents. This is a different perspective than I have gotten though I have read several of the Navy Seal books. The brutality and lack of respect for life is a sad commentary of a country in turmoil. While Johnny Walker was unraveling plots against our military there were multiple assassination attempts against him and his family. His wife also demonstrated amazing strength and courage throughout the book but the trip from Mosul to the “safety” of Baghdad was especially harrowing.

The Seals took it upon themselves to begin paving the way out for Johnny Walker in spite of his altruism for his country and desire to see growth and change in a country he loves. It eventually became obvious to Johnny that America was the best option for he and his family. I am grateful to the Seals, to Johnny and their families for the incredible sacrifice they have made for our liberty and freedom. They are not just the good among us but the finest America has to offer. The great news is that he is now living the dream and hopefully catching up on the liberty, freedom, peace and tranquility long overdue and that I know I often take for granted. I can never fully express my gratitude to Johnny Walker, the Seals and the rest of our military and their families for their sacrifice.

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- CyndiB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio