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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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Overview

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

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  • ISBN-13: 9780425103555
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1988
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 57,504
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Henderson is a veteran of more than twenty-three years in the United States Marine Corps, with a distinguished career spanning from Vietnam to the Gulf War, after which he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer. In addition to writing his own books and for various publications, he runs his family's cattle enterprise in Peyton, Colorado. His first book was critically acclaimed military classic Marine Sniper, which first chronicled the exploits of U.S.M.C. sniper Carlos Hathcock. He is also the author of Marshalling the Faithful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    As an ex-Marine and long-range shooter, I thoroughly enjoyed this!

    Although a contemporary, I never met Carlos Hathcock. I can tell you he was legendary even in his own time. Marine PMIs quoted his exploits. I found Henderson's account of life on the ranges absolutely spot on. I was surprised to find how strongly Carlos Hathcock's personality emerged from the pages of this book. I felt like I knew him by the end, and I wish now that I had known him. This book is not for everyone, but if the title interests you then the writing certainly will captivate you.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2011

    any marine must read

    being a marine myself i have always heard of the legend of carlos hathcock. i was completely engulfed in his adventures. Hathcock is another reason i am proud to be a marine.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

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    One of the Marine's truly good men

    This is an oustanding book from a practitioner's point of view It gives a little of a lot but every piece is more than just interesting. SSG Hathcock talks about his rifle competition and mentions a few of the things a rifleman must consider before pulling the trigger to make certain he places the bullet exactly where he wants it to go. The switch from firing line to tactical is to take the principles and procedures of good marksmanship to the tactical environment and make use of it there. It involves positioning, sight picture, zero, heat mirages between you and your target, wind direction and speed and changes in wind. You have to be familiar with weapon and ammunition and the trajectory of the ammunition you use. You need to know when the bullet drops 49 inches below the zero spot and at what range. He talks about all these things, but almost casually, because he knew them so well. The remainder of the book is about patrol activities either as a single or paired with a spotter/observer. He does not talk about it but a good spotter just behind you and looking over your right shoulder can pick up the heat vortex of the bullet halfway to the target and say. "one foot high at 12:00 O'clock. If the situation required it, you could have a second round on the way almost as the first one got there. Anyway, it is an exciting book and real hard to describe and convey in words. You almost have to get out and walk a wilderness trek cross country looking for open areas of observation or fields of fire. The book gives a lot of information about getting into and out of a firing oposition and being somewhat protected. I found one technical error that was very small: One segment talks about one of the Marines standing at the front of his bunker when they heard the crack of a rifle across the valley and this was followed by a bullet striking the ground near him. They got it backward. When the round is fired at you, you hear the crack of the bullet first, and if you immendiately start counting. you will hear a dull thump like someone slamming a car door with the windows up. That will be the rifle. The number of seconds give you the approximate distance to the shooter and if you heard it right, the sound will give you the approximate direction as well. Just things to consider. This is a great book. You will see two actions written about in this book that I think should have been Medal of Honor material. One is Burke in repelling an attack and the other is SSG Hathcock when he risked his life to save others when their Amtrak was blown up. There is nothing about the Medal of Honor that says you must die in or to be awarded it. I think many very well deserving people have been short-changed in the recognition of their bravery and it is high time to correct it. It is probably always some staff REMF that downgrades it but some highly motivated Commander could stop this in it's tracks. Our men deserve just recognition for demonstrated bravery. Let's not let them down.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    A Great Read, a Real Hero!

    Although this book has been around a while, I was just made aware of it. This is an exciting tale of a real killer who served our country well during the Viet Nam War. A true hero who saved many American lives by his daring and use of God-given talents. The account of his service and experiences moves quickly with a nice flow and just the right amount of background information. Veterans should find this compelling reading. It should make non-veterans proud of the type of people who serve and their motivation for protecting our freedoms and preserving lives.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Lost a nights sleep over this one and glad I did

    The 99 percent of the US population that does not have to serve in the military should read this book. Sacrifice, courage, honor; I simply could not put this book down. A great read. A true American hero - like so many that served before him, and like so many that will serve after.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    Best book about war I have ever read.

