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Hogs in the Shadows: Combat Stories from Marine Snipers in Iraq

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2007

    Outstanding Combat Diaries

    I was very hesitant to post a review for this book, because I didn't know how I would be able to bring a sense of justice to the stories, the men, and the principle of it all. But there is a very basic precept that is covered in every story that is written in this 'diary' of sorts. Often, people casually pose the question of 'What would you do if someone you love was threatened with death at someone else's hand or some manner of violence?' There is nothing casual about that question in this book. Because the Marines/Navy men chronicled here answered those questions whole heartedly in real time- through their actions and their pain. This book sets a new precedent for how combat diaries should aspire to be written. Whether or not you support the United States Marines, this book brings you to a very humbled conclusion about the men that wear that uniform. They are human. Stories, books, and movies glamorized Marines as cold-hearted killers or adrenaline junkies. The stories in this book ARE NOT 'propaganda', they are the stories of exacting professionals, who are normal everyday men who were put to the test time and time again. Furthermore, by describing them as 'professionals' hardly does them justice or describe the level of commitment and attitude that they bring/have brought to their job. We've all heard the slogans 'ie., 'The Few The Proud...''. We've all been bombarded by 'entertainment' 'ie., 'Full Metal Jacket', 'Heartbreak Ridge', etc.'. We've all judged because of what we think we know and perceive from abbreviated news coverage. But this book and the stories it contains allows you a privileged insight into that world of those men that save our lives by taking those that would think nothing more about taking ours. Jack Nicholson was immortalized for saying that 'Courage, Honor, Duty ARE nothing more than punch lines' into a rolling camera. Unfortunately, the sniper stories that are told in this book, by the men who lived them, are the real testaments to a commitment to something that will probably never be as popular as Jack's movie. Despite the fact that in reality they all stared death in the face, so that we would not have to. This book has nothing to do with 'Left or Right' or 'Blue or Red', it has everything to do with the perplexing issue of 'What would you do?' Reading it gave me the profound respect and admiration for those that have paid for my freedom to write this review. To my brothers and sisters defending me and my family, it is but a humble offering of mine to say 'Thank you for Keeping the Faith...as we keep our faith in you.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Great marine sniper book. Loved hearing all of their stories. Semper Fi

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