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Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,464 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
If you loved American Sniper you will love this book. Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Sniper One takes you right into the heart of the Iraq war.

'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 th
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Paperback, 350 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Penguin (first published August 30th 2007)
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Jim
I confess to taking considerable guilty pleasure from this one. To begin with, I have believed from the start that instead of going on about how the Iraqis were shooting at them, the US and British troops should have got the hell right out of Iraq. They had no business there in the first place. On the other hand, I loves me a good story about the brotherhood of arms, and this book is a dandy example of just that type of story.

Let's start with Sgt Dan Mills. (I love the way he uses his rank on th
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Mike
Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege—5 Stars worth of high tension firefights and escapades of the British Army in Iraq. No Blair-bashing, no agonizing over why they are there, no diatribes on PTSD, some bitching about heavy-handed Americans but so what, sober acknowledgement of mistakes, a solid story.

I tell you this account of the British Army in Maysan province, Iraq is gleaming! I am just chuffed to bits to read this tale of the 1st Battalion, PWRR and
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Graham
Dec 05, 2008 Graham rated it it was amazing
I'm a massive fan of war memoirs - the kind popularised by Andy McNab and Chris Ryan in recent years - so when I saw the hype surrounding this book, I had to give it a go.

It totally lived up to my expectations. Somewhat inevitably, considering the setting, the action comes thick and fast, making this a modern-day version of the Battle of Rorke's Drift in the Zulu War - and it's just as exciting. Bullets fly, shells explode and our sniper heroes do what they need to do to get the job done.

Yes, it
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Anna Erishkigal
Thoroughly enjoyed this first-hand account of the British siege of Al Amarah and what they went through to hold that position. Lots of good sniper lore here, even more interesting stuff about how men cope under those kind of prolonged battle conditions. Not the usual sneak-and-peek and shoot, but a story about men under siege.
Chris
Sep 04, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Not the type pf book I'd choose for myself but was a loan from my brother in law. I really liked it. It had great pace, was never boring and showed just how hard our armed forces have it in Iraq in a war we never should have got involved with. The taleban or hardliners are truly terrible people but its clear the allied forces will never defeat them until the Iraqi people decide they dont want anything to do with religious fundamentalists. Ok its not "a great work of lirerature" as oe of my book ...more
Peter Roach
Nov 26, 2011 Peter Roach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
Not a book for everyone, especially those that are really into political correctness, or "if only the rest of the world thinks the same way as me". The book is frank, covering a battle/siege that was little reported during Iraq invasion by coalition forces, by the leader of a British sniper team. It does not go into the politics or rights or wrongs of the conflict, it is only about an individuals experience and recollection of his time there.

I found the book to be an excellent read, that was hon
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Oceana2602
Feb 22, 2011 Oceana2602 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, what to say, what to say?

I'm sure by now you've figured out that I'm in one of my "military book" phases. It'll pass, don't worry, but for now this is kind of my reading focus.

"Sniper One" was advertised as "One of the best first-hand accounts of combat that I've ever read", "highly charged [...] page-turning read", "strong, cohesive and complete."

Well, it could be. I wouldn't know. I gave up fairly soon, because I just couldn't, COULD NOT stand the stupidity. Sorry, Sgt. Mills, but you are
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Chris G Derrick
Jul 24, 2015 Chris G Derrick rated it liked it
Shelves: war, sniper
I certainly enjoyed the read.
The story centres around a group of British Army snipers deployed into Iraq in 2004.
They were kept very active by the local population - being involved in the longest fire fight British troops had been party to for over 50 years.
The description of the base itself, where they spent a considerable part of their deployment defending its walls, is very good.
Consequently you can visualise what's happening all around them when they're attacked.
If you're in any way intere
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Mitchell Lapora
Jan 17, 2013 Mitchell Lapora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As real as it gets. I bought this book wanting to learn more about how the military worked and little did I know that it was completely not how I expected it to be. Still a good read: learning what the soldiers had gone through was a big learning experience for me.
Matt
Apr 06, 2010 Matt rated it it was amazing
The brilliant memoir of a British Army sniper in the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, centred on his 2004 tour of duty in Iraq and the events that summer at Al Amarah, 100 miles northwest of the British base at Basra, and close to the Iranian border and an insurgent crossing point.

