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
This book kept me engaged from start to finish. Some may be turned off by the level of violence depicted, but none of it was inappropriate given the book largely follows the adventure of a navy seal sniper.
The book is quite a trip, I must disagree with a few of the other reviewers when they say the author is nearly as good a Clancy. In my opinion he is far better.
If the publisher is monitoring these reviews, please note I am keen for more audio books from these authors. I will be checking back periodically to see if they have any new books.
The narrator Brian Hutchison, is quite good. He has a pleasant voice and if he worked a little more on his pacing and character voices he could be one of the very best. I would be happy to hear him again.
Pretty damn high. I've only listened to a little over a hundred audio books but I would definitely put "Sniper Elite" in the top 10. What a ride! This is one of the best action thrillers I've listened to. I think it's one, maybe two cuts above the "Gray Man" series by Mark Greany if that matters to you guys at all.
Gil Shannon would be my favorite character. Not only is he a military bad ass who will disobey orders to save one of his own, he's also a down-to-earth country boy who's kinda shy. I guess he's got the duel personality thing going on.
Well, he brings excitement to the story that I probably wouldn't get if i read it myself. I tell you what, he did a really good job with the voices of the different characters of the story(especially Gil). I have no complaints with his narration.
Yes, this book had non-stop action with a great story arc but, you know, I have to work and do other stuff too. I wanted to listen to it in one sitting,sh*t ya.
This isn't at the par of Clancy or Thor, but it's entertaining. It is more of an "in the field" story with incredible detail and somewhat realistic combat.
If you are bothered by real language, aka- cursing, it's not for you. But it adds to the somewhat real feel of it.
I listen to most fiction and non-fiction books about military operations & memoirs of operators. It seems like this genre has had a flood of new books coming into it, and a lot of them sub-par, almost like wanting to push out as many books as they can, into a market that is growing in popularity, just to make some money. This book is well thought out, and very accurate as far as the range of personalities in a single team. I enjoyed it, and will listen to other books by Scott McEwen. The narrator does a great job, and is easy to listen to.
This audiobook was solid across the board. The story seemed real and engaging. The characters were one you could sympathize with. There is a lot of quick but not too fast-paced action. The narration was perfect as well. I can't wait for the next novel from Scott McEwen. I know readers of this genre of books are going to be seeing a lot more of him in the future! You'll not regret this purchase!
Voice was strong but not overpowering. Played the various characters well.
Special Forces: Rescue in the Hindu Kush
I tend to start listening to these at night before falling asleep as I don't have time during the day. My only warning is that if you do this you'll have a couple of sleepless nights because you don't want to put it down. The reward though is the satisfaction of hearing a great story!
I love the Brad Thor books. There is quite a bit of detail but the story never drags. Sniper Elite is the same way.
He is an excellent narrator. He does lots of voices and accents which makes it easier to keep all the characters straight
Just one?? Need a couple of more for my dinner table. I also liked Farouk for his ability to read people, his courage and loyalty.
Let me first thank all our brave men and women who defend our freedom and liberty. This book goes into great detail and yet unlike some overly detailed slow moving books Sniper Elite does not disappoint. It is riveting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I wanted to finish it all in one sitting. I loved Gil, Montana and Marie who raises horses. The behind the scenes strategy/intrigue was fascinating. I found myself completely enthralled and scared at the same time. These guys have nerves of steel! I have read almost all of the Navy Seal books to get a glimpse of the limits to which the best of the best push themselves. Have avoided reading the books where almost all the Navy Seals/good guys die. It’s hard to read about them, feel like you know them and their family and then they are gone. Thought I was safe reading American Sniper but sadly he is gone too. They are not just the good among us but the best America has to offer. It is non-stopped action of Scot Harvath. I have been in awe of all the brave men and women who selflessly sacrifice life and limb. They defend our liberty and freedom not for fame, fortune or recognition but for a cause greater than themselves. I found myself laughing at times and crying like when Track Star and Big Ten finally get together. I found Farouk courageous, loved uncle and bit my nails and then cried as Gilligan took the last flight out to wait and leave no man behind. Loved every minute and was so swept up in the emotion that I had to remind myself at the end that it is fiction. The great news is that no one died! I’m ready for the next book with Gil and Marie. A great read from my newest and favorite author. Catch a rising star, you won’t be disappointed!
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!
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.
An absolute for all especially if you like military type thrillers but not limited too.An all around excellent read for all. Would not be shocked to see it turned into a movie. Had it all highs that's had me on the edge of my seat to lows that could not help but bring tears to ones eyes and and all around just sucked you in to a truely awsome story of true heroics not easily matched. If not my top novel definitely in the top five and by far the best book have listened to in a long time and that is alot coming from an avid reader of hundreds if not thousands of books and audios could not put it down !!!!!!!!
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!
"Fantastic story - if you like Vince Flynn novels.."
The story is fantastic - very exciting and not just about snipers.
Brad Thor, Vince Flynn and Tom Wood novels
Didn't over-do the accents and still left them realistic - created a very exciting story.
I can't really do this as I commute but I couldn't wait to get back into the car!
"SNIPER ELITE BOOK ONE"
I FOUND IT HARD GOING IN SOME PLACES SO IT COULD BE CUT SHORT IN PLACES
YES IT IS A GOOD BOOK
I DID GET BOOK 2 AND JUST COULD NOT GET INTO THE STORY
Great story, politically relevant.
Surprisingly, in a good way, not the endless back slapping elite brotherhood stuff.
Use of acronyms a little off putting.
Overall an exciting listen, will buy more of this author in this genre
"Really good read"
This was a really good story well told and fast paced also fest paced and kept you interested all the way.
"What a listen"
Loved it. Well narrated. Great story.
Detailed and involved. Fast paced. Just what a great book should be for action fans.
"outstandingly good, couldn't put it down"
This is superb, well paced and real...highly recommended! In the best traditions, a great listen
A gripping tale of modern times taking one to the heart of the action with believable characters and a grim reality of modern warfare.
"very good reed"
really enjoyed this book didn't wont to put it down
GILL wot a guy this solider was awesome
this book maid me laugh out loud at times
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