Kill Zone : Sniper

  • by Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • Series: Sniper
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An American general is captured by Islamic extremists in the Middle East. They threaten to behead him within days. One strange fact: Moments before he is rendered unconscious during the attack, the general notices that his unseen captors speak American English. What's going on?
Gunnery Sergeant Kyle Swanson, a top level marine sniper, is vacationing on a boat in the Mediterranean when he receives orders to mount a top-secret mission to rescue the general. But as he and his men prepare to land in the Iraqi desert, they immediately come under ferocious attack, and Swanson is the only man left alive. How did the enemy know details of a mission known only to a few top government officials?
Swanson takes off across the desert alone to find the captured general and realizes he is fighting a particularly ruthless and dangerous enemy: American mercenaries working for a very high-level group of American officials with ties to the White House itself, part of a clandestine conspiracy whose hidden agenda is nothing less than total control of the American military. Their sworn enemy is the captured general whose fate now rests in Sniper Swanson's hands.
Full of the kind of action author Jack Coughlin lived during his career as a marine sniper, Kill Zone marks the debut of an extraordinary writing team.


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I love a book that starts out with a bang

I love a book that starts out with a bang and keeps getting better. This one does that and more.

In the Middle East an American General has been kidnapped and his personnel have been murdered. General Middleton realizes that the kidnappers are speaking American English. They are not Arabs! Then he is knocked out with an injection of drugs. This starts a series of events that bring the general and Gunnery Sgt. Kyle Swanson back together.

Kyle Swanson is on vacation in the Mediterranean with friends aboard a yacht. He is testing a new type of sniper rifle and spending time with his girlfriend. Kyle is one of the highest scoring snipers in the Marines. When word gets out that a General has been snatched, Kyle is ordered to join up with an elite team of Marines for a rescue mission.

The rescue fails leaving Kyle as the only survivor. Now it is up to Kyle to rescue General Middleton. Middleton considers Kyle a mental case and has serious doubts about Kyle’s abilities.

At the same time in Washington the plot thickens. A billionaire, Gordon Gates IV is bankrolling an attempt to take over the military. His man in power is National Security Adviser, Gerald Buchanan. Buchanan keeps the mercenaries informed about the actions of the military and Kyle.

There is a little romance involved but that has an unhappy ending. The characters are well done. This is one really great read. Loved the way Kyle problem solved and saved the day. The interaction between the two men was interesting. Kyle had the experience to keep them alive and Middleton thought he knew best. Ha.

The cover is right on. The sniper and the background of desert is reflective of the harsh and lonely environment.

Read by Luke Daniels and he did a superb job. His voices were perfect for the characters. I especially like the way he voiced Kyle. Sort of a gravely growl. It was great. I listened to it almost non-stop.

There were no production issues – the quality was good and flawless.

Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.

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Too painful to listen to

Any additional comments?

Firstly, if the narrator intends to continue trying to mimic regional accents, he needs a professional coach - There is a Senator who would make Boss Hogg wince, a bazzillionaire David Niven wanna-be, and his Irish sidekick whom I expected at any moment to say "This brandy is magically delicious"...

Secondly, the characters and dialogue were like something out of a low grade made-for-TV movie... A hit man named "Big Lenny" - Seriously? Every character in the plot, including the Senator, is either current or former elite combat types - Even if the author didn't tell you this in each character's bio, you could tell it by their braggadocious dialogue and their eager willingness to mix it up with random toughs who get in their way - Which we all know is the way all special ops guys act.... Right?

The plot (what I heard if it) was pretty predictable but I didn't slight the author for that if he could fill it in with good characters and dialogue - he didn't... After about an hour, my wife threatened to leave the room if I didn't shut it off - I told her that "I" would leave the room if I didn't shut it off... So I did...

For all those who liked the book, I wish you joy... For those who have NOT yet bought this book and you're expecting something of the same caliber as Vince Flynn or Daniel Silva, save your credits... I rarely return books I get from Audible and even more rarely write a negative review, but this one made the list...

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- Phillip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio