Marine Sniper Sgt. Jack Coughlin is the Marine Corps' top-ranked sniper. Shooter is his harrowing and very human first-person account of one man's battle to remain sane and hold his family together while personally bringing America's military muscle to the enemy's front door. Coughlin is also a divorced father of two who grew up in a wealthy Boston suburb. At the age of nineteen, although he had never even held a gun, he joined the Marines, and would spend the next 20 years behind the scope of a long-range precision rifle. Marine Sniper Sgt. Jack Coughlin carried his specially designed bolt action rifleand its nearly magical scopeinto a landscape of sandstorms, firefights, and chaos during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As marines charged through the desert and leapfrogged through bizarre, treacherous urban battlefields, Coughlin and his sniper teammate did their job and did it well: One by one, they spotted their targetsup to a half a mile away. And one by one their targets died. Coughlin has more than 60 confirmed kills. In this extraordinary account from battlefield Iraq, Coughlin tells the story of his own unique war, from stealthy, slowly-unfolding long range kills to unplanned firefightsand how one sniper team adapted and thrived in a battle zone unlike any they faced before.With vivid portraits of Coughlins fellow marines and the battles they fought from Al Kut to Baghdad center, Shooter takes readers to the frontlines of the war in Iraq and gives a brutally honest account of a man trained to hunt humans, who had the courage to do his deadly joband live with it once the . 8 pg. B&W photo insert; 6x9 inches, 320 pgs.
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