13 Cent Killers

The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam
Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: History, Military
3.5 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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It's not easy to stay alive with a $1,000 bounty on your head.  

In 1967, a bullet cost 13 cents, and no one gave Uncle Sam a bigger bang for his buck than the Fifth Marine Regiment Sniper Platoon. So feared were these lethal marksmen that the Viet Cong offered huge rewards for killing them. Now, noted Vietnam author John J. Culbertson, a former Fifth Marine sniper himself, presents the riveting true stories of young Americans who fought with bolt rifles and bounties on their heads during the fiercest combat of the war, from 1967 through the desperate Tet battle for Hue in early '68.

In spotter/shooter pairs, sniper teams accompanied battle-hardened Marine rifle companies like the 2/5 on patrols and combat missions. Whether fighting their way out of a Viet Cong “kill zone” or battling superior numbers of NVA crack troops, the sniper teams were at the cutting edge in the art of jungle warfare, showing the patience, stealth, combat marksmanship, and raw courage that made the unit the most decorated regimental sniper platoon in the Vietnam War. Harrowing and unforgettable, these accounts pay tribute to the heroes who made the greatest sacrifice of all - and leave no doubt that among Fifth Marine snipers, uncommon valor was truly a common virtue. 

©2003 John J. Culbertson (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Very Interesting

This is a good "read." It does take a strange turn, but all in all it has a lot of great info on the subject.

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OK

The story was OK. It was kind of short and in a few places, the sotry conradicted itself. Mostly when talking about weapons and what was being used. However, all in all it was OK.

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Hard to listen to the whole book.

Struggled to finish this book. Very boring. I like to listen to Vietnam books but this one did not keep me entertained.

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meh

this would have been a lot better if it was an entire book instead of just 2 hours