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Tells the exciting true story of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legendary Marine sniper in the Vietnam War.


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Tells the exciting true story of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legendary Marine sniper in the Vietnam War.

30 review for Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills: The Explosive True Story of a Vietnam Hero

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    This is an incredibly whitewashed, essentially jingoistic quasi-novel rather than a genuine biography. In the preface, the author freely admits that he “took the liberty of inventing dialogue for Hathcock’s North Vietnamese and Viet Cong opponents.” He also invents their thoughts, and, I suspect, some of the dialogue and thoughts of the Americans as well. All of this is frankly absurd, and has no place in a book that’s touted as non-fiction. Also, I’ve heard that his fact-checking leaves much to This is an incredibly whitewashed, essentially jingoistic quasi-novel rather than a genuine biography. In the preface, the author freely admits that he “took the liberty of inventing dialogue for Hathcock’s North Vietnamese and Viet Cong opponents.” He also invents their thoughts, and, I suspect, some of the dialogue and thoughts of the Americans as well. All of this is frankly absurd, and has no place in a book that’s touted as non-fiction. Also, I’ve heard that his fact-checking leaves much to be desired, though I’m not educated enough in terms of military history to be able to confirm that. (But it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if he got overly “inventive” with that too.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marcus

    I will perhaps catch some flak for this, but I have to disagree with the majority of the reviews. While the story of Carlos Hathcock is amazing beyond belief, I felt let down by the narrative of Charles Henderson. There is one aspect of this book that is especially bothering to me; I would imagine that the events taking place in Vietnam must have been immensly intense and frightening. For example, mental pressure felt by Hathcock as he 'played hide and seek' with Vietnamese snipers must have bee I will perhaps catch some flak for this, but I have to disagree with the majority of the reviews. While the story of Carlos Hathcock is amazing beyond belief, I felt let down by the narrative of Charles Henderson. There is one aspect of this book that is especially bothering to me; I would imagine that the events taking place in Vietnam must have been immensly intense and frightening. For example, mental pressure felt by Hathcock as he 'played hide and seek' with Vietnamese snipers must have been paralyzing. But nowhere in the book were those feelings properly addressed or transferred to the reader. I don't know, maybe the problem was with the reader of the book (I've listened to this book in Audible version) that failed, but the intensity of the events described in 'Marine Sniper' somehow went straight past me. Still, it's a 'must read' book for people who like to read about amazing lifes, Vietnam War buffs and people who have special interest in craft of sniping.

  3. 4 out of 5

    G.M. Burrow

    “There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” This quote from Ernest Hemingway opens the story of one of the greatest snipers the military has ever seen. “There have been many marines,” Henderson writes. “There have been many marksmen. But there has only been one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock.” The book has some pacing issues, largely due to the fact that real life doesn’t always fall easily into a “There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” This quote from Ernest Hemingway opens the story of one of the greatest snipers the military has ever seen. “There have been many marines,” Henderson writes. “There have been many marksmen. But there has only been one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock.” The book has some pacing issues, largely due to the fact that real life doesn’t always fall easily into a perfect three-part story, and Henderson lacks Stephen Ambrose’s ability to turn nonfiction into a fluid, balanced tale. But though the transitions are jerky and the prose sometimes less than shiny, the individual scenes are great. Henderson excels in zeroing in on the tensest moments of Hathcock’s life as a sniper in Vietnam: crawling inches per minute across open enemy territory, sleeping without shutting his eyes lest the Viet Cong catch him off guard, firing a shot straight through the scope of an enemy sniper and into his brain. The fact that it actually happened is the narrative’s main appeal, and in the end it is the story that sells itself. Truth scores a bull’s-eye. One shot, one kill.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James

