||Dark Planet Publishing
||june 1, 2010
It is a brief look into a raw and brutal side of war unseen by the average soldier from the view point of a combatant both revered and hated.
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Sniper. The word conjures images in our imaginations. Soldier, lone combatant, silent killer - unmentioned by his commanding officers, an invaluable resource to field intelligence, an enigma to his comrades in arms and a curse to his enemies. The advanced intelligence and demoralizing effect provided by the scout-sniper is often the key to military victory. In his own words, Sgt Cannady explains the process of becoming a member of an elite fraternity; both what is gained in the achievement and what is lost. The demons, both real and unreal, that the few men of this unspoken profession face. It is a brief look into a raw and brutal side of war unseen by the average soldier from the view point of a combatant both revered and hated. From the training regiment, to special operations in Honduras, to the sands of Desert Storm, a sniper describes not only the skills and mind set required to perform and succeed as a warrior whose engagement with the enemy is as personal as it is deadly, but also the harsh reality of coping with life after stalking the world's most dangerous animal - man.
I started writing this book as therapy. I had no intention of publishing it. It was an introverted way of talking about my experiences. Like every person who has ever seen combat, it was not something I wished to share with most people. On the other hand, I felt the general population needed to know what their military endures to ensure their freedom and keep them safe.
I have learned to control the anger I once felt at myself. I learned to trust God. I have even learned to talk about my experiences, and to live day by day. To a select few, I've confessed the urge to take a human life. Don't misinterpret -- I would take no pleasure in the suffering of the innocent, but my thoughts are always directed at the evils of society; drug runners, violent criminals, or enemies of foreign lands. Paraphrasing Marine Gunner Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, once you've hunted men, the thought never leaves you. Some wish to forget. For others, the thoughts linger, but they are always there. I have struggled to deal with this for a long time. Finally, I accepted it as a consequence of war. I think of it once in a while, and move on to better thoughts. Once I realized I wasn't alone, the experience of war became easier to accept.
I still remember my friends, but I've learned to accept their deaths. They died in battle, with honor and pride. They died with for their country and their belief in its values as a society of peace, freedom, and happiness. We were common men in uncommon circumstances. It was our job.
A fascinating account of one man's experience in the military. Told in a casual, straightforward manner, the author takes us on a journey through his training and service. We experience the highs and lows, the humor and sadness, the challenges, the life-shattering losses, and the unwavering camaraderie, pride, and honor of becoming and being a Marine. Readers will learn about the physical demands our soldiers are exposed to, and the mental turmoil that results from having to deal with ghastly situations that most people can't comprehend or imagine. Though some parts are jarring, the author is candid and tells it like it is, giving the reader a real, uncensored insight into his experiences and how they shaped his life. Readers will come away with an understanding and appreciation for the selflessness that military personnel such as the author have given in their service to ensure our freedom.
Mr. Cannady did an outstanding job of writing so that you can almost feel what he went through. It gives insight into the thoughts and emotions of the special forces soldier from training to the battlefield and their effects on him as a person. He and his colleagues made tremendous sacrifices for the love of their country. Once you pick this book up, you won't be able to put it down.
Can't Put it Down
My brother was special forces in the late 60's. He sent home pictures of the horror so he would never forget what he had seen. He did not need the pictures. My brother could not read this book.....Bob Cannady paints a tragic and frightening picture of life and war, before, during and after. This is not just another war story. This one will make you bite your nails until they bleed and then you will go back and read it again. It is the kind of book we should all read at least once a year so WE never forget.
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