Long Rifle: A Sniper's Story in Iraq and Afghanistan

Long Rifle: A Sniper's Story in Iraq and Afghanistan

by Joe LeBleu

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ISBN-13: 9781599217178
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
Publication date: 12/02/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 619,112
File size: 971 KB

About the Author

Joe LeBleu is a former U.S. Army Ranger and 82nd Airborne sniper team leader. His fathers military service allowed him to grow up all over the world, he holds the record for the longest kill shot, 1,100 meters, in Fallujah, Iraq, in the fall of 2003. Now a civilian, he lives with his wife, Natalie, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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An excerpt from Long Rifle “Night and day, throughout September, I was on more missions than any other sniper. I was sweat-soaked and tired and hungry all the time. . . . I remember telling my team, ‘Who gives a shit, we’ll get all the sleep we need when we’re dead and I don’t intend on dying just yet.’ I remember saying that a lot throughout the tour in Fallujah, ‘I’ll get all the sleep I need when I’m dead,’ and my team would smile and Eggleston would say, ‘Roger that.’ They must have really thought that I’d lost it; no doubt, my pearls of wisdom kept them on their toes. . . . Something that a lot of people don’t understand is that in the middle of hell, the only thing that you’ve got is comedy.”

Table of Contents

OutlineTitle PageMaps/Photos (Joe has over 200 photos to select from, in Iraq and Afghanistan)GlossaryContentsIntroduction: A day that changed my life foreverIntroduction will cover Joe’s youth, growing up in Brooklyn,tour of duty in US Army Rangers, return to NYC, and of course,September 11th—September 11th is the anchor of the introduction andJoe’s thoughts on September 11th weave throughout the book. Book One: “Insurgent at 1100 Meters, Lieutenant.” “Roger that. Take the shot.”Joe’s combat in Iraq dominates this section, the guts of the book are all here—this is the section that will appeal most to the military reader. His affection for Natalie, which the reader will first get in the introduction, grows here and the general reader will stay hooked on the love groove. Joe saw a ton of action, including “The Shot,” and the combat will no doubt draw in many readers. The witnesses to Joe’s seemingly-impossible shot will also recount that mission—among them are Captain Adam Bohlen, US Army 10th Mountain Division. You’re familiar with Bohlen, of course, from Among Warriors in Iraq, a book in which LeBleu appears also. Book Two: Far Afghan HillsJoe was on a lot of dicey, very high-risk sniper missions in Afghanistan, and his thoughts on fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda are provocative, engaging, and intriguing. The grueling and very challenging nature of sniper missions in the rugged and remote mountains of Afghanistan provide the general reader with real contrast to the desert and urban missions of Book One. Again, Joe’s love for Natalie binds the narrative. Book Three: Coming HomeThe warrior at rest. Joe felt that his debt to America was paid, having served in the Rangers and the paratroopers, and trusted his gut. His transition to civilian life, “back to The World,” as grunts like to put it, wasn’t easy but Natalie certainly made it far less difficult than it would’ve been without her. This section will also have Joe’s thoughts on training Mark Wahlberg for the film, Shooter, and his last words on the impact of September 11th on his life.


Long Rifle is gripping and moving, but most of all, inspiring. As 9/11 altered the terrain of so many lives, it shaped that of Joe LeBleu:


He could only watch as Innocent people died and fires raged in the ruins of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As a former U.S. Army Ranger, Joe LeBleu knew what he had to do, return to active duty! By the time he received another honorable discharge in 2005 as a Sergeant, paratrooper, and sniper team leader, he had become known as “Long Rifle” for shooting an Iraqi insurgent at 1,100 meters in Fallujah. That single shot remains the farthest in Iraq by any American or British sniper.


As 9/11 altered the terrain of so many lives, it shaped that of LeBleu. He takes us with him from that haunting day in New York, to the sweltering heat and ambush-rife conditions of desert and urban combat in Iraq. From here we enter a different world: the mountains of Afghanistan. His accounts of sniper missions against the Taliban and Al Qaeda are riveting. Finally, he trusts his gut and returns to civilian life, settling near Las Vegas and going on to serve as a Firearms Instructor while assisting Pat Garret in training Mark Wahlberg for his role as a Force Recon Marine scout/sniper in the Major motion picture, Shooter.


Raw, gritty, passionate, and provocative, Long Rifle is both the first memoir by a U.S. Army sniper from the 9/11 generation and a stirring testament to the core values of American soldiers: integrity, honor, and courage. LeBleu’s journey to war and back also testifies to the enduring power of love: He carried his dream to return to Natalie, hiswife for six long years...

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Long Rifle 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
GAN More than 1 year ago
Very Disappointed. Thought I was buying a book on sniping in Iraq. Book was replete with Anti Bush political rants. Had I known, I would not have wasted my money. Book should have been Named.."My one long shot and how Bush and Cheney can't fight a war". Guess he thinks if Gore or Kerry were in charge the war would have been a total victory...NOT. I want my money back.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine from Iraq recommended this book and based on this recommendation I picked it up- it is NOT my typical fare. It was easy to read, quick, precise and on the money. At times it is frustrating- only because in so many ways you can relate to what the author is saying and you find yourself feeling a miniscule portion of the frustration LeBlue must have felt. Having worked in Iraq and taken incoming, I always found it frustrating that we could do nothing in retaliation. The insurgents knowing this took away their fear of retribution and therefore... why stop? If you have nothing to fear then what is the incentive to stop bombing Americans? I appreciate LeBlue not only sharing his experience but also pointing out the frustrations many I encountered had felt, including myself, when it came to a "kinder, gentler" war. I consider myself to be a moderate liberal and still understand where he is coming from, being as I have been here, albeit to a much, much lesser extent than he was involved. I appreciate his honesty and the raw emotion. I felt like I could see, feel and hear what was going on. When I left work today, the rocks and sand I was walking over had a different feel to them... I remembered what it was like before things calmed down.... and remembered his advice not to let your guard down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny the author was there before me . I enlisted in Apr 66 and went to nam in apr 67. I looked back using the dates in there's book know where I was and what I was doing. I was mabs16 in com many times hi was down at the flight line lnstalling phones . In 68 they built better O country qtrs and the officers got AC .The Army came in (the black cats ) we stoles their ac and put them in our hootches . I really liked the book. I retired in 94. I extended 2 times . One last thing thank you for writing this
IowaPatriot More than 1 year ago
if you delete the political ranting or are a Bush hater then this book is for you. While I'm no huge fan of the Bush family all the whinning about Haliburton and President Bush is really over the top. Pass on this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All this guy does ia complane and whine about politics and his officers not much else-
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