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Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills Berkley Charles Henderson

8th July 2013 Literature & Fiction 50 Comments

He’s silent, invisible. He lies in one position for days, barely twitching a muscle, able to control his heartbeat and breathing. His record has never been matched: 93 confirmed kills. This is the story of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, Marine sniper, legend of military lore. **MASS MARKET PAPER**

Charles W. Henderson is a veteran of more than 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, with a distinguished career spanning from Vietnam to the Gulf War, after which he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

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  • Andrew Milburn
    3:04 on July 8th, 2013
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    There is no better history of a sniper account ever wrote. The man did everything but invent the art of sniping. The man has done more for the Marine Corps sniper school and in turn for the Army than anyone. This book is an account of the history of the greatest sniper ever. It takes you through every hunt, stalk, and kill with such detail it makes you feel as though you are laying next to him as his spotter. The book goes over how the sniper rifles for Vietnam came about, and also the things that became basic sniper training that he invented out in the field. It takes you over some of his most famous hunts and shots and finishes with his grand final hunt days before he was due to leave Vietnam. It goes over some accounts of some of the famous NVA snipers that were in the same field as he was, just not as lucky to return home. Once you pick up the book you will not want to put it down as your interest grows in the book, just as the price on his head grew in Vietnam by the NVA. The only disappointment of the whole book is the end, and the fact that you run out of book to read about this great man. The man is a hero, and should have won the Medal of Honor for the amount of lives he saved with his “93 confirmed kills”.

  • Chris R.
    4:37 on July 8th, 2013
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    One shot one kill is a terrific book for those who enjoy reading the experiences of snipers from all parts of history.It gives amazing accounts from World War II and the Vietnam War among others.It’s an especially good book because the authors have a huge base of knowledge on the subject and have an effective way of explaining the circumstances in which the snipers in this book preformed their duties.Again a terrific book that will make one appreciate the art of sniping.

  • Janet T.
    6:16 on July 8th, 2013
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    There are few books that capture the essence of a Marine the way that this tale does. Gunny Hatchcock was more than a Marine, he was also a heroe and a pioneer. His mastering of the sniper craft and his eventual legend were responsible for the ultimate success of the Marine Corps sniper program.

    Charles Henderson does an admirable job with this book but realistically it is a story that sells itself. This narration details some of the many missions Hatchock underwent during two tours of Vietnam. It chronicles the more often than not painful self discipline that made Hatchcock the deadliest sniper in Vietnam. The author also peppers the account with enough of Hatchcock’s personal life to show what a great man and Marine he really was.

    The tale is amazing enough in relaying how great of a shot that Hatchcock was but the true mark is hit in that is shows that Hatchcock was a devoted Marine. To say he was dedicated would be a dramatic understatement. The tale of his stalking the Vietnam general and the patience it took to get that one shot is worth reading the book alone. It is a testament to not only his training but his own self discipline.

    The book reads in a flash. I have read it several times and it hasn’t lost any interest. A must read for Marines, military and history buffs, and just anyone curious about a tale of a hero.

  • Maximo Sailer
    8:00 on July 8th, 2013
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    good read. good proof reading as darn few irritating mispells & punctuation mistakes make it a pleasure to keep reading.

  • uhh...
    9:09 on July 8th, 2013
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    I first heard of Carlos Hathcock when I was in the Air Force. I heard of him from Roberto “Bobby” Barrera, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran who was riding on the same AMTRAC as Hathcock (an AMTRAC is an amphibious armored vehicle) when it rolled over a hidden mine and was blown-up. Barrera credited Hathcock with saving his life, along with that of many fellow Marines aboard that vehicle. Bobby read us the story of that event from this very book.

    Later on, I heard the story of how Hathcock engaged a Viet Cong “mule” bringing guns and ammo down the Ho Chi Minh train on his bike. Hathcock fired a round that destroyed the bike and left the boy shaken, but untouched. However, the youngster grabbed one of the AK-47s he was carrying on his bike, inserted a magazine, and began searching for the sniper who shot his bike! Carlos fired again, killing the boy.

    Another famous story I heard tell involves the sniper vs. sniper showdown. Carlos and an NVA sniper were tracking one another, both intent on killing before they were killed. Both had their guns sited on each other, but Carlos got his round off first, which went right through the other guy’s scope, into his eye, and killed him instantly.

    Most recently, I heard of Carlos Hathcock again through firearms manufacturer Springfield Armory. They recently introduced a new version of their fine M1A rifle (a “civilized” M-14 battle rifle) called the M-25 “White Feather” Tactical Rifle. Definitely the most advanced rifle that Springfield has ever produced, and it comes with a facsimile of Hathcock’s signature engraved on the receiver. I thought it was an excellent tribute to Carlos, especially considering that he liked that M-14 rifle much better than the M-16.