    The story of Carlos Hathcock, who will probably always be remembered as the most effective sniper in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. Hathcock fought in Vietnam and, as the title says, killed 93 people that were documented and confirmed, and probably killed hundreds more that were listed as "probable" or "unknown". Snipers are unusual even among professional military people - they have one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs psychologically, emotionally, and in terms of wide-ranging skill The story of Carlos Hathcock, who will probably always be remembered as the most effective sniper in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. Hathcock fought in Vietnam and, as the title says, killed 93 people that were documented and confirmed, and probably killed hundreds more that were listed as "probable" or "unknown". Snipers are unusual even among professional military people - they have one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs psychologically, emotionally, and in terms of wide-ranging skills and effort required. Every sniper I've known or heard interviewed has said the same kind of thing about how he or she handled the act of looking at another human being that appeared to be close by (through a scope) but usually didn't even know the sniper was there, then carefully and deliberately shooting and killing that person. Essentially, they all said that they kept reminding themselves that by killing enemy soldiers, they were preventing them from killing the sniper's own friends and comrades, so what they were doing was ultimately saving the lives of people they loved. They also talked about depersonalizing it, deliberately thinking of the people they were shooting as simply targets. Most seemed to have made peace with what they'd had to do, though some were tormented then and later and a fair number who started out found that they couldn't do the job emotionally. Hathcock was a hard man to figure out, a bundle of seeming paradoxes. He was a quiet and unassuming man with a huge and sometimes cocky ego; a caring and gentle person who killed a lot of other people without seeming to have problems doing that. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this aspect of warfare.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steven Mccarthy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Marine Sniper is a true story about Sergeant Carlos Hathcock. Hathcock enlisted into the marines at age 17 and went on to become one of the greatest marksmen in the United States Marine Corps. At one part of the book Carlos is with Burke and they are both making there way to Elephant Valley. At Elephant Valley they would sit and shoot NVA’s. After shooting at the NVA’s from a distance in the shadows they take cover. Burke and Hathcock are both sitting there for days shooting at them and killing Marine Sniper is a true story about Sergeant Carlos Hathcock. Hathcock enlisted into the marines at age 17 and went on to become one of the greatest marksmen in the United States Marine Corps. At one part of the book Carlos is with Burke and they are both making there way to Elephant Valley. At Elephant Valley they would sit and shoot NVA’s. After shooting at the NVA’s from a distance in the shadows they take cover. Burke and Hathcock are both sitting there for days shooting at them and killing them. At night when it was all silent if Burke or Hathcock would hear a noise they would call in a illumination to go off to light up the night sky and they would kill NVA’s that were running. Throughout the book it would do flashbacks to when Hathcock was in the United States and go to competitions and win rewards. I liked this book a lot because I like to read about the military and how life is for them. I think that the author did a great job on this book because it has photos and definitions at the bottom of the page to help people who don’t know things about the military. I also like this book because it tells the story of a great Marksman of the United States Marine Corps. I think that this book was also great because once I started reading it I felt like I couldn’t stop, I wanted to know what would happen next. I think that others should read this but only if they know some of the abbreviations that the military uses. Also if they want to know want the military life is like in other countries. I give this book a five out of five because I think it was a great read and that adding the meanings of things and pictures made the pictures great.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Well written by Charles Henderson, Marine Sniper is an exceptional biography of a legend, Carlos "White Feather" Hathcock USMC sniper. Well written by Charles Henderson, Marine Sniper is an exceptional biography of a legend, Carlos "White Feather" Hathcock USMC sniper.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A Review of Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills Recently I read the book Marine Sniper. This book is by far the best book I have read and is inspired by a true story. The action and suspense never stops. This book is not easy to put down for those who love action and suspense books. While reading this book, I could imagine I was in the audience of the national shooting competition when all went quiet for the shot that decided it all. I also imagined that I was a marine on hill 55 going into the jung A Review of Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills Recently I read the book Marine Sniper. This book is by far the best book I have read and is inspired by a true story. The action and suspense never stops. This book is not easy to put down for those who love action and suspense books. While reading this book, I could imagine I was in the audience of the national shooting competition when all went quiet for the shot that decided it all. I also imagined that I was a marine on hill 55 going into the jungle on a mission with Carlos. Anyone who is a hunter can at least partially understand the skill and stealth it takes to stalk prey and place a perfect shot on the target. Even those who have not done any hunting activity can understand how stealthy and skillful the sniper must be to complete his mission. This book is perfect for readers who need fast paced stories. By the end of your read, you will feel as if you have been there with Carlos Hathcock all along. I would recommend it to anyone who loves action, suspense, or hunting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vaibhav Anand

