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Sniper: American Single-Shot Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan by [Cavallaro, Gina, Matt Larsen]
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"The best-of-the-best snipers in action today discuss gunfights, long distance shots, stalking, and more. This is real, it is stirring, and yes, even horrifying."

- Larry Cox, Shelf Life

From the Back Cover

From Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush peaks and sunbaked Helmand Valley to Baghdad, Mosul, and Ramadi in Iraq, American snipers have braved heart-pounding situations to hit their human targets dead-on. Few military feats stir the imagination like the image of a pair of riflemen waiting quietly in a building, a bomb crater, or a mountain pass for a Taliban or Al Qaeda fighter to walk into their crosshairs.

Sniper presents real-life tales from the military’s frontline snipers—their hits and their misses, the anguish of loss, and the anxiety of the first kill. Authors Gina Cavallaro and Matt Larsen provide riveting accounts of American soldiers and marines on the battlefield, and take a rare look at how Rangers and Special Forces snipers train and operate, and how the war on terror has changed the role of military snipers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1796 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040NPLXE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Being someone that has participated in sniper operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq I can say that this is the first, and only, authentic sniper book that has been published during the current conflict. Being a avid reader, I will pick up anything that has to do with the military. Unfortunately I have found very few realistic, authentic accounts of current combat operations. Sniper goes to great lengths to cover all aspects of sniping in the Global War on Terrorism. I like the fact that short stories were used, the reader gets to see the differences between conducting sniper operations within a city and out in the rural areas, as well as how different units and branches of the military operate. The folks interviewed were superb professionals, I know this because I get to work with them. Great book Gina and Matt.
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Unlike other books on sniper's role in combat, it seems to me that this one cast light on the subject from a more emotional point of view. No, no "sob stuff" in it but stories of different encounters and decisions soldiers had to make are accompanied not only by dry facts but also by describing the way they thought and felt about it, in hindsight as well. Two most moving and personal stories in the narrative embrace the book as a whole - one starting the book and the other one ending it. These two will stand out in one's mind and remind the reader of the "Sniper:..." and of the war on terrorism that can harldy be won.
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Gina Cavallaro and Matt Larsen explore combat experiences of American snipers who practiced their art in Iraq and Afghanistan in this fascinating 2010 Lyons Press release. A number of book on snipers and sniping in general and the sniper experience in Iraq/Afghanistan have appeared in the past few years. SNIPER, AMERICAN SINGLE-SHOT WARRIORS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN is one of the most recent - and better - volumes to be published.

SNIPER relates the experiences of various Army, Marine and Special Forces snipers between 2001 and 2008. Some ended in kills, some ended in shots not taken, some ended with American soldiers killed or wounded. Cavallaro and Larsen's book does a good job of underscoring the fact that snipers don't always engage in dramatic ENEMY AT THE GATES sniper shootouts but that the role of the sniper has evolved over the years. As documented in SNIPER, those soldiers often serve more as intelligence-gathering and force-multiplying assets.

The stories related in SNIPER, many of which are told in the words of the men themselves, are informative, poignant and affecting. The book provides an insider's view of the training and exploits of some of America's finest fighting men. Recommended.
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An incredibly gripping book about the true life stories of Snipers on the battlefields of both Afghanistan and Iraq. From the preface to the end of the book Ms. Cavallaro is able to take the stories of these Warriors and pull you back into their world on the battlefields of both Afghanistan and Iraq. After serving three deployments overseas, the stories were told in such detail that I was brought back to the battlefield and could feel the elation of mission accomplishment to the gut wrenching feeling when things were going terribly wrong. I could once again smell the "smell of Iraq". Which is a smell that no one that has ever deployed will ever forget. For people that have never served in the Army or the Marine Corps it is a real eye opener and a step away from what is generally portrayed in movies. To the person that has deployed in support of the Global War on Terror, it is an window that allows people to see the stresses of all your brothers that punch outside of the wire on a daily basis. This book does the Sniper Community real justice.
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Is this the best book you'll ever read - no. Does this book have heart? Yes. I would recommend this to my friends who have served and are interested in this type of thing. If you haven't served, then you probably can't relate. Yes, there are areas that this feels a little choppy, but that didn't bother me.
The title bothers me more than anything as the author says more than once in the book that snipers are not 'Single-Shot Warriors', and their role is much more about laying in uncomfortable, dangerous places just to provide real time intel or small unit support for the mission.
Early in the book, the author is standing beside someone who is killed by an enemy sniper. The rest of the book is dedicated to this fallen warrior. That speaks volumes to me.
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This book is a watered down version of Trigger Men by Hans Halberstadt. The chapter titled "in Their Own Words" actually has some of the same stories. It is fairly interesting but it has no technical detail or educational value. Their are a lot of similar books out there. Choose wisely my friends.
Rich
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I actually am interested in the content and from what I was able to read this is a good book. If interested buy a paper back or a hard cover. The Ebook is a disaster! You may get involved in reading something but the next page will, in all probability, have nothing to do with the page you just read, and will have nothing to do with the following page either. It is a total shambles! I would think someone would proof read before publishing but apparently not. Save your money if you wish to save your sanity,
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