Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege Hardcover – 30 Aug 2007
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real insight into what really went on in Iraq. A fitting tribute to all the members of the British Army at Cimic House.Published 9 days ago by JCP CALDOW
Fantastic insight into the life of our armed forces. Truly gripping account of what I can only call true heroes!Published 15 days ago by Daniel England
Good first hand account of a British sniper team in Iraq. Some of the dialogue felt a little sensationalised but I think that's the influence of some of the authors writing /... Read morePublished 26 days ago
Absolutely gripping, hilariously funny and a tribute to the professionalism and moral fibre of these exceptional men.Published 2 months ago by readerator
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