    Finally, I found this book; “Marine Sniper;” and after hearing about exploits of Carlos Hathcock for so many years from so many sources, decided I needed to read about him for myself. Having just finished the book, I must confess that this has been one of the most enjoyable reads that I’ve come across in the past several years. Even my wife; who has no interest in the Marines, snipers, or Vietnam; found the book to be extremely well written and very enjoyable.

    I read a LOT of biographies, especially those concerning American military heroes. Yet this book by Charles Henderson stands head and shoulders above them all. Henderson does a superb job writing a book that an average Marine recruit would be able to comprehend, yet it is detailed and interesting enough for even an officer to enjoy. Rather than writing in the dry, boring academic style that so many biographies are made up of, he wisely chooses to write a “story” about Hathcock, and the book reads more like a fine novel than the typical end-noted, scholarly biography. But that doesn’t mean the book is short on factual information or research, for there is more than enough information to soothe the savage nit-picker. Just about any Marine Vietnam veteran and/or competition rifle shooter can verify most of the information in this book, if you don’t believe in it yourself. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to have Bobby Barrera to verify the horrible incident where a mine hidden in a road blew up the AMTRAC he and Hathcock were riding; both men suffered severely from that attack.

    Yes, there are some areas in this book which are obviously “fictional” in that Henderson wasn’t able to interview the dead Vietnamese that Hathcock had just killed with his rifle. So there are thoughts and words put to these real-life characters that may or may not be true –we’ll never know. But Henderson uses this technique very sparingly, and when it is used, is done in a very effective, professional manner that makes for a most interesting read.

    It is also quite obvious that this book was a labor of love for the author, and the loving care in which Hathcock’s tale is told is evident on every single page of this book. Henderson holds Hathcock in very high esteem, as do innumerable fellow Americans, fellow Marines and fellow competition shooters. It is rare to find a book like this, and I am eternally thankful to Charles Henderson for writing it. Now I too can finally understand the high esteem upon which so many people hold Carlos Hathcock. I know I will be telling my children about him, and pray to God that they grow up to be even half the man that he was.

  • Crizza Reyes
    10:37 on July 8th, 2013
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    I ordered my book in like new condition. It came to me in what I would consider good condition, but I wasn’t happy with the packaging. The cardboard left my book wet from the rain and isn’t in any condition that I would want any book to be in, let alone mine. Overall though, I received my book within the time span given and was a much cheaper purchase than from a bookstore.

  • Hinks
    12:14 on July 8th, 2013
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    Great book, liked the fact that it was about snipers in WWII, Korea, Nam, Beirut…gives an informative view from different wars….best stories were about Carlos N. Hatchcock.

  • pinalty
    14:13 on July 8th, 2013
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    Good book for introduction to history of sniping and its development in US Wars and Conflicts. Traces history of sniping and provided personal stories of famous US snipers in history of our Wars. Easy read. Not as compelling as the Carlos Hathcock story “Marine Sniper” but does contain several of his famous shoots in the first person.

  • Anne Ikeda
    15:32 on July 8th, 2013
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    An open letter to Chuck Sasser:

    This is truely an outstanding work of art. As one who has spent hours inside of himself, setting up the shot and waiting for the shot, this book is a unique look at the world from the sniper’s eyes looking out. It made me smell the dampness, feel the insects crawling and biting, remember the cramped muscles from hours of laying in one position, and remember the last thing you ever see of the target – his eyes. A true work of art by a master story teller.

  • Mike Bellman
    16:57 on July 8th, 2013
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    I am way out of my genre with this book, i don’t read much military history, virtually no personal stories like this one. I got the book as a result of reading a recent NYTimes article on sniper action in Iraq and i wanted to know more.

    Like the famous speech scene in PATTON where he says make the other poor guy die for his country, this book has a central welcome to the sniper school speech, pg. 95ff.

    “Your units selected each of you to become snipers because you are good Marines–men who are well disciplined… courageous…duty-bound…and loyal to your country and your Corps. You have been screened and found to be in top physical condition, mentally sound, and very patient. Each man here has demonstrated to his commander that he has good moral character and a strong sense of values, amony which he holds life sacred.

    I know that as grunts, it was easy for you to feel justified in killing the enemy when he attacked you–he was trying to kill you. If you attacked him, he also had a choice to give up or surrender–you did not murder him, because he died trying to kill you. That’s self-defences.
    “As a sniper, you do not have that luxury. You will be killing the enemy when he is unaware of your presense. You will be assassinating him without giving him the option to run or fight, surrender or die. You will be, in a sense, committing murder on him–premediatated.”

