Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills


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

There have been many Marines. There have been many marksmen. But there has only been one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock.

He stalked the Viet Cong behind enemy lines—on their own ground. And each time, he emerged from the jungle having done his duty. His record is one of the finest in military history, with ninety-three confirmed kills.

This is the story of a simple man who endured incredible dangers and hardships for his country and his Corps. These are the missions that have made Carlos Hathcock a legend in the brotherhood of Marines. They are exciting, powerful, chilling—and all true.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425181652
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 258,870
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. He is the author of the critically acclaimed military classics Marine Sniper and Silent Warrior, which first chronicled the exploits of USMC sniper Carlos Hathcock. He is also the author of Marshalling the Faithful, Goodnight SaigonJungle Rules, and the fictional Jack Valentine Marine Sniper series.

Table of Contents

1.Duc Pho Shooting Gallery1
2.The Nature of Things28
3.Elephant Valley37
4.The Best Shot in America52
5.Elephant Valley Roundup65
6.In the Beginning ...77
7.The Apache89
8.A Nightmare's Witness103
9.Sign of the Sniper112
10.Rio Blanco and the Frenchman129
11.Sniper on the Loose149
12.Nguyan Stalks the Hill166
13.Sniper Counter Sniper181
14.Stalking the General202
15.Saying Good-bye221
16.Return to Vietnam231
17.The Tribe237
18.The Sacrifice263
19.Beating the Odds281
20.The Legend and the Man293

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Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 225 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JSMReferee More than 1 year ago
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.
Jsull More than 1 year ago
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.
Chipdatajeffb More than 1 year ago
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.
EugeneTX More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
KansasTwister More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
lieut2208 More than 1 year ago
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.
ShelbR More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little tedious with all the dates and names, but overall, a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real hero love it :)
jkdurden More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Lonerider More than 1 year ago
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.
Vic Meiller More than 1 year ago
This guy had a $40,000 bointy on his head in vietnam and it was never collected
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
VWUSMC More than 1 year ago
mdg57 More than 1 year ago
a very interesting story about a man who went above and beyond the call of duty. this is a story about a war that many people want to forget but was a very important time in american history. the man that the story is about set the standard for what the marine crop does today pertaining to the training of snipers. it does the heart good to know there are still americans willing to put there lives in danger so the rest of us can enjoy the freedoms we have today. you often hear about the greatest generation the world war 2 generation. this book shows that every generation has those type's people. it is a very interesting book and a quick read. i would highly recommend this book it is very entertaining.
roadwarrior6767 More than 1 year ago
For those that do not know or have not heard of Carlos Hathcock, this would probably not be a book one would read as it is not fiction.i say this because it was a real time drama. As a marine, that was on Hill 55 during this mans tour. He took care of the sniper, snipers that plagued us. This man saved count less marine lives, Sgt Hathcock i will always remember, i never met the man,would have been honored to do so, He will live on in Marine Corps history,his exploits, are legendary in the Corps.Another real life account is, Ron Jensens Tail End Charlie, is a personnel story of one marines time in vietnam. Well written a must read for anyone. Roadwarrior 6667
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marine sniper By Charles Henderson It was a great book, one of the best action books I have ever read. The book was based off an actual sniper from Vietnam that had 93 confirmed kills and over 300 not confirmed. He is still a hero today among the marine snipers. The book depicts battles both physical and mental as he tells the story of the one and only Carlos Hathcock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If we forget where we can from and what our great mean of valor accomplished and what it took to be free, we will NOT know where we are headed as a country. I am getting my son his own copy to read. You will always remember you read this book. It's one you will read again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST book I have in ten years if you want to read about the true meaning of a sniper Gunnery Sergeant Hathcock is the REAL thing this book gets you hooked the first line that you read and its hard to put down he takes the fight to the vc