With than sixty confirmed kills, Jack Coughlin is the Marine Corps top ranked sniper Shooter is his harrowing first person account of a sniper s life on and off the modern battlefieldGunnery Sgt Jack Coughlin is 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 twenty years behind the scope of a long range precision rifle as a sniperIn that time he accumulated one of the most successful sniper records in the Corps, ranging through many of the world s hotspots During Operation Iraqi Freedom alone, he recorded at least thirty six kills, thirteen of them in a single twenty four hour periodNow Coughlin has written a highly personal story about his deadly craft, taking readers 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


10 thoughts on “Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper

  1. Carolina Carolina says:

    I m keeping my two star rating I finished the book this weekend, really could have been one chapter that goes like this I am the best Marine in the sniper world, I have a crappy relationship with my wife, I go to training and change the entire system for the snipers, we go to war, I am the only sniper the commander above me wants on the battle field, commander Bob is a dweeb so I disobey him and go to the war front to kill bad guys, I come home and the marriage is over, I am the best Mari I m keeping my two star rating I finished the book this weekend, really could have been one chapter that goes like this I am the best Marine in the sniper world, I have a crappy relationship with my wife, I go to training and change the entire system for the snipers, we go to war, I am the only sniper the commander above me wants on the battle field, commander Bob is a dweeb so I disobey him and go to the war front to kill bad guys, I come home and the marriage is over, I am the best Marine in the sniper world end of story It s okay so far, guy out shooting people, comes home to be with family instead of the bars, lack of communication because missions are secret, we will see if muchchanges in the next few chapters Still reading this one, painfully I m getting a bit tired of the repeated theme I m the best everyone else is mediocore the Marines are just lucky I chose to be one of them I keep plugging along refusing to give up, but now I see that the missions were what must have kept hubby and son going I am not that captivated.I even guessed that he doesn t stay married BIG surprise there it s got to be hard to find someone as perfect as yourself, no one could possibly compare


  2. Jared Jared says:

    So that one guy was Marine sniper 93 confirmed kills This dude has fewer but he still manages to spill blood all over the desert One thing is for sure, there is no lack of confidence in the snipers of the world I just like these books because it reminds me that things are not always as they appear Lots of political insightfrom the Marine perspective and frankly a lot of information and feeling that has been lacking in the Iraq news coverage I think stuff like this and saya good Justin So that one guy was Marine sniper 93 confirmed kills This dude has fewer but he still manages to spill blood all over the desert One thing is for sure, there is no lack of confidence in the snipers of the world I just like these books because it reminds me that things are not always as they appear Lots of political insightfrom the Marine perspective and frankly a lot of information and feeling that has been lacking in the Iraq news coverage I think stuff like this and saya good Justin Timberlake song, are a few of my grander guilty pleasures


  3. Matt Matt says:

    Coughlin et al present an interesting presentation of the life of a sniper, particularly as it relates to the War in Iraq Insight, some of which directly from the point of view of the soldier, helps to flesh out the time in the Middle East and the day to day happenings not reported by media outlets They bring the reality of the war, and an angle of war as means of employment, to the forefront For men paid to kill within the military system, it is an eye opener and one that the reader may fin Coughlin et al present an interesting presentation of the life of a sniper, particularly as it relates to the War in Iraq Insight, some of which directly from the point of view of the soldier, helps to flesh out the time in the Middle East and the day to day happenings not reported by media outlets They bring the reality of the war, and an angle of war as means of employment, to the forefront For men paid to kill within the military system, it is an eye opener and one that the reader may find highly interesting The book is not, as it presents itself, a true autobiography This is surely apparent in its length both written and audio , as one s life in such an exciting role can rarely be summed up so succinctly It isa first hand account of life in the trenches of the Iraqi battlefield and, on occasion, the human and familial ties that soldiers possess outside the arena of war Coughlin uses the book to offer his opinion of things and give an account of the fighting from his perch and through his own scope Well worth the time invested if the reader desires a behind the scenes look at the War in Iraq, but not as strong a lifelong mindset of a military sniper.Coughlin has penned a number of books whose premise relies on his military past and I chose to invest some time in learning the perspective of the author before diving in I am eager to see how Coughlin will portray his characters, with this background knowledge, and how the stories will mirror his life as a sniper The book was a good introduction for any reader to set the scene I wonder if reading James Patterson s biography, or that of John Grisham, Stephen King, Randy Singer, or even Charles Brokaw would give the reader as through a peek into their lives and why they write what how they do.Kudos, Mr Coughlin on this book and helping the reader better understand you as you work your way through the world of fiction


