Sniper: American Single-Shot Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan

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From Afghanistan's Hindu Kush peaks and sunbaked Helmand Valley to Baghdad, Mosul, and Ramadi in Iraq, American snipers have braved heart-pounding situations to hit their human targets dead-on. Few military feats stir the imagination like the image of the pair of riflemen waiting quietly in a building, a bomb crater, or a mountain pass for a Taliban or Al Qaeda fighter to walk into their crosshairs.

Sniper presents real-life tales from the military's frontline snipers-their hits...

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Overview

From Afghanistan's Hindu Kush peaks and sunbaked Helmand Valley to Baghdad, Mosul, and Ramadi in Iraq, American snipers have braved heart-pounding situations to hit their human targets dead-on. Few military feats stir the imagination like the image of the pair of riflemen waiting quietly in a building, a bomb crater, or a mountain pass for a Taliban or Al Qaeda fighter to walk into their crosshairs.

Sniper presents real-life tales from the military's frontline snipers-their hits and their misses, the anguish of loss, and the anxiety of the first kill. Authors Gina Cavallaro and Matt Larsen provide riveting accounts of American soldiers and marines on the battlefield, and take a rare look at how Rangers and Special Forces snipers train and operate, and how the war on the terror has changed the role of military snipers.

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"The best-of-the-best snipers in action today discuss gunfights, long distance shots, stalking, and more. This is real, it is stirring, and yes, even horrifying." —-Shelf Life
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599218557
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 406,591
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gina Cavallaro

Gina Cavallaro, one of America's most experienced war correspondents, is a writer for the Army Times and the Marine Corps Times.

Matt Larsen is a former sniper for the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army Rangers and a longtime trainer in hand-to-hand combat and survival techniques.

Jo Anna Perrin is an accomplished actor, having appeared in film and television, as well as on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally.

Johnny Heller has won two prestigious Audie Awards, earned numerous Audie nominations, and was named one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Richard A. Cody vii

Preface: A Mother's Gift xii

Chapter 1 Going to War: Lessons from the Hindu Kush 1

Chapter 2 A Taunting Enemy 16

Chapter 3 "The Nastiest Fight" 22

Chapter 4 Other People's Houses 35

Chapter 5 In Their Own Words 44

Chapter 6 Rangers: Sniper Assaulters 62

Chapter 7 Operators as Teachers: Lessons Learned at Range 37 74

Chapter 8 Hidden in Plain Sight 85

Chapter 9 The Hide Site: Three Stories 96

Chapter 10 Sneaking Around in Salman Pak 130

Chapter 11 In the Glint of a Scope 142

Chapter 12 Freaky Bull's-eye Shot 152

Chapter 13 Shots Not Taken 161

Chapter 14 Snipers, Brothers 182

Notes and Acknowledgments 202

Glossary 205

Index 211

About the Authors 216

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Good book, terrible narrator.

    I'm about 2 hours into the 8 hours that this book ends up being in MP3 format and I am struggling to continue. The writing and stories are very well done and engaging, but the narrator (Jo Anna Perrin) really makes it tough to listen to. Her reading of the regular text is just fine, but when she narrates sections that are quoting the snipers themselves she adds an accent based on that person's region of the country. They are terribly done and do nothing but distract the listener. Her southern accents make the character sound like a slow-witted hillbilly and her New England-area accent makes the character sound like an old aristocrat. I'm sure this book is great in print form, but Ms. Perrin's narration makes this book nearly impossible to listen to. If you're interested in this book, DO NOT purchase it in audio form.

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