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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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    Kathryn 10-15-13
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    Wow. Great book. Love the characters, good plot, good story, well told, good pace and well read. Only negative is the graphic detail and some of the language but I don’t doubt for a minute that the graphic detail or language aren’t authentic’ and I accept it. The politics is all too real too. Can’t wait for more books.

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    mulholland619 san diego, Ca. 07-17-13
    mulholland619 san diego, Ca. 07-17-13
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    "excellent thriller!"
    What made the experience of listening to Sniper Elite: One Way Trip the most enjoyable?

    really good satisfying story from start to finish, you can visualize this being made into a film with all the locations and characters different settings, couldnt stop listening once i was in the middle of the book


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, very much, I've listened to a few of the similar genre but i found this story to be really compelling, lots of suspense in the afghani villages and wondering how Gil would get out of there alive


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

    Brian Hutchison did a great job of bringing these characters to life, there are so many, from all the navy seals, the hero, Gil, the guys in the speacial ops, the CIA, all of the afghani characters too. REally good narration and creating characters in the book.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sniper Elite: One Way Trip and why?

    Gil, as the hero was great, i also liked his translator, who comes across as a really good guy who is torn between helping Gil and his family in one of the Villages they are infiltrating. Also like Badeera the woman who was looking after Sandra when she is injured before they try rescuing her.


    Any additional comments?

    Really solid all the way around, i look forward to more of these mckewen/ Kolonair books, with the same narrator, its a home run for this genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RINK,ROBERT Chula Vista, CA, United States 07-15-13
    RINK,ROBERT Chula Vista, CA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2001
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    "EXCELLENT"
    What did you love best about Sniper Elite: One Way Trip?

    Great story


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had a great story line. Realistic and great flow.


    Which character – as performed by Brian Hutchison – was your favorite?

    Gil


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he saved the lady whom he should have shot. Showed lots of morality and compassion.


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    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 07-13-13
    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2006
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    Definitely a must listen . . Not a warm over. Great character development, well paced and suspenseful. The ending might suggest a sequel . .if so will buy it.

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    Fuzz414 07-14-15
    Fuzz414 07-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really hope it becomes a movie"

    Great story full of suspense and action. While a bit unrealistic at times making the main character somewhat of a superhero (punished meets captain america). I would still highly recommend this book to all spec ops book fans.

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    Roger Brown 07-08-15
    Roger Brown 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    I could not walk away from this book. It kept my attention from start to finish.

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    Jimbo71 07-01-15
    Jimbo71 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    Great book, and action packed. Great story that pulls you into what a lot of our Spec Ops folks probably see on a daily basis
    with the situation in Afghanistan.

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    Solutions Consultant 06-27-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Fast paced thriller"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It is fast-paced, seems very realistic, and draws you into the action.

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    Karen Newton, TX, United States 06-26-15
    Karen Newton, TX, United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Well done!"

    The pace was excellent, never a lull. The story was nearly impossible to put down. The characters were excellent, & each developed just well enough to keep the momentum going. One aspect which was a bit difficult to accept, though barely more than a blip in the story, was that an enlisted married couple stationed in separate parts of the world each had or relations w/ one not their spouse. I understand this illicit behavior is sternly warned against & dealt with when discovered, never mind the sanctity of marital vows. Here each infidelity is merely incidental, as though it happens because (& also when) there is tension & stress built up which needs to be released. Other than that, I found it to be quite enjoyable fiction.

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    Norman Pearl River, LA, United States 06-20-15
    Norman Pearl River, LA, United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Sniper Elite: One Way Trip the most enjoyable?

    I like action and this has plenty, but it offers much more. The background, backstories, politics, human intervention, investment and meddling are all believable and tied together very nicely. This is a book about powerful people in extraordinary circumstances, some making the wrong decisions and some making the right decisions.. This book was way beyond my expectations. I don't like too much gore or terror, and the events and deadly force were handled with appropriate levels of detail. Technical details throughout are interesting and well presented, from satellite (only a minor mistake), ballistics, geography, aviation and medicine. I think through all the books i have read and listened, and i can't think of a better and more completed book. My other favorites are as good in many areas but often flawed in some form of plot or character. Listen to this book!


    What about Brian Hutchison’s performance did you like?

    Incredible performance. Perfect delivery for narration and main character, and an incredible versatility in other characters, male and female,, and accents between native and non native english speakers. etc. He brought out the details and drama in the story without adding unnecessary drama himself. A lot the characters have their own motivations and reactions to the events and the delivery is all perfectly in character and natural. I will have to seek our more read by Brian Hutchinson.


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

    The story was really engrossing, there is indeed some laughter along with the characters, and the level of emotion, control of emotion, and sacrifice can all bring a tear to the eye. And of course there is a little shared rage with the characters about injustices done and retaliations delivered.


    Any additional comments?

    While there is a lot of good well written action, it could be good on that alone, this is a story about people on all sides of the conflict, making decisions on incomplete data, and for a variety of motivations. In the end, it is truly uplifting, valuing what is important, and doing what is right. This was an exceptional story and presentation combined.

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