  4. Amanda Amanda says:

    While I don t think this book is for everyone, I do think it deserves 5 stars though it should have spenttime with the copy editor, as there are some obvious errors It was a fascinating, first hand, account of the war in Iraq from the perspective of a Marine sniper It was written very honestly and bluntly, a style that typifies most military men, yet Jack was able to infuse the book with humor and emotion It was truly amazing to hear this story told from a first hand, military perspec While I don t think this book is for everyone, I do think it deserves 5 stars though it should have spenttime with the copy editor, as there are some obvious errors It was a fascinating, first hand, account of the war in Iraq from the perspective of a Marine sniper It was written very honestly and bluntly, a style that typifies most military men, yet Jack was able to infuse the book with humor and emotion It was truly amazing to hear this story told from a first hand, military perspective rather than the spun and inevitably distorted version pumped over the airways by different media channels I never appreciated how quickly our tropps progressed through Iraq to liberate Baghdad and it seems that while that part of the mission was well planned and successfully executed, it was when they arrived at Baghdad that communication broke down and they were asked to do a job they had no business doing policing the Iraqi people.Honestly, I gained a whole new respect for what our troops endure They face challenges and decisions that no human should have to make, but they re put in life and death situations where the safety of themselves, their friends, loved ones, and even strangers are at risk It was hard to read about the loss of civilian lives, but encouraging to know that everything possible was done to prevent it, and that it wasn t taken lightly by our soldiers and Marines It was times like that the humanity of these warriors really crept into the story, and it was strangely comforting


  5. Ryan Irish Ryan Irish says:

    shooter Shooter was number one on the list of New York Times Bestseller in 2005 Shooter is an autobiography of the top ranked marine sniper in the Iraq war in 1993 Gunnery Sargent Jack Coughlin performed the world s farthest sniper shot He carried a bolt action.50 caliber sniper rifle with a magical scope His mission was Operation Iraqi Freedom As he ran through blistering hot desserts and bizarre battlefields killing his targets one by one he has over sixty confirmed kills in the book shooter Shooter was number one on the list of New York Times Bestseller in 2005 Shooter is an autobiography of the top ranked marine sniper in the Iraq war in 1993 Gunnery Sargent Jack Coughlin performed the world s farthest sniper shot He carried a bolt action.50 caliber sniper rifle with a magical scope His mission was Operation Iraqi Freedom As he ran through blistering hot desserts and bizarre battlefields killing his targets one by one he has over sixty confirmed kills in the book he said that was the worst thing he has ever had to do and that he will never fight again I really liked this book because it was full of action He was extremely brave for what he did I would never be able to do what he did I give him a lot of credit for the things he s done There were some parts in the book that were suspenseful because i didn t know what was going to happen There were parts where he nearly died by being shot at and from being bombed This was an excellent book because it is full of courage I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading war stories It is filled with action, courage, and sadness I would also recommend this book to men and women of the service who have had this type of experience or know someone who has had this type of experience


  6. William William says:

    This book probably has a very narrow audience, and will probably fall into the like it or hate it catagory for most people It is a first hand account of a little know military specialty More importantly, it gives a good insight into how a lot of our military approach their jobs as soldiers and defenders of our nation For those of us on the outside , it seems almost crazy to acutally be enthusiastic to go to war But we fail to keep in mind, that s what these people train for We aren t sur This book probably has a very narrow audience, and will probably fall into the like it or hate it catagory for most people It is a first hand account of a little know military specialty More importantly, it gives a good insight into how a lot of our military approach their jobs as soldiers and defenders of our nation For those of us on the outside , it seems almost crazy to acutally be enthusiastic to go to war But we fail to keep in mind, that s what these people train for We aren t surprised atheletes look forward to games, or many people actually look forward to their jobs Just so for these men and women.Secondly, this book also gives us an up front and personal look and expereince of the War in Iraq I found it quite interesting to read the soldiers view of some of the key battles of Iraq, as well as his feelings about 9 11 and the political lead up to the war on terror.If these themes interest you, I think you ll enjoy the book If not, move on to something else