    Charles Henderson's 'Marine Sniper' is a dramatized account of the life of a Vietnam War sniper. Based on the life and times of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock - an American soldier who apparently eventually became the posterboy of the Marine Sniper program - the book seemed an interesting prospect at first. One, I love war books and two, I love history books (Marine Sniper is set in the Vietnam War). Sadly, the book was a disappointment. The amount of melodramatic fictionalization of everything Hathcoc Charles Henderson's 'Marine Sniper' is a dramatized account of the life of a Vietnam War sniper. Based on the life and times of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock - an American soldier who apparently eventually became the posterboy of the Marine Sniper program - the book seemed an interesting prospect at first. One, I love war books and two, I love history books (Marine Sniper is set in the Vietnam War). Sadly, the book was a disappointment. The amount of melodramatic fictionalization of everything Hathcock did was extremely jingoistic. Dialogues were overwritten with Henderson trying to explain the scene or pace along the narrative with incredibly explanatory (and thus, weird) dialogues. And the focus on battle tactics or history was minimal. The only thing that made the book tolerable was Hathcock... real, gritty and human in the parts of the book Henderson allows him to be so.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Turner

    "Hathcock awoke with a jerk. The popping sound of a bullet impacting outside his door startled him. He made no sudden moves, but opened his eyes and rolled off the cot onto the floor in a push-up position. The single shot told him that there was a sniper lurking somewhere outside the wire . . . he heard the moans of a wounded Marine." page 154 Hanoi had sent at least a dozen well-trained snipers to the area around Hill 55, all seeking the $10,000 bounty on the head of SSG Carlos Hathcock, already "Hathcock awoke with a jerk. The popping sound of a bullet impacting outside his door startled him. He made no sudden moves, but opened his eyes and rolled off the cot onto the floor in a push-up position. The single shot told him that there was a sniper lurking somewhere outside the wire . . . he heard the moans of a wounded Marine." page 154 Hanoi had sent at least a dozen well-trained snipers to the area around Hill 55, all seeking the $10,000 bounty on the head of SSG Carlos Hathcock, already legendary with over 20 kills in a few months in-country in 1966. This accounting of Hathcock's 20 year career as a Marine sniper is an exciting fast read, jumping from one tense encounter to another, chronicling a remarkable career.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Henry Tomasko

    Marine Sniper goes through the military life of Carlos Hathcock; mainly focusing on his tours in Vietnam. It tells his struggles in a captivating way and triumphs in his personal and military life. The main things I enjoyed about this book was it felt like a story and was extremely easy to visualize. When he was headed through the jungle or crawling across a field you felt like your watching a movie. The heroic acts he preformed during the war to establish scout sniping on the modern front. The Marine Sniper goes through the military life of Carlos Hathcock; mainly focusing on his tours in Vietnam. It tells his struggles in a captivating way and triumphs in his personal and military life. The main things I enjoyed about this book was it felt like a story and was extremely easy to visualize. When he was headed through the jungle or crawling across a field you felt like your watching a movie. The heroic acts he preformed during the war to establish scout sniping on the modern front. There is one thing that I didn't care for and that was at some points it stays on details that do not have a profound impact on his whole story. This leads to some more boring chapters however I would still strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history or the Military.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sam Yang

