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Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper Paperback – May 2, 2006
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“[Jack Coughlin] is one of the best snipers in the Marine Corps, perhaps the very best.” ―Peter Maas, war correspondent and bestselling author of Love Thy Neighbor
“Coughlin is less concerned with his tally than with the human values of comradeship and love.” ―The Washington Post
From the Back Cover
INTO THE CROSSHAIRS
Marine Sniper Sgt. Jack Coughlin carried his specially designed bolt action rifle―and its nearly magical scope―into a landscape of sandstorms, firefights, and chaos during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As marines charged through the desert and leapfrogged through bizarre, treacherous urban battlefields, Coughlin and his sniper teammate did their job and did it well: One by one, they spotted their targets―up to a half a mile away. And one by one their targets died. Coughlin has more than 60 confirmed kills.
INTO THE ACTION
In this extraordinary account from battlefield Iraq, Coughlin tells the story of his own unique war, from stealthy, slowly-unfolding long range kills to unplanned firefights―and how one sniper team adapted and thrived in a battle zone unlike any they faced before…
INTO THE HEART AND MIND OF A WARRIOR
With vivid portraits of Coughlin's fellow marines and the battles they fought from Al Kut to Baghdad center, SHOOTER takes readers to the frontlines of the war in Iraq and gives a brutally honest account of a man trained to hunt humans, who had the courage to do his deadly job―and live with it once the shooting stopped.
"One of the best snipers in the Marine Corps, perhaps the very best. When I asked one of his commanders about his skills, the commander smiled and said, "I'm just glad he's on our side.'"
―Peter Maas, war-correspondent and bestselling author of Love Thy Neighbor
Top Customer Reviews
"Shooter", however, gets mixed up on what it wants to be: an insightful, introspective look into the mind of a man who is, after all, a professional killer (among other things) or a look at the life of a Marine specialist on the front lines. In the end, Shooter fails to deliver enough of either, and that is disappointing. With regard to the "insight" part of the book, Coughlin dutifully tell us that he holds no illusions about what his job is and what that means, how he never feels good taking human life, and how sometimes his targets show up in his dreams. On the other hand, he spends an incredible amount of time in the book complaining about how he is being left behind from the action in Iraq, which is essentially him complaining about not having enough opportunities to go out and kill people. Coughlin doesn't go into enough detail about how his job affects him personally for the reader to really care about how the job might affect him personally. For example, Coughlin experiences marital troubles that are all too common in military families.Read more ›
I bought this book with anticipation of an honest, no nonsense account of the opening of the Iraq war from the perspective of a senior enlisted Marine. Sadly, it was supremely disappointing on many levels.
One should not automatically assume that having a story to tell makes you a writer. Like every other craft (including that of a sniper) it takes training, experience, and time to develop. Clearly, Mr. Coughlin is not a writer. His style was amatuerish, his use of language unnatural, and the overall focus missplaced. For this I also fault the editors and any others I assume were supporting his work. There is no mistaking that Mr. Coughlin thinks a lot of himself. After all, he single handedly saved "The Main" by killing one Iraqi machine gunner. He singlehandedly changed Marine Corp doctrine with his 'mobile sniper concepts'. (Perhaps he was not aware that Marine snipers ARE mobile and have been for some time. Helicopter insertions of snipers occured regularly in Viet Nam. He should read Hathcock's book.) After the first chapter I was bored and put off at how often he patted himself on the back. Who identified him as the Top Rated Sniper? He never explained (although he never let you forget!) Every Marine is a rifleman. A sniper is a highly trained rifleman. They performed a sepcialized task. However, if body count is the measure, then I fully believe that the average grunt Marine during the same period of time in that conflict had a higher 'count' than him.Read more ›
Of course by saying this I do not mean to say that the book is devoid of history as it is chock full of it.
It is also not just about killing but about skill and what it means to be skilled at something.
If you give this book a chance it will get you thinking.
A very challenging and multileveled book that is not so easy to dismiss (as much as many would perhaps like). It is very much worthy of your attention.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poorly written, questionable facts, poorly edited. This guy could learn some modesty!
I do not recommend this to anyone.
I like the book, am not a book reader in general, but I like this one.Published 4 months ago by Marko
I served with Jack, he is a natural leader and the book helped me understand why I enjoyed him as a brother in arms while wearing the uniform.Published 6 months ago by Mark
An amazing, true story of what Marine Snipers live through in times of war. A story of bravery and sacrifice, I highly recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Vi
An intriguing look at combat from behind the scope of a real American hero while protecting the lives of his combat brothers.Published 7 months ago by Mtn Skyline Dreambuilders
This book was interesting from the first page to the end. The accounting of the military actions intertwined with the personalities of the men that Jack Coughlin served with made... Read morePublished 8 months ago by EDGAR IMELDACORTES
Tells how snipers were used during the beginning of the Iraq war. Happy Veterans Day to all and to all a good night.Published 8 months ago by Max Pfost