Biographies & Memoirs

Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper

Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper

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 shooting stopped.

Chapter 1. Touch of an Angel

Chapter 2. The Secret Arts

Chapter 3. Thou Shalt Kill

Chapter 4. New Ideas

Chapter 5. Winds of War

Chapter 6. The Wait

Chapter 7. Safwan Hill

Chapter 8. First Kills

Chapter 9. Left Out

Chapter 10. Midnight Ride

Chapter 11. Send In the Bull

Chapter 12. Decision

Chapter 13. A Bench in a War

Chapter 14. A Call Home

Chapter 15. April Fool’s Day

Chapter 16. Have Gun, Will Travel

Chapter 17. Ghostbusters

Chapter 18. Push, Push, Push

Chapter 19. The Baghdad Two-Mile

Chapter 20. The Bridge

Chapter 21. The Worst Thing

Chapter 22. The Overpass

Chapter 23. Sniper Team

Chapter 24. Our Iwo Jima Moment

Chapter 25. The Urban Hide

Epilogue: Welcome Home

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