    This was a good book written about one of the greatest snipers in military history, however the way it was written seemed a bit like a biased history. At times it seemed like the enemy was just dummies stuffed with straw, it also seems Charles Henderson was trying to make the book like an action movie. Aside from that though the story about John Hathcock and what he did in Vietnam is great and is worth learning about.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gary Daly

    Intense historical account of Marine Sniper Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock (93 Kills) written by Charles Henderson former Marine and historian who 'knows' his subject. At times it's a sensitive and meaningful look into the private and family life of a man performing a military task that even many of his superiors didn't consider 'right'. The argument between the use of napalm and sniper rifle as weapons in battle is in my view moot. a good read of you're in the market. Intense historical account of Marine Sniper Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock (93 Kills) written by Charles Henderson former Marine and historian who 'knows' his subject. At times it's a sensitive and meaningful look into the private and family life of a man performing a military task that even many of his superiors didn't consider 'right'. The argument between the use of napalm and sniper rifle as weapons in battle is in my view moot. a good read of you're in the market.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Roger Miller

    A hard and inspiration read. Every critic of the Vietnam war should read, and understand what soldiers went through to battle Evil. It was a hard read because my civilized mind has a hard time wrapping my brain around the necessity of cold blooded killing in a time of war. But I am also convinced we have civilization, ideals and freedom because of vets.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ciahnan Darrell

    Marine sniper is paean to Carlos Hathcock, one of the most cunning and skilled snipers the US military has ever produced. It proceeds in a manner akin to an action movie, rewarding passive engagement with accounts of battle, daring deeds, explosions, and foreign adventures offering largely mindless entertainment and unabashed myth-building. The second the reader starts to ask who the hero is killing and why, the fun recedes; likewise, as the number of references to “gooks” and “shovel heads” sta Marine sniper is paean to Carlos Hathcock, one of the most cunning and skilled snipers the US military has ever produced. It proceeds in a manner akin to an action movie, rewarding passive engagement with accounts of battle, daring deeds, explosions, and foreign adventures offering largely mindless entertainment and unabashed myth-building. The second the reader starts to ask who the hero is killing and why, the fun recedes; likewise, as the number of references to “gooks” and “shovel heads” stack up, the reader begins to question the motives and character of the good guys. To be fair to the author he did spend a page and a half acknowledging then moral complexity of sniping, but in the end he reduces Carlos Hathcock to a caricature of a archetypal super-soldier, denying the reader any chance at gleaning any insight into the book’s hero. His wife and son are barely a blip on the narrative radar, and his interactions with them one-dimensional, meanwhile the only friendships the author develops are based on a common desire to kill, and not be killed. If it seems like I’m being tough on the book/author, it’s because it/he did so little with so much, and ended up producing yet another fun but mindless ode to violence and American exceptionalism. Your time is probably better invested elsewhere.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katie Cram

    I actually read this book with my grandpa because he is a Marine. This is a true story about sergeant Carlos Hathcock and his time as a Marine sniper in Vietnam War. I believe this is a story about true American war hero. Sergeant Carlos Hathcock would lurk around the Viet Cong behind the enemy lines. His record of kills is one of the finest in military history. Sergeant Carlos Hathcock has confirmed ninety-three kills. I really enjoyed how this story was written and how it was about a simple ma I actually read this book with my grandpa because he is a Marine. This is a true story about sergeant Carlos Hathcock and his time as a Marine sniper in Vietnam War. I believe this is a story about true American war hero. Sergeant Carlos Hathcock would lurk around the Viet Cong behind the enemy lines. His record of kills is one of the finest in military history. Sergeant Carlos Hathcock has confirmed ninety-three kills. I really enjoyed how this story was written and how it was about a simple man who risked this life for our country. This man went through dangers and hardships to save his country and the marine corps. Truly, without this man our country would not be the same. The missions in this book have made Carlos Hathcock a legend and someone to look up to in the Marines. The stories told in this book are exciting and powerful. They make you have a bigger respect for what you have and for our country. Without Sergeant Carlos Hathcock and the Marine Corps our country would not be the same.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Whitewashed, with invented dialogue and emotion. Hathcock’s story is amazing, but this book doesn’t do him any justice. Read his Wikipedia page instead. At some point I’ll look for a legitimate biography, hope it exists..

