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An exceptional biography of a legend,
This review is from: Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills (Mass Market Paperback)
Although I lack military experience, I must say that this novel is perhaps one of the greatest military biographies I have read. Perhaps the reason this novel is so enjoyable, is because you have absolutely no idea what story will be told next. Furthermore, if you are like me, you possbily never even heard the name Carlos Hathcock before.
This biography was very enjoyable, because it kept me on the edge of my seat. The personal stories of Hathcock, and eyewitness accounts are amazing. I can't fathom an individual who can shoot a gun accurately at 2,000 yards. But this novel gets you in close and personal with a person who lived by the motto, "one shot, one kill" at a distance of over 1,000 yards.
Henderson, the author, does a great job of describing Hathcock, and his missions by using expert witnesses and documents. Merely page through the bibliography to see the amount of research that Henderson did for this novel, and you will realize that this book must be pretty close to the absolute truth.
Overall, this book is fantastic, due to the missions that are explained in here. Henderson makes you feel right at home with this legend, and creates a lively image on each mission. As a result, this novel is easy to read, because it is a page-turner. Henderson also does an excellent job as to explain the mentality of Hathcock towards the Marines and towards the art of sniping. I never realized that a person who is a sniper must have a unique mentality in order to do this job. And Henderson shows that sniping is not for everyone.
The novel also immortalizes Hathcock as a hero and a leader.....as it should. Hathcock was at the top of his field, and literally designed the manual for this new class in the military. But his ideas have found there way into SWAT teams, and police forces through the world. Hathcock was a hero, who ultimately paid the price for his bravery in the Vietnam war. This novel is a must read for all individuals, not just the military type person!
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Initial post: Mar 4, 2012 12:08:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2015 12:26:39 PM PST
Mr Moll: Well-written review. However, this is a biography NOT a novel. GySgt Hathcock's feats are legendary to all who wore this nation's uniform and carried a rifle. Cheers!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2015 8:40:42 AM PST
B Lynch says:
My husband and I have the priviledge of knowing close friends of Gunny Hathcock's. My husband actually took a civilian shooting class under him. His marine friends fought for Gunny to get the recognition he desired and finally obtained the silver star for him. They are probably the marines who have helped snipers get the recognition and honor they desire as war heros. In Gunny's day the government didn't want to recognize snipers as the heros they are. We have an autograph copy of the book by Carlos Hathcock not the author. It is a prized possession.
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