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With more than 60 confirmed kills, Jack Coughlin is the Marine Corps' top-ranked sniper. Shooter is his harrowing first-person account of a sniper's life on and off the modern battlefield. Gunnery Sergeant Jack Coughlin is a divorced father of two who grew up in a wealthy Boston suburb. At the age of 19, although he had never even held a gun, he joined the Marines and would spend the next 20 years behind the scope of a long-range precision rifle as a sniper.
In that time, he accumulated one of the most successful sniper records in the Corps, ranging through many of the world's hotspots. During Operation Iraqi Freedom alone, he recorded at least 36 kills, 13 of them in a single 24-hour period.
Now Coughlin has written a highly personal story about his deadly craft, taking readers deep inside an invisible society that is off-limits to outsiders. This is not a heroic battlefield memoir but the careful study of an exceptional man who must keep his sanity while carrying forward one of the deadliest legacies in the U.S. military today.
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Critic Reviews

"The 3rd Battalion has a veteran sniper, Staff Sergeant Jack Coughlin, for whom the war in Iraq was only the latest of many wars; he fought in Mogadishu, too. On the first day of battle at the Diyala Bridge, he had 11 kills. He is 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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By jeff911rn on 02-26-10

First rate story!

I read Gunnery Sergeant Jack Coughlin's story last year in paperback, and could not put it down. A gripping story of the Iraq conflict told through the eyes of an American hero who saved countless lives being the best at his job. You will come away with a different picture than the sanitized version given by the main stream media. Gunnery Sergeant Coughlin comes across as a regular guy with extraordinary skills and commitment to serving his country above and beyond what was expected of him. An awesome story that will leave you looking for more Coughlin books. You will not be disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JPgenerous on 01-15-06

Deadly Story

This is a good book and truly recounts the deadliness of war that men wage on one another. The author doesn't glamorize his acts, but simply recounts them as they fell upon him and his duty as an enlisted marine. This is a good and accurate accounting of the beginnings of the second Iraq war waged in the early part of this decade.

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