I've enjoyed the Sniper series and for the most part, the former Gunny gets it right. However, I'm a bit of a stickler for Marine Corps traditions, e..Show More »quipment and the proper description of weapon functionality and performance.
It's irritating as hell and a major distraction to come across obvious, but easily corrected mistakes while in the middle of an enjoyable read. I wonder if the Gunny let his co-writer insert them without fact checking himself. Any former Marine would pick up on these blunders, so here goes...
A "Clip" is a spring steel holder for ammunition used in such weapons as the M-1 Garand, the '03 Springfield and other "push to load" rifles utilized during WWII and earlier conflicts. A pistol does not utilize a "Clip". A semi-auto pistol uses MAGAZINES which have an internal spring pushing up a follower which in turn feeds the weapon ammunition. Modern rifles use the same technology. It is called a MAGAZINE, damnit, not a CLIP! My drill instructor at Parris Island (KIA Vietnam) would punch me in the gut if I called a magazine a "Clip".
A Marine is described as wearing "BDU's". What? Huh?
The ARMY dresses up in BDU's (Battle Dress Uniforms), not the Marine Corps. We proudly wear "Utilities" or MARPAT (Marine Pattern) which is a digital camouflage uniform unique to the Corps. Don't ever confuse a Marine with an Army soldier. And don't call a Marine a Soldier, either!
During one sequence, an Air Force C-141 Starlifter plane is referenced taking off.
Gunny, the Chair Force retired the 141 several years ago. Marines do not fly in Chair Force planes anyway, that's why we have our own Air Wing.
OK, my criticism is done. I will assiduously nit-pick any Marine related aberrations I come across and try not to pound the wall in frustration when they do. Maybe my PTSD is kicking in a bit much these days, but I do love descriptions of terrorists taking .50 caliber rounds in the face. Keep these books coming. Semper Fi.
The violence continues, Double O s back, and introducing a new fem-fetal coast guard sniper...if you like smack talking women characters, people who a..Show More »ren't afraid to pull the trigger, and disobey orders....you have found a series of interest...if this does not interest you you'll be happier if you move on and save the credit
I haven't met a Coughlin book I didn't like, this book is my least favorite, in like the book I read just before this one was my favorite to date. ..Show More »>I just didn't feel comfortable with the characters for some unexplained reason, but the story line was very current and was all about the world we live in now.
Swanson continues the adventure and the bodies continue to stack up. Double returns to this book with a large part to play. I am starting to hope..Show More » for,something with a little more,depth. I really like the Swanson books but give him a little more complexity.
Metal of Honor recipient Kyle Swanson was no ordinary US Marine. In the past he has operated as an assassin reporting directly to the US president. ..Show More »Now the Marines believe he is too old and out of control of the Marine brass to stay, so is retired and assigned to the CIA.
The adventure starts years ago in Somalia where a Muslim terrorist nicknamed Cobra killed Swanson's fiance in his presence. The book goes to the present where Swanson and a young FBI named Lucky, who Swanson had brought as a boy to the US from Somalia along with his grandmother after his grandfather was murdered by Cobra, deal with a major terrorist incident led by Cobra. Swanson and Lucky then go back to Somalia to remove Cobra for good.
Some aspects of this novel are not realistic, but is a great action thriller. The book is well narrated.