Hogs in the Shadows

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They have one mission? and they accomplish it with one bullet.

In Operation Iraqi Freedom, there is a special breed of hunter for whom the prey is the enemy-and every day is hunting season. This soldier is a HOG-a Hunter of Gunman. These stories give firsthand accounts of just how dangerous Iraq can be, the experience of these young men, and the consequences involved with being on a Marine Scout/Sniper team-an elite group that few can make, and...

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Hogs in the Shadows: Marine Snipers in Action

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Overview

They have one mission? and they accomplish it with one bullet.

In Operation Iraqi Freedom, there is a special breed of hunter for whom the prey is the enemy-and every day is hunting season. This soldier is a HOG-a Hunter of Gunman. These stories give firsthand accounts of just how dangerous Iraq can be, the experience of these young men, and the consequences involved with being on a Marine Scout/Sniper team-an elite group that few can make, and possessing the precision that no others can master.

From sniping on a rooftop in Baghdad to unknowingly being surrounded in a palm grove in the city of Hit, these stories will transport the reader right into the heat of the desert war, where one shot can make all the difference.

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Grisly tales of bloodlust in Iraq by much decorated Marine sniper Afong. Plodding through these 11 secondhand accounts of recent operations in Iraq, plus one in which the author participated, the reader comes away with the impression that men indeed relish going to war. Marine snipers are the best-trained killers of all, as Afong proudly reports in his work, which is full of impressive-sounding military acronyms, such as SLUG (Slow, Lazy, Untrained Gunman), PIG (Professionally Instructed Gunman) and HOG (Hunter of Gunman), the last a prized designation for the Marine scout/sniper. Shooting is only ten percent of the job, writes Afong, the other tasks being tedious defensive operations and keeping roads clear of IEDs, or improvised explosive devices. But hunting provides gratification to these killers, and Afong offers plenty of machine-powered gore, from "Ambush in Ramadi," in which Sgt. Romeo shoots his first insurgent and feels nothing significant except doing what he was trained to do; to "Operator's Journey," in which Sgt. CJ observes a man's head shot off like "an apple being smashed with a sledgehammer." One story has Marines taking potshots at passing trucks loaded with "hajjis" carrying AKs. ("They meet the rules of engagement," says one eager marine to his partner. "Let's shoot 'em.") The point is to demoralize the enemy by flooding the insurgent city of Fallujah with music, destroying houses and leveling buildings and vaporizing anyone on the streets with bombs or machine guns. As the dead bodies lay untended, any insurgents dashing to move their fallen comrades are shot instantly by the Americans. One sniper called Ethan watches with satisfaction when the dogs move in to devourthe flesh of the corpses. The more bodies the Marines bring down, the more high-fives all around. Afong's "Final Mission" relates his accidental killing of a 14-year-old boy, and the author remarks with a wry shrug, "It was all just an unfortunate consequence of war."Anyone doubting the nature of America's mission in Iraq need look no further than these grim accounts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425223826
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 521,268
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Milo S. Afong enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999, and graduated first in his class from the 1st Marine Divisions Scout/Sniper platoon. 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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Table of Contents


Way of the Hog     1
Ambush in Ramadi: Sergeant Romeo     11
East Side of Hit: Sergeant Clifton     32
Airfield in Baghdad: Corporal Mulder     51
April in Fallujah: Lance Corporal Cody     71
April in Fallujah II: Corporal Ethan     93
Seminole on the Roof: Sergeant Reyes     113
Recon Sniper: Sergeant Jack     133
November in Fallujah: Sergeant Memo     157
Bad Comm: Sergeant Longoria     180
Hunting in Husaybah: Sergeant May     195
Operator's Journey: Sergeant CJ     217
The Last Mission: Sergeant Afong     236
Epilogue     257
Acknowledgments     261
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    Marines at their Best - Professional, Restrained, but Deadly

    The writer did a great job of putting the reader into the difficult, deadly, and demanding role of today's Marine Snipers as they use their special skills selectively and with great skill to avoid mistakes as they protect their fellow Marines. You sense their tension, fear, but also their exceptional self control, stealth, and unique battlefield talents for removing armed and dangerous enemies at distances that few people could even believe unless they saw them do it. The author does not gloss over their actions, but instead, shows the reader what they do, what they have to contend with and how they deal with the pull of each trigger that ends one enemy's attempt to bring harm to his fellow Marines. Well written vignets on just some of those Marines which brought their unique skills to protect their friends on today's battlefields 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.'

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 2, 2009

    sweet

    super sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

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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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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    A good read

    Good storys from the field . Some of the snipers storys in this book you may have seen on tv .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

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    This book is the second best novel writen by a military guy this year. 'Detained Differences' by J. Robert Rowe is much better and the future of novels. Go buy that one if your gonna buy this one!

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