It takes a tough mind-set 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 wants 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 metres, the length of 25 football pitches.
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.
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I enjoyed the book, more so the latter half. Having a military background (Australia) I had worked with KRH many years ago, I certainly could relate. I really enjoyed the technical aspects and field craft, however his treatment towards the end brought me to tears. I wasn't particularly taken with the first half with some of the embellishments. I have great respect for the Brits. He was clearly a dedicated, skilled, brave and thorough professional who really cared about his Diggers. His treatment by the MoD and Media was appalling. I wish him and his family the very best for the future.
Craig very bravely takes us through the exhilaration and the suicidal aftermath of military service.
An excellent book and well read. I would highly recommend. The mental aspects of war and its toll on the men on the front line are layed out to bare also.
This book is truly inspiring, a real life view of what our armed forces deal with week in week out. The people at home they protect are not worthy! A true hero!
gripping insight into what life on the front line and life afterwards is like. a must read/listen
"Excellent, drove miles out of my way to listen."
A top book written by a genuinely honest man. The mod should hang their heads in shame. I really hope you're life is happy now and in the future.
Gripping, shocking, hilarious
This was the honest account from a dedicated soldier who puts everything on the line for his country. He tells it as it is, the horrors and truly shocking situations the Armed Forces find themselves and without satisfactory support from the MoD.
The narration was excellent setting the mood for some very black dangerous situations and also for some utterly hilarious take on some of these.
The book is a rollercoaster of emotions and utterly compelling. Passion, pain, horror and hilarity.The relentless pressure pushing Craig to breaking point, being blown up and receiving second-rate medical treatment. The post-traumatic stress, lack of support and ultimately a lack of recognition for a dedicated and highly effective career in the military protecting this country.
I was and am utterly appalled at the treatment that Craig received from some sections of our society on his return. He should be hailed a hero.
I have long been a fan of Andy McNab and Chris Ryan but this book knocks all there is into a cocked hat. No contest.I hope that Craig Harrison has found the writing of this cathartic and his health is significantly better. Best wishes to you Craig and Tanya.
"Probably the best audiobook I've listened to"
It's a fascinating insight into a world that I, and I guess most people know nothing or very little about
"an insight into another world - thank you Craig"
A chance to gain a small insight into the British Army and sniping from someone who has been through the mill
A very gritty thought provoking book,Craig you are a true hero and I hope you find inner peace one day buddy,
Please listen to this book you won't want to turn it off
A true soldier. Well written. Kept me interested throughout. Felt like I was there in the thick of it at times.
A great book and moving story made all the more real having known Craig in his early army career.
A warts and all look at life on the frontline and the struggles for service personnel with PTSD.
This is the best book I've heard .what a story of bravery .I have so much to say but don't know how to say it .I've listened to so many books about snipers and war but this one really hit home the sacrifice our boys have made .
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