In this follow-up to the highly successful Kill Zone, former marine sniper Kyle Swanson faces his most deadly enemy yet, a legendary enemy sniper working with a fringe Islamic organization that has created a terrifying new weapon of mass destruction.
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Another great read
- Michael Blazey
Written By A Marine Sniper?
This an odd series of books (I've listened to 3 so far). The stores are interesting, although like all thrillers they strain credulity. The characters are 3 dimensional and likable (or unlikable when necessary). But there are so many bizarrely inexplicable errors and omissions that it is difficult not to laugh (or scream) at times. The Omissions: This is not Stephen Hunter with all of fascinating "inside baseball" details about barrel harmonics, spin drift and terminal ballistics. It is overtly vague about all things that pertain to firearms and their use. In the books an AK-47, M40A1 and Dragunov sniper rifle all shoot a "7.62 round". Which is true, kind of. They shoot 7.62x39, 7.62x51 and 7.62x54 respectfully. These are different rounds with different applications. It's kind of like saying that a Camry, Corvette and an Indy Car all have engines. The Errors: Why would an M40A1, which is built from a Remington Model 700, have a modified WInchester M70 floor plate? Where do you get a flash hider that "eats up" the report of .338 Lapua round? (Come to think of it, where do you get a suppressor that does that?) How do you shoot someone with a .50 caliber bullet from a rifle that is chambered in 7.62x51? (You have to span books 2 and 3 for this nugget). Why would 2 separate marines use the Army expression of enthusiasm "Hooah", instead of the Marine Corps equivalent "Oorah"? Why would the best Spec Ops troops in the world shoot the world's most deadly terrorist, blow up the building he was in and then not sift through the rubble to make sure he's dead (he's not). Jack Coughlin was a Marine Scout Sniper, one of the best. But I find it difficult to believe that he has much of anything to do with the writing of these books. And he certainly does not proof-read them. That being said, I'll probably listen to a couple more.