    Drenched in sweat, soaked from head to toe, and struck with the visions of bullets flying by your face hitting your army buddies and closest friends- just some of the highlights this story tells about being at war. War is a horrible thing, and Charles Henderson tells the story of one brave Marine Sniper that was so dedicated to serving his country, that he now holds the record for the most confirmed kills during wartime. It is a heart-warming, true story about the main character, Carlos Hathcock, and his struggle to compete in war everyday and how he manages to keep his family. In Marine Sniper, Charles Henderson immediately starts off the book with a battle from the Vietnam War. Sergeant Hathcock is shown to be in position ready to snipe the enemy, the Viet Cong, or VC.
    Henderson tries to get the reader to understand that you can accomplish anything if you work towards it. He says that dreams can come true if you just believe and stay dedicated to them. The main character, Carlos Hathcock, always dreamed of fighting for his country. He worked hard at it everyday until he finally accomplished his goal. Carlos not only went on to fight for his country, but he also became the best Marine Sniper, and he currently holds the record for most kills at 93. Henderson also tries to get the point across to the reader that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel- at the end of a bad event, something good will always happen. In the story, Sergeant Hathcock spends endless days training to become a Marine Sniper; that he hardly has time to go home and spend time with his wife, Jo. He rarely went home during boot camp; he was never home when he started his eight month tour of duty. His wife was able to overcome the stress of thinking he could die at any moment, and they overcame a near divorce to have a beautiful son, Carlos Norman Hathcock III, named after his father and grandfather.
    The true story makes the reader feel as if they were there when Hathcock completed his tour of duty with 93 confirmed kills. The plot line makes the war come to life for the reader to interact better with the book. The story is based on an interview done with Hathcock. Henderson interviews Hathcock, and then he tells the story based on what Hathcock told him. I like the idea that it is a true story basically told by Hathcock himself- the greatest Marine Sniper in history. From reading about his adventures in war, I learned about what struggles soldiers go through everyday when they are fighting, and I learned really how hard it is mentally and physically to train to fight for your country- and to stay alive.
    After reading Marine Sniper, I now have a different view on war books, I now think I can enjoy them. I always found it boring to read a whole book on different battles, until now. I actually found this book to be mostly exciting and very interesting. I never thought I would be reading a nonfiction war book, until I had to do so for a book report. I can definitely say I am happy that I was forced to find this book. I believe any teenager will like Marine Sniper, and they will be able to interact with the story being told as I did. You will not be disappointed with it, I bet you will even recommend it to another person after you read it. It is a wonderful, true story- even if it is about war.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Worth a look.

    A little tedious with all the dates and names, but overall, a great read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

    Story of a military hero

    Marine Sniper is an excellent true story from the view point of a Vietnam military hero. His story of dedication and loyalty are excellent examples which the reader can use in his/her day-to-day life. The story is written which takes the reader to the action. I now have a greater appreciation for military snipers. I personally want to thank Carlos Hathcock for his service to our Country, dedication to the Marines, and personal sacrifices.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Awesome

    Read a few modern day sniper books and this guy is hands down the most amazing sniper that ever existed. He worked with equipment most would laugh at today. No special suits, no special equipment. Amazing story. Definite Read !!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Marine Sniper, 93 Confirmed Kills Marine Sniper, 93 Confirmed

    Marine Sniper, 93 Confirmed Kills
    Marine Sniper, 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles Henderson, is a biography about the infamous Carlos Hathcock.  Hathcock was a professional shooter turned Marine Sniper in the Vietnam War.  From my knowledge and what my recruiters have said, this man is a very heroic and brave man.  He is infamous for wearing a white feather on his cover, widely known throughout the Corps.  It tells about his disturbing sights and battles he witnessed.  It is only one account of the many traumatic stories that Vets from this war could tell.  Hathcock was a key player in this war, and the stories in this book proves why.  Honestly, the priority of this book is to tell stories of assassinations and battles the man had to endure.  If I were to categorize it, I’d say that it is a book that tries to put the Vietnam War in perspective of how horrifying it was.  So horrifying, that if you can’t bear visualizing something close to the Saw movies multiplied by twenty, you shouldn’t read it.  It is not for the weak gutted.  The style of writing it uses in the juicy parts of the book is phenomenal.  Brutal, but phenomenal.  It gets a little boring at points of the book, but the suspenseful parts take up for those dull moments.  I was satisfied with how honest this book was.  It tells the stories just like they should be told, and for that I admire it.  Some of the parts are a little overly graphic, and maybe too much information is told, but saying I don’t particularly like those parts would be hypocritical.  My overall rating for this book is a nine out of ten.  I think that it should be made into a television series, like Band of Brothers or The Pacific.  Series about men serving in the second world war.  It would probably be more interesting if that were the case.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    Highly Redommended

