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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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Amazing

Amazing and accurate!! Well done first round impact!!!!!! Narrator was easy to understand and follow.

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awesome job all-around...

enjoy the story and science behind the kills. distance doesn't seem to be an issue

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Good for Military Tactics

This is a good book for those interested in military tactics, training and procedures. Real scenarios are presented. I was not familiar with them all, so I had to look them up on the Internet as the book progressed, to educate myself on what the sniper was facing. Overall, it's worth the money and it's an interesting read. Recommended.

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  • Tom
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The sacrifice of the 21st century warfighter

Don't let the title of The Killing School put you off. This well-crafted monument to the forces fighting against evil is a vivid recount of slices in time that form a mosaic image of the conflict the entire world was thrust in just after the turn of the century. Men & Women from civilized nations, working together to systematically put down the foundations of death & oppression in our so called modern world. Hard work is an understatement when describing these stories but, in a way, there is a necessary job being done and with extraordinary valor by these high quality human beings. I'm thankful to be introduced to a few of them through Brandon Webb's encounters as documented in The Killing School. We all should all find & embrace sources of honest information like this book, so we can achieve a clear insight into the realities of our warrior class that protect our freedoms and their comrades. Thank you, all...

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How did the narration end up like this?

Good book, good stories. The narration was bland and feels like it was edited by an algorithm that was set up to shave time from the length of the recording. There are almost no pauses or breaths in the reading. I don't think it is humanly possible to speak the way this is presented. You have to work very hard at listening to this and if you don't it could get very dull simply because you quit following what he is saying.

It's worth the effort as I enjoyed the stories, but with the machine gun, inhuman delivery it was real work.

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Brandon Webb writes Great Books

This book is great. As a Marine I have a ton of pride to my branch and love reading books about other branches. Brandon Webb writes his books where there is the upmost respect for EVERY Branch and training. The books have great back stories on these American Heros, and are all Solid info. Webb is a pillar to the modern training and I can not thank him enough for his service as well as risk and time to create these books.