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WHEN YOU'RE IN THE DEATH BUSINESS, EACH DAWN COULD BE YOUR LAST.Raw, straightforward, and powerful, Ed Kugler's account of his two years as a Marine scout-sniper in Vietnam vividly captures his experiences there--the good, the bad, and the ugly. After enlisting in the Marines at seventeen, then being wounded in Santo Domingo during the Dominican crisis, Kugler arrived in VWHEN YOU'RE IN THE DEATH BUSINESS, EACH DAWN COULD BE YOUR LAST.Raw, straightforward, and powerful, Ed Kugler's account of his two years as a Marine scout-sniper in Vietnam vividly captures his experiences there--the good, the bad, and the ugly. After enlisting in the Marines at seventeen, then being wounded in Santo Domingo during the Dominican crisis, Kugler arrived in Vietnam in early 1966.As a new sniper with the 4th Marines, Kugler picked up bush skills while attached to 3d Force Recon Company, and then joined the grunts. To take advantage of that experience, he formed the Rogues, a five-sniper team that hunted in the Co Bi-Than Tan Valley for VC and NVA. His descriptions of long, tense waits, sudden deadly action, and NVA countersniper ambushes are fascinating.In DEAD CENTER, Kugler demonstrates the importance to a sniper of patience, marksmanship, bush skills, and guts--while underscoring exactly what a country demands of its youth when it sends them to war....

Title : Dead Center: A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War
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ISBN : 9780804118750
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Number of Pages : 392 Pages
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Dead Center: A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War Reviews

  • Audra
    2019-03-31 14:20

    This gave me a new appreciation of what the military and Marines do. This helped me understand what our soldiers' go through during war that we can't fully comprehend unless we have been through it. It allowed me to realize why soldiers when home do not talk about what they have experienced. It gave me a different outlook on Vietnam than the traditional textbook viewpoint. It also gave me a glimpse into how bureaucracy can screw up something so badly.

  • Skuli Saeland
    2019-04-04 15:35

    Ágætis innsýn í líf vandræðaunglings sem gerist sjálfboðaliði í Víetnamstríðinu. Þvælist í gegnum leyniskyttuþjálfun og erfitt líf hermanns. Nokkuð opinskár um drykkju og vandræði sín auk þess hve klúðurslegt herskipulag herdeilda Bandaríkjahers var oft á tíðum. Mjög hrá saga en verður að lesast sem slík.

  • Brenda A Miller
    2019-04-11 09:29

    Very goodVery good read. Thank you for your service and telling how it was. Kept me interested all say through entirely

  • frank corente
    2019-04-05 14:26

    Great jobFucking awesome read totally no Bullshit here good job Marine Semper Fi. You better belive or you just might have to live the pain Ty Sniper Out.

  • Joseph Hirsch
    2019-03-24 15:24

    I would hardly consider myself an expert on the Vietnam war, but I was somewhat obsessed with the subject for a time, and continue to remain fascinated by it. My favorite book on the subject is probably Joe Haldeman's "1968." The most underrated book on the subject of the 'Nam I've encountered is probably Gus Hasford's "The Phantom Blooper." The most overrated? Undoubtedly "Matterhorn," by Karl Marlantes. "Dead Center," by Ed Kugler has a lot wrong with it, starting with the "Kug's" writing style. There is no delicate way to put this. Based on what's been written on the page, Ed Kugler's talent as a sniper, and his bravery, cannot be called into question, but he's a terrible writer. He switches tenses more times per page than I could keep track of, and his characterization of his fellow Marines (especially important in life-and-death narratives) is pretty shallow, going not much deeper than giving each one of his fellow snipers a name, a nickname, and then moving on to the next character. It makes it hard to care about any of them. His descriptive powers are also wanting, when it comes to conveying the sense of the Vietnamese landscape.And where Philip Caputo ("A Rumor of War") bears his soul in his memoir, mustering an almost theological probing of his own humanity when he asks what it means to take a life, and if belief in God is possible after enduring the horrors of war, Kugler's attitude is glib, and, at times, downright shameful. He doesn't do much thinking, but he does quite a bit of drinking. The author acknowledges his shortcomings in the book's epilogue, but it's too little too late. I felt after reading this book that I had only gotten a cursory glimpse of the life of a marine scout sniper in Vietnam, and I don't think this was due to any failure on my part as a reader. "The Kug" needed a ghost (or at least a co-) writer for this one.

  • Brenda
    2019-04-06 17:37

    Excellent excellent read, providing insights to a Viet Nam soldiers odyssey. Beginning as a grunt, Ed's first exposure to war was a supposed to be a training exercise. One experience as cannon fodder was enough for him, and when the opportunity to attend the budding sniper training presented itself he jumped on board. Even reading all the details of covert operations I still can hardly imagine the fear and adrenaline our soldiers endure every time they go out. This is not a video game (not that they had those back then0, this is real life and death, and depicts the mentality many share who don't know if that next bullet, mine, or grenade has their name on it.

  • William Hill
    2019-04-19 12:27

    Semper Fi - Do or DieNot a good read but a great read. It should be of particular interest to Vietnam veterans and even more so to USMC veterans who served in RVN. This is a no bullshit no holes bared account of one Marine's war experience. The fact that he served in combat for two years as a scout sniper makes the story interesting served up with a ration of humor, sadness, and testosterone to boot. An honest account of time in-country and if I may add - a job well done.Gung ho!

  • Julie
    2019-03-28 10:14

    Superb alternative to American Sniper, which was marginally a so-so book (meaning it bordered on "worst book ever" territory). Written with wit, sarcasm, brutal honesty, clarity of vision, and refreshing reality, this is a must read for anyone who has been in theatre or anyone wanting a real story of being a sniper.

  • Chris
    2019-04-15 14:42

    Outstanding and moving. Crazy book about a crazy two year glimpse into Vietnam. Brass balls in the face of near certain death and poor leadership. Worth a read for anyone remotely opinionated about war, the use of force and what freedom requires of us all.

  • Phil Hamman
    2019-03-25 09:35

    I enjoyed this book more as it went along. I read a lot of military history, and Kugler gives a vivid picture of the training and missions as a sniper in Vietnam. I didn't think I'd like the book, but by the time I'd finished I was glad I'd read it. I highly recommend it.

  • Jack Mcnamara
    2019-03-30 14:22

    First read this book when I was 14. Great book. From Kugler talking about Z and his nero wolfe to the rouges patrols and when hood was "balls to the wind" looking himself over for shrapnel. Ive read this thing cover to cover probably 5 times now and I still give it a 5/5 all day long.

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-21 16:21

    Great book. A really good insight into the Vietnam soldiers' battles, from outside and within.

  • Dewayne Stark
    2019-04-06 16:27

    Well I liked this because the author knew what he was talking about unlike the last book about Nam I read where the M14 shooters emptied their clips and the Army soldiers called for Corpsman.

  • Scott
    2019-03-24 11:19

    good book a behind the scenes of a sniper in Vietnam

  • Tracy Uebelacker
    2019-04-20 10:32

    I really loved reading this book. As he is telling his story I found myself feeling the story.

  • Malinda Jarvis
    2019-04-03 13:26

    He spoke the truth.I was in the USMC in '66-'67. I have never read anything where the insanity of Nam was so well and vividly explained..

  • Rock
    2019-04-09 09:24

    Quite a story! one of the better Vietnam era stories I've read.

  • Peter
    2019-03-30 15:39

    The life of a real Viet Nam sniper in and out of the field. Not available on Kindle, but worth reading for those who like military literature.I loved the vignettes!