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
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!
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.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Great action. Deserves a longer review but I'm overdue in writing reviews to some really enjoyable listens. Enjoy...worth the money if you love heroes and the sacrifice and discipline of a sniper.
The characters were very real. The sense of humanity, companionship, strength and strife were palpable. You felt the strength and training yet the full emotions of the characters and their relationships with each other.
Gil Shannon, of course! He was rough, tough, intelligent, human yet vulnerable and very caring.
You really feel the characters are the reading. You don't feel like you are being taken a long, you are in the story. He does a great job differentiating the personalities of each character as you would see them in your mind and hear them in your own reading experience.
One way trip says it all!
Can't wait to get my hands on other sniper elite books!
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 know that this book was written to be realistic and believable but the language was a bit too rough.
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.
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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