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Sniper One

The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege

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Sniper One is the gritty, awe-inspiring true story that takes you right into the heart of the Iraq war from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Sgt. Dan Mills. At this special price NOW . . .

'One of the best first-hand accounts of combat that I've ever read' Andy McNab

We all saw it at once. Half a dozen voices screamed 'Grenade!' simultaneously. Then everything went into slow motion. The grenade took an age to travel through its 20 metre arc. A dark, small oval-shaped package of misery the size of a peach ...

April 2004: Dan Mills and his platoon of snipers fly into southern Iraq, part of an infantry battalion sent to win hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their lives.

Back home we were told they were peacekeeping. But there was no peace to keep. Because within days of arriving in theatre, Mills and his men were caught up in the longest, most sustained fire fight British troops had faced for over fifty years.

This awe-inspiring account tells of total war in throat-burning winds and fifty-degree heat, blasted by mortars and surrounded by heavily armed militias. For six months, they fought alone: isolated, besieged and under constant enemy fire. Their heroic stand a modern-day Rorke's Drift.

Dan Mills served for 24 years as an Infantry Soldier reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. During his long military career he served on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Dan was awarded a 'Mention In Despatches' for Gallantry for his services during The Iraq War. Since leaving the Army in 2010, he has forged a career as a writer and security consultant, amongst other things. Sniper One is his first book.

From Publishers Weekly

21 July 2008 – When the 1st Princess of Wales s Royal Regiment, under Mills s command, was told they d be heading to Iraq in November 2003, the war was no longer much of a news item in Britain. But, says Mills, We didn t give a toss... we were going somewhere interesting. The battalion was assigned to al-Amarah: 400,000 people and a center of support for Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Under heavy sniper fire and mortar attacks, British peacekeeping gave way to a full-scale military operation. Mills powerfully describes the demanding work of his snipers before and after the city was brought under control (more or less). The work s real value is its insight into the contemporary British army. Mills and his comrades are professionals, unconcerned with the wider aspects of their assignment; They ll fight out of their skin for you, Mills notes. One man deals with stress by masturbating. Another fails to deal with it, and his transfer is matter-of-fact, with no moral dimension. British participation in Iraq has been largely ignored in the U.S. That should change with Mills s page-turning account, already an international bestseller. 16 pages of color photos; map.

Customer Reviews

Excellent first-hand account

This is an excellent, first-hand account of life on the front line of a very dirty war. Written by a professional soldier with a natural talent for storytelling we're taken right into the heart of the daily grind, the daily danger and black humour of a war that has no clear aim in sight. Whether you're a convinced opponent of the Afghan conflict and Britain's role in it, just curious to see what it's like for the 21st century soldier or a gung-ho lover of war stories this will have you fascinated from the get-go.

The one thing that is for certain is that you'll come away with a deep admiration for the professionalism and commitment of British soldiers. A real page-turner, this is an exciting, moving and at times very funny true-life story that reads better than the best war fiction you've ever read.

Damn good read

Never read a real war story before. Heard friends speak highly of Andy McNab etc but this was the first one I tried. Glad I did! Awesome read.

Loved it

I love this book. It gives such an in depth look into life out in a war zone, explaining everything along the way.

Dan mills is such an out standing commander during the novel and I'd be glad to meet him one day.

Sniper One
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biography
  • Published: 15 May 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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