Bounty Hunter 4/3 by Jason Delgado, Chris Martin

Bounty Hunter 4/3 by Jason Delgado, Chris MartinBounty Hunter 4/3: From Marine Scout Sniper to MARSOC's First Lead Sniper Instructor by Jason Delgado, Chris Martin
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 3rd 2017
Genres: Memoir, War
Pages: 352
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

Bounty Hunter 4/3 is the latest in a string of personal accounts written by special forces soldiers, and other military personnel recounting their experiences in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the tale of Jason Delgado, a Marine sniper who was involved in the thick of some of the deadly warfare which took place in the city of Husaybah.

It is in the vein of autobiographies like Chris Kyle’s American Sniper, and others, and is a very personal look at what it takes to be a special forces operative on the front lines. The book begins with the author growing up in The Bronx, and the events which led him to signing up as a Marine, and then going through the arduous training required to become a Scout Sniper. I am not saying that some of the other accounts glamourise this experience by any means, but Delgado brings a very down to earth viewpoint at the bloody nature of the business of war. By his own admission he embarked on this journey with something of an unrealistic expectation of what it took, however through his training he had this stripped away.

As an on-the-ground viewpoint, Bounty Hunter 4/3 focuses primarily on the very real, gritty experience of warfare on the street. Danger lurks around every corner, and there is a sense of the powerlessness he felt in being unable to take action to protect the locals, or the brotherhood he was fighting alongside. The downside is that it can be difficult to get a sense of the battlefield as a whole, and the author acknowledges that not many people remember the name of Husaybah, where a significant portion of the action takes place in the latter half of the book.

It is undeniable that there is a personal cost for anyone who goes to war. The author had to witness the deaths, and maimings of many of his comrades in arms, which he had to bear psychologically when he returned home. I think this is the greatest strength of the book, that going beyond the outer bravado, and spitshined image of warriors marching off to war, there are injuries which go beyond the visible. Bounty Hunter takes us inside the head of one such warrior, and into his personal family life which had to bear the cost as well.

As mentioned before, this is not the first book which covers some of this territory, but it is a highly personal, intriguing look at the life of a US Marine sniper. I enjoyed reading the book, and found it quite moving in places.

I received a review copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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