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Publisher's Summary

A very Australian story of heroism and healing.

In 2004 Garth Callender, a junior cavalry officer, was deployed to Iraq. He quickly found his feet leading convoys of armoured vehicles through the streets of Baghdad and into the desert beyond.

But one morning his crew was targeted in a roadside bomb attack. Garth became Australia's first serious casualty in the war.

After recovering from his injuries, Garth returned to Iraq in 2006 as second-in-command of the Australian Army's security detachment in Baghdad. He found a city in the grip of a rising insurgency. His unit had to contend with missile attacks, suicide bombers and the death by misadventure of one of their own, Private Jake Kovco.

Determined to prevent the kinds of bomb attacks that left him scarred, Garth volunteered once more in 2009 - to lead a weapons intelligence team in Afghanistan. He was helicoptered to blast zones in the aftermath of attacks and worked to identify the insurgent bomb-makers responsible.

Revealing, moving, funny and full of drama, Garth Callender's story is one of a kind.

©2015 Garth Callender (P)2015 Audible. Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Garth Callender, a wounded veteran, tells his story of multiple combat tours with acid intensity. Stark, brutal and honest, After the Blast exposes the ghastly business of modern warfare. It is an uncompromising account that will shock some readers. Raw emotions, fears, loves, frustrations and anger are unflinchingly recalled. This book provides a rare insight to the harsh realities of Australia's contemporary conflicts." (Major General John Cantwell, AO, DSC, author of Exit Wounds)
"Garth Callender shows you what soldiers really think - and, more importantly, feel." (James Brown, author of Anzac's Long Shadow)

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  • Matt
  • 21-02-17

great listen.

loved the insight into Australians in the middle east. Very interesting look inside the military.

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  • 03-05-19

awesome!

awesome insight into untold sections of recent military history, thank you for your story and service

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  • Janette
  • 01-02-19

Great read

I Enjoyed this book. It’s good to read a military book with out the author going all gung ho.

Excellent Narration by Nick Farrell. A great Aussie narrater