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Hogs in the Shadows: Combat Stories from Marine Snipers in Iraq Hardcover – December 4, 2007
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“A riveting view behind the sniper rifle.”—Marco Martinez, author of Hard Corps
“Anyone doubting the nature of America’s mission in Iraq need look no further than these grim accounts.”—Kirkus Reviews
“HOGs in the Shadows will give you a personal look inside the mentally and physically demanding world of the Marine Sniper in combat, almost to the point you could feel the recoil yourself.” —SFC Frank R. Antenori, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired), and author of Roughneck Nine One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-Team at War --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Milo S. Afong enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999. While serving with the Second Battalion, Fourth Marines Scout/Sniper platoon, he graduated first in his class from the 1st Marine Division's Scout/Sniper School. After his discharge in 2003, he volunteered for a tour of duty in Iraq as a Scout/Sniper Team Leader with the First Battalion, Twenty-third Marines. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with the Combat Distinguishing Device.
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Where the book excels is giving you a non-watered down media version of what the war in Iraq was really like. There are things you read here that represent the horrors of war as well as things that show the heroism of the men involved in them. I was especially moved by one story of a highly skilled physically fit young sniper whose life was changed in an instant when he lost movement in one of his arms from an IED explosion. This book made me appreciate even more the sacrifice that everyone in combat makes and how much they should be appreciated for it.
Since these are separate accounts but all on the same basic subject, the stories can get repetitive by the time you get to the end of the book. Each one is a different enough however to warrant reading, especially if like me you love reading stories about snipers in combat. If you do not like this kind of stuff then you may get bored with the repetitive elements.
I would recommend the reading of this book to a tone who would like to possibly understand what our combat personnel go through in combat, when their lives and their combat personnel while in a battle in a foreign country.