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Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege Hardcover – 30 Aug 2007

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; 4th Impression edition (30 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718149947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718149949
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.6 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (525 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A gritty, speedball run ... it plugs the reader straight into the blood and guts of the action' -- The Times

'A highly-charged, action filled, adrenalin-pumped, page-turning read that, frankly, knocks the socks off all previous British accounts in this genre' -- Sunday Telegraph

'The most vivid account ever of total combat on Iraq's frontline' -- The Sun

'This book may upset the system, but it's a story that should be
told ... their story matches any act of heroism in British history and
they've earned their right to be heard.'
-- MARK SPICER, author of Illustrated Manual of Sniper Skills

'You can taste the dust and cordite. One of the best first-hand
accounts of combat that I've ever read.'
-- ANDY McNAB

From the Back Cover

'Contact front! Contact front!' Immediately we were down on our
knees and aggressively returning fire. Then we slipped away into pairs.
While one bloke got up and sprinted 10 feet back up the alleyway, the other
emptied all the rounds he could in the direction of the gunmen. Then the
pair swapped roles. Fire and Manouevre, fire and manouevre.

It was like the bank robbery scene in 'Heat'. It's amazing how well you
remember it all when you need to. But still the RPK poured lead at us. A
whole burst went straight between Smudge's legs as he was stopping to turn
and cover me.

'Average?!' I said as we looked at each other in amazement. Then we
carried on ...

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Format: Hardcover
A brilliant, warts and all account of a "Peacekeeping" tour in Iraq, told by the Platoon Sergeant of a sniper Platoon. Shot at and mortared from almost the moment they set foot on Iraqui soil, and for most of their tour, it wasn't peace at all, but all out war. As an ex-soldier I try to keep up with what British Forces are doing around the world today, but this amazed and shocked me. It seems to me the truth about what our Services are going through in Iraq and Afganistan is certainly under reported (censored?)and definately unappreciated by the public at large. Huge respect to Dan for telling the tale, it really needed telling, and to the rest of his unit, extraordinary people doing an extraordinary job. Just read this book.
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Format: Paperback
Courage, tenacity and a sense of humour go hand in hand in Dan Mills' true tale of his time in war-torn Iraq in 2004.
If I am absolutely honest, this is not the sort of book I would normally read, but it was on my book club's reading list and I'm so glad I picked it up. Sniper One is an honest and action-packed first hand account. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
It is fast paced and written in such a way that even a female civvie like me could understand it.
The only other similar book I have read is In Foreign Fields: Heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan in Their Own Words and that one reduced me to tears because I was so moved and humbled by some of the stories. (Again, I wasn't intending to read it. I bought it for my husband and ended up reading it on the train home and couldn't give it to him until I had finished it.) If you are looking for something after the adrenaline rush of Sniper One, I can highly recommend In Foreign Fields. It is the first hand accounts of British soldiers/Marines and RAF personnel who have won medals for bravery in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their stories are amazing, humbling and truly inspirational.
Put Sniper One and In Foreign Fields on your wish list.
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Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading the paper back edition of "Sniper One."
The paperback edition was only released on Tuesday. I bought a copy on Thursday, and I haven't been able to put it down till I finished it today (Monday).
Unlike some "Sniper" based books this book is more about the situation the soldiers found themselves in, and how they managed the trials of those situations, rather than overly detailed accounts of incredible shots from unbelievable distances (not to say their weren't a few of those, but they just happened as part of the job, more a consequence of the situation the men found themselves in rather than the central emphasis of the narrative).
There is more than enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat, and plenty of tales of professional soldiers maintaining a cool and professional manner, in the most extreme circumstances imaginable (they did us proud).
I was also surprised to find out that the MOD had tried to stop the publication of this book. I found that very surprising as I think this book is probably a fantastic recruiting tool. I think the Army comes off very well in this book, and the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment (PWRR) comes off particularly well (37 medals and awards seems to suggest the Army thought so as well.)
Any way if you fancy getting a small glimpse of the kind of the hell our boys have been, and still are dealing with (Don't forget Afghanistan.), I can highly recommend this book.
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I can not express how much i liked this book. As soon as i started reading it i couldn't put it down. Sgt Dan Mills is a solider's solider, who was there to do his job and not get caught up in the political BS that has now permeated into all walks of life now. It is fair to say that when the proverbial hit the fan, Sgt Mills and his boys stood tall and took it. Not only that, but they gave it back and then some.

Sgt Mills writing isn't full of eloquent analogies, but is just straight forward talk about his experiences during his tour in Al Amarah. This engages the reader a lot easier as the experiences he writes about don't need it and would only slow the pace of the book down.

If i ever met Sgt Mills he would def have a pint on me, as what he did, and his fellow troops did is enough to make you bloody proud.
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This is possibly the best book I have ever read, very well written and keeps you turning page after page, just impossible to put down.
It is said this is a true story I have no reason to doubt this. politicians should read this maybe they might equip our soldiers a litte better, with the best of everthing right down to the rifles. The best of everything for the best soldiers in the world, well done lads.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a smashing read and account of events going on with little media coverage - I am French but understand that even in the UK the press is not overwhelmed with stories about British soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan.
I found the book very well balanced between life/action report and technical details, the latter being sufficient to support the first instead of invading the foreground.
I suppose Dan Mills and the men around him are of the stuff that bought Britain an empire (Red Coats and all), helped us French understand it was time to stop spreading mayhem all over Europe (Waterloo) and liberated Europe in 44/45.
And still I cannot help feeling upset that soldiers' lives are put at a risk for no clearly identifiable reason and gain with many restrictions as to the amount of force they can employ, be it for tight budgets or because of limited rules of engagement. I have been trained as a platoon leader in the infantry, in the late 80's the motto was still a full head-on confrontation with armies of the Warsaw Pact, meaning heavy metal all the way. One of the many grandeurs of these men is they had to do with being fired at before opening up while not being granted the full firepower of western armies. As observed in the book, it is a miracle that the battle group lost two men only... but the additional few who got severely injured with everlasting consequences must not be forgotten.
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