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Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel | [Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar]

Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel

The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.
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Publisher's Summary

From the coauthor of the number-one New York Times best-selling American Sniper, this "inspired by true events" thriller follows one of America’s most lethal snipers as he leads the rescue of a downed female Special Ops pilot.

The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

In direct defiance of the President’s orders, Navy SEAL sniper Gil Shannon launches an audacious mission with the support of elite soldiers and an enigmatic government figure, to infiltrate the tribal faction holding the captured pilot. A pulse-pounding battle ensues, pitching the entire force of the Taliban against the fearless and heroic American sniper. Packed with blistering action and real-life combat scenes, Sniper Elite: One Way Trip will pin you to the edge of your seat until the very last sentence.

©2013 Scott McEwen & Thomas Koloniar (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    CyndiB San Clemente, CA, United States 06-08-13
    CyndiB San Clemente, CA, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A FIVE STAR READ"
    What other book might you compare Sniper Elite: One Way Trip to and why?

    I love the Brad Thor books. There is quite a bit of detail but the story never drags. Sniper Elite is the same way.


    What does Brian Hutchison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is an excellent narrator. He does lots of voices and accents which makes it easier to keep all the characters straight


    If you could take any character from Sniper Elite: One Way Trip out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Just one?? Need a couple of more for my dinner table. I also liked Farouk for his ability to read people, his courage and loyalty.


    Any additional comments?

    Let me first thank all our brave men and women who defend our freedom and liberty. This book goes into great detail and yet unlike some overly detailed slow moving books Sniper Elite does not disappoint. It is riveting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I wanted to finish it all in one sitting. I loved Gil, Montana and Marie who raises horses. The behind the scenes strategy/intrigue was fascinating. I found myself completely enthralled and scared at the same time. These guys have nerves of steel! I have read almost all of the Navy Seal books to get a glimpse of the limits to which the best of the best push themselves. Have avoided reading the books where almost all the Navy Seals/good guys die. It’s hard to read about them, feel like you know them and their family and then they are gone. Thought I was safe reading American Sniper but sadly he is gone too. They are not just the good among us but the best America has to offer. It is non-stopped action of Scot Harvath. I have been in awe of all the brave men and women who selflessly sacrifice life and limb. They defend our liberty and freedom not for fame, fortune or recognition but for a cause greater than themselves. I found myself laughing at times and crying like when Track Star and Big Ten finally get together. I found Farouk courageous, loved uncle and bit my nails and then cried as Gilligan took the last flight out to wait and leave no man behind. Loved every minute and was so swept up in the emotion that I had to remind myself at the end that it is fiction. The great news is that no one died! I’m ready for the next book with Gil and Marie. A great read from my newest and favorite author. Catch a rising star, you won’t be disappointed!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 08-28-13
    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 08-28-13
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    "One of the best book I have encountered this year."

    This book kept me engaged from start to finish. Some may be turned off by the level of violence depicted, but none of it was inappropriate given the book largely follows the adventure of a navy seal sniper.

    The book is quite a trip, I must disagree with a few of the other reviewers when they say the author is nearly as good a Clancy. In my opinion he is far better.

    If the publisher is monitoring these reviews, please note I am keen for more audio books from these authors. I will be checking back periodically to see if they have any new books.

    The narrator Brian Hutchison, is quite good. He has a pleasant voice and if he worked a little more on his pacing and character voices he could be one of the very best. I would be happy to hear him again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 08-09-13
    Carol 08-09-13

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    "Good listen for action"

    This isn't at the par of Clancy or Thor, but it's entertaining. It is more of an "in the field" story with incredible detail and somewhat realistic combat.
    If you are bothered by real language, aka- cursing, it's not for you. But it adds to the somewhat real feel of it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Sausalito, CA, United States 07-30-13
    David Sausalito, CA, United States 07-30-13
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    "I NEED A CIGARETTE!"
    Where does Sniper Elite: One Way Trip rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty damn high. I've only listened to a little over a hundred audio books but I would definitely put "Sniper Elite" in the top 10. What a ride! This is one of the best action thrillers I've listened to. I think it's one, maybe two cuts above the "Gray Man" series by Mark Greany if that matters to you guys at all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gil Shannon would be my favorite character. Not only is he a military bad ass who will disobey orders to save one of his own, he's also a down-to-earth country boy who's kinda shy. I guess he's got the duel personality thing going on.


    What does Brian Hutchison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, he brings excitement to the story that I probably wouldn't get if i read it myself. I tell you what, he did a really good job with the voices of the different characters of the story(especially Gil). I have no complaints with his narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, this book had non-stop action with a great story arc but, you know, I have to work and do other stuff too. I wanted to listen to it in one sitting,sh*t ya.


