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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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.
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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.
Engaging, detailed, dramatic
The several points in book where you have to laugh at wiseguy comments, there were several.
Panjshir Valley in general and Iran jump, both good
Nothing extreme but both dramatic and amusing throughout.
Narration was exceptional and I have listened to quite a few in this genre.
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.
Authenticity, characterization, story , everything. Well written.
Off the edge and on to the floor.
Excellent personality and characterization presentation
The book title would be fine
I keep ckecking for more books by these two...??? Please give us more!
Obviously written by someone who knows about the details of operators, the story was engaging and the characters interesting, believable and well developed, you wont be disappointed.
I had read a few reviews that he possibly "over-acted", but I strongly disagree. He was great and had various voices down pat. One of the better narrators
If you like this kind of genre, then you will like this.Personally I usually stick to true military audiobooks, especially WW2. But this book was very entertaining. If I wouldn't have already known, I would have thought this was a true story. Very realistic. The author definitely did his homework. Enjoy
I have been an avid reader and listener for years and always appreciate good war novels. This is a master work of action and adrenaline. I found myself holding my breath more than once. Vivid descriptions from an excellent narrator bring this book to life. You can almost smell the gunpowder and feel the concussion. If you like any of the modern military thrillers or real life accounts like Lone Survivor, choose this as your next listen. You will not be disappointed. Plan on loosing sleep or sitting in your car not wanting to push the stop button!
I haven't written that many reviews. The book has to be extremely bad or very good. I won't waste my time reviewing a mediocre book. This one ranks at the top of the list for me. It's chock full of believable and very well described action. And, it is clear to me that the authors know the subject about which they're writing! I won't bother wasting space to describe the plot; you'll get that from the book description. Suffice it to say that the story, the plot, the narrator - they all mesh together as a well designed and constructed machine, with nary a flaw that I discovered in my listening. I own this one both in Audible and Kindle e-book format, and just like all other books I consider great, I will be saving this one so that I can read it again - and again.
The main character's actions are believable as written, although in retrospect they seem almost impossible. But evaluating just how they are described, the reader gets the feeling that the details might really have happened just as described! From a government and president more interested in an upcoming election, fearful of world opinion, and more concerned about the internal politics of the country of Afghanistan to the actions of a few military individuals who make decisions and take actions based on what they feel is right while ignoring their career, the novel helps the reader to understand that doing the right thing is really the right thing to do. In that regard, the book teaches honor and integrity, something that appears missing in the echelons of our political class these days.
It is not a cheap dime novel. It is well written and thoroughly enthralling!
And it is such a great read that it is impossible to put down!
SE is one of the best special ops book that I have heard, so far. Scott McEwen and Thomas Kolonair tell the story so realistically that I could easily visualize every pulse-pounding fighting scene as though I was there (but, glad that I wasn't!). The language is perfect - just how I imagine warriors speaking to one another. EXCELLENT LISTEN!
Master Chief Steelyard. Gritty old warrior with a good heart.
Brian did an excellent job of narrating this story. The mastery that he had over the personalities of the various characters made this story very believable and exceptionally enjoyable.
When the President declared Winchester. No spoiler. You'll have to listen to understand.
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