Soldier Magazine’s Book of the Month

Fascinating… Incredibly dangerous. The Times

Gripping. Adrenalin fuelled true-life account with all the makings of a military thriller. The action unfolds like a Le Carre novel. Soldier Magazine</h2>

‘If there are young women with children trapped in that hell and we can get them out, don’t we have a duty to do so?’

Hearing terrifying stories first-hand from naive young girls who’d been tricked, abused and enslaved by ISIS, ex-British Army soldier John Carney set up a high-risk operation to rescue as many as he could.

This is the breath-taking true story of how he repeatedly led his men behind enemy lines into the Syrian lead storm to liberate women and children, delivering them to de-radicalization programmes and fair trials.

Believing that ‘every person we can bring back is living proof that ISIS is a failure’, Carney tackles the complex issue of Jihadi Brides head on, as he and his men endanger their lives, not always returning safely home.

John Carney (Author)
John Carney, 42, served six years in the Yorkshire Regiment and did two tours in Northern Ireland. He was a team leader in Iraq with Aegis Defence Services, the multi-million-pound private security firm set up by Colonel Tim Spicer. He has operated a close protection service in Iraq since 2011 and currently organizes deradicalization programmes on the Syrian/Turkish border. To protect his family, the name John Carney is a pseudonym. Names of his family and colleagues have been changed.

Clifford Thurlow (Author)
Clifford Thurlow has lived all over the world and has worked as a gem stone dealer and a foreign correspondent for the Observer in Athens. The winner of the London Arts Board New Millennium Prize for short fiction, he is best known as a ghostwriter. His recent books include: Making A Killing, the inside story of a hired gun in Iraq, and Escape from Baghdad with Captain James Ashcroft; Fatwa, Living with a Death Threat for Jacky Trevane; and Today I’m Alice for Alice

My Thoughts

This book was interesting and very sad at the same time. It shows a lot about a culture that doesn’t fit in today’s world or even with the religion itself.

This is a poignant look at the life of the Jihadi Brides. It is sad to see people manipulated especially young women who are fearful of their lives.

I am glad I read this as it really has taught me a lot especially not to judge these people as seldom do they have a full choice.

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