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It takes a tough mindset to be a successful sniper, to be able to dig in for days on your own as you wait for your target, to stay calm on a battlefield when you yourself have become the target the enemy most want to take out. Craig Harrison has what it takes and in November 2009 in Afghanistan, under intense pressure, he saved the lives of his comrades with the longest coIt takes a tough mindset to be a successful sniper, to be able to dig in for days on your own as you wait for your target, to stay calm on a battlefield when you yourself have become the target the enemy most want to take out. Craig Harrison has what it takes and in November 2009 in Afghanistan, under intense pressure, he saved the lives of his comrades with the longest confirmed sniper kill - 2,475 meters.In this unflinching autobiography, Craig catapults us into the heat of the action as he describes his active service in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan, and gives heart-stopping accounts of his sniper ops as he fought for his life on the rooftops of Basra and the barren hills of Helmand province. Craig was blown up by an IED in Afghanistan and left battling severe PTSD. After his identity was revealed in the press he also had to cope with al Qaeda threats against him and his family. For Craig, the price of heroism has been devastatingly high.Powerful and compelling, The Longest Kill is a must-read for fans of military memoirs....

Title : The Longest Kill: The Story of Maverick 41, One of the World's Greatest Snipers
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ISBN : 9781250085238
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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The Longest Kill: The Story of Maverick 41, One of the World's Greatest Snipers Reviews

  • Will Once
    2018-11-13 06:01

    This is a brutal and uncompromising autobiography of a modern sniper in the British army. The book doesn't take prisoners, either in its language or the action it describes. There is a sense of honesty here. He is telling it like it was.The author is not an easy man to like. He comes from a dysfunctional family and at times his decisions and actions leave you scratching your head. There is one section where he goes AWOL from the British Army to join the foreign legion, then decides that he doesn't like it and goes back to the army. There is another section where he disobeys orders and threatens to punch an officer.The book ends on quite a sour note. He feels let down by the establishment about how he was treated. In a sense the book doesn't seem ti be properly finished. It seems as if he needs something more. A sense of closure. A coming to terms with what has happened to him.Throughout the book we are never quite sure how much we can trust what he is saying. It is a very personal account and that may include some squaddie exaggeration. Or it may not. We really don't know.Recommended. It is a brutal, honest and messy account of a brutal and messy existence. And if it isn't quite the finished article, that doesn't really matter. It is one man's story. He stops you in your tracks and demands that you hear his tale, like the greybeard loon in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.Just don't complain about the effing. It's a squaddie talking.

  • Rob
    2018-11-13 09:10

    Awesome, gritty, the truth of army life, boring as hell one minute with the next time they're off to war! Ups and downs of army life. The book starts of slowly, gathering paste! Before you know it you can't put it down, then it's the end! Gutted.. Wanted more! Absolutely feel for CoH Harrison, don't care about his record! It's the history of the man and character that brings this book together! Good to see your on the mend! Bloody good book well written! Enough said!!!

  • Nick Brett
    2018-10-19 04:05

    The headline here is that it is the story of Craig Harrison who was a British sniper with the longest recorded ‘kills’. I was expecting something along the lines of the excellent “Sniper One”, but there is so much packed into this that it does almost read as fiction.The author came from a dysfunctional family (more on that later) and joins the Household Cavalry. A journey that takes him AWOL to the French Foreign Legion, back to the Household Cavalry, earning money on the side as a kind of bodyguard and a boxer and then into service in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. The time in the Balkans was a horrific reminder of the terrible things that happened there. Eventually we get to his time as a sniper, equally fascinating and, by this stage of the book, we get the detail in blunt reality. After the shot which earned him the accolade of the “longest kill” the story doesn’t end as the author is blown up by an IED and even sent back into service without adequate mental health checks. Further MOD incompetence allows his name to be released by the media adding extra pressure on the author as he become a target. That would be more than enough for any book of this kind, the sort of reading experience that leaves you breathless. But, amongst the reviews of the book you may find a low scoring one, from his Mum! And his brother! Obviously being uncomfortable with the way she is portrayed (in fairness his Mum comes out of this very badly) she has pushed back with a review. But that just adds to the theme of the book really, one of astonishment for the reader. Talk about a jaw dropping page-turner…..