    I realize what Charles Henderson says about Carlos Hathcock tells me as much or even more about Henderson then it does about Hathcock but i finished the book admiring the both of them. Not seduced by action and adrenaline/testosterone-flow but grungingly respectful of the truely heroic which rises above the masses of men to distinction. Hathcock for his behavior and his committment to fundamental values and Henderson for the excellent writing without glorifying killing or blood lust.

    It’s a good book. Appears to stick to the facts with a minimum of exaggeration, it is thoughtful and underneath it is a desire to present the best in the military tradition of the Marines and the developing tradition of the sniper/scout. I ordered the next book in the series, something i had not intended to do when i bought this one.

    Thanks for reading this short review. i hope you enjoy the book as much as i did.

    richard williams

  • Marylou Kyser
    18:24 on July 8th, 2013
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    I have mixed feelings about this book because of the structure of the content. Some chapters consist of a general discussion about snipers & sniping, while the other chapters are first-person narratives based on interviews of various snipers. The latter were quite interesting and made for good reading, the former, however, were not so good because of the haphazard manner in which the information was organized, unnecessary repetition, and, as is mentioned in other reviews, the inclusion of questionable facts such as the Zaystev/Koenig duel.

  • rateecatlet
    20:21 on July 8th, 2013
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    Both awesome and tragic. As close as you can come to crawling on your stomach for hours in the hot sun, tasting the grass, feeling the bites of ants while experiencing the thrill of hunting the enemy. You’ll never regret reading this book.

  • pjs_boston
    21:54 on July 8th, 2013
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    This is one of the best books that I have read.. Charles Hathcock was one of the best snipers’ that the Marines’ had to offer.. I am sad to say that Charles Hathcock has passed away but may his legacy live on in our hearts and minds.. This book will explain it all.. He fought bravely for this country and his skills will never be matched… This book represents the Corps and its value not only during vietnam but in the present day… Marine Sniper is an excellent book and shows our history and the men who served with honor… SEMPER FI GUNNY HATHCOCK….. YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED

  • Marco Schwarz
    22:34 on July 8th, 2013
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    My first thougt was “this can’t be real!” Carlos Hathcock did some awesome things! I can’t imagine spending weeks at time laying in the jungle with bugs and God knows what else crawling all over me. Something that I didn’t care to much for was how Charles Henderson included the “charlie” conversations. It made this true account of Hathcock seem like a fictional story. For the most part I really enjoyed it. Carlos Hathcock I salute you.

  • At first sight
    23:02 on July 8th, 2013
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    When i started to read this book i couldnt put it away, there was things i`ve never read about before.
    Who would have guessed that Hathcock started as an MP in Da Nang.

    The most exciting stuff i read about was the chapter about the clash Hathcock and Cpl John Burke had with an entire NVA company in the “elephant valley” and they kept the NVA pinned down for several days in the hot sun just a few yards from a running river.
    And one of the NVA prisoners who were captured after the mop up said: We didnt know what hit us, but it was deadly.

    Then there was the female vietcong sniper/torturer called the Apache, the frenchmen, the NVA sniper “Nguyen” who almost got Burke but hit his canteen instead and the one-in-a million shot through the NVA sniper scope and finally the high-ranking NVA general, somewhere i Laos or southern North-Vietnam.

    This is defininetly one of the most exciting books i ever had the pleasure to lead.
    I really like the nickname Vietcong and NVA gave Hathcock, Long Trang (White Feather).

    If you want something exciting to read, then this is the right book for you.

  • Zen Cushion
    23:17 on July 8th, 2013
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    I was a military sniper during my active service and I am very glad to come across this book which is nothing but very descriptive accounts of snipers.

    This book throws at you the thoughts of a sniper without any exaggeration, it includes accounts of victory and also failures that snipers encountered, nothing is fabricated. After reading the contents of this book, you will appreciate the mental & emotional stress that snipers have to go through. No every one has the strength to squeeze the trigger. Snipers are really a special breed.

  • aestiva
    0:52 on July 9th, 2013
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    This was an interesting book that was written from the perspective of one who has actually done what they have written about. The author does an excellent job of describing his experiences as a top sniper for the USMC. The only fault I noticed was that it was too “pro-military”. (I have read MANY books on the Vietnam conflict and have the perspective with which to judge this.)

