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Dead Center: A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ed Kugler

Narrated By: Sean Pratt

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: December 2014

Duration: 12 hours 11 minutes


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. 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.


  • jason simmons

    This was an excellent book. I really enjoyed this one. Well narrated and entertaining at some points.

  • Gary Paresi

    Great book Intense would read this again an rev omens this book to my friends I'm a former marine an this makes sense the whole book

  • M S

    His time in Nam coincides with mine. I remember all the places and names.