From the coauthor of the number-one New York Times best seller American Sniper comes a heart-pounding military thriller in which American hero and SEAL team sniper Gil Shannon joins up with an unlikely ally in order to stop a terrorist plot bent on destruction across Europe.
Hot on the trail of The Wolf, a rogue Russian military sniper turned Chechen terrorist, Gil Shannon turns from hunter to hunted when his mission is exposed by a traitor high up in US government. Shannon must turn to an unlikely ally - a deadly Russian special operative - to help even the odds. But when they discover that The Wolf is just the tip of a global terrorist plot whose goal is to upend the US economy and the stability of the Western world, Shannon and his team of operatives must track the terrorists down before their plan comes to fruition.
Shannon comes head to head with legions of enemy fighters all across Europe in this breathtakingly cinematic and realistic military thriller, ending with a faceoff between Gil and the one sniper who may be his equal shot. Will he survive?
This third action-packed and battle-filled adventure in the Sniper Elite series takes listeners along for a white-knuckle ride across Europe in the company of American soldiers, Russian special operatives, and global leaders - and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final scene.
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Dell Shannon hits his stride
I am a fan of these books. I’ve been reading Reacher novels for a while now. I just discovered Barry Eisler’s fun and smart John Rain series over the last several months. And now I’ve come to the Sniper Elite novels. I don’t particularly like novels about war. I don’t have a military fetish. And while I am a liberal fellow, I find I have a surprising (American) jingoist streak, haha. Even with that, the Sniper Elite books even as entertaining as they are have been a little off putting in its naked flag waving. I don’t fault the books for that necessarily. Just not for me. HOWEVER. Sniper and the Wolf is a bit of a turning point in this series. The hoorah American attitude is firmly in place. But the novel feels like it is finally more about warriors than showing corn fed hicks with velcro flags on their arms play a freedom loving Dennis the Menace to the eternal bad men of the world. The books have always been about trade craft, political motives and consequences, individual courage, and that is why I’ve dug the books despite the almost defiant PDA towards the nation we just happened to be born in (unless you’re first generation immigrants, ha). I hope I don’t sound like I’m giving backhanded compliments. I don’t mean that. I’ve had a blast reading these books. I’m just glad this last book feels less like an initiation or like maybe I wouldn’t be welcome to read it if I weren’t American.
Having said that, I’ve always admired the willingness of this author to say who the bad guys really are in the world. Or if not bad guys, then let’s say the enemies of decency. I’m not trying to insult anyone, so I’ll keep specifics to myself since it’s not really about the book. People in America these days act like nothing that bad really happens in the world unless we’re the ones doing it. Dell Shannon is not sexy or cool these days. He’s kind of an antihero in American mainstream thinking. A lot of people in the world today only seem to want to see what they want rather than see what is. It’s nice to be able to root against the bad guys without someone jabbering about what a racist or bad person so and so is.
- Bradley P. Valentine "Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work."
Sniper against sniper! A great action thriller!
- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"