  7. Scycer Scycer says:

    If you have seen a marine in movie or in real life you will hear the same confidence and focus on action throughout the book For a guy from India, I am amazed at the level of patriotism indicated by the American Armed forces I am sure that even our military folks are awesome but the positivity and belief that we can carry out any action is something I am yet to come across The book is about the life of Jack Coughlin and his dream of building a mobile sniper force as a strategy for urban comba If you have seen a marine in movie or in real life you will hear the same confidence and focus on action throughout the book For a guy from India, I am amazed at the level of patriotism indicated by the American Armed forces I am sure that even our military folks are awesome but the positivity and belief that we can carry out any action is something I am yet to come across The book is about the life of Jack Coughlin and his dream of building a mobile sniper force as a strategy for urban combat Interesting insight into how a sniper thinks It was interesting to note on how emotions are handled during action and how it affects personal life There is not much description about the depression or the pain while losing a relationship when all you are looking for is a shoulder to lean on It is indeed truly lonely on the top Gunnery Sgt. a salute to you May your ideas live on and hopefully be acted upon, through your legacy which is this book An awesome read, do pick it up


  8. Jim Craig Jim Craig says:

    This book with Jack Coughlin is kind of similar to American Sniper in a way because of the fact that were both snipers, they were both Top Ranked, and they were very good at what they did This book is kind of sad in a way because it shows the effects of being in the Marines or any type of military force can do to you mentally and physically These books are always nice to read and i would definitely give this on a 5 5.


  9. Bob Hernandez Bob Hernandez says:

    Easy read, One of his better books that he has written Maybe because he wrote about himself makes the bookpersonable.


  10. Josh Cline Josh Cline says:

    Book Review for Shooter By Jack Coughlin and Casey Kuhlman This book, for me, was one of the greatest war stories ever to be told It was so in depth, and used so many little details to really paint a picture You should definitely read this if you re into very detailed books about war Jack Coughlin was a staff sergeant over in Somalia He was one of the best snipers there Since looking through the scope, he could really see and describe the things he saw, which really came out in his writi Book Review for Shooter By Jack Coughlin and Casey Kuhlman This book, for me, was one of the greatest war stories ever to be told It was so in depth, and used so many little details to really paint a picture You should definitely read this if you re into very detailed books about war Jack Coughlin was a staff sergeant over in Somalia He was one of the best snipers there Since looking through the scope, he could really see and describe the things he saw, which really came out in his writing The descriptions he gave about the people he was soon going to pull the trigger on was almost creepy in a way It was really interesting reading about theaction filled parts of this book, but what I really like is the stealthy missions Jack Coughlin is a pretty tough guy, especially for a sniper He won t back down from anything Even when the guys above him begin to talk down to him, he doesn t back down He just stands up straight, and says what he believes is right He s got two little girls, and one wife who doesn t seem to love him all that much But, admittedly it would be pretty hard for a military wife, especially during a war right after 9 11 because everyone was really scared Jack Coughlin and his family live in a really hot desert in California on a military base called Palms 29 this sort of prepared Coughlin and his men for the deserts of Iraq when they were deployed One thing that proved how pushy and persistent Jack is, is the fact that he wanted to change the way snipers worked He was tired of the way people perceive snipers Everyone thinks they should just find a good hide, and support other fire teams from a distance Coughlin wants to prove that wrong He wanted to develop a mobile sniper team, but other people were not being very supportive He had to pretty much do this himself He kept pushing through the opposition until he finally got what he wanted Jack Coughlin s main goal in life, was to just always be in the fight He couldn t wait to get out into the war He had to fight his way into the fight But like I said before, he is very persistent To me, he is one of the bravest war heroes ever He just kept practicing, and practicing his shooting until he became the top ranked marine sniper, which is truly amazing He is not only one of our nations heroes, but one of my heroes I want to be just like him when I get into the marines because I too want to be a marine sniper This is one of my new favorite books You should definitely read it just because it is an all around good book It s not your average, ordinary, everyday autobiography Somehow, it s just different I loved every minute of this book, and every page