  • Nightryder
    2:26 on July 9th, 2013
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    One Shot – One Kill talks about the history and development of the sniper division. Not that long ago, snipers were looked down upon before as being cowards because they hid. Yet over time people began to realize how desperately snipers were needed. So instead of like before just taking men who scored well on marksmanship men are now being trained in the art of sniping. The book tells the stories of some of the things that happened to veteran snipers. It gives you in depths look at the mind and happenings of a sniper.
    I believe this was an all around good book, and highly recommend it to fellow readers of historical and military books. I recommend this book because when the men are telling there stories I almost feel as if I am there and am living it myself. It is well written and an easy read.

  • HungerMan
    3:42 on July 9th, 2013
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    This one is hard to put down. Very realistic account of the stealth, patience, determination and marksmanship that it takes to be a Marine sniper. Lots of details on his various long range kills. Makes you feel like you are lying there in the shadows with him. I particularly liked the sniper-countersniper and stalking the NVA general chapters. Interesting was the difference in the attitudes of his fellow Marines from his first tour in Nam and his second. Hathcock was a real patriot and an excellent shot. Good book.

  • Matthew Kroll
    4:42 on July 9th, 2013
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    It was a pleasure to read this book, with a well balanced mixture of factual information and hilarious stories from the troops themselves. The information here is as relevant today as it was during the vietnam war…

  • hassan
    5:36 on July 9th, 2013
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    It’s a pretty quick read.

    The book lets one come to know Carlos Hathcock as an ingenuous country boy from Arkansas who came of age in the USMC and Vietnam. I read the book over the weekend and would like to clarify someone else’s comment on Amazon about the book being a bit graphic: it’s not the description of Mr. Hathcock’s kills that are graphic, it’s the description of the unfortunate torture of a young Marine by a female Viet Cong torturer, at night, within earshot of a USMC camp. It was pretty hard to take. If you read it, you will be looking forward to her death, I promise you. It was shocking and left me unable to sleep for a couple of hours.

    The book also provides insights as to how the Viet Cong coerced the simple agrarian people of Vietnam into fighting a war they wanted nothing to do with, and how the war ravaged that country. It also illustrates the power of snipers in that conflict to thwart and frustrate the enemy war effort.

    I learned from this book that sniping is much, much more than marksmanship. It demands tracking skills and the ability to remain unseen.

  • tony duppe
    7:38 on July 9th, 2013
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    In my mid thirties, this was the first non-technical book I had read since college. It was loaned to me by my TaeKwonDo instructor who had served as a Marine recon sniper in Viet Nam. My girlfriend (now wife) almost left me because I wouldn’t (no couldn’t would be more accurate) put it down. I started it one evening and finished it by the next, then walked around almost stunned by his story for days (she got pretty fed up with me talking about it all the time). This was the beginning for me of literally more than a hundred true account books on Viet Nam, all of them stemming from the inspiration from this book.

    The book is organized in chapters, each covering some incident in his tour. Offhand I cannot think of more than a couple that a sane person would believe to be true. Though it’s been a year since I last read it (three times now, after writing this it will be four) I can easily think of four or five chapters that sound more like some drunken soldiers’ ramblings about some mystical soldier they had only heard of who did astounding things that got more unbelievable each time the story was told. But from what I have heard from those who were there and other books on sniping that reference US military records, incredibly it’s all true. Comparing Carlos Hathcock to the fictional movie characters like those portrayed by John Wayne, Stallone, Schwartzenegger and others or using the word “legend” to describe him doesn’t begin to do justice to this man. He is a true Amercian hero! Somebody should make a movie about this guy.

  • Randy Feldman
    8:17 on July 9th, 2013
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    This book traces the evolution of the sniper in warfare through short stories from various wars. For such a short book it has some interesting moments. A good read.

  • Deane Godboldt
    9:48 on July 9th, 2013
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    Without being too interested in the Vietnam War, I stumbled across this book during a trip in the US. Hathcock is definitely a master at what he does. And the book reveals that much about a man who has a job to do, and who does it with the thoroughness, concentration and craft probably equal to Stradivarius’ when he was building violins.

    Of course, one can object that Hathcock was just coldly killing men. But is any soldier in time of conflict supposed to do so ? The only difference is that a sniper brings a more subtle death, silent and distant. Hathcock is a survivor, living by his own rules and principles,beyond the military regs he’s got to obey. A man I wish I couldve met and have a beer with.

  • Thomas Lecoq
    11:13 on July 9th, 2013
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    This book introduces it’s readers to Carlos, a truly dedicated Marine and American patriot. I know personally, how much he loved his country and fought to protect everything and everyone he loved. His protective, yet tender nature, was stirred, even as a child..You see, I remember the time he stood between me a 3rd grade boy who pushed me out of the bus line. He knew he would get in trouble for fighting, but his answer was, “I had to protect her.” So you see, fellow Americans, your hero has been my hero since we were kids. Carlos will always be in my heart and “White Feather” will always hang on my wall. I am proud to be his cousin, ‘Dot’. SEMPER FI, Carlos.

