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 love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
One Way Trip is Book 1 of the 3 novel Sniper Elite series by Scott McEwen. I listened to this book one year ago and I have previously written a review of Book 3 of the series. Special forces sniper Gil Shannon is the protagonist of the series. This novel is about attempts to rescue a female special forces pilot captured by the Taliban. Gil Shanon goes in to attempt the rescue despite being ordered to stand down by the US president. Action and suspense are intense.
Brian Hutchison's narration is as good as the story, which is great!
I enjoyed the overall story but was simply unable to finish due to the swearing. If like me you are sensitive to swearing this may not be your best choice.
EVERY Character. This was likely the best reading performance I have ever listened to. Hutchison does a masterful job of adding just enough drawl, dialect, and accent to give every character, even fleeting and insignificant ones, flavor and uniqueness. At the same time, he does not overwhelm or impede either the story or the listener’s immersion in it. In short: Amazing and unequaled.
Pick any one of the special forces characters, the commanding general, the Afghani interpreter... if they were real, I do not know of any American male over say 15 years old that would not want to spend a half hour just listening to any of the characters. Therein lies the rub: Save your money, people like that do not go to dinner with anyone that would be in awe of them nor do they generally speak about what they did or do. So, dinner with any of the "good guys" in this book would likely be very boring for your average human.
This is without question one of if not THE best audiobook I have ever listened to. When I say do not operate a car or heavy machinery while listening to this book, it is because I seriously fear for your safety and that of those around you. This book is so absorbing, the performance so flawless, you will absolutely get transported to the mountains of Afghanistan making a nightly commute along Highway Whatever a bit dicey. The story is both simple and complex. Simple: A female Special Forces helicopter pilot is shot down in the mountainous and extremely lawless area of Northern Afghanistan. When she is raped and tortured and the video of the unspeakable assault is delivered to the American intelligence community, the Special Forces warriors from the special ops group that she is attached to, mount an "Unauthorized" rescue which no one, including the President can make them abort.Complex: The behind the scenes political fence sitting and posturing by the safe and never endangered Washington types is so intricate in calculation that it just has to be real life. Thankfully, that part is relatively brief and only appears in a quantity necessary to raise the listener’s blood pressure about 20 points. The true complexity is in the rescue missions development, planning, execution and evolution as the special forces guys hack their way through problems and the inevitable "plans turned to *@#% " as they attempt to save their sister in arms. This is truly an amazing book that will leave you hoping that all of the characters are in fact real and that this is the fictionalized account of true American Exceptionalism.
Scott McEwen has delivered an action packed story that, as written, is believable, given the short forward in the book. Brian Hutchison does a wonderful narration with excellent accents and voice inflections. This is a must own book.
When Gil's wife explains to him why she is so proud of him, and ...the last few lines of the book. :-)
Brian really does give the characters a 3-D feel my head that is usually lost on interpretive scenes. It's the way my head works...
Sniper Elite: One Way Trip
When is Scotts other books coming to Audible?
Ranks towards the top. Good fast flowing story without too much over emphasis on technical info but enough to make it believable and interesting. Violence and assault wasn't over the top but there was a lot for the squeamish.
I would recommend the book. Worth the time and looking forward to the next in the series.
an excellent novel giving a little insight into the world of spec-ops and how their minds operate. great storyline, excellent characters, and great performance by the narrator. as an army retiree, and non spec-ops soldier, but one who knew several of them, I could still relate to the characters and their actions.
A team focused on the mission of taking the fight to the bad guys door.
If you like Vince Flynn, you'll like Scott McEwen.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
This one is less autobiography and more of a story than some of my recent reads (Lone Survivor, American Sniper) I have listened to in this category.
Perfect for the fan of military thrillers
The narrator did a good job.
Notes: Some strong language and violence
Credit worthy/$: I was fortunate to get this one on sale for five dollars. Whether I would use the credit is questionable. I would not pay out right for this book
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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.
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!
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