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Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,415 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
Tells the exciting true story of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legendary Marine sniper in the Vietnam War.
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Berkley Books (first published 1986)
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Gwen Burrow
Aug 12, 2009 Gwen Burrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, military
“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” This quote from Ernest Hemingway opens the story of one of the greatest snipers the military has ever seen. “There have been many marines,” Henderson writes. “There have been many marksmen. But there has only been one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock.”

The book has some pacing issues, largely due to the fact that real life doesn’t always fall easily into a
Aug 29, 2011 Marcus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will perhaps catch some flak for this, but I have to disagree with the majority of the reviews. While the story of Carlos Hathcock is amazing beyond belief, I felt let down by the narrative of Charles Henderson. There is one aspect of this book that is especially bothering to me; I would imagine that the events taking place in Vietnam must have been immensly intense and frightening. For example, mental pressure felt by Hathcock as he 'played hide and seek' with Vietnamese snipers must have bee ...more
Steven Mccarthy
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Mar 04, 2008 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of military history and psychology
The story of Carlos Hathcock, who will probably always be remembered as the most effective sniper in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. Hathcock fought in Vietnam and, as the title says, killed 93 people that were documented and confirmed, and probably killed hundreds more that were listed as "probable" or "unknown".

Snipers are unusual even among professional military people - they have one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs psychologically, emotionally, and in terms of wide-ranging skill

Ich habe den Dienst an der Waffe verweigert und mit meinem staatlich geprüften Gewissen meinen Zivildienst in einer Blindenschule abgeleistet (Eine fantastische Erfahrung ). Trotz meiner pazifistischen Grundhaltung, habe ich ein Faible für Kriegsromane und Filme. Warum das so ist, habe ich hier versucht in Worte zu fassen:

Da ich schon so einiges an Militär-Literatur verschlungen habe, wollte ich nun mal einen neuen Blickwinkel wagen (z.B. durch ein Zielfer
Alex Hamerlinck
May 14, 2013 Alex Hamerlinck is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Marine Sniper 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles Henderson (the author of Silent Warrior) is an explosive true story on how Staff Sergeant Hathcock became America’s deadliest sniper. I believe the author’s purpose on why he wrote this book is because he wanted to tell the story of one of the best Marine snipers to ever live and to let people know about him. The main characters in this book are of course Staff Sergeant Hathcock himself and his spotter and best friend Corporal Burke.
In this
Mar 27, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Review of Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

Recently I read the book Marine Sniper. This book is by far the best book I have read and is inspired by a true story. The action and suspense never stops. This book is not easy to put down for those who love action and suspense books.
While reading this book, I could imagine I was in the audience of the national shooting competition when all went quiet for the shot that decided it all. I also imagined that I was a marine on hill 55 going into the jung
Oct 20, 2013 S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hookah
having been fairly generous with the 4-stars lately, I guess I have to lean towards the 3 on this 3/4 borderline work. there are distinct arguments for the 4-- the ending, the multi-functional aspects of Henderson's capabilities, some of the uniquely defined personalities. but there are also areas to question, most famously (apparently, for Henderson addresses the issue in his foreward), a scene where people talk, and then one disappears into the bush and the other dies-- how could Henderson rec ...more
Nov 16, 2009 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was lent to me by a guy at work last week. I told him that I probably wouldn’t get to it anytime soon, and he said that was fine, but I ended up finishing it pretty quickly. It’s the true story of the most prolific sniper in the history of the Marines: 93 confirmed kills in Vietnam. And there were many more unconfirmed ones. The things he had to do, laying in the jungle for hours or days with bugs eating him alive, crawling through all kinds of foul water and jungle slime, are just amazing. ...more
Nov 10, 2015 Lukas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marine sniper by Charles Henderson is a book about the marine gunnery sergeant Carlos Hathcock, At the beginning of the book it gives a little bit of incite about Carlos and his past. As you get into the book it talks about him in basic training and basically gives you the progression of his career as a marine. Carlos was injured so he was on leave from the marines and was sent home to heal, when he returns to war in Vietnam he soon becomes the leader of a sniper platoon he used to be a member o ...more
4willauer C
Oct 05, 2015 4willauer C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book the Marine Sniper: 93 confirmed kills by Charles Henderson is a very intense book that shows some of the things soldiers are forced to do and the alarming things they had too look out for. Next Hathcock did not like to kill men so when he was forced to kill children it was terrible. He knew that the youngling was "no ordinary child" especially when he "jammed" the magazine into the gun and stated shooting (2). The child he was forced to kill was a "mule" if he would have not killed him ...more
Tony Parsons
Aug 27, 2015 Tony Parsons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2/1961, Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Norman Hathcock II (24, Scout/Sniper, USMC, 1st Marine Division, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Staff Sergeant) sighted/aimed & fired his M-2 .50-caliber machine gun.

The sniper log he had to keep read; his 1st kill in Due Pho a Vietnamese boy about 12 who had a bicycle full of guns/ammo.
Carlos & Staff Sergeant Charles A. Roberts (USMC) did not get along.
Lance Corporal John Roland Burke was an excellent spotter & sniper.
Carlos left behind Jo
Feb 03, 2015 mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: civilians, relatives of war vets
Recommended to mark by: 9/11
This book is Creative Non-fiction. It is a true account of the first American Sniper, sourced and documented. It is creative in that it injects enemy dialogue and thoughts into the story, as well as spruces up some of the Americans’. It describes the landscape and terrain (Vietnam in the 6o’s/war) in descriptive detail that the author might have only imagined—the jungle, the rain, the insects, the swampland (rice paddies); the sun’s rising and setting, the mist and fog—in poetic prose. In other ...more
Marcus Fosdick
Dec 18, 2014 Marcus Fosdick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There have been many Marines. There have been many marksmen. But there has only been one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock. The book Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills tells the accounts of the deadliest sniper in US history. Charles W. Henderson tells a few of the many missions that occurred in Sergeant Hathcock's tours in Vietnam. The book gives you a look at his early childhood, and you get an understanding of how big of an impact it made on his career as a scout sniper. The story shows the reader the ...more
Jeannie Walker
Aug 17, 2014 Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Until now, I had never heard of Carlos Hatchcock, who happens to be a true American hero and a devoted Marine. This is an incredible story that I highly recommend. It will immerse you and at times mesmerize you. Not only was this incredible Marine an expert marksman, he risked his life many, many times in his missions and suffered incredible injuries. He is definitely a man who should be admired for his courage, and noble qualities. I can’t wait to read the second book about Carlos Hatchcock “Si ...more
Gary Daly
Feb 10, 2013 Gary Daly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military Buffs and Human interest
Intense historical account of Marine Sniper Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock (93 Kills) written by Charles Henderson former Marine and historian who 'knows' his subject. At times it's a sensitive and meaningful look into the private and family life of a man performing a military task that even many of his superiors didn't consider 'right'. The argument between the use of napalm and sniper rifle as weapons in battle is in my view moot. a good read of you're in the market.
Sam Yang
Feb 17, 2012 Sam Yang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book written about one of the greatest snipers in military history, however the way it was written seemed a bit like a biased history. At times it seemed like the enemy was just dummies stuffed with straw, it also seems Charles Henderson was trying to make the book like an action movie. Aside from that though the story about John Hathcock and what he did in Vietnam is great and is worth learning about.
Roger Miller
Feb 03, 2015 Roger Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A hard and inspiration read. Every critic of the Vietnam war should read, and understand what soldiers went through to battle Evil. It was a hard read because my civilized mind has a hard time wrapping my brain around the necessity of cold blooded killing in a time of war. But I am also convinced we have civilization, ideals and freedom because of vets.
Mary Alice
Jan 19, 2016 Mary Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, military
Holy smoke! What a book. I couldn't put it down. Gives me a whole new appreciation for Vietnam vets, especially the paraplegics I knew while growing up next door to a VA hospital. With my mother being a Sgt in the Marine Corps (50-55), the VA hospital next door was close to her heart. My childhood was spent befriending Vietnam vets in wheelchairs. And my brothers were alter boys and paper boys over there. Me being just a little girl at the time, the vets never told me why they had no legs--why t ...more
Dennis Timothy
Feb 17, 2014 Dennis Timothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift for Christmas. This true story narrates the exploits of Marine Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, the deadliest sniper to ever roam Vietnam. Quiet and unassuming, this man went behind enemy lines countless times to disrupt and dispatch the enemy. While the subject matter may be disturbing, it is a fascinating glimpse into the the life of the young soldiers sent to the Vietnam conflict. And I marveled at the inner strength and determination Carlos Hathcock possessed as he ca ...more
Xavier Shay
Some trash for the plane, actually decent - stalking the general and nemesis sniper were highlights. Also finished with Carlos' (hard) integration back into society which was nice touch - gave the coda a bit of a Catch-22 oh-god-the-horrors-of-war feel. (Or at least that's what this hippie read into it.)