  • JohnAPublic
    11:33 on July 9th, 2013
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    The art of sniping from the American Revolution to Korea then to Vietnam. The best of the best are portrayed in this easy to read novel. For all of those who have read Marine Sniper this is a must read. Snipers from Carlos Hathcock to Jim Land tell their story in this fast paced book. It is very informative and explains each situation and the art of sniping. It gets my seal of approval, and is a must read.

  • Ed in Virginia
    12:19 on July 9th, 2013
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    I liked this book a lot. A nice little tome on the history of sniping in most of the major wars of this past century. As a former member of a Marine STA Plt. (3/6), I thought the book was a good recount of the development of USMC and USA sniping programs. I particularly liked the accounts of the Korean war and Beiruit, which there aren’t too many books about. There are soo many books on ‘Nam and WWII sniping that it was nice to hear about some of the lesser known conflicts, a history that should be remembered before that knowledge is lost.

  • Bertha
    13:59 on July 9th, 2013
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    This book is about Carlos Hathcock, the distinguished Marine Corp sniper of the Vietnam War. Honored in this country, with 93 confirmed enemy kills and having gained notoriety among the enemy as White Feather, because that is what adorned his cap and gained him a bounty on his head. The book is a good portrayal of what it takes to become proficient at sniper warfare, along with its effectiveness in warfare. Although often considered a cowardly method of warfare, the reader will pick up that Hathcock’s time in the bush stalking the enemy’s position days on end to obtain the perfect shot, but not too close to make escape impossible is a personally courageous act. The book highlights one incident where Hathcock goes one on one with an equally savvy Viet Cong sniper and another four-day stalk within a Viet Cong base camp to bring down a North Vietnamese General. The author’s portrayal of Hathcock’s banter is not all that humble when discussing himself, but this man can also walk the walk. It is a little sad about the adjustment problems Hathcock has to civilian life. Most civilian jobs pale in comparison to hunting and being hunted by humans., The book is a fast light read with some heart pounding entertainment. The book could have used some more sniper accounts.

  • Morgantheaxe
    15:45 on July 9th, 2013
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    This is an awesome telling of the true story of Carlos Hathcock, sniper extraordinaire in Vietnam, from his early days in Arkansas, to his second and final tour in Vietnam where he was almost mortally wounded by an enemy ordinance exploded beneath his armored personnel carrier.

    The biography reads like a novel, and keeps your interest well. Great book for anyone interested in the Vietnam War, or in sniping. The only complaint I had was the R-rated language in places.

    I don’t read a lot of war novels, but this one was recommended to me by a friend as one that would be interesting. He was right.

  • Darcie Janosko
    16:38 on July 9th, 2013
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    From Bologna to Beirut, Sasser gives a unique insight to the special kind of heroism that is essential to be a successful sniper. Each chapter allows the reader to embark on a high-risk mission with a different hero of the science of sniping, that I found totally absorbing. Sasser’s description of the development of Marine Sniper Training and the Marine sniper rifle is a dedication to the legacy left by Land, Hathcock and their brother Marines.

  • real star
    17:29 on July 9th, 2013
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    Marine Sniper is about Carlos Hathcock II. It tells about his tours in the Vietnam War. This book gave me some helpful hints about being a Marine Sniper. It tells about Carlos Hathcock’s missions and what preparation steps he had to go through. The book actually makes you feel like your there beside him as he stalks the enemy. The attention to detail in the book is amazing you can actually feel the heat when Carlos and “Skipper” are out on a mission three miles west of hill fifty-five (55). “The humidity and temperature were both at 95 degrees…. gnats and other flying and biting insects swarmed in the shade beneath the low palms as the sun heated the humid afternoon. The air hung still like in a hot house.”

