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  • A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War
  • Written by: Ed Kugler
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Dead Center

Written by: Ed Kugler
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
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Publisher's Summary

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 17, 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. His descriptions of long, tense waits, sudden deadly action, and 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.

©1999 Ed Kugler (P)2014 Tantor

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Excellent story and narration

As a grunt I thoroughly appreciate the humour. The narration was great, made for easy listening. Well worth the listen!

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Real American Hero

Amazing fellow, doing extraordinary things. One of the best narrated books I’ve listened to. It would be a great pleasure to meet the Kug sometime.

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Nit picking

One thing that bothered me was he called his mod70 Winchester a single shot bolt action, on a couple of occasions. It's actually a bolt action repeater.

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