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‘I remember the cracking sound of the AK-47 bullets as they tore through our windscreen . . . A piece of bullet struck my bulletproof vest in the chest area and another piece broke off and lodged in my left forearm.’

Johan Raath and a security team were ambushed in May 2004 while on a mission to reconnoitre a power plant south of Baghdad for an American firm. He had been in the country for only two weeks. This was a taste of what was to come over the next few years as he worked as a private military contractor (PMC) in Iraq.

His mission? Not to wage war but to protect lives. Raath and his team provided security for engineers working on reconstruction projects in Iraq. Whether in the notorious Triangle of Death, in the deadly area around Ramadi or in the faction-ridden Basra, Raath had numerous hair-raising experiences.

Key to his survival was his training as a Special Forces Operator, or Recce.

This riveting account offers a rare glimpse into the world of private military contractors and the realities of everyday life in one of the world’s most violent conflict zones.

256 pages.

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Blood Money

Excellent!

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H.R.
Post Border War Recce memoir

Johan Raath has written an ace. Blood Money, a revelation about the true nature of the post-Saddam Iraqui conflict and the role played by South African ex-pats in bringing some order to the chaos, is captivating. It is a very well written narrative that leaves the reader feeling like he is Johan Raath's friend well before the last page. The author was formerly an Operator with 1 Reconnaisance Regiment and his military skills reflect that. He is the real deal but he displays not a hint of arrogance. He comes across as a guy who knows what he is doing and just gets on with it. I really had no idea until this book that the Iraq conflict was so intense, with unrelenting violence at every turn. Definitely one of my favourite South African military books.

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R.C.
5/5

Blood Money, a great read.

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K.S.
BLOOD MONEY: Stories of an ex-Recce’s Missions as a Private Military Contractor in Iraq - Johan R...

Good service, quick delivery. Overall very good buying experience.

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P.R.
Brilliant

Absolutely loved the book. I was recommended it by a friend and was blown away by the stories.