After leaving the US Navy SEAL teams in spring of 2017, Ephraim Mattos, age twenty-four, flew to Iraq to join a small group of volunteer humanitarians known as the Free Burma Rangers, who were working on the frontlines of the war on ISIS.
Until being shot by ISIS on a suicidal rescue mission, Mattos witnessed unexplainable acts of courage and sacrifice by the Free Burma Rangers, who, while under heavy machine gun and mortar fire, assaulted across ISIS minefields, used themselves as human shields, and sprinted down ISIS-infested streets-all to retrieve wounded civilians.
In City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the Battle of Mosul, Mattos recounts in vivid detail what he saw and felt while he and the other Free Burma Rangers evacuated the wounded, conducted rescue missions, and at times fought shoulder-to-shoulder with the Iraqi Army against ISIS. Filled with raw and emotional descriptions of what it's like to come face-to-face with death, this is the harrowing and uplifting true story of a small group of men who risked everything to save the lives of the Iraqi people and who followed the credence, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
As the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling American Sniper, Scott McEwen has teamed up with Mattos to help share an unforgettable tale of an American warrior turned humanitarian forced to fight his way into and out of a Hell on Earth created by ISIS.
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About the Author
EPHRAIM MATTOS is the East Asia Operations Manager for White Mountain Research and is the Founder and CEO of The Fireside Journal. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and went on to serve in the armed forces as a US Navy SEAL.
SCOTT McEWEN is the author and co-author of several fiction and non-fiction books including the #1 New York Times bestselling American Sniper.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 I Respectfully Disagree 4
Chapter 2 Mental Toughness 15
Chapter 3 Hate 21
Chapter 4 Free Burma Rangers 36
Chapter 5 Into Iraq 48
Chapter 6 April Fool's Day 59
Chapter 7 The Assault on Gharbaluh 71
Chapter 8 The Calm before the Storm 87
Chapter 9 The First Nazaheen 105
Chapter 10 Pinned Down 116
Chapter 11 The Girl in the Yellow Dress 128
Chapter 12 To the Death 139
Chapter 13 Caught in the Crossfire 155
Chapter 14 Rain, Bullets, Tears, and a Tank 168
Chapter 15 From the Ashes 183
Chapter 16 The Breaking Point 197
Chapter 17 Screams in the Desert 203
Chapter 18 Welcome Back to Mosul 218
Chapter 19 Family Life 231
Chapter 20 Into the Darkness 240
Chapter 21 The Rescue (Part One) 255
Chapter 22 The Rescue (Part Two) 264
Chapter 23 Peshmerga 275
About the Authors 291
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book. Read in one day. Great story line. Well written with an excellent pace and just enough description and content. Amazing mission and job well done by FBR. Such a great change from the usual humanitarian roles in conflict zones.