Absolutely recommended for it's stark honesty presenting the voice of our Soldiers in battle.
The hard reality of combat sniping is shown as well as the changes sniping has undergone, adapting to the needs of the new style of anti-insurgency warfare.
The "perimeter" defense incident regarding the "kill line" in Baghdad shocked and angered me. The author's stark honesty is appreciated but the incident itself left me shaken.
Overall a fine story, very informative and entertaining as the sniper's modern style is shown adapting to new terrain and enemies. But not for the squeamish.
Engrossing story that really puts you in the time and place to understand what it felt like to be there.
Loved this book. I enjoyed it much more than the similar American Shooter. It really gave you a great look into what it's like to be a Marine Sniper in Iraq.
I have always respected fire arms. I know the story was dramatized, but the basic elements of how these men are trained and how they work is fascinating. After hearing this book, I respect the men in our military even more. I also have seen the movie, but the book is better.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
Unique different alien. A glimpse into a unique world. Honest and detailed discussion of what it is like to have a career as a sniper. Many descriptions of battles and missions. Slim thread of story woven to pull it together. Easy to listen to. I have zero background to understand this and it was easy to follow. Entertaining. A bit chilling at times but that is because it is so real.
Truth is stranger than fiction.
If you enjoy this topic you will like this because it will probably feel accurate to you. If you like reading diverse topics, give it a try as it is well written and easy to understand. I found parts of it somewhat amazing.
Yes, and I probably will, simply because it is an interesting look at war from the inside.
The main character, Jack.
Drop the accent.
An inside look at war where life and death are decided between heartbeats.
The US is lucky to have patriots like Jack Coughlin. So many liberals think that Marines and other US military personnel are just unfeeling, unthinking automatons to be pushed around on a world chess board to accomplish a stated mission. That's not the case. These are honorable citizen-soldiers with hearts and minds who, like Jack Coughlin, will do what is necessary to protect the people of United States.
As someone who did a fair amount of shooting in the Marine Corps, I can attest to how difficult really good shooting is at great distances. Coughlin is like a major-league perfect-game pitcher compared to most of us sand--lot players.
As for the reader, he has a good voice, but should not have attempted the Bostonian accent. It sounded a bit pretentious and was distracting. If Jack Coughlin had read it with his own accent, that would have been fine, because that's who he is.
This was not what i thought it would be - Dick Hill for me narrated the book with heavy east coast words turned me off. To me i guess the writer thought alot about himself and got into himself too much. Sorry
This was in interesting book. You never know what really goes on in a war. The media just doesn't show all of the sides. This was an alarming yet, captivating account.