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Starred Review. When the 1st Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, under Mills's command, was told they'd be heading to Iraq in November 2003, the war was no longer much of a news item in Britain. But, says Mills, We didn't give a toss... we were going somewhere interesting. The battalion was assigned to al-Amarah: 400,000 people and a center of support for Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Under heavy sniper fire and mortar attacks, British peacekeeping gave way to a full-scale military operation. Mills powerfully describes the demanding work of his snipers before and after the city was brought under control (more or less). The work's real value is its insight into the contemporary British army. Mills and his comrades are professionals, unconcerned with the wider aspects of their assignment; They'll fight out of their skin for you, Mills notes. One man deals with stress by masturbating. Another fails to deal with it, and his transfer is matter-of-fact, with no moral dimension. British participation in Iraq has been largely ignored in the U.S. That should change with Mills's page-turning account, already an international bestseller. 16 pages of color photos; map. (Sept. 2)
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When a battalion of the Prince of Wales’ Royal Regiment landed in Iraq in 2004, Mills commanded the 18 men of the sniper platoon. His gripping combat narrative covers how the platoon did more than its share of the fighting during the months when the Iraqis virtually besieged the battalion. The enemy was zealous and well equipped with small arms, grenades, and mortars, and the local civilians were either hostile or trying to keep their heads down. The platoon’s combat record involved wounds for most of it members and decoration for many, including Mills; one man won the first nonposthumous Victoria Cross in 38 years. Quite apart from its excellence as a combat narrative, Sniper One is a valuable portrait of the British army, a force small in numbers but high in quality that still emphasizes mastery of the basic skills of the infantryman. Possibly the year’s best book, so far, on combat in Iraq. --Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312542429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312542429
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fantastic book! I've read hundreds of war stories and this ranks near the top of the list, rivaling "Lone Survivor" as one of the best in recent memory. Not only is this a nail-biting true story; but it's an extremely well written one. Even the tid bits about their lives between battles is fun to read, especially the enlisted mans humor combined with British slang that's absolutely hilarious. Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the heroics of our British allies in Iraq. There's only one thing our media likes to avoid more than the heroics of our soldiers, and that's the heroics of our allies who undermine the theme that the world is lined up against us. My compliments and thanks to the author for his great book and for his service in our common cause. Sniper One: On Scope and Under Siege with a Sniper Team in Iraq
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great read . the author tells a riveting story about how the sniper is taught and their tactics as well as pulling the reader into a story of al amarah and the firefight of all engagements.describing the men who were with him was moving. i was very interested in them and their outcome. thank you dan mills for writig this book.
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I haven't blown through a book more quickly in years. It's non-stop action from start to finish and gives a fascinating look into life on the front lines in Iraq. Definitely gives a new appreciation for what those soldiers have to endure for our freedom. Highly recommended!
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I really enjoyed this book from the perspective of one of our British Allies participating in the Global War on Terror.This book is non-stop action and what I like about it is that the author is not a SF trooper but is in a regular straight leg British unit.
I pity the fool who gets in SGT Dan Mills crosshairs.Recommended for all military history enthusiasts.
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This book was very fast paced and a fantastic read. I cannot believe the story of Al-Amarah wasn't printed in any of the newspapers. The writer provides a detailed account of the conditions the soldiers had to endure at the front-line and the hostilities faced by the Al-Sadr Shia militias.

The soldiers are constantly living under the barrage of mortar fire at temperatures of up to fifty-degrees, and surrounded by very heavily armed militias. It also provides some great photographs of the compound, the surrounding area, and of the soldiers themselves.

This book is incredibly inspiring and I have complete and utter respect for all the soldiers fighting for the security of Iraq. To be honest I am not doing any justice to this book with this review, it is that good.

Whatever the views you may have of the Iraq war, this book is a MUST read.
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This book is a great read. It is very well written. The writing is so clear and crisp the pages almost turn themselves. The book is also jam packed with action. This is one of those books where you feel like you get to know the people. I wanted the book to keep going after I read the last page. I was glad the author included an epilogue which followed up on he and his commrades. I hope Dan Mills continues to write. He is a born writer.
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Sniper One takes place in a little known place in Southern Iraq, one that was oftentimes overlooked when other more American centered focus was placed on Baghdad. So when I [picked up Sniper One I didn't really know what I was getting in for. Ultimately my jaw dropped as I continued to read what it was like to a peacekeeper in a war torn city surrounded by your enemies.

Mills gives an ever so brief account of his life before going to Iraq. The build up was almost movie-esque as Mills leads you towards the climax with teasing tidbits about conflict elsewhere compared to their peaceful existence in Iraq. This is soon shattered as Mills' patrol accidentally parks next to the Iraqi insurgency headquarters. From there on the fighting grew more and more intense. Just as quickly as the fighting started, though, it seemed to die down as the Brits finally took things on the offensive and showed the Iraqi fighters what they are capable of. This seemed to quiet things down some. They even got to take a leisurely swim in their swimming pool. This is where Mills memoir shines. The conflict erupted again, completely surrounding the British in their compound. RPGs and AK47s were constantly bombarding them, not too mention mortar rounds dropping on them at all times of the day.

Mills does an expert job of describing the action as it ebbed and flowed. Just as you though the fighting was done it would erupt with more intensity. When one all out attack ended you learn it was just a probe to see how the British responded, leading to the even bigger assault on the complex. Mills drops in some exciting anecdotes throughout, constantly showing the reader what its like in a war torn city on an everyday basis.
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Straight away you are in his team, living the terrible dream. What I loved about this book was the comradeship of, & in, his team. Every negative that these guy's come across, was turned into a positive. I found this book to be very real, honest, & breath taking in places. The courage these guy's have, has to be respected. When reading this book, you are in the war. The rights & wrongs are not discussed in this book, nor should they be. This is action, real action. Sgt Dan Mills takes us inside Iraq & fortunately, takes us back out again. If you enjoy factual war books, then you will love this book. A MUST READ.
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