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Publisher's Summary

As a SEAL sniper and combat veteran, Webb was tapped to revamp the US Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Scout/Sniper School, incorporating the latest advances in technology and ballistics software to create an entirely new course that continues to test the skills and even the best warriors. In this revealing new audiobook, Webb takes listeners through every aspect of this training, describing how Spec Ops snipers are taught each dimension of their art. Trainees learn to utilize every edge possible to make their shot - from studying crosswinds, barometric pressure, latitude, and even the rotation of the Earth, to becoming ballistic experts. But marksmanship is only one aspect of the training. Each SEAL's endurance, stealth, and mental and physical stamina are tested and pushed to the breaking point.

Webb also shows how this training plays out in combat, using real-life exploits of the world's top snipers, including Jason Delgado, who led a Marine platoon in the Battle of Husaybah and made some of the most remarkable kill shots in the Iraq War; Nicholas Irving, the US Army Ranger credited with 33 kills in a single three-month tour in Afghanistan; and Rob Furlong, who during Operation Anaconda delivered the then-longest kill shot in history.

During Webb's sniper school tenure, the course graduated some of the deadliest and most skilled snipers of this generation, including Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor), Adam Brown (Fearless), and Chris Kyle (American Sniper). From recon and stalk, to complex last minute adjustments, and finally, the moment of taking the shot, The Killing School demonstrates how today's sniper is trained to function as an entire military operation rolled into a single individual - an army of one.

©2017 St. Martin's Press (P)2017 Brandon Webb

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meh

Wasn't really the book I had hoped for. I believed it would be more about the actual school with real life applications of the training. instead, it was a collection of memoirs with bits of anecdotal education.

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Not much new here

If you've read any the snipers other books IE The Reaper/a the Red Circle, then you will find this book fairly redundant. That being said I especially enjoyed learning more about the exploits of Rob Furlong which I previously didn't know.

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  • John Busch
  • Orange County, CA United States
  • 10-27-17

Good...but not great

The war stories were excellent. But the title made me believe there would be more information about the program. Maybe they were not allowed to be more specific. The details of their training and techniques are at the level of a coffee table book. If you are a recreational long range shooter, don't expect to learn anything in this book. I've listened to much worse and much better books. I don't regret the purchase, but I definitely expected more.

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Great book!!

I could listen to this book over and over again. The sacrifices and accomplishments of these guys are amazing!

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Stop looking at it and read it

Excellent, well presented... thank you Brandon for your excellent book. Probably the best 12 hours I have spent In a while.

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this is well worth the time awesome book

This book was amazing very interesting and well worth the time to listen. Thank you

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Great subject matter but lacking a little

Ok the book it's self was very good but the main issues was the skipping around the author did in the book. the author jumped from one story line to another without much consideration of letting the listener know what was going on. I feel as if it might have had a lot to do the with performance. The narrator was dreadfully monotone and really did not emphasis the change of stories well enough. I feel like the narrator really took the interesting material and killed it with a boring lackluster performance. The stories and subject matter was very interesting and I commend the men in the stories.

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Some good but lacking...

This is a story about a few snipers. It flows between their various battles. It does not flow and does not discuss much of the schooling of a sniper; it more summarizes how some of their schooling affected the snipers in battle. This was also a repeat of Jason Delgado’s book. If you’ve read that, don’t waste your time rereading it with this book

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Great look inside an elite training program

I enjoyed that the author jumped around to tell the stories of several elements of sniper teams in different campaigns at different times. Great tribute to our warriors.

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  • John
  • north easton, Morocco
  • 04-13-18

Could have been great.

What would have made The Killing School better?

If the stories where not broken up and jumping around. It was like the authors were trying to build suspense but instead they just made it difficult to follow along.

Would you be willing to try another book from John David Mann and Brandon Webb ? Why or why not?

I have and enjoyed them.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Made it more clear when he was changing between stories.