  • Zoe
    2018-11-01 09:05

    I'm going to hold my hands up here and admit straight away that a fair amount of this book, I didn't 'understand'. I'm ashamed to say, I'm not particularly educated when it comes to war - so I'm glad I read this book. Really glad. I'm not going to insult Craig Harrison by saying that this was 'entertaining' despite being utterly gripped to every word this absolute hero wrote. What I will say is this - The British Army let this hero down. Badly. I am so angry for him. This was honest and stunning.

  • Steve
    2018-10-24 05:47

    An interesting read on British Army sniper Craig Harrison who in November 2009, made the longest confirmed sniper kill at 2,475 meters-a mile and a half in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Harrison was later wounded by an IED and went through PTSD. His identity was later revealed and Al Qaeda threatened him and his family. This also tells of his army life and training to become a sniper.

  • Neil
    2018-11-01 04:59

    This was a book that felt brutally honest about the author's life before, during, and after the British Army as well as his experiences in combat. Even though he came from a broken family, he did develop some personal skills as a child and young man that would hold him in good stead when he joined the army. The last few chapters were especially hard to read, as they described his struggles with PTSD and an uncaring military or government. The book is not completely focused on warfare, killing, and trying to stay alive. It does have plenty of humor in it, as well (and not "black" humor, either). He shares humorous circumstances that happened to him as well as to the men who he would eventually be put in charge of. (view spoiler)[I think one of the "funnier" stories for me had to do with his finding out his entire unit was in a police station for getting into a fight. The men had broken into two units and overwhelmed the civilians with whom they were fighting; the police were amazed and impressed at how well the unit behaved in terms of ambushing the civilian combatants AND that nobody was seriously injured. The author describes how embarrassing it was to have to use a minibus to pick up his men from the police station while experiencing great pride at how the men had come together and acted as a unit. His unit was described as being a "Dirty Dozen" group of characters, rough-and-tumble men those in command felt he would be the best option to take under his wing. He did take them under his wing, molding them from being the "afterthoughts" of the regiment into becoming the regiment's premier unit.His initial thoughts and experiences when he showed up for the initial classes to be a sniper were also funny. He had to train himself to get ready for the course, and he had to beg and borrow as much equipment as he could get for use on the course. Despite not having the same or similar "modern/current" gear as the other applicants, he still excelled at the course and passed with his classes' highest score. (hide spoiler)]He had a "life-changing" moment where he experienced a type of epiphany while in combat. (view spoiler)[He spoke with a sniper who was in overwatch over their camp, and the sniper not only treated him decently, but described what happens when a soldier is trained to become a sniper (199). The sniper said, "You make a sniper by taking a human being and re-engineering him. You go down to the essence of who he really is and you build him back up from there, except you leave something out. You leave out the bit that says it's not okay to kill another human being. You make him into a weapon and a weapon's job is to kill people. A sniper isn't a man anymore; he is a weapon, a weapon waiting to be fired" (198-199). The author was suitably impressed and saw how the sniper's were treated (with dignity and respect); between the conversation with the sniper and seeing how sniper's treated made him want to become a sniper himself. (hide spoiler)]The author describes horrific experiences while in Bosnia and Kosovo, as well. Those chapters were equally difficult to read.(view spoiler)[I think it is utterly shameful and reprehensible how he was treated by the public, the press, the military, and the government. A despicable journalist thought he would get more money by selling his story uncensored about the author's unit and the author himself. This selfish person's choice has put the author's family and the author at risk as they regularly receive death threats for some of the individuals killed by the author in combat. Despite his having received horrific injuries from battle [including being in a vehicle destroyed by an exploding mine] he received zero assistance to recover from his PTSD. It is ridiculous how the government and the military use up these men (and women) who give up so much of their lives in service to their country by discarding them as useless and lacking any value after the soldier has been injured or forced to "retire" from service due to injuries received.I also thought it was ridiculous how he was passed over for a "higher award" by some officer who had never met him. The author said it should have been his decision to opt out of receiving a prestigious award; instead, some officer made the decision for him. It was pretty ridiculous. (hide spoiler)]It was a powerful, hard-hitting book that described that hit the reader pretty hard. I thought it was well-written, and it held my interest throughout the entire book. I am glad I took the time to read it.

