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Publisher's Summary

Combat veteran and author Hans Halberstadt takes listeners 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.
©2008 Hans Halberstadt (P)2008 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Leostriple on 07-20-08

One Shot, One Listen

Trigger Men is a great balance of history and heroism. It's clear there was an extraordinary amount of time spent to uncover and tell the story of our military snipers, and their important everyday missions that most of us could never dare to imagine. The only small technical detail I had a challenge with is the fact the orator consistently spelled out S-T-A rather than pronouncing it "Stay" as is the actual practice. However, the story was well crafted and structured in a manner that leant itself to the great blend of history and practical application of the essential skills of the American Sniper.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 03-19-11

Are you a shooter - read this book; if not don't

This book is a good supporting read for the sniper in you life. Not for the casual reader, far too detailed and in the weeds for the non-shooter world. A few interesting stories, but many "lessons and pointer" are repeated over and over....

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By Anastasia Nahtepa on 01-01-09

Very interesting and eye opening

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and feel I have learnt a lot from it. Speaking as a women in my mid 40?s who has never been in the military or involved with a military man, a few terms used I did not fully understand. But I feel when the author makes a reference to the ?art of warfare?, that this ?art of the sniper?, is akin to the ?art of the samurai?. With the amount of not only discipline and training involved. But the inner strength and intuition to be able to weigh up a situation, act on it and not make mistakes. I did find the comments about how a police sniper is treated, as opposed to a military very interesting as well. A very good book well worth buying, thank you to the author and narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 12-23-12

Fantastic informative book on snipers

Best book on snipers an gun men I have read. Very informative, not only through true story's of snipers, but it goes into the mechanics of guns, the ammunition, ballistics, physical and environmental effects on bullets. It looks at not just military snipers but other groups of specialist gun men such as SWAT. Just an amazing read, giving a great insight into the lives and roles of snipers and giving you an understanding of their personalities, tactics and tactics.



Highly recommended

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1 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 05-28-15

Disjointed and repetitive

If you are interested in sniping and have no exposure to the subject you might enjoy. If you are a shooter don't expect to gain any valuable insight to the craft. The narrator's voice didnt suit the content. I didn't enjoy this book at all.

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