  • Bill Cordray
    19:01 on July 9th, 2013
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    Practically everyone who knows me has heard me rave on and on about this book. I read it for the first time about 4 years ago, after picking it up while browsing through the bookstore. I read the excerpt at the front recounting the Vietnamese general’s final moments and I was hooked. I recently finished it again, and it was even better this time. Everything that happens to Hathcock seems like something out of a movie; something no mortal man could survive. I learned to respect the discipline and will-power of a well-trained Marine, and was left in awe of the effectiveness of the sniper. Charles Henderson does his part, too. He not only tells Hathcock’s incredible story, but makes it an immersive, addictive one to read. Through his clear and descriptive writing, the reader is transported back in time to the dark “Charlie”-filled jungles of Vietnam, where he lies beside the sniper known as “Long Tra’ng” and experiences not only the satisfaction of a well-placed shot, but also the emotional struggles that a man must deal with when he takes the life of another one. Undoubtedly a timeless classic

    20:58 on July 9th, 2013
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    I enjoyed this one. The authors have given us a good overview of this history of the sniper in war. If of course would be a mistake to to place this book with some of the other somewhat dry accounts of military history. This is a very readable book, lots of action, lots of insight yet sneeks in some very nice historical facts. It makes history more alive. It is also the story of some very brave and remarkable men. Recommend this for a nice fast read that is very much a page turner.

  • Oncebitten
    21:40 on July 9th, 2013
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    When i started to read this book i couldnt put it away, there was things i`ve never read about before.
    Who would have guessed that Hathcock started as an MP in Da Nang.

    The most exciting stuff i read about was the chapter about the clash Hathcock and Cpl John Burke had with an entire NVA company in the “elephant valley” and they kept the NVA pinned down for several days in the hot sun just a few yards from a running river.
    And one of the NVA prisoners who were captured after the mop up said: We didnt know what hit us, but it was deadly.

    Then there was the female vietcong sniper/torturer called the Apache, the frenchmen, the NVA sniper “Nguyen” who almost got Burke but hit his canteen instead and the one-in-a million shot through the NVA sniper scope and finally the high-ranking NVA general, somewhere i Laos or southern North-Vietnam.

    This is defininetly one of the most exciting books i ever had the pleasure to lead.
    I really like the nickname Vietcong and NVA gave Hathcock, Long Trang (White Feather).

    If you want something exciting to read, then this is the right book for you.

  • calmerthanyou
    23:39 on July 9th, 2013
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    Regarding the review written by Glen Senkowski, I would like to ask which author he is talking about? Sasser or Roberts? Roberts did not write the book he is describing about chopper pilots. Indeed, Roberts IS a chopper pilot, and a former Vietnam Vet Marine who served in the infantry and as a sniper in I Corps in 1966. It is true that Sasser has a tendency to add too much color to his writing and sometimes embelishes the facts, but in all One Shot–One Kill is a compilation of stories gleaned from personal interviews conducted by Roberts with the various men who tell of their experiences in this book. All interviews were taped, documented and checked for authenticity. Roberts later was an advisor to the History Channel’s “Suicide Mission” series “Snipers” and “Combat Medics.”

    I know Craig and can verify he is a meticulous researcher and investigative journalist. See his other books, “The Medusa File,” and “Kill Zone.”

  • Terry Stigers
    23:55 on July 9th, 2013
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    Although I lack military experience, I must say that this novel is perhaps one of the greatest military biographies I have read. Perhaps the reason this novel is so enjoyable, is because you have absolutely no idea what story will be told next. Furthermore, if you are like me, you possbily never even heard the name Carlos Hathcock before.

    This biography was very enjoyable, because it kept me on the edge of my seat. The personal stories of Hathcock, and eyewitness accounts are amazing. I can’t fathom an individual who can shoot a gun accurately at 2,000 yards. But this novel gets you in close and personal with a person who lived by the motto, “one shot, one kill” at a distance of over 1,000 yards.

    Henderson, the author, does a great job of describing Hathcock, and his missions by using expert witnesses and documents. Merely page through the bibliography to see the amount of research that Henderson did for this novel, and you will realize that this book must be pretty close to the absolute truth.

    Overall, this book is fantastic, due to the missions that are explained in here. Henderson makes you feel right at home with this legend, and creates a lively image on each mission. As a result, this novel is easy to read, because it is a page-turner. Henderson also does an excellent job as to explain the mentality of Hathcock towards the Marines and towards the art of sniping. I never realized that a person who is a sniper must have a unique mentality in order to do this job. And Henderson shows that sniping is not for everyone.

    The novel also immortalizes Hathcock as a hero and a leader… it should. Hathcock was at the top of his field, and literally designed the manual for this new class in the military. But his ideas have found there way into SWAT teams, and police forces through the world. Hathcock was a hero, who ultimately paid the price for his bravery in the Vietnam war. This novel is a must read for all individuals, not just the military type person!

  • Andrew B
    0:25 on July 10th, 2013
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    Henderson tells the story behind the legend of Carlos Hathcock.

    I was already familiar with the many of the stories, but was pleasantly surprised to discover Hathcock was such a “normal” person. He definitely had unique skills and a level of self discipline that is rarely seen but he was also a humble and unassuming gentleman who knew what he needed to do and pursued it regardless of who was watching. His fame is the result of others who told his story based on their respect for his deeds, not because of his own self-promotion.

