Shadow Team is probably the most productive sniper team in American military history, accounting for 276 confirmed kills in a six-month span with no casualties of its own. The team's leader made what was - and may still be - the longest range kill with a 7.62mm rifle. For the first time ever, team members explain what it's like to kill a man and what it takes to become one of the elite.
The tragic tale of Headhunter Two is altogether different. This four-man sniper team from a regiment known within the Corps as the Magnificent Bastards was killed in 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq. Their deaths not only caused a reevaluation of sniper tactics and techniques but also created a desire for vengeance that was exacted nearly two years later in dramatic fashion.
Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews, Halberstadt gets inside the sniper mind and shows how snipers think and interact with each other, how missions are planned and executed, how the weapons work, and even what happens when a bullet finally strikes its target.
There are only a few hundred snipers from all the services put together in combat at any one time, making this true inside story a rare and important event.
©2008 Hans Halberstadt; (P)2008 Tantor
"For those looking for a thorough primer on the role of the military sniper in today's counterinsurgency missions, this is a solid introduction." (Publishers Weekly)
Trigger Men is a great balance of history and heroism. It's clear there was an extraordinary amount of time spent to uncover and tell the story of our military snipers, and their important everyday missions that most of us could never dare to imagine. The only small technical detail I had a challenge with is the fact the orator consistently spelled out S-T-A rather than pronouncing it "Stay" as is the actual practice. However, the story was well crafted and structured in a manner that leant itself to the great blend of history and practical application of the essential skills of the American Sniper.
This book is a good supporting read for the sniper in you life. Not for the casual reader, far too detailed and in the weeds for the non-shooter world. A few interesting stories, but many "lessons and pointer" are repeated over and over....
Save yourself the time. After you listen to the first two war stories and equipment descriptions it's just the same thing over and over and over again. Turn it off and move on. YOu won't miss a thing.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
My review title sounds a bit gruff, the book is really about so much more. Despite some nice character background, it's basically about killing during times of war and other crises. It's also a very technical book - although well-written and not THAT hard to follow. (I'm not a weapons enthusiast, but I do LOVE a good war story!) Nor am I a war enthusiast, however my admiration for American soldiers and what they go through seems to deepen with each war story I read. This is a well-researched and sound book - recommneded.
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I think this is a great book, I got is for 5 bucks which was pretty awesome. However, I think the price is a little high now because it's really not that long. The book is jam packed full of interesting information and really gives you an idea about how these teams operate. If you want to learn about modern sniper operations this is a great place to start.
This is a fascinating book for anyone interested in things military and combat arms in particular. The author, who served in Vietnam, is a good solid writer who knows the military and understands it.
The voice of the narrator, Johnny Heller, is perfect for thhis type of book. He has enough "grit" to sound believable. Some narrators sound too prissy or scholarly, and don't give credibility to this type of work. I found only a few minor mispronuciations, such as "Hue City" (in Vietnam) where "Hue" rhymed with "you." (It is actually pronounced "way"). The book, however, is about the modern sniper in Iraq and Afganistan, and gives great insight to the tools and training of this outstanding and very elite group of young men and women. Highly recommended.
As a shooter myself, this is as good as it gets. I have listened to this book over 10 times- to learn a tremendous education.
Nothing so far compares. The best of the best.
Graphic descriptions of actual kills in combat, with sighting and targeting consideration we hunters have not even dreamed of. An excellent read on the science of sniping.
I found this book to be very interesting and entertaining, but it can get a bit technical which was fine with me.
I have read a lot of books about the military and snipers in particular so it was good to see that they all pretty much concur with each other as to what really goes on in the sniper world. It was also good to hear that, most, if not all, of the snipers don't have a problem with their jobs. As strange as it sounds, I do not consider them murderers or killers or whatever else anyone would call them just because they happen to put people down. They are just men doing their job of saving their teammates in a kill or be killed world. As a female, I have no problem with that.
I liked it and would recommend this book.
I read several reviews about this being a book that gets really repetitive to the effect of snipers kill people and are awesome, REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT. I've also read that review about other special warfare non-fiction and usually found it to be false, but it's dead on here.
Don't get me wrong- the book isn't bad and it's not intentionally repetitive. The repetition comes from the fact that it's basically a series of personal narratives of snipers from all walks of life from Army to SEAL to zero military background civilian State Department contractor. Each has about an hour or so and you have to figure when these guys sum up their lives and opinions in an hour you're going to get a lot of really fly-over type information. There are lots of viewpoints from lots of people which makes this book more about perspective than detail.
There are fascinating parts and there are parts that you might think were just copy/pasted from several hours earlier that for all you know could be a verbatim repetition because you've heard so many similar sets of words since then.
Give it a chance, but if you want to listen to something else first, don't worry about it. This one will still be there.
"Very interesting and eye opening"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and feel I have learnt a lot from it. Speaking as a women in my mid 40?s who has never been in the military or involved with a military man, a few terms used I did not fully understand. But I feel when the author makes a reference to the ?art of warfare?, that this ?art of the sniper?, is akin to the ?art of the samurai?. With the amount of not only discipline and training involved. But the inner strength and intuition to be able to weigh up a situation, act on it and not make mistakes. I did find the comments about how a police sniper is treated, as opposed to a military very interesting as well. A very good book well worth buying, thank you to the author and narrator
"Fantastic informative book on snipers"
Best book on snipers an gun men I have read. Very informative, not only through true story's of snipers, but it goes into the mechanics of guns, the ammunition, ballistics, physical and environmental effects on bullets. It looks at not just military snipers but other groups of specialist gun men such as SWAT. Just an amazing read, giving a great insight into the lives and roles of snipers and giving you an understanding of their personalities, tactics and tactics.
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