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Product Details

  • Series: SNIPER ELITE (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abaddon; First edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905437048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905437047
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,780,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

The sniping parts are great and suspenseful.
J. FELLA
There were also a TON of very basic writing errors, not using punctuation where it was supposed to be, or using it when it wasn't appropriate.
007
At times it seems as if its a story a little kid made up.
J. Killingbeck

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. FELLA VINE VOICE on February 10, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was excited to read this book because I loved the video game it is based on. From the very first page it totally pulls you in and you can picture being there, since you've already been there (in a virtual sense) in the game. The ruined city, crumbling buildings, rolling tanks, etc.
I was worried that the parts between the characters sniping missions would be slow and boring. Not so! The sniping parts are great and suspenseful. And between missions he's going from place to place meeting with informants and fellow agents, and it's just a really classic atmosphere. For instance, meeting with fellow undercover agents in the basement of an abandoned building to brief each other. The pacing is just perfect almost throughout.
I should also note there is some good close-quarters action in the book as well. It's not all sniping. Pistol shootouts, knife attacks, etc. are common in the book, and some surprising things happen, which catch you off guard, but really add to the intensity of the book. Let's just say that not all the good guys make it out alive in this book.
To be honest, I really only have one single complaint about the book, but it's kind of a significant one. Now, maybe I'm missing something, and If I am I apologize, but the ending seemed terribly contrived to me. SPOILER ALERT: The book could've ended at the battle in the square, when they secured both the missle and the case from the German carrying it. They already had him, so why on EARTH would they let him go?? The reason they give in the book makes no sense at all really, and it just sets up this really contrived ending that is robbed of the drama it should have because it is just not necessary.
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By Cycist on May 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Up front honesty, after the first few chapters I asked for my money back and Amazon did so. I am thankful this silly book has vanished from my Kindle.
This one sniper is able to kill different groups of German/Russians time after time. If your a teenage boy and haven't gotten into high school yet, this book may be for you. Anyone else, I warned you.
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By 007 on February 15, 2014
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This was a decent little book, but nothing great. I was a big fan of the game, so I thought I'd give it a shot. On the positive side, there is plenty of action with very little down time, so you run very little risk of getting bored. The one thing I noticed is the terrible editing job. There were a number of places where the wrong word was used, or the same word was printed twice in a row. And there were so many sentence fragments that it blew me away. There were also a TON of very basic writing errors, not using punctuation where it was supposed to be, or using it when it wasn't appropriate. If those types of things annoy you as a reader, then you better be prepared for it, because it happened frequently.
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By Carlos Canelo on May 15, 2013
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I love the original game. This book is ok though. Mindless, effortless reading to pass the time but is definitely no Tom Clancy.
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It's not a terrible book. Certainly better than what I could write. Still, I don't know quite how this author made it to print.

For a person that reads a lot of non-fiction on sniping you become quickly aware that the situations and events are unrealistic for a sniper. Snipers don't take on multiple targets firing from the same position with no escape route until he/she is trapped and have to fight hand to hand. That's the beginning. Later, a sniper is not going to pick a hide on the top of a concrete tower, again with no escape route. And if a sniper did, the chances of multiple body parts landing on him/her after something explodes... yea. Just not believable. At times it seems as if its a story a little kid made up.
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