    A great book about an outstanding Marine and role model for many.

  • shanma
    0:46 on July 10th, 2013
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    I have just finished reading this book and have mixed reviews on it. On the positive side, the descriptions of the hunts and kills were very graphic and believable. The book profiles a variety of snipers and their stories. On the negative side, there is too much “history” of setting up sniper schools, etc. Also, what I found very disturbing was the many racist references to the enemy, especially the Asians. Terms like “slant eyes,” “hamburgers,” “gooks,” and “yellow skinned…” were unneccessary, even if they were direct quotes. I’m not sure how the authors could have handled this, but each time I read a dehumanizing racist comment, I was reminded why so many loyal Americans took to the streets in the 60′s and 70′s to protest the Vietnam War. It was called a racist war then, and I believe to this day, it was still a racist war. One Shot, One Kill is worthy of 3 stars at best.

  • Sarah Manners
    2:28 on July 10th, 2013
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    Full of first-hand accounts and stories of military snipers at work with some interesting and informative history inserted in short chapters in between the stories. One section on the development of rifles and early existence of possible sniping concepts in the Revolutionary War era I found to be particularly fascinating. The stories in this book are detailed, and sometimes shocking. Definitely worth reading for those curious and interested about snipers.

  • Update
    2:48 on July 10th, 2013
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    I picked this one up ,and enjoyed it through the whole thing. I enjoy short stories. And thats what this book has. The only annoying thing was that in between some of the stories, a chapter would be put in explaining snipers and random stuff. It kinda threw off the flow of actually reading a persons one story. But do what I did ,and skip those chapters. I’m pretty sure there was interesting stuff in those chapters ,but I read one and a half of them ,and was bored. On to the stories. Well worth checking out

  • Abe Cherian
    3:29 on July 10th, 2013
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    Carols Hathcock is one of the many American Heros to come out of the Vietnam War. His selfless dedication to his country and his fellow Marines was adeptly portrayed in this book. Made me proud to be a former Marine and a Vietnam Vet.

  • tangodelta
    4:37 on July 10th, 2013
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    This is a very well-written mini-history of the development and art of the sniper throughout modern warfare. Easily readable, it is broken up into chapters and individual stories. It makes for an enjoyable and informative journey through the most feared, hated, and misunderstood soldier on the battlefield. The compartmentalized format makes it easy to set down and pick back up on later, but chances are you’ll read it straight through because of it’s quality and interest value. Snippets of larger stories appear, like Carlos Hathcock’s epic story, so it gives the reader a little knowledge on each great sniper. Highly recommended.

  • Churl
    5:48 on July 10th, 2013
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    This is not a bad book, but it is certainly not a great book. It would benefit much from a few simple additions: table of contents, maps, pictures, timelines, specs. of weapons and equipment, and an index. All of these devices are missing but would have gone a long way toward making this book more academic and useful.

    More disturbing is the credence lent to the highly suspect duel between Konings and Zaitsev during the Battle for Stalingrad, 1942-43. Many, if not most, historians doubt this duel ever took place and was simply a successful product of Soviet propaganda (vividly recreated in the film, Enemy at the Gates>. The authors of this book take this duel to be gospel truth and make no mention of its dubious origins.
    The personal reflections of snipers give this book powerful elements. It also gains strength by drawing on the experiences of snipers across wars. The stories of Marine Sergeant Carlos Hathcock are riveting. The authors definitely display a bias toward the Marine Corps to the detriment of U.S. Army snipers.

    This is an easy read and not a bad overview of sniping. If you want a more rigorous and academic book, Sniper : the Skills, the Weapons, and the Experiences by Adrian Gilbert is a better choice.

  • hamey
    6:20 on July 10th, 2013
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    This book was pretty good – somewhere between a three start & a four star book. I have read two books recently on similar topics & they are far superior. These books were: SOG is a book based on true events in the Vietnam war. and Sniper on the Eastern Front – a true story about a German sniper in WW2. The Marine Sniper book spent a little too much time on telling how Carlos Hathcock won certain sniper competions & became one of the best snipers of his generation. Don’t get me wrong, I thing Carlos Hathcock is one of the bravest people I have read about – I just think the book could have spent more on his time in Vietnam & less on his target shooting & how his wife feels about him being in Vietnam.