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tre Kerrigan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Marine Sniper is the best book I’ve ever read. I recommend it to everyone. I talking my book club book into reading it and even the one who complained the most about reading it said it was a good book. It tells the remarkable story of a marine known as Carlos Hathcock, or known to his enemies as “white feather”, “ I understand some of it and then after that… white feather Sniper”(Henderson 273). Carlos was a man of myth, and a legend in the marine Corps. He sold the sniper program to the Marine Marine Sniper is the best book I’ve ever read. I recommend it to everyone. I talking my book club book into reading it and even the one who complained the most about reading it said it was a good book. It tells the remarkable story of a marine known as Carlos Hathcock, or known to his enemies as “white feather”, “ I understand some of it and then after that… white feather Sniper”(Henderson 273). Carlos was a man of myth, and a legend in the marine Corps. He sold the sniper program to the Marine leaders, and made it so snipers were a necessity in war. Without Carlos the Marine Sniper program would not be what it is today. The story of Carlos Hathcock was he went to Vietnam after winning a big marksman tournament. He was put into a special group of marines who all were excellent marksman. Carlos was by far the best however. He took out high value targets such as the feared female sniper known as The Apache. He also went deep into enemy lines, After crawling on his hands and knees for 4 days in a row. He sniped the leader of the Vietcong’s sniper program. This was a massive lost for the vietcong and a big victory for the US. By the time he finished his career in the marine corps he was the posterboy for the sniper program and over 93 confirmed kills, putting him up with legends in the marine corps. During his final mission in vietnam his truck blew up and caught on fire leaving his body burnt for the rest of his life. After leaving the marines in combat he tried to train snipers still in the homeland. Eventually his body couldn’t take it anymore and he had to find a new hobby. He missed the action and stories of vietnam and need to fill it with something. Hathcock filled this void with believe it or not shark fishing! Charles Henderson did a superb job retelling Hathcock’s story through true incidents and event. He also does a great job presenting the story. It was always exciting and fun to read. I couldn’t put the book down. I was actually sad when I finished it, wishing it could have been longer. After reading Marine Sniper I wanted to know more about Carlos and his fellow marines. I started researching and I found his life to be so interesting and the book did a magnificent job presenting it. Henderson wrote Marine Sniper so vivid I actually felt like I was standing right next to Carlos in Vietnam. He went into great detail explaining the environment, from the hill top base of Hill 55 to the deep and dense jungles Vietnam is known for. I could feel the wind blowing and see Carlos with his famous white feather on his hat blowing in the wind. I could smell the smoke from Carlos’ cigarette, and I can hear the echo of the gunfire and the crackle of the radios on Hill 55. If I had to give this book a rating it would be Six out of five stars! Just the story of Carlos Hathcock would make an amazing book. His life was so interesting and filled with so many event an author could write more than just one book about his life. What really made this book a good read was Henderson’s writing. He never made the story boring or dull. I was always on the edge of my seat when reading this. He also made it so the reader could picture the events as they read. I recommend this book to anyone who likes war stories and books. This is a terrific book and a great and inspirational read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alex Hamerlinck