Commander of Sniper Platoon, Mills gives a fast-paced, nail-biting account of his sniper team, their arrival, life on base and in the city, the siege (that could so easily have become another Alamo), and the highs
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Larry
Jun 27, 2011 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought before starting that this would be another typical gung-ho war book. Not that I don't enjoy those from time to time, but what I mean is with lowered expectations as to any 'deep thoughts'.

Wrong. Although it seemed to go that way at first, soon the story became much more of a human drama as you re-live the summer of 2004 with the British fighters literally stuck all on their own in a southern Iraqi hellhole under virtually constant attack by insurgents in the town.

There's an awful lot o
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Jonathan Oh
Feb 11, 2015 Jonathan Oh rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
vivid, first hand account of a courageous british sniper facing all odds in the midst of combat.
Austin Baskett
Feb 28, 2016 Austin Baskett rated it really liked it
Sniper One “On Scope and Under Siege with a Sniper Team in Iraq” is by SGT. Dan Mills. This book is a great book with a ton of action involving the realities of the war in Iraq. As you read this book you learn some things that maybe you wouldn’t realize actually go on during hard times in war. Mills obviously had his purpose set out when he told his stories from 2004; this was to inform the reader what it was like being a sniper in the Iraq War. This book not only includes hard torn war stories ...more
Evan
Dec 05, 2015 Evan rated it it was amazing

Sgt. Dan Mills really wrote an astonishing book when he wrote Sniper One. This book follows Sgt. Dan Mills and his sniper team through the streets of Iraq. The conflict begins in the very beginning of the book when he and his squad get attacked by the OMS. A grenade injures one of his comrades. The authors purpose is to explain what went on in Iraq and how it was not as sugar-coated as CNN explained it. The book is written in first person as you can feel what the author felt as if you were reall
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Nina Skok
Mar 29, 2015 Nina Skok rated it really liked it
The book “ Snipe One” by Sgt. Dan Mills, is a war history non-fiction book. This story involves the deployment of Dan Mills platoon of snipers in southern Iraq. In the book it talks about Dans memoir and how his life was in Iraq. It showed the struggles and pain he went through in his battles. The action is all over the place and in an easy way to comprehend. Mills uses a lot of dry humor fill the negativity with all the action that went on for him. I find it a great use because it keeps his min ...more
Ian
Aug 18, 2015 Ian rated it really liked it
The book covers a six month deployment period that coincides with an uprising by supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr in Iraq 2004.