  • dan maurin
    7:40 on July 10th, 2013
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    Written by two fellow Marines, one of whom served as Hathcock’s commanding officer, this tale chronicles the life of the most notorious sniper in Vietnam. Marine Sniper touches on the issues that faced wounded vets upon returning home, the grim conditions snipers dealt with in the field, and the role that Hathcock played in establishing the Corps’ scout sniper program.
    Another apsect that this book deals with is the stigma that haunts snipers throughout the service in the military and beyond. Having personally served with them, I know they are routinely looked down upon as cold-blooded killers and mercenaries. Ironically, it is often artillery and air units that house the most disdain for snipers, while their bombs and shells indiscriminately kill more than the sniper’s selective rounds ever could. Henderson approaches this from the frustated pov of the sniper and how they dealt with monikers like “murder, inc.” and similar slurs.
    Also, check out the sequel, Silent Warrior, which tells the same story from different points of view. A must read for Marines and all service members alike.

  • Howardmoon
    8:03 on July 10th, 2013
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    This book describes a quiet legend of the armed forces- the antithesis of the blustery, bombastic type like Richard Marcinko (Rogue Warrior). Hathcock made enormous contributions to America’s involvement in the Vietnam war, and to the art of sniping as a military tactic in general. Sniping is an under-appreciated form of engagement, to be sure, and this book’s description make it almost seem like a work of art, supported with convincing evidence of its efficacy.

    To say that Hathcock was dedicated to his task is a gross understatement; he is clearly the stuff that military heroes are made of. At times he evoked pity, so despondent was he when he found himself in civilian life for one reason or another. He calls to mind the tortured genius that cannot dedicate himself enough to his life’s work to ever be satisfied. In addition to describing an fascinating character, the book was fairly well written, though I often had time conceptualizing the landscapes that were described.

  • Dave K
    9:23 on July 10th, 2013
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    This is a tough one. I read the book and found it a remarkable read. It came across to me, an amateur, as authentic and seemed to ring true in regard to the detailed pains the sniper must take to get his kill while simultaneously avoiding becoming road kill himself. I have no idea whether the naysayers are sour grapes or really know that some of this is inaccurate research. One would think that if this is hogwash there would be more experienced military as well as military snipers who would write disparaging reviews on Amazon. So until I know for certain that the authors took liberties, I will only say that I enjoyed the book and it kept my interest throughout.

  • utwcxkpmca
    9:58 on July 10th, 2013
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    I felt this was a real good book that shows the history of the sniper and the evolution of this group. A lot of good stories about different snipers and the “jobs” they did. Though the book was interesting it did seem a little repetitive towards the end of. If you have read any other books about snipers then you will find some of the same stories in this book.

  • marime hezzel
    10:30 on July 10th, 2013
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    I knew when I first picked up a book about a sniper in Vietnam that I was in for rude awakening. Up until now, all of my military reading has been on squad or bigger sized units taking on Nazis or Yankees and so I was anticipating finding out what it was like for one man, alone, in the bush of Vietnam. I was not too be disappointed. Most of this book is action packed, but not just regular war book type action…This is one man (or 2) alone in the deep, dark jungles of Vietnam, literally surrounded by NVA troops! The missions that our hero, Carlos Hathcock, undertakes are unbelievable. If you buy the book for no other reason than reading about these missions you will not be disappointed. Carlos takes on the `Apache Women’ who routinely tortured, castrated, and killed Americans…He takes on, in a long creeping match, the NVA’s best sniper…and in his final big mission, crawls deep into an enemy headquarters to take out one of their big boys. All of these missions, and many more, are described in nerve-wracking narration that leaves you reading page after page, late into the night. You simply will not be disappointed in the telling of these adventures. What you may be disappointed in is that the story is slightly biased…but in reading a book about a Marine hero, written by a Marine, this was not surprising. You may also be confused, especially at the start, by the way the narration jumps around from the states to different operations in Vietnam, leaving you often times confused as to where you at and what is going on. You may also be a little shocked at the nonchalant killing of dozens upon dozens of Vietnamese, each kill being described in rather vivid detail…but once again by picking up a book on Snipers you should be ready for this.
    Other than these small complaints, I found this a highly informative and adrenaline pumping book that is a VERY quick read…

  • Burzum
    11:09 on July 10th, 2013
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    Time after time, people find that one of the most valuable soldiers on the battle field is the sniper. Their simple motto of “One shot: one kill” is all they need to live by. The enemy’s life is cheap. It only takes one bullet to kill him.
    I am not much of a book-reader, but this was quite possibly the most fascinating book I have ever laid eyes on. Chronicling the achievements of such men like Carlos Hathcock and John Fulcher put war in perspective for me. You never hear the one with your name on it. This lifestyle is hell, not glory. It’s not one of those John Wayne movies where the good guy always wins. It’s horrible and life-scarring, as illustrated in this book. I would gladly read it another ten times.

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