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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,575 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Coughlin, Casey Kuhlman Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504627498
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With more than sixty confirmed kills, Gunnery Sergeant Jack Coughlin is the Marine Corps’ top-ranked sniper, the man who personally brings America’s military muscle to the enemy’s front door. Shooter is his harrowing first-person account of a sniper’s life on and off the modern battlefield.

At the age of nineteen, Coughlin joined the Marines and spent the next twenty years behind the scope of a long-range precision rifle as a sniper. In that time, he accumulated one of the most successful sniper records in the Corps, ranging through many of the world’s hot spots. During Operation Iraqi Freedom alone, he recorded at least thirty-six kills, thirteen of them in a single twenty-four-hour period.

Now Coughlin has written a highly personal story about his deadly craft, taking listeners deep inside an invisible society that is off-limits to outsiders. This is not a heroic battlefield memoir but the careful study of an exceptional man who must keep his sanity while carrying forward one of the deadliest legacies in the US military today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Jack Coughlin] is one of the best snipers in the Marine Corps, perhaps the very best.”

    Peter Maas, war correspondent and bestselling author of Love Thy Neighbor

  • “Coughlin is less concerned with his tally than with the human values of comradeship and love.”

    Washington Post

  • “This story doesn’t need help to hold the listener’s attention, but [Dick] Hill keeps it lean, quick, and enjoyable.” 

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Michaud | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting look into the world of a top marine sniper and what goes through their mind on missions in Iraq "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaun | 2/19/2014

    " A hell of alot better than Howard Wasdin's book. Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin provides a unique perspective on the role of a Marine Scout/Sniper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/17/2014

    " An excellent book. Grabs you from page one and cant put it down until finished! Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/12/2014

    " This was a great book. It really lets you into the minds of the incredible Warriors that keep this nation safe and are fighting for the freedoms of people around the world, especially the Sniper Units. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.J. | 2/4/2014

    " it's exactly what you think it'd be like to be a marine sniper: calculated awfulness. i'd read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magen | 1/31/2014

    " I'm still not sure what to think...graphic, bad language, but shows the reality of war. I'm still thinking about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/23/2014

    " Everyone loves a Sniper. This is the new-age sniper along with a look into the Iraq war from the eyes of someone that was there. Let me tell you, I would definitely want this guy to be on my side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/20/2014

    " This book is a refreshingly honest and frank look into the world of a Marine Sniper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/7/2014

    " Excellent book! Once I started it, I had a very hard time putting it down. An excellent insight to the life of a sniper in combat. It's also a unique examination of how influential one rifle and one man can be to the outcome of battle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dio Aufa Handoyo | 12/6/2013

    " A clear story about 2003 Iraq Invasion from an enlisted Marine sniper's point of view. Describes what might be the start of a new sniper utilization concept as a mobile team that fights on the front line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Davis | 11/21/2013

    " I was bored at a friend's house so I picked his dad's book up and read it. It was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 11/15/2013

    " 4.85. Good story with some good quotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cimuchowski | 11/6/2013

    " A look into the business of effective killing by a honest man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/27/2013

    " Amazing look into the life of a Marine shooter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia | 1/4/2013

    " Shooter was a very interesting look at the personal side of war, and a reminder of the momentous year that was 2001. I ended up not liking Coughlin very much, but understanding where he was coming from. He was a killer because he was good at it, not really because he wanted to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/8/2012

    " 1/2 way done. This book is awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Kirk | 8/12/2012

    " Awesome book that every Marine should read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zjsdad | 7/6/2012

    " Book provided adequate description of IRAQ invasion from sniper perspective "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck Rubin | 6/13/2012

    " Very realistic insight into the Iraq war. No boring parts at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam and Tonya | 6/5/2012

    " A gritty and realistic view of what happened in Iraq during the early stages of the war. An interesting read. Thought provoking from the human standpoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Monsma | 3/29/2012

    " This is an excellent book for anyone interested in snipers, the Marine Corps, or the war in Iraq. It is a gripping account if two Marine snipers beginning in Somalia, but based mainly in the conflict in Iraq following 9/11. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val | 3/19/2012

    " One of the best military books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Shaw | 3/18/2012

    " i have never read this book but it looks sweet. i saw the movie and it had the guy from 4 brothers. the movie was good so hopefully the book is "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam | 10/1/2011

    " This book was "okay". The man is obviously a brilliant soldier, but some sections move way too slowly. Also, his narcissism stands in sharp contrast to the humility of the protagonist of "Lone Survivor". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 8/18/2011

    " Well written first person account of how snipers are still an effective tool on the modern battlefield. Provides a small glimpse of what its like for a sniper. Discusses the affect of being sniper on the authors' personal life. It was an easy read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nealhonda | 3/13/2011

    " Hard to finish. It is a case study about a narcissistic asshole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 1/13/2011

    " Very, very good book. Parts were a bit technical though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chase | 12/17/2010

    " this is a well-told story. the subject matter could be macbre and heavy, but he treated it with a humorous outlook and it actually worked-it wasnt weird. a very smart, funny book written about the heat of battle in iraq with the benefit of heinsight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 11/13/2010

    " Fantastic view into the invasion of Iraq from a Marine Sniper POV. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 6/9/2010

    " Great information and perceptive of a gruesome job. A very interesting read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 5/30/2010

    " Excellent book for anyone who has served active duty during war time or women married to men who served in combat. It helps to better understand the scars left behind on those we love and how to deal with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/8/2010

    " 1/2 way done. This book is awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dyanne | 3/30/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. Quick read but a great look at the beginning of the conflict in Iraq. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 3/29/2010

    " i liked it because it the military law enforcement in the book "

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About the Author
Author Jack Coughlin

Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC (ret.) is the author of the Kyle Swanson novels. His autobiography, Shooter, describes his experiences as the top-ranked Marine sniper in the Iraq War. Coughlin grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts, and joined the Marine Corps when he was nineteen. He served with the Marines during the drive to Baghdad and has operated on a wide range of assignments in hot spots around the world.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.