We Were Blackwater: Life, death and madness in the killing fields of Iraq – an SAS veteran’s explosive true story

Rice, Barrie "Baz"


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The aftermath of the 2003 Iraq invasion is a story that has yet to be told by those who fought their own war against a brutal insurgency: the private security operators. Risking life and limb, often side by side with the US military but far more exposed, they were never to receive a hero’s homecoming. Remaining in the shadows, often with good cause, that would change for ever on 31 March 2004, when a security convoy was ambushed in Fallujah and the charred bodies of four American operators were strung from a road bridge. Those events would ensure notoriety for the company involved: Blackwater.

This is the untold story of those events; of the security industry and their private war; and of Blackwater’s war in Iraq – recounted by the man who was there to witness it all, SAS veteran Barrie Rice. His visceral, no-holds-barred account is brought to life in vivid, often shocking, scenes and laced with the dark humour of the moment. This gripping account delivers a compelling slice of reality – the inside story of the private contractor’s war.

We Were Blackwater provides a unique, revelatory insight into this high-octane, life-and-death world, where adventurers and wannabes can thrive or die, living out their dreams and their fantasies with fearsome firepower and few, if any, rules.

‘A riveting tale of a brotherhood of warriors and their descent into hell. Visceral, brutal, raw and very real, We Were Blackwater is a rollercoaster ride of combat on the frontline of death and bloodshed. Unputdownable. Unforgettable. The untold true story.’ – Damien Lewis, author of SAS Ghost Patrol and Churchill’s Secret Warriors

‘A raw, riveting look into the hidden frontlines of the Iraq War and an indispensable first-person account of the secret lives of the mercenaries and contractors who fought and died overseas… Rice does something few have attempted, taking us on an emotional journey that is at once unsettling and revelatory. Excellent.’ – Mark Boal, Oscar-winning screenwriter and producer of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty

Format: Hardback
Pages: 496
Imprint: Biteback
Publication date: 20/07/2023

ISBN: 9781785908149 Categories: ,