Sniper Elite: The World of a Top Special Forces Marksman

Sniper Elite: The World of a Top Special Forces Marksman

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by Rob Maylor, Robert Macklin
     
 

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A gritty, no-holds-barred behind-the-scenes memoir of life as one of the world's top snipers

In Sniper Elite, Rob Maylor takes readers inside the closed world of the elite Special Forces sniper, detailing Maylor's dedication to the dark art of sniping and touching on the history of the great snipers who came before him. As one of Australia's most

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A gritty, no-holds-barred behind-the-scenes memoir of life as one of the world's top snipers

In Sniper Elite, Rob Maylor takes readers inside the closed world of the elite Special Forces sniper, detailing Maylor's dedication to the dark art of sniping and touching on the history of the great snipers who came before him. As one of Australia's most highly trained and successful combat marksmen, he tells the story of his years on the front lines, from his early service with the Royal Marines in Northern Ireland, to action in Iraq, and most recently in Afghanistan where he was involved in some of the heaviest fighting in the conflict. He also chronicles his near-death experience in a Blackhawk helicopter that crashed off Fiji, killing two of his friends, and how he would walk for hours, sometimes days, through hostile country until he found the right position. Then, when the moment was right, he aimed, and with absolute precision, put the bullet just where it was going to have the most effect.

Filled with dark humor and the almost-religious sense of brotherhood within such an exclusive group of warriors, this is an explosive and revealing combat memoir—and an inside look at the shadowy world of the modern sniper.

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Kirkus Reviews
Another macho memoir of a special-forces badass but with a charming, mildly exotic British overlay. Following the convention of military memoirs, Maylor, with the assistance of Macklin (My Favourite Teacher, 2011, etc.) describes an aimless youth (bored at school, heavy drinking, etc.) before he found himself after joining the marines in 1992. These were Royal Marine commandos, so readers will encounter the traditional sadistic training regimen designed to select those able to endure extreme pain, exhaustion and humiliation. Peacetime warriors kill few bad guys, but Maylor toured the world, enduring surprisingly grueling exercises from the arctic to the jungle, plus unpleasant tours in Northern Ireland before joining the snipers in 1995; military buffs will enjoy his description of their highly technical instruction. After years with no action in sight, he quit the service, married, returned to his native New Zealand, found earning a living difficult and joined the Australian army, where he repeated sniper training. The book is well past the midpoint when his unit arrives in Afghanistan, but it is worth the wait as the author paints a vivid picture of the experience during which his unit patrolled, fought and sniped with varying degrees of success until it was ambushed in one of the biggest battles involving Australian troops. Sticking to his role as a soldier, Maylor shows mild sympathy for Afghan civilians, no hatred of the Taliban, love for his comrades, satisfaction with his performance and no claim that he was fighting for a noble goal. A satisfying stream of travel, training, horseplay and nuts-and-bolts military minutiae along with the usual fireworks.
From the Publisher

“[A] macho memoir of a special-forces badass . . . Maylor toured the world, enduring surprisingly grueling exercises from the artic to the jungle . . . training, horseplay and nuts-and-bolts military minutiae along with the usual fireworks.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A chilling glimpse of the hazards encountered by SAS troops.” —Daily Telegraph

“A rare beast in this genre, this is an honest, insider's account of the dark arts of sniping and special forces.” —Herald Sun

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312645410
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

ROB MAYLOR is a former member of Australia's SAS, an elite sniper who saw combat all over the world, including three tours of Afghanistan in 2005, 2007 and 2008. He lives in Australia.

ROBERT MACKLIN is a well-known Australian biographer and historian, with more than twenty books to his credit.

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Sniper Elite 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book had 17 chapters; the first 14 chapters were his memories of getting drunk in between training exercises. Chapters 15 and 16 had the only accounts of 'action', and they were sketchy and told about what had happened, but no detailed account of the feelings and interaction with other soldiers. The writing semed loosely gathered as a display of notes quickly assembled to sell paper, with a catchy title. Do not waste your money. Buy "the Lions of Kandahar" - that's a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terrible.  Without disrespecting the man's service to his country, this is a boring book.   The first 50 pages is about a drunk trip to europe.  The book is fully 2/3rds over before he joins the SAS sniper team.   The book documents no close action, but hazy memories of stuff happening around the author.  The author does not direct events.   He is more like a journalist, witnessing action than impacting it.  PLus he's not a good sniper.  He misses more shots than he makes... the book mentions his unit missing shot after shot, blaming the wind and calling in an air strike to do the job.   The book bores you to death with training and more training.  But not spec ops stuff like how to break into places, sneak in to enemy territory... no its 200 pages of the first half of Full Metal Jacket.  We ran this far.. in mud blah blah blah.   The only remarkable thing to happen is that he (barely) survived a helicopter crash..which is exciting and worth telling, but this book is a boring rambling mess and a waste of time and money.  WHo ever convinced this soldier he needed to tell his story, is DEAD wrong.  This is a snooze fest and contributes nothing to the genre.   The book has no memorable passages at all.   The back cover mentions brotherhood... but there is no one worth remembering in the whole book.  He certainly doesn't make the reader feel attached to anyone.   This is so poorly written its embarrassing.   If you are reading this... skip this book and read about Carlos Hathcock or Chris Kyle.      
DannyBTX More than 1 year ago
A total waste of reading enjoyment. The title is very misleading. This is a book of ramblings and nothing of substance. The author is a war time hero however literary style is boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am almost finished, but, I cannot stand one more minute waiting for something to happen. What, did this guy copy his mosy boring memoirs? You will be endlessly taken to the brink, just to be let down. Over, and over, and ( yawn) over again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please sir, dont ever write another book as long as you live. This is a stunning example of the type of shooter you DONT want to be. To be perfectly honest, this book is a total disservice to the Special Air Service. It makes them look as if they are children trying to go up against giants. I probably read 30 books last year, this is without a doubt the single worst wast of my money. Boring, lacking, miserable reading. To top it all off, he is an apparently horrific shot. Blaming it on the wind? That other knob on the scope sir, its for adjusting for WINDAGE!!!!! It seems as though basic shooting skills escape this "sniper". There is one reason, and one reason only for finishing this book, you paid for all of it, you may aswell suffer through all of it. Please DO NOT BUY THIS RUBISH? PLEASE SPEND YOUR MONEY ON SOMETHING ELSE
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was similar to reading a documentary; it excluded a good portion of the actual missions/action but Maylor focused more on what it took to be SAS. Having to read this book for an assignment i looked at it not in an entertaining point of view but more of a memoir of his trials and training. It was however difficult to read at parts because Maylor would go on for such an extended amount of time about a subject that quite frankly didn't make any sense to me. Despite the fact that i enjoyed what i read of the book,  the title was extremely misleading by using the key words "explosive action". There wasn't any "explosive action" at all, just a reflection of what happened and nothing compared to what the title prepares you for as some sort of Die Hard movie franchise. I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in getting to know the man behind the gun, not any of the events that took place nor any combat related sequences. Caleb O'Hara
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Matt-In-GA More than 1 year ago
This was a great book written from a non American perspective. I found this very interesting. This New Zelander briefly talks about growing up, getting in a little trouble, getting motivated and kicking butt. It seems to be very realistic as he goes through trials and tribulations to become a sniper and his exploits when he does. This would normally be a three, but the natural, honest story makes it a four for me.
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