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Sas Sniper The World Of An Elite Australian Marksman

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Here Rob Maylor tells the no-holds-barred story of his years on the front lines, from his early service with the Royal Marine in Northern Ireland, then from 2003 in the elite Australian SAS.

As one of Australia's most highly trained and successful combat marksmen, he saw action in East Timor, Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan where he won medals for gallantry in some of
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Hachette Australia
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What a bitter disappointment. I had such high hopes for this book. Mostly, because there are so few books written by Australians about Australian soldiers in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan wars, and partly because I was fascinated to read about an Aussie Special Forces Sniper at war. This book failed me in both departments. I do not think this was Rob Maylor's fault, but instead, it was the fault of the 'journalist' co-author who is clearly not very good at doing this sort of thing. It didn't seem ...more
Bradley Willis
Oct 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
So poorly written a child could have written it.
Paul Merriweather
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: special-forces
The scene that is the climax of the book, produces Australia's latest Victoria Cross recipient a comrade in arms. Running between the vehicles under continuos heavy fire himself, Rob describes an equally courageous four hours where he keeps providing fixes on the enemy and calls in Coalition firepower to overcome overwhelming odds of being ambushed by many times the numbers of combatants. So who gets the V.C.? The guy who everyone on the battle field can see expose his massive frame from cover a ...more
Not as entertaining as Sniper One or Team Six Warrior. Half the book is about him getting drunk. Seriously. After the first 150 or so pgs he finally enters the military. I did like that he included his family in the book, most don't.
I find that him jumping from one place to another very distracting. He included most of his military buddies as initials, gets a little confusing of who died when and if he was a decent lad or not.

The book seems more of a biography of his life, and less of a sniper
Susan Paxton
New Zealander Rob Maylor had an exceptionally interesting military career, serving in the British Royal Marines, the Australian Army, and the Australian SAS for a total of about 19 years. This book captures the many places he's served in, some exotic to American readers such as East Timor and Northern Ireland, and a number of hard actions, including one in Afghanistan in which another soldier in the Australian Army received a VC. While exciting - fans of military action will enjoy this - the boo ...more
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I got bored with the irrelevant childhood and early boozing Maylor. I felt he could have minimal used that and focuses more on his current military career. Also I felt there was was unresolved amniosity about not receiving a a MC where he could not understand why Mark Donaldson did during the battle of Khaz Oruzgan, even though did did not witness the event.
In my mind all our front line soldiers should receive awards for their daily heroism, most do not think will I get a medal for this, they do
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's a great overall book but some of the stuff is too matter-of-fact. He summarises the fifteenth month training regime within a page or two so lacks detail. Whilst other stuff he does put in detail is written very well it seemed like there was some important pieces he ignored or glossed over
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. It wasn't exactly what I thought it would be like, more actually about his life than his operations, but I guess it was still pretty good.
Jules Frusher
A great story but badly written.
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