  • Matt
    2018-11-18 08:01

    Not bad to read, can't help feeling it's a little bloated in places, this spoils it for me. His achievement is brilliant and he obviously has skills, his problems are evident too as is the lack of after care off the MoD I don't dispute that. Easy to read enjoyable in parts but I can't believe all that he had written. Mostly his extra jobs outside the army, possibly over embellishing them when he doesn't need too, his sniping achievements are enough for the book.Not 1 I'd read again I urge people to read this with an open mind.

  • Chris Allum
    2018-11-17 09:47

    Having read American Sniper I though it was justified to read the experiences of a British Serviceman. Delivered in the usual british reserved style, it gives an honest account particularly around the mental toll. It has been an easy flowing read that has keep me hooked and able to finish it quite quickly. One that I would recommend.

  • Jason Orthman
    2018-11-12 05:06

    Great insight into the life of a sniper and the consequences of war on individuals. Brutal.

  • mark crawford
    2018-11-13 06:04

    Great readReally enjoyed this book. Great insight into what it takes to become a sniper in the army and what goes on at the front line. The last few chapters about PTSD are hard to read.

  • Pete
    2018-11-11 03:47

    This novel should appeal to those who enjoy similar type accounts by Chris Kyle and Jack Coughlin. Harrison doesn't really go into detail about deployments preferring to give a general outline of taskings he was assigned. Military culture is totally dependent on acronyms and it's surprising to see how few appeared here. With few exceptions, no last names appear either and that seemed odd. The important takeaway from this novel is that much more support needs to be offered to troops after their tours have ended.

  • Bob Bowden
    2018-11-18 04:04

    I do enjoy a good war/army book and this one does not disappoint. What I enjoyed particularly about this one was the style in which it is written. I got the feel (when reading it) I was down the pub listening first hand to CoH Harrison telling me his life story. I loved the detail too about participating in combat and being a sniper especially. Given what I read here (and some subsequent googling around the author) CoH Harrison has been shabbily treated by his regiment. However, more recently, he has been compensated and I wish him all the best for his future. Another great story of a man called to do a job, which he did with immense competence.

  • Hayley Little
    2018-10-24 05:02

    An honest and unflinching account of the reality of war. It shows the good and the bad of being in the army and shows what people in the forces have to go through in order to keep us safe. It really captures the close bonds between the soldiers and in spite of everything it’s great to know they have each other’s back. The bravery of these heroes in the face of all the horror and tragedy is inspiring and I feel that anybody who reads this book will be much more appreciative of what these people do for us, our country and each other.Craig Harrison is an absolute hero and the way both he, and his family, are treated at the end of the book is infuriating and upsetting. The epilogue does show a glimmer of hope and I hope that Harrison and his family are doing better now. I am glad that they met Tom and Dave who seem to be the only people who treat him and his family with the kindness and respect they deserve after he was discharged from the army. I hope the other soldiers mentioned in this book were not let down so badly and they are doing well, although it is hard to believe that anybody came out of this well.