    In the book Marine Sniper 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles Henderson (the author of Silent Warrior) is an explosive true story on how Staff Sergeant Hathcock became America’s deadliest sniper. I believe the author’s purpose on why he wrote this book is because he wanted to tell the story of one of the best Marine snipers to ever live and to let people know about him. The main characters in this book are of course Staff Sergeant Hathcock himself and his spotter and best friend Corporal Burke. In this In the book Marine Sniper 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles Henderson (the author of Silent Warrior) is an explosive true story on how Staff Sergeant Hathcock became America’s deadliest sniper. I believe the author’s purpose on why he wrote this book is because he wanted to tell the story of one of the best Marine snipers to ever live and to let people know about him. The main characters in this book are of course Staff Sergeant Hathcock himself and his spotter and best friend Corporal Burke. In this book the author talks about Staff Sergeant Hathcock and his journey through Vietnam and his story on how he became the Marines deadliest sniper and how he has to try to survive through Vietnam with his sniper rifle and his good friend and spotter Corporal Burke. Throughout this book Staff Sergeant Hathcock and Corporal Burke have to learn how to defeat difficult task and get out of the jungle of Vietnam alive and complete their mission. On their through the jungle Hathcock tells Burke his story on how he became what he is today. I believe the theme of this book was discipline and confidence. I believe this because Hathcock got to where he was today with self-discipline and confidence. He would not be anywhere close to where he is if he would not have used self-discipline to focus in on all of his shots and confidence that he could do anything if he had the discipline to do so. I think that this book was a little bit of narration and manly description. I think this because at some points when he told his story to Burke on how he won all of these trophies and how he was distinguished. Then at other times the whole story is description because the author made it feel like I was right there with Hathcock and Burke when they were going through the jungle and other trips. So that is why I think this book is both description and narration. So in my opinion I think that this book was pretty good. The things I like and disliked were that I like how he explained his past and how it was so well said so I knew what was going on the whole time. I never really was confused what was going on I knew what was happening the whole time. The thing I disliked the most and what I would have change was sometimes he kind of just went into the past and I sometimes was think what happened but then once I understood what I was going on I was fine. Same goes for when the story of the past ended he kind of just continued with the present so I first had to find out what was going on but when I did it was all fine from there. So in the end this book is not like any other book I have read because I have never read something that is this detailed about Marine Snipers. I would give this book a eight out of ten if ten was the highest. I would highly recommended this book to people that are interested in books that are about war or survival.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Luke Glidewell

    Incredible story I read the book Marine Sniper for a school book club and was incredibly pleased with my choice. At first I was skeptical because of some of the reviews on amazon and goodreads but as soon as this book arrived on my doorstep I couldn't wait to start reading it. The writing was quite well done, but the story of Carlos Hathcock’s life was so great that the writing could have been garbage and the book would have still been one of the top on my list. One of my favorite parts of this Incredible story I read the book Marine Sniper for a school book club and was incredibly pleased with my choice. At first I was skeptical because of some of the reviews on amazon and goodreads but as soon as this book arrived on my doorstep I couldn't wait to start reading it. The writing was quite well done, but the story of Carlos Hathcock’s life was so great that the writing could have been garbage and the book would have still been one of the top on my list. One of my favorite parts of this book was when Carlos saved many of his fellow marines, putting their lives ahead of his own. Putting them first, and sacrificing his own life and well being. “Hathcock’s entire world disappeared in a booming, ringing, earth shattering explosion.” “[He] opened his eyes, and saw nothing but blackness and fire.” Hathcock thought to himself “Save him! Got to save him.” This is when he grabbed every marine he saw and one by one saved their lives by sending them out of the flaming vehicle. “He himself was on fire. His trousers were burning, his chest and arms and neck were burning.” Without even realizing, he jumped out through the wall of fire not knowing what was awaiting him on the other side. For this he was awarded a purple heart, and was nominated for both the medal of honor and the medal of valor. In conclusion this book is an example of how great of a man Carlos Hathcock was. Not only is he a great man but also an incredible marine and one of the most talented snipers to ever live. I would like to give this book a five star rating but cannot do so, because the book seemed to be dragged out. There was way too much unnecessary filler. That is why I can only give the book Marine Sniper four out of five stars. Even though it may not be perfect I would highly recommend this book to anyone searching for an incredible read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    A nice little military Hagiography about Carlos Hathcock, the quintessential "lone wolf" Marine Sniper of the Vietnam Conflict. It's a very "boys' own" macho style of fictionalization of the Sergeant's life, a style that has been criticized by some historians. But it's just so much dang fun, with its tales of derring do and snappy military dialog. The action is compelling and drives the book along. Hathcock kills VC/NVA targets from long range, solves military mysteries, does some spy assassinati A nice little military Hagiography about Carlos Hathcock, the quintessential "lone wolf" Marine Sniper of the Vietnam Conflict. It's a very "boys' own" macho style of fictionalization of the Sergeant's life, a style that has been criticized by some historians. But it's just so much dang fun, with its tales of derring do and snappy military dialog. The action is compelling and drives the book along. Hathcock kills VC/NVA targets from long range, solves military mysteries, does some spy assassinations and even goes alone to plink a NVA general in an NVA "base camp". Some of the tales stretch imagination (and don;t seem to holds up to historical scrutiny), but our hero emerges almost all the time unscathed and to the good. When he does get injured, we get a very compelling story of recovery and redemption. A small but effective picture section fills out the offering. Junior readers will find this a very rewarding read, although they may take a few grains of salt with their entertainment. Military Enthusiasts/Gamers/Modellers will be rewarded with a rollicking tale and some good scenario/diorama pointers into the bargain. Skirmish gamers might find enough for a whole campaign. Could have used some maps/diagrams, but a worthwhile read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    S.

