Unflinching

Unflinching

The Making of A Canadian Sniper

Book - 2015
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Elite sniper Jody Mitic loved being a soldier. His raw, candid, and engrossing memoir follows his personal journey into the Canadian military, through sniper training, and firefights in Afghanistan, culminating on the fateful night when he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs below the knees.

Afghanistan, 2007. I was a Master Corporal, part of an elite sniper team sent on a mission to flush out Taliban in an Afghan village. I had just turned thirty, after three tours of duty overseas. I'd been shot at by mortars, eyed the enemy through my scope, survived through stealth and stamina. I'd been training for war my entire adult life. But nothing prepared me for what happened next.

A twenty-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Jody Mitic served as a Master Corporal and Sniper Team Leader on three active tours of duty over the course of seven years. Known for his deadly marksmanship, his fearlessness in the face of danger, and his "never quit" attitude, he was a key player on the front in Afghanistan. As a sniper, he secured strongholds from rooftops, engaged in perilous ground combat, and joined classified night operations to sniff out the enemy.

In this gritty, no-holds-barred memoir, Jody reveals he was born to be a soldier. An aimless teen in search of belonging, he found brotherhood and discipline in army life. In sniper school, he learned the mindset of a hunter-killer and developed the hyper-sensory precision of a human predator.

On the warfront, Jody experienced first-hand the valour and the chaos, the battle scars and the pain of war--including the tragic losses of fellow soldiers wounded or killed in action. And one day in 2007, when he was on a mission in a small Afghan village, he stepped on a landmine and the course of his life was forever changed. After losing both of his legs below the knees, Jody was forced to confront the loss of the only identity he had ever known--that of a soldier.

Determined to be of service to his family and to his country, he refused to let injury defeat him. Within three years after the explosion, he was not only walking again, he was running. By 2013, he was a star on the blockbuster reality TV show Amazing Race . And in 2014, Jody reinvented himself yet again, winning a seat as a city councillor for Ottawa.

Unflinching is a powerful chronicle of the honour and sacrifice of an ordinary Canadian fighting for his country, and an authentic portrait of military life. It's also an inspirational memoir about living your dreams, even in the face of overwhelming adversity, and having the courage to soldier on.
Publisher: Toronto :, Simon and Schuster Canada,, 2015
Edition: Simon and Schuster Canada edition
ISBN: 9781476795102
Branch Call Number: ANF 958.104737 MIT
Characteristics: xi, 238 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lefko, Perry

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PrincessOfTheDark
Mar 09, 2016

A biography that is heartfelt and that is the real deal. It shows the hardship that he endured while trying to pursue his career as a sniper. But he never gave up even though he thought about retiring from the Armed Forces. This vet's story very is inspiring. He was a soldier's soldier. He made a sniper career for himself just like wanted. Thanks for your service Master Coporal Mitic. You served your country proud.

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dontbugmeimreading
Sep 23, 2015

Jody Mitic made an impression on me when I saw him on The Amazing Race Canada so when I saw that he had written a book, I had to read it. Most of the book is about his time in the Armed Forces, which is really not my thing, and only the last bit is about his recovery after he lost his lower legs. However, the way he writes is entertaining and easy to understand and I found that I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would.

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