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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elliott Sawyer Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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War is hell. And sometimes profitable…

Action, adventure, and intrigue intersect amid the war in Afghanistan in a novel whose authenticity springs from author Elliott Sawyer’s two combat tours as a decorated captain in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Severance is the story of a “rehabilitation platoon,” made up of bitter, unruly troublemakers and misfits whose past disciplinary sins have led the army to put them into this unit, a unit assigned the dirty missions no one else wants. They are twenty-first-century counterparts of the World War II rogue soldiers in The Dirty Dozen, the 1965 bestseller made into the classic movie of the same name. The platoon’s leader, Captain Jake Roberts, has been picked as punishment for past lapses of his own. When he and his men, fighting and patrolling in the Afghan mountains, discover a large cache of American dollars hidden by a corrupt contractor, they devise a plan to hide it and later smuggle it out of the country. They call it their “severance pay package.” Soon, however, the men discover the Taliban insurgents aren’t the only enemy they must confront and defeat on and off the battlefield. Someone has found out about the Severance—and wants to hijack it.

Is this second enemy one of them, another soldier at their base, or even Jake’s girlfriend? The mystery builds to a climax as their unknown adversary tries to kill Jake and some of his men while they seek to safeguard the Severance and determine the identity of their deadly stalker.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Captain Sawyer’s book, full of vivid combat scenes, remembered grief, sudden horrors and saving humor, is itself a found treasure.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A twenty-first-century successor to WWII’s The Dirty Dozen.”

    Warren Phillips, copublisher

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Thomas | 5/9/2011

    " Excellent novel about a 21st century version of "The Dirty Dozen" "

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About the Author

Elliott Sawyer was an officer in the 101st Airborne Division. He saw action as a combat patrol leader in Iraq in 2005 and 2006 and during a second deployment in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009. He was awarded the Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal. Now, back in the United States, he commands a training company of up to 240 soldiers. He and his wife live in Elgin, Oklahoma. The Severance is his first novel.