  • Jarno
    2018-11-11 03:56

    It is amazing how Harrison manages to maintain a balance between the unapologetically gruesome descriptions of his kills and the typically dry British humour that he uses to colour them. The Longest Kill manouvres past the typical mistake of a war book that tries to be something fancier than it needs to be. A book about war does not need a mask of psychedelia. It should be as simplistic and accurate a report as a subjective first hand account can be, and this is where The Longest Kill hits its mark. Although Harrison's tales often reek a wee bit exaggerated and slightly too entertaining, an utmost respect and regret towards the ramifications of his own actions always shine through. The greatest moment for the reader is the end because only then one discovers how effectively Harrison's heartbreaking disappointment and horrible mental scars have managed to creep under one's skin and how desperately even a little glimmer of light is needed. A truly touching biography and one of the best descriptions of modern warfare told with the sharpness of the most accurate of scopes.

  • Chris
    2018-11-14 10:46

    I believe what the author says about his shot being one of the longest, if not the longest, sniper kills in a war -- he had a spotter and other people around him when this happened. But some aspects of the story, such as his beating up 3 bouncers while drunk, I don't entirely believe and since this isn't a biography there's no one to dispute his accounts. I also think that the book is so detailed, and there's no credits at the beginning or end of the book showing he conferred with anyone else who shared his memories, that he either has photographic memory or he's embellishing and adding in details of what happened that might not be true. The book is also written in a macho / gung-ho kind of style which I often find irritating regarding true military books (I enjoy the ones that aren't so macho in their approach). I liked the book but it doesn't get past a 2 / 5 in terms of being a book of any depth or insight.

  • David Macconnell
    2018-10-26 03:57

    A very personal accountI have read many books about the various roles our people have played in both past and current conflicts. Craig's account is very well written and takes you through all the different stages of his career. The aftermath is well written and very personal. It details not only his own struggle but also those close to him as he battles the reality of a job that's often glorified on screen as well as in print. It also documents the establishments failure to protect and properly care for our people in their time of need

  • Shannon
    2018-10-20 05:49

    A great insight into the life and mind of the sniper who took the longest successful shot.It was good going back in his life, knowing more about who he was and how he came to be there rather than just 'look this man took a long shot' The skill needed is one I will never know, using various guns and shooting in various ranges across the globe I know now my skill would not be enough.But it's a book i've already passed to my dad to read and I will encourage others to read.nothing is sugar coated and everything is the raw truth and emotions that goes through someone in the midst of war.

  • Ernest Godfrey
    2018-11-09 11:01

    BrilliantDon't read this if you like John Wayne life is gritty brutal an not nice. They don't all sort the bad guys without breaking stride in fact who really are the bad guys? Is winning so important that it has to be achieved at any cost, of course it is unless perhaps you ask the people who actually pay the cost. I am not a pacifist and I am grateful somebody made the sacrifice I am even more grateful it wasn't me. Thank you and good luck mate

  • Graham
    2018-11-15 09:13

    A true story of army sniper Craig Harrison and his tours of duty in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and the after effects when he came home. It's a very graphic and explicit account of the reality of soldiering that, in parts, is a difficult and upsetting read. I'm glad I read the book as it improved my understanding of the reality of conflict.

  • martin greenshields
    2018-10-31 10:13

    Great This book just shows people who are not forces what the guys have to go through to make them safe .it also show how white they get treat by the guys who should look after them when they come out or are injured doing there job

  • Mike
    2018-11-06 06:16

    Couldn't stop reading this one. The horrible reality of war and the struggle to come to terms with it's after effects on body and mind. I actually know one of the guys in the book which makes it all incredibly real and upsetting in places.

  • Steve Warsap
    2018-10-21 04:58

    Interesting read to see what life as a sniper or Calvary marine is like, would definitely recommend this book as you go through the emotions and mindset of life during and after the army

  • Paul Ingrey
    2018-11-16 07:04

    Brilliant, shocking, disturbing and concerning, a must read!

  • Sabre-Louise Inns
    2018-10-27 08:53