    having been fairly generous with the 4-stars lately, I guess I have to lean towards the 3 on this 3/4 borderline work. there are distinct arguments for the 4-- the ending, the multi-functional aspects of Henderson's capabilities, some of the uniquely defined personalities. but there are also areas to question, most famously (apparently, for Henderson addresses the issue in his foreward), a scene where people talk, and then one disappears into the bush and the other dies-- how could Henderson rec having been fairly generous with the 4-stars lately, I guess I have to lean towards the 3 on this 3/4 borderline work. there are distinct arguments for the 4-- the ending, the multi-functional aspects of Henderson's capabilities, some of the uniquely defined personalities. but there are also areas to question, most famously (apparently, for Henderson addresses the issue in his foreward), a scene where people talk, and then one disappears into the bush and the other dies-- how could Henderson reconstitute the conversation? Henderson, with his 93 kills, of course believes in his mission, and he is able to evoke the Vietnam jungle with some skill. yet there were times when the stories seemed to end too quickly. what happened to the Apache? where did the other soldiers end up in post-war life? 3/5 but to some degree missing the 4 only due to the plethora of other great titles acquired recently. supposedly `The` Nam sniper memoir, possibly even `The` sniper memoir

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    This was lent to me by a guy at work last week. I told him that I probably wouldn’t get to it anytime soon, and he said that was fine, but I ended up finishing it pretty quickly. It’s the true story of the most prolific sniper in the history of the Marines: 93 confirmed kills in Vietnam. And there were many more unconfirmed ones. The things he had to do, laying in the jungle for hours or days with bugs eating him alive, crawling through all kinds of foul water and jungle slime, are just amazing. This was lent to me by a guy at work last week. I told him that I probably wouldn’t get to it anytime soon, and he said that was fine, but I ended up finishing it pretty quickly. It’s the true story of the most prolific sniper in the history of the Marines: 93 confirmed kills in Vietnam. And there were many more unconfirmed ones. The things he had to do, laying in the jungle for hours or days with bugs eating him alive, crawling through all kinds of foul water and jungle slime, are just amazing. In one story, he had to crawl 1500 yards (about ¾ of a mile) to get close enough to an enemy camp to kill a general. Because there was no cover, he had to worm crawl the whole way, inch by inch, and it took him 3 days! 3 days to go ¾ of a mile! Fascinating book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kooper

