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  1. Sniper: A Novel
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  2. Sniper: A Novel

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Poised to stand among the great war novels, the harrowing chronicle of a sniper during the Chechen War.

“The saboteurs? Holy Christ, what happened? What did you do to deserve that?” a fellow soldier responds when he hears that Nicolai Lilin has been assigned to an unconventional, ultra-high-risk paramilitary unit of the Russian army. Also nicknamed the “para-bats” for the black parachutes that dropped them behind enemy lines at night, Lilin and his fellow “saboteurs” soon find themselves fighting Islamic insurgents armed with American weaponry in the breakaway province of Chechnya.

In vivid, harrowing detail, Lilin relays how, under the mind-bending dangers of heavy fire, on unknown terrain, in unpredictable small villages, the only goal is survival. Under the leadership of corrupt generals profiting from the war, his unit develops a camaraderie that is their best hope for staying alive―and staying human. Ultimately, the return to the bland normality of an impersonal society at “peace” might be the hardest struggle of all.

Writing with unhindered directness and power, Lilin combines his own experiences as a sniper in Chechnya together with the stories of those he fought beside to forge an autobiographical novel unique in the literature of war. A bestseller in Europe, this novel will remain an unforgettable account of one of the ugliest conflicts of our time.

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Lilin's first book of memoir/fiction, Siberian Education: Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld, told the gritty, captivating tale of his upbringing in the criminal world. His new novel (part autobiographical, part based on a composite of the stories and lives of those Lilin lived and served with) is a powerful, first-person look inside Russian military service, and behind the lines of the brutal second war in Chechnya (1999-2000).

The narrator, Nicolai, is unwittingly drafted into the service at 18, offered a cushy, elite placement, but busted to the "Saboteurs" - an elite group of special forces and sniper troops, for having the temerity to suggest that he was not interested in being a soldier. Thus is the anti-soldier forced to become a soldier's soldier.

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Lilin tells war atrocities with the most incredible non chalance I ever read. There are no heros, moral, ethics whatever. Only the crudeness of war game and accurate descriptions of a unpassionated ethnic cleansing. I suppose it is quite chocking if you expect to meet some hero torn between good and evil. If is that you are looking for, foget it! If you are still interested in Chechnia war - there are some many to choose from - then dig in: it is a subject not quite disclosed yet.
I fell in love with Nicolai Lilin's journey into adulthood in the criminl underworld of Siberia during Siberian Education. I doubted Sniper could compare, but it more than exceded my expectations. Not only is it incredibly well-written and filled with powerful quotes and old Russian proverbs that left my mouth agape but, Nicolai shows an element of vulnerability that may have been lacking in Siberian Education, Sniper makes him as a character and as an author more relateable. If you love Russian history, if you love books on war or if you just want to read something real with impeccable accuracy- you must read this book.
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