SHOOTER: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE TOP-RANKED MARINE SNIPER
Author: Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC & Capt. Casey S. Kuhlman, USMCR with Donald A. Davis
Publisher: VHPS (HOLT & ST MARTINS), May 2006
With more than 60 confirmed kills, Jack Couglin is the Marine Corps' top-ranked sniper. "Shooter" is his harrowing 1st-person account of a sniper's life on & off the modern battlefield. 8 pg. B&W photo insert; 6x9 inches, 320 pgs.
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 rifle?and its nearly magical scope?into 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 targets?up 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 firefights?and how one sniper team adapted and thrived in a battle zone unlike any they faced before?
With vivid portraits of Coughlin?s 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 job?and live with it once the
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
?When I asked one of his commanders about his skills, the commander smiled and said, 'I'm just glad he's on our side.'" ?Peter Maas, war correspondent and bestselling author of Love Thy Neighbor
"The combat narratives here recount battlefield action with considerable energy...A renowned sniper, Coughlin is less concerned with his tally than with the human values of comradeship and love." -The Washington Post
"A uniquely intimate look into the life of one trained to live in the shadows...some of the most poignant action ever recorded in a modern Marine memoir." - Seapower