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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; First Edition edition (20 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848846630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848846630
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Time on 9 April 2012
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I found this book very difficult to get into for some reason. Maybe the author was far too keen to get talking about his tour in Afghanistan as he seems to skip over the earlier part of his career with no mention at all of his tour in Iraq. The book seems to be trying to emulate 'Sniper One' by Dan Mills but falls far short of what is a very superior read. Sniper in Helmand did not exite me, and I found it by far the least gripping book about the Afghan war; and I have read most of them. I often found myself skipping whole sections in the book in the hope that it would somehow pick up. For me it never did.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By AIUK on 17 Mar 2012
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How this book has four stars is beyond me. I am a sniper myself with tours of afghanistan under my belt so feel I am fairly qualified to review this. This is nothing but someone who thinks they are special forces. He dismisses his time in Iraq to a few sentences and talks about his fellow infantry men (gravelbellies) as sub standard. Maybe he should remember he was once a "gravelbelly" and have a look in the mirror. After speaking to people who were snipers on this tour as well. I have found out that a fair bit of what the auther is saying is actually a lot of porky pies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 3914 on 18 Jun 2013
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The book is not very well written and has, in my opinion been poorly edited. That said the author has an interesting story to tell and the book is worth reading if you are specifically interested in the role of a sniper in Afghanistan. I can't comment on the accuracy of the content, I understand that some other reviewers have taken issue with this. My 3 stars is purely a review of the book itself, not of the author. I have a great deal of respect for anyone who has operated in his role in Helmand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Morris on 9 May 2014
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If you're looking for a factual war book to live up to the many that are out there...this is not it! Essentially it's a diary and a poor one. No content. None of the gripping real terror that these soldiers feel. No empathy for anyone.

A big long boring list....I couldn't even be bothers to finish it!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Na Mazzei on 2 Feb 2014
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As an Educator I encourage all soldiers to read as much as possible, and usually I recommend military autobiographies because they are familiar and fun. This is not the case with Sniper in Helmand. This is without doubt the worst "how I became a sniper/Para/SAS/Ninja book I have ever had the mis-pleasure of reading. It was so bad I gave up after page 50. The spelling and grammar is appalling, making me wonder if the editor could even stand reading it. Cartwright covers his time in Iraq in one sentence, dismissing his time as a normal gravel-belly infantry soldier in a fashion that is almost disrespectful. As for the £20 cover price, I can think of a hundred better places to put it.
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By Trevor J. Kinrade on 16 Dec 2014
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As a veteran of the Falklands Campaign I enjoy a good read especially when written by some one who has actually participated in a conflict, yes it means that you don't always see the big picture but it gives you an insight into the day to day life of some one on the front line.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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By D on 24 Oct 2014
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I have now become a total addict to the first person war books. I love them!

This one is no exception In fact i think its a great one to get started on the road of this genre.

Exciting and detailed. If you like guns and especially rifles it great as there is detail and vivid description.
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By Ben on 3 Feb 2014
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Other than a few literacy errors (nothing major), absolutely fantastic!! Really enjoyed reading this. Had the pleasure of meeting Teddy and a couple other of the sniper lads down at Pirbright during my basic training at Catterick. We drove down for the day to see what Regiment was like, and this was in Feb 2008 so just after this tour!!
Anyways about the book, great read and very close to home. Alex Hawkins was from the village my dad lives in. Its good to read something about my home Regiment and see just how good they are. Well done boys! Well done James.
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