    This book is a very good story of one of the best snipers the US had in a war that more people protested then any other war the US was ever involved in. The main guy in this story was one of the important players in getting sniper units in all infantry platoons. If you like reading stories of our military you will love this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

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    Marine Sniper The word sniper instantly makes me think of one sh

    Marine Sniper
    The word sniper instantly makes me think of one shot, one kill from a concealed place. Becoming a sniper takes honor, skill and the bravery to take that one silent deadly kill on the enemy no matter what the age or who the enemy may be, and that is exactly what Carlos Hathcock did with his life. He had served in the Marines for eight years and became a sniper. Carlos has become legendary for his sniping, 93 confirmed kills. A sniper in the Vietnam War taking out every enemy he possibly could. The details become so in depth that it makes you feel like you are the one looking at the cross hairs and taking out the enemy one by one. It’s a true thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat of what it’s like to be a true marine sniper. Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills is a heart throbbing novel that shows what it takes to have honor, bravery and commitment. Carlos Hathcock’s built his life career around the Marines beginning at just age fifteen when dropped out of high school knowing since age twelve hewanted to be a Marine. Hatchcock shows his commitment from sunrise to sunset, not even knowing if he will live another day, but throughout the novel it shows on a daily basis of what it takes to have the honor and bravery to keep sniping out the enemy for the love of his country. Hathcock’s life commitments lead him to be one of the top legendary snipers known.
    There are many likes and dislikes to it, but overall the novel is a true hero story that touches your heart, but also makes the stomach sink for the families who have a loved one committing their life to their country, and the guts it takes to kill another human being. The context of the novel is rather hard to understand if you do not understand all the military terms, types of weapons, and shooting terms. The context would have me rather confused sometimes because I didn’t understand what they were always referring to. The violence is also very hard to read, but it is definitely worth it if you can take it. Overall the likes of Marine Sniper outweigh the dislikes by many. It gives fantastic description and details that it makes you feel like you are the sniper yourself.
    I would 100% recommend someone to read Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed kills. I recommend this because it is a true hero story of Carlos Hathcock’s life in the Vietnam War. It brings you so in depth with detail it feels like you are Carlos himself sitting in the jungle vines sniping the enemy down below. It is a true life story from when Carlos received his first gun to his last kill. There is no better choice in choosing a hero’s story and receiving every inside detail of what it’s like to be a legendary Marine Sniper.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Awsome

    A real hero love it :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Hatchock - Great American

    I must admit that I had seen an interview with Hathcock and could hear his voice as I read the book. I think that added a lot to it for me. You're reading about the most revered sniper in USA history. I think you'll be impressed with his story. I couldn't put this book down. You'll enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Very Good Reading

    Very interesting....sometimes a little long winded on locations and could have used some maps of the various ares to give the reader a better perspective, but overall a very interesting book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Excellent perspective of an actual sniper and what they have to endure physically and mentally. Better understanding of the training required and the needed discipline. Obviously a sniper is a rare individual and much needed. A huge thanks to all who serve.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Kick ass

    This guy had a $40,000 bointy on his head in vietnam and it was never collected

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    Great look into the life of a Marine legend

    Marine Sniper is an excellent book that I really enjoyed reading. I had seen the Sniper movies and heard about Carlos Hathcock, but this book really seems to give you a glimpse of his interesting life. You won't regret purchasing this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Tttttttt

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2011

    Marine Sniper Review

    This book was very good. It was extremely interesting and very easy to keep up with.
    Marine Sniper is about a man named Carlos Hathcock and he joins the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He is a scout/sniper during the war. He is an expert marksman, and used an M14 sniper rifle, and an M2 .50 Caliber heavy machine gun with a scope on top. He killed many men, including high ranking officers. He has been shot, and burned very badly. But he did live through his wounds. He received many medals for his actions in Vietnam. Today, he is a legend in the United States Marine Corps.
    The book was great. I really enjoyed it. I never wanted to put it down, because it was the best book I have ever read. It has a wonderful plot. Some parts are very sad because it is a true story, and there is a part where the author talks about a Marine being tortured, and it is in great detail. But that doesn't make it a bad book, because it is amazing, and I love it. I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.
    Like I said, the book was very good. It is the best book I have ever read.
    Buy a copy today!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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