    Any additional comments?

    not really.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joe OXFORD, OH, United States 08-06-13
    Joe OXFORD, OH, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2003
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    "One Of The Best In This Genre!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audiobook was solid across the board. The story seemed real and engaging. The characters were one you could sympathize with. There is a lot of quick but not too fast-paced action. The narration was perfect as well. I can't wait for the next novel from Scott McEwen. I know readers of this genre of books are going to be seeing a lot more of him in the future! You'll not regret this purchase!


    What about Brian Hutchison’s performance did you like?

    Voice was strong but not overpowering. Played the various characters well.


    If you could rename Sniper Elite: One Way Trip, what would you call it?

    Special Forces: Rescue in the Hindu Kush


    Any additional comments?

    I tend to start listening to these at night before falling asleep as I don't have time during the day. My only warning is that if you do this you'll have a couple of sleepless nights because you don't want to put it down. The reward though is the satisfaction of hearing a great story!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Staten Island, NY, United States 07-23-13
    Daniel Staten Island, NY, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    "An absolute must could not put it down!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An absolute for all especially if you like military type thrillers but not limited too.An all around excellent read for all. Would not be shocked to see it turned into a movie. Had it all highs that's had me on the edge of my seat to lows that could not help but bring tears to ones eyes and and all around just sucked you in to a truely awsome story of true heroics not easily matched. If not my top novel definitely in the top five and by far the best book have listened to in a long time and that is alot coming from an avid reader of hundreds if not thousands of books and audios could not put it down !!!!!!!!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Bountiful, UT, United States 06-13-13
    Joe Bountiful, UT, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not just another "Spec Ops Thriller""

    I listen to most fiction and non-fiction books about military operations & memoirs of operators. It seems like this genre has had a flood of new books coming into it, and a lot of them sub-par, almost like wanting to push out as many books as they can, into a market that is growing in popularity, just to make some money. This book is well thought out, and very accurate as far as the range of personalities in a single team. I enjoyed it, and will listen to other books by Scott McEwen. The narrator does a great job, and is easy to listen to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 11-02-13
    Charles El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2004

    I hate silly marketing questions designed to reveal.

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    "Hard to categorize in the genre."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an odd book, although a familiar genre. It deals with many of the same subjects as novels by Coes, and Flynn, and others but not from the POV of an necessarily heroic character. Yes, it's about a Navy Seal, but not a Ramboesque muscles bulging superman. It's the first I've read that described them as they really are, efficient, ruthless, focused to an inhuman degree, and rather taciturn about what it is they do. Not a Charlie Sheen fool. The concept of 'the hero' is almost a joke to them, although they do things civilians would label heroic almost as a matter of course, daily.The story has a lot of common elements seen in other 'sniper tales', but related as it might happen. You get a real sense of the sense of dread they have about some things they are asked to do, and yet do anyway. It reveals to me at least, some insight to the behavior, personal discipline and outlook of Seals I've known in civilian life over the years. Remarkable men, but men nonetheless.Spectacular and interesting book, read extremely well.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 09-26-13
    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2009

    If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.

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    "Great Listen If you like this type of Action Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listen to a variety and multitude of fiction almost daily and I have my favorites but this one held my attention from start to finish in one day. This seems to be the first book written by this author at least I did not find any others in audible so I hope his future books are just as good.

    If you like Flynn, Taylor, Webb, Thor kind of books you will love this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Gil and Brooks and Pope sounds interesting if there are future books.


    What about Brian Hutchison’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to in normal voice and he did not affect the flow of the book in any way. Sometimes I listen to books in fast speed because the narrator drags on or because the book does but not this time. He is the type of narrator who is enjoyable listening to his voice besides the story. I have several favorite narrators where I will listen to the books they read just because it is them reading it rather then because I know anything about the author. I will check out other books where he is the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    It would have been nice to know how Brooks dealt with her addiction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CivilGuy Chatham, IL, United States 08-04-13
    CivilGuy Chatham, IL, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Sniper Elite: One Way Trip in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, detailed, dramatic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sniper Elite: One Way Trip?

    The several points in book where you have to laugh at wiseguy comments, there were several.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Panjshir Valley in general and Iran jump, both good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme but both dramatic and amusing throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration was exceptional and I have listened to quite a few in this genre.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "very good reed"
    What made the experience of listening to Sniper Elite: One Way Trip the most enjoyable?

    really enjoyed this book didn't wont to put it down


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sniper Elite: One Way Trip?

    GILL wot a guy this solider was awesome


    Have you listened to any of Brian Hutchison’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    this book maid me laugh out loud at times


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
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    9/21/13
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    "Nail Biting"
    What made the experience of listening to Sniper Elite: One Way Trip the most enjoyable?

    A gripping tale of modern times taking one to the heart of the action with believable characters and a grim reality of modern warfare.


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