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Metal of Honor recipient Kyle Swanson was no ordinary US Marine. In the past he has operated as an assassin reporting directly to the US president. Now the Marines believe he is too old and out of control of the Marine brass to stay, so is retired and assigned to the CIA.
The adventure starts years ago in Somalia where a Muslim terrorist nicknamed Cobra killed Swanson's fiance in his presence. The book goes to the present where Swanson and a young FBI named Lucky, who Swanson had brought as a boy to the US from Somalia along with his grandmother after his grandfather was murdered by Cobra, deal with a major terrorist incident led by Cobra. Swanson and Lucky then go back to Somalia to remove Cobra for good.
Some aspects of this novel are not realistic, but is a great action thriller. The book is well narrated.
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For readers of the Kyle Swanson series this is till a good book, and I enjoyed being with Kyle again. Both for the first half of the book during the story of him as a young marine and for the second half during present-day action.
However, for series loyalists, there are quite a few discrepancies and detours from the previous tales. This book makes liberal changes to where the last left off and the context the last set up. While I'm glad I stuck it out and am happy with the conclusion of this book, I found myself upset and disappointed throughout the reading because of the changes. I very much enjoyed how this series was different from others in the genre (Pike Logan, Mitch Rapp, Scot Harvath, etc) so I am disappointed that it seems to have swung into the path of sameness those share. The present day component of this book and what it has laid out for subsequent installments is much more formulaic. I'm sorry to see the author go that route.
Luckily, Kyle is a likable protagonist and there is enough retained from the first 8 or so books that I will continue to follow him. I probably always will hope that Mr. Coughlin returns Kyle to the surroundings and systems that made me love this series in the beginning.
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