    This book talks about a man named Carlos Hathcock. He is a marine sniper and probably the best marine sniper ever. This book talks what Carlos Hathcock did he was in the Vietnam war as a sniper and the things he went through in that war. What i like about this book is that it talks about how quite and such a marksman he was in the war and how strong he had to be during the time that he was in and how he dealed with all of his situations that he was put in. There is nothing that i dont like abou This book talks about a man named Carlos Hathcock. He is a marine sniper and probably the best marine sniper ever. This book talks what Carlos Hathcock did he was in the Vietnam war as a sniper and the things he went through in that war. What i like about this book is that it talks about how quite and such a marksman he was in the war and how strong he had to be during the time that he was in and how he dealed with all of his situations that he was put in. There is nothing that i dont like about the book other than there isn't enough pictures in it. People that i think would like this book would be probably people who like war stories or books about brave people, and even probably veterans themselves.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alberto

    Carlos Hathcock was a true American hero. I read this book quite a few years ago. Great attention to detail on some of the missions that Carlos Hathcock was involved with.A copy of the book that I have is autographed by Carlos Hathcock. I used to call him later in his life when he lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also sent me polaroid pictures of his medals as well. There are so many lessons that we can learn when we read this book. I gave it five stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

    Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills by Chris Henderson is a story about a legendary, ghost-like, deadshot who went on tours and racked up many kills to protect his fellow "brothers". This book is for anyone looking for a book that shows the thoughts of someone who is about to stop the heartbeat of another living person for the prosperity of their side of the battle. I would highly recommend this book because it leaves you on your toes and it holds you till the very end. Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills by Chris Henderson is a story about a legendary, ghost-like, deadshot who went on tours and racked up many kills to protect his fellow "brothers". This book is for anyone looking for a book that shows the thoughts of someone who is about to stop the heartbeat of another living person for the prosperity of their side of the battle. I would highly recommend this book because it leaves you on your toes and it holds you till the very end.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Feltman

    One of the most intriguing books I have ever read. Sergeant Carlos Hathcock is an absolute legend that I had never heard of until reading this book. It tells the story of the Marines starting up there own sniper team and recruiting Hathcock along with several other sharp shooters. Some of the stories seem almost so impossible you almost can't believe its true. Including one of his most famous shots. I won't spoil them here though. Definitely worth the read. One of the most intriguing books I have ever read. Sergeant Carlos Hathcock is an absolute legend that I had never heard of until reading this book. It tells the story of the Marines starting up there own sniper team and recruiting Hathcock along with several other sharp shooters. Some of the stories seem almost so impossible you almost can't believe its true. Including one of his most famous shots. I won't spoil them here though. Definitely worth the read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    E B

    Brilliantly written, relentlessly researched IF you have any interest in skills hard-learned, persistence beyond what we think of as the limits of human obstinacy--if you are encouraged, in the full sense of encouragement, by the persistence toward success and the courage needed to support that degree of stubbornness in the face of likely defeat--if you are that person, you will appreciate this book and the man about whom it is written. Otherwise, put it down now.

  28. 5 out of 5

    V. William Turkus

    A Personal History This biography of a grunt doing his best in a tragically misguided and unnecessary war involving the U.S. in a quagmire of corruption and greed Unfortunately both American and Vietnamese governments sent thousands of young men to their deaths in a futile cause that dishonored the U.S. and ultimately destroyed the South Vietnamese government. All on the backs of young men trying to perform their duty and stay alive

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robert B.

    One of a kind This is an amazing story that demonstrates the amazing resilience of the human will. I expect there are a limited number of individuals who possess the tenacity of spirit demonstrated by this warrior. One is astounded by the feats of accomplishment present in this man. It is truly awe inspiring. A must read for anyone who enjoys military history and the accomplishments of true heroes.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Newell

    Amazing career for the US Marine Corps greatest sniper. I felt that the writing was a bit uneven at times, but the supurb research and pulling the sources together to complete the story in a believable way was very well done. The story of Seargeant Hathcock is one of perseverence in the face of any obstacle, and then succeeding. I highly recommend.

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