Aside: as a result I thought I might enjoy watching American Sniper film on the plane back but I was wrong it was a terrible movie. Not cringey bad just boring and shallow. I think I actually fou
Lance Skank
Apr 01, 2016 Lance Skank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marine Sniper is the story of Carlos Hathcock told from the point of view of somebody that trained and worked with him. The book talks about what the conditions were like and what he had to go through while he was a sniper for two years. It talks about when he was a sniper but he was in the service for twenty years out of his fifty-seven year life. It said that he wore a white feather in his hat like he was asking snipers to shoot at him.

The book was very gory and detailed because the writer of
Seamus Mcduff
Jun 05, 2016 Seamus Mcduff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was actually a better read than I expected. Often times with such military non-fiction books, a lot of facts about units and troop movements are presented in a rather dry and repetitive way. I felt the author did a good job of telling the story, conveying the action, revealing the man, in a way which was more novel-like without going beyond the reasonable bounds of the facts.

Hathcock himself is a compelling figure, a fairly ordinary Arkansas kid who finds his niche as an expert marksman and
Brian Malena
May 15, 2014 Brian Malena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The world of a marine sniper can really blow somebodies mind! After reading "Marine Sniper", I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This book was 100% unpredictable. Some parts even made me want to puke. Like when an enemy of Hathcock cut off one of his junior snipers special area.
Primarily, this book gave me a thrill! That silent warrior deserves to be a legendary war veteran. Hathcock is a very simple man but with many skills. He won the Wimbledom cup and even sniped a bull 1000 yards away at
Hw Gray
Dec 10, 2014 Hw Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
"It takes a thief to catch a thief." This is a famous phrase from Captain Land when Major asked him on the strategy of capturing the NVA women sniper, Apache.

This phrase means a sniper will never be at the same hideout when he attack, and it will be tough to locate him. Hence it takes to have someone with the same mindset to predict his next move.

It is like one of the Sun Tze's strategy: 知彼知己百战不殆. Its means know your enemies well, and you beat them on hundred battles without losing. This strat
Brian Sheridan
May 12, 2011 Brian Sheridan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am 1/3 of the way done my book.
Prompt 2
The main character of my book, is Carlos Hathcock. He was one of the marines better snipers during the Vietnam war, and holds alot of crazy records, including a huge number of confirmed killed, and the longest distance kill ever, which was just recently broken. If I knew him in real life, I feel like we could be good friends. He seams pretty chill and is very dedicated to his work, and is shown through just how much work he puts on his missions. He stops
Jeremy Wiser
May 29, 2012 Jeremy Wiser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marine Sniper is the first book to Silent Warrior. It is also a non-fiction book about Staff Sergeant Carlos Hathcock. This book, however, tells you the training that he went through to become a marine sniper and how he decided to become one. It spends a while doing this and then he is shipped off to Vietnam to fight in the war. He then quickly becomes a well known sniper in the war. He makes many kills and then finishes his tour to return home to his wife. But after a few months asked if he wou ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Lis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La storia del miglior cecchino dei Marine, colui che ha contribuito in maniera fondamentale alla creazione di scuole e corsi quando ancora i cecchini non erano ben visti nell'ambito dell'esercito.
Parla della guerra del Vietnam e delle esperienze che ha vissuto, racconta cosa voglia dire essere un cecchino e come lavora.
Un libro decisamente di nicchia, una biografia forse un po' celebrativa e a tratti poco coinvolgente.
Solo per appassionati del genere.
Vaibhav Anand
Charles Henderson's 'Marine Sniper' is a dramatized account of the life of a Vietnam War sniper. Based on the life and times of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock - an American soldier who apparently eventually became the posterboy of the Marine Sniper program - the book seemed an interesting prospect at first. One, I love war books and two, I love history books (Marine Sniper is set in the Vietnam War). Sadly, the book was a disappointment.

The amount of melodramatic fictionalization of everything Hathcoc
Oct 19, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vietnam, memiors
Although a interesting read the book does have a few drawbacks. To me it read a little to much like a novel and was overly stylistic, very different then "Life and Death in the central Highlands." However that is merely opinion and someone could feel the opposite. One real issue though is that if you do not have a decent understanding of the Vietnam War you may not get a full understanding of the book because the author does not go into detail on a lot of the things he mentions such as Starlight ...more
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