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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Halberstadt Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781400177158
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Combat veteran and author Hans Halberstadt takes readers deeper inside the elusive world of snipers than ever before, from recruitment and training to the brutality of the killing fields. Shadow Team is probably the most productive sniper team in American military history, accounting for 276 confirmed kills in a six-month span with no casualties of its own. The team's leader made what was-and may still be-the longest range kill with a 7.62mm rifle. For the first time ever, team members explain what it's like to kill a man and what it takes to become one of the elite. The tragic tale of Headhunter Two is altogether different. This four-man sniper team from a regiment known within the Corps as the Magnificent Bastards was killed in 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq. Their deaths not only caused a reevaluation of sniper tactics and techniques but also created a desire for vengeance that was exacted nearly two years later in dramatic fashion. Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews, Halberstadt gets inside the sniper mind and shows how snipers think and interact with each other, how missions are planned and executed, how the weapons work, and even what happens when a bullet finally strikes its target. There are only a few hundred snipers from all the services put together in combat at any one time, making this true inside story a rare and important event. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An insightful analysis-with first-person commentary from veterans of Iraq-of the changing role of the sniper on the modern urban battlefield…not for the squeamish, but for those looking for a thorough primer on the role of the military sniper in today’s counterinsurgency missions, this is a solid introduction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • For those looking for a thorough primer on the role of the military sniper in today's counterinsurgency missions, this is a solid introduction. Publishers Weekly
  • “A chilling look inside what a sniper’s effect has on both friend and foe. Straightforward and insightful. A must read for all Americans.”

    Jack Coughlin, New York Times bestselling author of Shooter

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 8/18/2013

    " The majority of the book revolved around the description of the profession and the weapons, instead of the actual engagements, yet the stories were interesting, the language minimal, and the insight enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 7/8/2013

    " "An interesting read. Not great writing, as much of it comes from the people who lived the sniper life." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 11/29/2012

    " Excellent book about snipers and what goes into being a sniper, highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martinez | 11/14/2012

    " This book is about my dad and i am reading this and i love it Because I want to be a Sniper. Awesome book to learn what it is like to be a sniper and how much training and rules for snipers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Sanford | 10/28/2012

    " Not for the squeamish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/31/2012

    " Color pictures not for the faint of heart. Liked it so much I had to buy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/27/2012

    " A great book of first hand accounts a experienced by the men that were there. It was a mixed read. At times captivating and compelling at others I longed for it to be over. It was an OK read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. Richards | 3/23/2012

    " great book. a gorry but accurate look into the life of a sniper in the modern military "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Avi | 3/20/2012

    " a 4 on a scale of 1-10. I thought it would be much more action packed, but it was far too technical for my taste "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CK Hicks | 12/21/2011

    " Clear, concise, and complementary to our forces in the field. A great look into the battles - both internal and external - of some of the most finely trained soldiers on earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Mceachen | 11/16/2011

    " currently reading this, have read sevl other sniper account books, Hathcock's being another recommended one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen wells | 10/25/2011

    " Some fascinating information about bullet trajectory and distances, but overly technical at times. His writing is also a bit choppy and discombobulated; some paragraphs seemed misplaced with the content in the rest of the chapter, and a several chapters were left open-ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmwells | 5/12/2011

    " Some fascinating information about bullet trajectory and distances, but overly technical at times. His writing is also a bit choppy and discombobulated; some paragraphs seemed misplaced with the content in the rest of the chapter, and a several chapters were left open-ended.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/30/2010

    " The majority of the book revolved around the description of the profession and the weapons, instead of the actual engagements, yet the stories were interesting, the language minimal, and the insight enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/18/2009

    " Color pictures not for the faint of heart. Liked it so much I had to buy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 2/26/2009

    " great book. a gorry but accurate look into the life of a sniper in the modern military "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Avi | 10/12/2008

    " a 4 on a scale of 1-10. I thought it would be much more action packed, but it was far too technical for my taste "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 8/28/2008

    " currently reading this, have read sevl other sniper account books, Hathcock's being another recommended one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 7/9/2008

    " Excellent book about snipers and what goes into being a sniper, highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martinez | 5/1/2008

    " This book is about my dad and i am reading this and i love it Because I want to be a Sniper. Awesome book to learn what it is like to be a sniper and how much training and rules for snipers. "

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About the Author

Hans Halberstadt has authored or coauthored more than fifty books, mostly on US Special Operations forces, armor, and artillery. He served in the US Army as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam. He lives in San Jose, California.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him thirty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards.