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Man Down [Kindle Edition]

Marine Mark Ormrod
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Mark Ormrod was a 'gravel belly', a 'bootneck' marine who loved being in the heart of the action when things kicked off, and he relished the prospect of a tour of duty in Afghanistan. And then the unthinkable happened.

In one heartstopping moment Mark's life was brutally shattered when a landmine tore off both his legs and his right arm. The catastrophic injuries he sustained and the shocking truth behind the doctors' battle to save him are all described in graphic detail in this remarkable memoir. So too is the story of how, on the brink of despair, Mark began the greatest battle of his life - to walk again and, using state-of-the-art 'bionic' legs, to stand shoulder to shoulder with his comrades to receive his campaign medal. It was a battle he had to win if he was to rebuild his life.

Told with brutal honesty, Man Down is a moving, action-packed account of courage and comradeship, of life on the frontline and the terrible legacy of war. It is a story of true grit you will never forget.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read 8 Sept. 2009
After reading this personal account I no longer refer to the author as Mark Ormrod, but i feel i know him well enough to call him "Rammers". The highs and lows of the book are told in a very 'matter of fact' way and with brutal honesty. When he was feeling down, i felt down. I was taken through a whirlwind of emotions- love, pain, denial, uselessness, determination, commitment and so many more

Rammers is a typical bootneck, evident from incorporating the ethos of the Marines into his book- Cheerfulness in adversity, unselfishness, determination and courage. I admit i went teary eyed at a few points, yet it is one of the funniest books i have read. He spins some good dits and laughs range from his cheeky "warning shot" to the tricks he plays with prosthetic limbs

I am planning to join the Marines in 2010 and i know that no matter how hard the beastings are or how long the runs are, it is nothing compared to overcoming a gigantic feat like this.

I have nothing but admiration for Rammers.

A true Legend
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man Down but definately not OUT!! Mark Ormrod 27 Aug. 2009
As a former Bootneck and still a member of this great family we are all in, I to don't care much for reading unless there is some meaning to the book to be read.

When I heard this was coming out via Facebook and Mark it was a priority to get it and must say it was read within 2 days. I couldn't put it down.

There were times that I found myself getting emotional and whenever I read certain paragraphs out to others I filled up.

Mark Ormrod is a true Hero and an inspiration to all who find themselves in similar circumstances. With true Commando spirit and the support of his family he has shown that life is for living and you don't need to hold your own pity party and hibernate.

Page 212 "you choose your branch and take your chance" this sums up the reason we all join the military.

Well Done Mark for showing us the reality of war and what our guys are going through daily.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man Down for running repairs 12 Oct. 2009
This is the best book that I have read in ages! I was in Sangin in the Helmand Province with Bravo Company when Mark was injured. I remember being in the HQ when we heard the Nine liner across the net and immediatly knew it was one of our lads injured from his Zap number! Hearing the injuries that Mark had sustained things didn't look good for him. Having worked in the operating theatre in Bastion briefly I knew how good the surgeons and operating staff were, that if he managed to get to them alive he had a chance.
Mark being alive is testamet to the skills of all the medical chain from the medic and his mates on the ground to the MERT and all the staff at Bastion Hospital, AEROMED team and all those in Sellyoak. Of course Mark himself was key in his survival, his physical fitness and strength of character Commando Spirit gave all those involved in his care a live patient despite the extremely serious injuries that he sustained.
Having heard about Mark's incident my troop were then out looking for IED's the next day and there was a new sense of care when performing Fives and Twenties!
Seeing Mark & Ben at 40 CDO's OSM Parade was a humbling experience for me, seeing them applaud as the uninjured, myself included, members of the Commando march past the VIP's.
Mark's account of what happend and how he and those around him dealt with the aftermath is so intense and you can't help having a tear in your eye. I challenge anyone who reads this book not to! Mark definatly opens himself up and gives you his true thoughts and feelings about what was going on in his mind and his impressions of what others around him were feeling and thinking.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration to a generation 10 Aug. 2009
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As Simon Weston became a Hero and an inspiration to his generation during and after the Falklands campaign so Mark carries on a tradition born out of courage and a determination to succeed. It is a gift that so few have. The will power to change and adapt after such horrendous injury. Many cannot. Many need the help and support of people like Mark to encourage them back to a feeling of normality and to give them challenges that,with the determination and will power to keep going, enable them to forget their disabilities. Many organisations are out to help and support our wounded military personnel but without the inspirational books written by these heroes it would be that much harder for some.
Mark's book is a true story of a marine that went to war to fight for Queen and country. He has experienced more in 5yrs than mere mortals would experience in a lifetime.
You cannot compare books written with this sort of compassion. He is a truly remarkable man, Has a truly remarkable wife and family that encourage and support him without the need for feeling sorry. They all have adapted to Mark's life and stay focused on their own lives aswell.
This book should and will inspire a nation, a generation that can. A generation that will succeed when the chips are down. A generation faced with unemployment,debt and knife crime can take from Mark a lesson. He lost far more in a country that we won't even see in our lives. He and many others have given so much to a country in need of stabilisation and a sense of purpose. To be rid of the insurgents, the drugs and to see Afghanistan become a prosperous safe country could become a reality for Mark Ormrod. That in itself would justify to us all that it was worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have a great life Rammers
In the circumstances, a remarkably level headed account of his wounds, how he got them and what he did since. The Taliban wounded a Royal Marine and set loose a Tiger of a man. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by BOBBIE
5.0 out of 5 stars ... and listening to his experences the book was a great choice
having meet mark during a works conference and listening to his experences the book was a great choice
Published 3 months ago by Mr. P. E. Tilbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic read 10/10
Published 5 months ago by Graeme Golightly
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book. Hear Mark Ormrod speak if you get a chance!
A wonderful book. A story that will make you cry, laugh and leave you with a deep sense of appreciation for all that, too often, we take for granted in our lives. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ilaria Vilkelis
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book. had the pleasure of working with Mark ...
awesome book. had the pleasure of working with Mark in the corps, he's a hoofing bloke who's written a hoofing book after life changing experiences, but he managed to stay focused... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Blah Witch
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational!!!
An absolutely brilliant book that truly demonstrates the attitude that our service men and women have when face with adversity. Mark you really are a legend!!
Published 6 months ago by Andy G
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Superb reading. Well written. You will laugh and cry. Very thought provoking. Buy it you'll not regret it!
Published 6 months ago by Mark Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent first hand account of war and the aftereffects on one...
Mark is an inspiration in the courage displayed and his openness as to the nightmare he went through.
Published 6 months ago by WD Allsopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Inspiration to everyone
Published 6 months ago by Jill Dixon
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