2007
12.10

“Truly superb, what those boys go through……………..”

Two reviews this time from our renowned book reviewer Camban.
Sniper One book by Dan Mills
The first one is Sniper One by Sergeant Dan Mills. Sgt. Mills is an  Army sniper hero who as has “beaten an MoD ban to reveal the true story of the most epic battle fought by British troops in Iraq”, according to The Sun Newspaper (note: the book is ghostwritten by its defence editor Tom Newton Dunn).
Sniper One Review:

“All first hand accounts of war fighting are by definition interesting, if you are into that sort of thing. They fascinate both those who have been there, and those who have not. Some though are outstanding examples that convey the reader into the cauldron with skillful use of language and a sense of time that brings the scenes as close to reality as typeface can, this is one of the best. A good measure of veracity are the revues posted on the British Army Rumour Service web site by serving soldiers, they know a Walt when they see one, they all like this book. There are suggestions on that site that this was ghost written but that does not matter at all, this is the first hand story of Sergeant Mills, a sniper platoon commander, during his time at Al Amarah in Iraq during 2004 and is simply awesome in scale with the description of close in action among the best ever produced. Andy McNab is quoted on the cover “One of the best first-hand accounts of combat that I’ve ever read”, well he should know!”

3 Para book by Patrick BishopThe second book is 3 Para by Patrick Bishop, another new book that might tickle your collective fancies.
3 Para Review::

“Afghanistan, summer 2006, THIS is war” trumpets the cover blurb. And it certainly is. This is a story of continuous deadly action endured not only by 3 Para, but many other units of the British Army during this largely unknown series of battles fought by seriously outnumbered units of professional soldiers opposing the mindless hordes of suicidal paradise seekers with a seemingly endless supply of deadly weapons. But these moronic, drug addled ‘warriors’ were fought to a standstill by sheer professionalism and courage. Now, this book is nothing like the first person accounts such as ‘Sniper One’ to name but one. It is a journalistic work of great range which puts forward many different pieces of the overall war story. So don’t expect raw excitement but be in awe of the subject matter; those young soldiers who found themselves in the cauldron and did not flinch.”
About Patrick Bishop: “A foreign correspondent since 1982 covering numerous wars and conflicts around the world. In the last five years he has emerged as a highly regarded military historian with his books. He began his career covering the British re-capture of the Falkands 25 years ago. Since then he has reported from the front line on almost every major war of the era.”

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