The Sniper - Jim Lindsay

The Sniper

By Jim Lindsay

  • Release Date: 2023-03-07
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 83 Ratings


Jim Lindsay's The Sniper reveals, for the first time ever, the full story of the deadliest sniper in Marine Corps history, Chuck Mawhinney, who served in the Vietnam war at age 18—written with his full cooperation and participation.

Charles "Chuck" Mawhinney is a United States Marine who holds the Corps' record for the most confirmed sniper kills (and the second most of any US service member in history), having recorded 103 confirmed kills in 16 months during the Vietnam War. He was also the youngest—killing the enemy as a teenager.

In 1967, at the age of 18, Mawhinney joined the Marines and began his assent from recruit to the Marine Corps’ deadliest sniper. During his tours—in one of the most dangerous war zones of Vietnam—his character and charisma helped him deal with life and death in a hell hole with other young men a long way from home.

After Vietnam, Mawhinney married and settled into his post-war life, raised a family, and was content that no one knew of his accomplishments in war. Then in 1991 he was startled and dismayed when outed by a fellow Marine sniper, Joseph Ward, who spoke of Mawhinney’s number of kills in his book, Dear Mom. Newspapers picked up the story and Mawhinney’s life changed forever. The notoriety troubled him at first, but then he accepted the fame and used the opportunity to train service men and lawmen in the art of long-distance shooting.

At last, Chuck's full story is told, including his heroic exploits in battle and the terrible toll that taking a life exerts on a human being.


  • Finally!!!!Greatg

    By Doc Rogers 45
    Awesome read about an old friend. Very glad to see this book published Chuck had told me he wouldn’t do a book after the first one that was never finished due to the writer passing away. Great Job. Semper Fi
  • Poor telling of a fantastic story.

    By Holleywud
    I saw another one star review and thought, oh this person is super critical. Well, I must be also. It’s a shame that such an accomplished sniper’s story comes across as a high school book report. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I read the book and learned about the man. The story telling of it doesn’t do him justice. Semper Fi, Chuck!
  • Come on. Do better

    By Dslayer151
    I wanted this book to be better. Don’t waste your money for the price of this book.