Sniper One: On Scope and under Siege with a Sniper Team in Iraq

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When Sgt. Dan Mills and the rest of the 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, flew into Iraq in April 2004, they were supposed to be winning hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their lives.

Within hours of their arrival in Iraq, a grenade bounced off one of the battalion’s Land Rovers, rolled underneath, and detonated. The ambush marked the beginning of a full-scale firefight during which Mills killed a man with a ...

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Overview

When Sgt. Dan Mills and the rest of the 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, flew into Iraq in April 2004, they were supposed to be winning hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their lives.

Within hours of their arrival in Iraq, a grenade bounced off one of the battalion’s Land Rovers, rolled underneath, and detonated. The ambush marked the beginning of a full-scale firefight during which Mills killed a man with a round that removed his assailant’s head. It was going to be a long tour.

Like some postapocalyptic Mad Max nightmare, the place had gone to hell in a handbasket. Throat-burning winds, blast bombs, and well-trained, well-organized militias armed with AKs, RPGs, and a limitless supply of mortar rounds were the icing on the cake.

For the next six months, isolated, besieged, and under constant fire, their battalion refused to give an inch. Sniper One is a breathtaking chronicle of endurance, camaraderie, dark humor, and courage in the face of relentless, lethal assault.

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“One of the best firsthand accounts of combat that I’ve ever read.” —Andy McNab

“Mills powerfully describes the demanding work of his snipers before and after the city was brought under control (more or less). . . . British participation in Iraq has been largely ignored in the United States. That should change with Mills’s page-turning account, already an international bestseller.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Possibly the year’s best book, so far, on combat in Iraq.” —Booklist

“Another testosterone-laced memoir of an elite unit kicking butt in Iraq, this one with a cheerful, politically incorrect British twist. . . . A military memoir refreshingly devoid of the usual patriotic overlay.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312567385
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 431,099
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sgt. Dan Mills was decorated for his command of an eighteen-man sniper platoon during the siege of Al Amarah. During a long army career he has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, and the Falkland Islands. Sniper One is his first book.

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

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    Those Brits

    I didn't know Dan Mills was a British soldier when I bought this book; I had assumed this was an American story when I grabbed it off the Barnes and Nobel table near the checkout. The reason this is noteworthy is because of the insight I gained into how much more sophisticated the Brits are with weaving humanitarian values into their combat roles and their level of pride and professionalism as opposed to our American style which is more ruthless, blunt, and perhaps arrogant. We can really learn so much from our friends over the pond.<BR/><BR/>Now, to all you American patriots and soldiers out there: hey, so am I. I'm an ex-military and fiercely patriotic. It's just that having lived in a military household with a 2-tour Viet Nam Marine vet (step-father), and relatives all around me who were also war vets, and myself as a vet who also worked in and around the Govt and military for several more years, I can honestly say that the actions of Sgt Dan Mills, as he portrayed them in this fantastic portrayal, contrasted so obviously with how I knew things to be. The "Kill'em all and let God sort 'em out" phrase I learned from paratroopers I knew as a kid was the simple way of dealing with the enemy. I have far more respect for the British with their pragmatism and thoughtfulness of the end-game during conflict after coming to know how many missed opportunities have slipped through the hands of the U.S. during this Iraq war.<BR/><BR/>Besides all that stuff, the book unfolds in ocean-swells of drama and quite space...and then more drama. It left me thirsty and thankful at the same time. What a great bunch of heroes in the PWCC! Dan, thanks for your service, the risks you took, the leadership you brought to bear, and the kick ass book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2008

    Ringside seat

    The book isn't so much a story of a typical sniper / spotter, it does give you a great perspective of what combat is like in Iraq. Since the troops here are British, the reading is very entertaining learning there slang. Like most books of this nature, they make you proud of the guys that go oversees and keep our country safe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

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    Captivating

    Nicely written ..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    GREAT

    Its a great well writen book and one i couldent put down

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  • Posted November 11, 2011

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!

    It has a slow start, but it is packed full of action. A must get!!!

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Mills delivers a thrilling eye witness account of Y Company and their little known battles.

    Mills writes his story while crediting everyone for missions complete but himself. In this "me" world he is a leader on the battle field and on the pages without overly drawing attention to himself. The situational awareness of each action makes putting the down the book difficult. I eagerly look forward to additional books by Dan Mills.

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