Sniper Elite: The World of a Top Special Forces Marksman

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

Sniper Elite takes readers inside the closed world of the elite Special Forces sniper, detailing the dark art of sniping and touching on the history of the world’s greatest marksmen. As one of Australia’s most highly trained and successful combat marksmen, Rob Maylor tells the story of his years on the front lines, from his early service with the Royal Marines in Northern Ireland to ...

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Overview

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

Sniper Elite takes readers inside the closed world of the elite Special Forces sniper, detailing the dark art of sniping and touching on the history of the world’s greatest marksmen. As one of Australia’s most highly trained and successful combat marksmen, Rob Maylor 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 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.

"Maylor toured the world, enduring surprisingly grueling exercises from the Arctic to the jungle…training, horseplay and nuts-and-bolts military minutiae along with the usual fireworks." —Kirkus Reviews

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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.
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“[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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312645410
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,385,566
  • 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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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Prologue

1 The Hunter

2 Marching Out

3 Marching In

4 Out in the Cold

5 And If You Thought That Was Cold

6 Heating Up

7 Hot Shots

8 Cold Comfort

9 Cooling It

10 Hot Shots (2)

11 Making the Grade

12 Mission Aborted

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    This book is so boring

    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!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Real World Story! Definitely worth the read!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Mediocre

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    The book had 17 chapters; the first 14 chapters were his memorie

    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.

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    Posted May 8, 2013

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    This book was similar to reading a documentary; it excluded a go

    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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