Joe LeBleu is a former U.S. Army Ranger and 82nd Airborne sniper team leader. His father's military service allowed him to grow up all over the world, he holds the record for the longest kill shot, 1,100 meters, in Fallujah, Iraq, in the fall of 2003. Now a civilian, he lives with his wife, Natalie, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mike Tucker is a counterterrorism expert and Marine infantry veteran—and the author of ten books, including Operation Hotel California, Hell Is Over: Voices of the Kurds After Saddam, and Among Warriors in Iraq (all Lyons Press); and five volumes of poetry. He has led and witnessed counterterrorist raids in Spain, Burma, and Iraq. He divides his time between Annapolis, Maryland, and Penang, Malaysia.
Maps/Photos (Joe has over 200 photos to select from, in Iraq and Afghanistan)
Introduction: A day that changed my life forever
Introduction will cover Joe's youth, growing up in Brooklyn,
tour of duty in US Army Rangers, return to NYC, and of course,
September 11th—September 11th is the anchor of the introduction and
Joe's thoughts on September 11th weave throughout the book.
Book One: “Insurgent at 1100 Meters, Lieutenant.”
“Roger that. Take the shot.”
Joe's combat in Iraq dominates this section, the guts of the book are all here—this is the section that will appeal most to the military reader. His affection for Natalie, which the reader will first get in the introduction, grows here and the general reader will stay hooked on the love groove. Joe saw a ton of action, including “The Shot,” and the combat will no doubt draw in many readers. The witnesses to Joe's seemingly-impossible shot will also recount that mission—among them are Captain Adam Bohlen, US Army 10th Mountain Division. You're familiar with Bohlen, of course, from Among Warriors in Iraq, a book in which LeBleu appears also.
Book Two: Far Afghan Hills
Joe was on a lot of dicey, very high-risk sniper missions in Afghanistan, and his thoughts on fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda are provocative, engaging, and intriguing. The grueling and very challenging nature of sniper missions in the rugged and remote mountains of Afghanistan provide the general reader with real contrast to the desert and urban missions of Book One. Again, Joe's love for Natalie binds the narrative.
Book Three: Coming Home
The warrior at rest. Joe felt that his debt to America was paid, having served in the Rangers and the paratroopers, and trusted his gut. His transition to civilian life, “back to The World,” as grunts like to put it, wasn't easy but Natalie certainly made it far less difficult than it would've been without her.
This section will also have Joe's thoughts on training Mark Wahlberg for the film, Shooter, and his last words on the impact of September 11th on his life.