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What made the experience of listening to Clean Kill the most enjoyable?
I've enjoyed the Sniper series and for the most part, the former Gunny gets it right. However, I'm a bit of a stickler for Marine Corps traditions, equipment and the proper description of weapon functionality and performance.
It's irritating as hell and a major distraction to come across obvious, but easily corrected mistakes while in the middle of an enjoyable read. I wonder if the Gunny let his co-writer insert them without fact checking himself. Any former Marine would pick up on these blunders, so here goes...
Please, please, please STOP calling magazines "Clips".
A "Clip" is a spring steel holder for ammunition used in such weapons as the M-1 Garand, the '03 Springfield and other "push to load" rifles utilized during WWII and earlier conflicts. A pistol does not utilize a "Clip". A semi-auto pistol uses MAGAZINES which have an internal spring pushing up a follower which in turn feeds the weapon ammunition. Modern rifles use the same technology. It is called a MAGAZINE, damnit, not a CLIP! My drill instructor at Parris Island (KIA Vietnam) would punch me in the gut if I called a magazine a "Clip".
A Marine is described as wearing "BDU's". What? Huh?
The ARMY dresses up in BDU's (Battle Dress Uniforms), not the Marine Corps. We proudly wear "Utilities" or MARPAT (Marine Pattern) which is a digital camouflage uniform unique to the Corps. Don't ever confuse a Marine with an Army soldier. And don't call a Marine a Soldier, either!
During one sequence, an Air Force C-141 Starlifter plane is referenced taking off.
Gunny, the Chair Force retired the 141 several years ago. Marines do not fly in Chair Force planes anyway, that's why we have our own Air Wing.
OK, my criticism is done. I will assiduously nit-pick any Marine related aberrations I come across and try not to pound the wall in frustration when they do. Maybe my PTSD is kicking in a bit much these days, but I do love descriptions of terrorists taking .50 caliber rounds in the face. Keep these books coming. Semper Fi.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I love this series. I sure hope Audible works to get all the books in the series into audible format. The characters are very well written, we get a feel for who they are and their personality. Our hero Gunnery Sargent Kyle Swanson is such a great character. Love the focus on the mission, the cool strategic thinking, thinking on many levels and moves ahead like chess - and yet a realistic character. Oh and did I say fun sense of humor? The supporting characters are also nicely done. There is plenty of action, the story is well paced, easy to follow. The narrator does a good job of different voices and accents.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I have really started to enjoy this series and look forward to listening to more. This book was full of action and was a great adventure. These authors remind me of vince flynn so if you enjoyed his books then you are going to enjoy this series. Another good narration. I think that I'm going to purchase the next in the series for my next listen.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful