Ghost Sniper

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rabid Reader on 07-03-17

Thrilling WWII sniper story

Ghost Sniper is a fascinating tale of the liberation of Normandy in 1944. Told from alternating POV's, both allied and German, the horror of war and the nature of the sniper comes through clear in both the narrator's voice and the author's writing. This is not a dry retelling of history or a gung-ho unrealistic war story, it is an exciting cat and mouse tale of predator vs predator. Need, and skills gained hunting in his mountainous home, placed Micajah Cole as the best sniper in an eclectic team of American soldiers. When they cross paths with an infamous German sniper, who is reeking havoc on the allied soldiers, it becomes a fight as to who will kill who first. The narrator brings out the suspense and individuality of the characters well and nails the different accents excellently. This is a thrilling story with suspense, humour, and some great characters. I liked that the author gave the book a somewhat open end, in war and real life things are not always wrapped up nice and neat and it left an opening for more sniper face offs in the next book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By BlueEyes on 05-29-18

Excellent story with suspense

This was a terrific story and the narrator did a fantastic job with at least 4 different nationalities. Loosely based on The D-Day invasion and the war in France. An unlikely group of characters are thrown together to form a sniper group and the chapters bounce between German and U.S. snipers.
This story had everything I want in an audible book, a little romance, lots of suspense and characters you love to hate and those that you cheer on.
Looking forward to Book 2!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Eddie Mittelstedt on 08-18-17

Suspenseful, kept me engaged during the listen

Sniper battles are more strategic than tactical and have been compared many times to chess matches. You have to think several steps ahead in the battle of wits against another sniper. And that is what this book is really about: getting into the heads of two snipers as they hunt each other.

This book reminds me a lot of the movie Enemy At the Gates, featuring a similar sniper showdown between Ed Harris and Jude Law. I see a lot of similarities between Ed Harris' character Major König, and the Von Stainger character in this this book, and I'm wondering if the author used him as inspiration. Which isn't a bad thing. German WWII snipers seemed to have an aristocratic air about them - they knew they were the cream of the crop, and acted accordingly.

This is my first book from David Healey, and other than the nitpick I list in the spoiler paragraph, I found the writing smooth and pleasant to listen to. The book was suspenseful, and kept me engaged during the entire listen. There was however, one inconsistency in the book that's hardly worth mentioning, but I thought I would include it in the review for completeness sake and because it took me out of the story in a "Wait a second" moment. Perhaps the author could edit it for the next version of the book?

A Mauser rifle fell from Wolff's hands after being shot. Von Stainger used that rifle to attach to Fritz' hands. Then later, Cole climbed the tree and retrieved the same rifle from Wolff to train Joline how to shoot. Hence, a re-spawning rifle!

J. Scott Bennett did an amazing job with the narration. His voice is perfect for a storyteller. It's smooth and gentle and doesn't get in the way of the story. His enunciation is precise, and his pacing is spot-on. He is one of my favorite narrators and I don't see that changing. Ever.

This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ryan Hooey on 07-25-17

Ultimate Chess Match

This audiobook was so good. I really enjoy a fictional story with some truth sprinkled in there, for me it just adds something great to the story. The author does a really great job at painting a realistic and vivid landscape. Each scene is described so well that it was as if it took me back in time. I could hear the gun shots and tank's rrolling into the towns in my head. I know this type of writing is not for everyone but in this case it really worked for the story. You can't help but like our main character and his unorthodox methods, just know there is always a method to his madness. I was rooting for him during the entire story. It was refreshing to be taken back into a time without the tech we have today. I felt like the tactics that were used were so time appropriate, not that I would know but the author also definitely did his research. The performance was so well done, this was my second book done by this narrator and I enjoyed both. His British, German, French and best of all Southern American accents were done so well. He gave each character a unique personality and each scene some flavour. I cannot speak better of the performance. As if this book does not need something else... well the ending left me a little frustrated but in a good way. It is a cliffhanger but is so fitting to both our cat and mouse. Please, please please make book 2 into an audiobook. This one was so good I cannot miss the finale. **I received a free copy of this audio production in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom, this in no way affected my opinion of this book.**

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4 out of 5 stars
By TU on 07-19-17

A good war-history-based book

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I'm a fan of history, but would not call myself a historian by any stretch of the imagination. I say that because I have no clue how accurate this story is to actual history. I can say it "felt" realistic, but I haven't done any fact checking because this is a work of fiction and my time is better spent doing other things, like listening to more good books. I thought the pacing of the book is great, there was plenty of action and suspense, and the narrator was really good. If you like war-history-based fiction, then you should definitely pick this one up.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Karowski on 07-16-17

A sniper story for the ages

WW2 provides a plethora of material for an author to work with. While this tale is fiction in one can readily imagine that circumstances like it took place in reality. One only had to look to the battle Of Stalingrad for one of the greatest sniper stories of all time (fictionalized in book form as war of the rats and movie form as enemy at the gates). This story even briefly touched upon Stalingrad as part of its backstory. This is the first in a series of sniper tales. The author and the narrator (who does amazing work!) tell the story of an American sniper team in WW2. Truly enjoyed it all and can't wait for the next chapter to unfold. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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