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
I know that this book was written to be realistic and believable but the language was a bit too rough.
What an amazing, "can't put it down," special ops thrill ride! After devouring this book in less than two days, I found myself downloading its sequel, Target America, faster than Gil Shannon can strip a sniper rifle. If you're looking for a high-octane, well-written action-adventure novel, you've found one. In honoring some of this nation's most outstanding heroes, Scott McEwen has delivered one of the best thrillers of the year!!! Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp fans: It's time to get to know Gil Shannon!
Liked the book allot and is a good military action book. But...while the author may get the USN SEAL references correct, his miss-fires several times when referencing U.S. Army units and capabilities.
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There are so many images swirling in my mind right now. I've read many novels about the best of the best, SEAL Team Six. The Sniper Elite is from SEAL Team Six, Gil Shannon, who is the ultimate sniper who is willing to put his life on the line to rescue Deborah, the downed pilot of a black hawk helicopter. He planned the mission to rescue her with only her husband, who will fly a helicopter that hasn't been used since the Vietnam War. It has been kept in top condition and is good to go. The men of SEAL Team Six will not stop, even without permission, to attempt the rescue of the American woman, Deborah, who was captured, shown on the internet being tied down, tortured and raped. Gil, single handed, took out the men who occupied an area of the Hindu Kusch. When his compatriots discovered that he had left without them, they were geared up and ready to go. The story is an extraordinary example of how Americans of the armed forces will fight till their death, if necessary, to bring their own home. They will not leave a man behind, even if it means their own death. The authors, Scott McEwen and Thomas Kolaniar, wrote an exceptional novel that everyone should take the time to listen to. The narrator is excellent and makes the listen very exciting. It was the type of novel that makes you sit on the edge of your seat. I'd sit up straighter in my chair, put my fingers in my mouth and wait to hear what happened next. I did stay up all night the second day, until 7am, and listened until the end. I am hopeful that there will be a follow up book. The novel was fiction but there were many factions of the book that were true. There was action, excitement, and I know that I am proud to be an American. There are no words to express my thanks to the men and women who are fighting to keep the United States free. I am proud to be an American. The many books I've listened to have helped me to understand why we are at war as does this book. I will continue to listen to novels about the many wars that have been fought. After listening to fiction and nonfiction novels about war, I now understand why there will always be fighting somewhere.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
I hope I see another book soon by this writer.?These writers. And I pray they use the same narrator. This book gave me almost everything I could wish for. A good story (Though it stretches plausibility a little) & An awesome main character in Gil Shannon. I'll say it - I got choked up a bit in this one. It is probably the best military sniper - assassin type book I have listened to since..... Well - The latter half of the Mitch Rapp series - Consent to kill and most of the books that followed... I will probably give it a couple of weeks - But I could easily listen to this book again.
Just a fun read. Concentration not required. Good action, reasonably realistic (good guys die too and are not super-humans), but of course the hero prevails. (Not being critical here, if I wanted a sad ending, I would have bought something else.)
Nothing really. He was a bit flat, like his agent forced him to do this. Did not emphasize or accent passages the way I would have, but then again, I don't do it for a living.
Like all movies made from books, this movie will suck too, read the book!
There is not a single slow moment in this book. The situations and characters are believable. The basic story line- feckless political leaders and an evil enemy will make ones' blood boil. The final confrontation (actually all of the heroic military action) is completely unrealistic - BUT it sure is enjoyable and exciting. The story is written in a crisp style. The dialogue, while a bit crude (you won't listen to this one with small kids in the car) fits the situation and adds to the tension and color of the characters. The military technical details are well explained and not overdone. They add greatly to the mental picture the book evokes. It was a great twist to have an Afghan hero(s). The twist at the end, in my opinion, elevated the story and underscored the personal commitment of the heroes and small mindedness of the politicians. If you like action and lots of wasted bad guys - this is for you.
I think this book is better than most of the military books I have listened to. It is exciting without any political stuff to cloud the good parts.
OH YEAH!! It is non stop excitement.
No but I liked him very much.
Super exciting. Non stop action.
Fantastically written and narrated!
I hate action/mystery/thriller books where the main character/hero is super human...can't do anything wrong, bullet-proof, and over-hyped. While I'm a huge fan of our special ops guys, I'm not a fan of their books because I believe this community should stay well hidden..for their own benefit...but I digress.
This book was great. It's well written, and well narrated. The characters are all totally believable in all mannerisms/behavior/character.
Politics is always a player in military novels, because to some level that is what operates the military. However, this book wasn't bogged down in politics, it was well balanced.
Very good book, and was a perfect duration for my drive.
Also, you have to love a book that mentions the 1911 at all, and Kimber by name....
Several great moments, some funny and some dramatic.
I would've driven off the road if I read this.
Leave a good work alone....it's fine the way it is.
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