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Sniper in Helmand by [Cartwright, James]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4655 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (19 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B1JS5Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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This book received so much negative criticism that I was put off buying for ages. In the end, out of boredom I downloaded it and read it over a long week-end. It's a fairly good account from a young soldier who was part of his company's sniper platoon. NB: that does not mean he was a fully-fledged sniper because to be a member of a sniper platoon you don't need to have passed the Army's full sniper training course - just be one of the top marksmen in the company. By his own admission the author was not a 'fully badged' sniper. Consequently there is nothing in the book on the Army's grueling sniper selection and training. The lack of any information about the author's tour in Iraq is also a mystery. There is a level of detail missing in places but I suspect the MoD put the frighteners on the young author about how much he could reveal. As a whole, the book gets better the further to go.
All that said, I found it an interesting read and I don't think it deserves the level of criticism posted to date.
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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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I really found the book easy to read, it was almost like I was listening to the author talking and getting something off his chest with the odd fact/comment thrown in that was nothing to do with the story line, just as sometimes happens in conversation.
It also makes you wonder about what we can do to say 'thanks for risking your life again and again' and how we can support them when they join civilian life. I'm glad the author's friends wouldn't let him buy a drink in the pub, I hope I would do the same.
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Was like it was written without any experienced supervision. The content was repetitive in lots of was. Situations, grammar, punctuation and phrasing, all left me thinking that I had already read the chapter earlier in the book, or causing it to make it difficult to follow where the author was trying to take us. I don't think I will be reading any more by this author.
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