Dan Mills is a model of the modern professional soldier. Aggressive, apolitical and committed to his men and their welfare. He chafes at some of the more ridiculous constraints of modern warfare. For instance, an open-back vehicle with a clearly visible mortar tube drives past in full view, complete with grinning crew. It disappears into cover, from whence a barrage of mort
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Neil
I enjoyed reading this book. I felt it was well-written, and it did hold my interest throughout the entire time reading it. It was hard to put it down, as I often had to do in order to finish up either classwork or job-work. I also liked that it was told from a British sniper's perspective; I have not read too many books from the perspective of other soldiers from other countries until recently [trying to expand my horizons a bit, there], so that also made it a 'fun' read [enlightening, for sure ...more
Warren R.
May 22, 2015 Warren R. rated it really liked it
An astonishing tale of British troops in Iraq under siege from local insurgents.
The Prince of Wales Regiment are keen to get out to Iraq and get 'stuck in' and this true tale is told by the Sergeant in charge of a small sniper platoon. The action starts almost straight away and ends up with the troops with their backs to the wall defending a complex of buildings against constant mortar and sniper attack, I think this was the longest 'engagement' the British Army has had since Korea.
The soldiers
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Scottnshana
Feb 21, 2015 Scottnshana rated it liked it
This book is more about small unit combat leadership than the moral dilemma of taking someone's head off at 300 meters. I think Mills has captured the tensions (fistfights in the DFAC, idle soldiers with internet access), the challenges (getting rid of a non-performer in the unit by moving him somewhere he'd be happier and less likely to get people killed), and the frustrations of the kind of war we were waging in Iraq (full disclosure--I'm an Iraq veteran, and aware of the running "cooperation" ...more
Dustin Gaughran
Apr 20, 2015 Dustin Gaughran rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic war memoir. Probably one of the best I've ever read. It was also unique to me because it was the first war story from the second Iraq war from a British point of view I've read. It's not as if they had it any better, but I did enjoy the change of pace with all of the cheeky British slang you wouldn't normally get in a war story.
The action and pace of the story is lightning fast, and definitely keeps your attention. And it's an all around war story. The title may give the im
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L.J. Simpson
Apr 19, 2016 L.J. Simpson rated it it was amazing
In retrospect, the invasion or Iraq is rarely seen as a good thing. You can debate the question all you want, but the fact remains that the soldiers on the ground didn't have much choice in the matter. They served their countries and went where they were told.
Sniper One describes the tour of the 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment in Iraq in 2004. Sent as peacekeepers, peace is the one thing they didn't get. Eye-opening, exciting and also shocking, it's a fast moving account of
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Hayley
Mar 25, 2008 Hayley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good read and insight to what a soldier goes through. And even though they doing a really tough job, they still have a sense of humour when you least expect it.
Ian Willis
Apr 12, 2010 Ian Willis rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing, I love reading true stories like this where some people have a lot more to deal with in their job than most and they deal with it really well.
Stuart
Nov 16, 2010 Stuart rated it it was amazing
Incredible, another great book that gives a proper insight into what these soldiers have to go through every day. I have nothing but respect for these guys.
Andrew Morgan
Jul 23, 2014 Andrew Morgan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military, non-fiction, war
I sit here thinking how I can sum up this historical account, doing it enough justice and I finding myself failing for enough superlatives. I rarely give a book 5 stars because I always think, to do so would say this is perfection, and no matter how much I've enjoyed a novel in the past, I always think that maybe it was lacking in something that may have given it a little more edge, but this was perfection and a joy to read, it kept me on the edge of my chair right the way through. This was perf ...more
Neil
Feb 05, 2008 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already
Extremely good book reflecting the reality of the war in Iraq. Very much a soldier's 'behind the scenes' perspective.
Steve Smy
Apr 22, 2013 Steve Smy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
I bought this book when I was going through a period of reading lots of the genre. Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege has to be one of the most honest stories I've ever read. Sergeant Dan Mills doesn't hide anything.

The first thing that the reader has to accept is that snipers are a breed apart. They are specialists and they take great pride in their skill. To them, the more lethally effective they are, the better the chances of their comrades (and themse
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Col
Jan 10, 2013 Col rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, m
Blurb.......



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
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Joe
Jun 25, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of the Battle of Al Amara. A horrible violent hell hole, more Iranian than Iraqi. During 2004 the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment was sent to occupy the town. While the main force was located up at Camp Abu Naji a small battle group was stationed in the main Ba'ath party building in the city centre.

The town was under almost complete control by Muqtada Al'Sadars Mahdi army. The British found themselves very quickly under attack. The poor equipment supplied by the MOD s
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Stephan Van wyk
Oct 06, 2012 Stephan Van wyk rated it it was amazing
Don't look out for great literature. But that's not what a soldier's life is about is it? This stuff is all action and from the heart. It very realistically puts the reader in the midst of the action. I don't know if this will come easier for those who know or have known military life - maybe it does and this may possibly bias my opinion? But I could feel events happening and see them in front of me. These guys are/were terrific soldiers. The way they speak, interact, react - that's all the real ...more
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