The climax. Dead Shot suggest[s] a hardware-heavy story that only an armed- services veteran could love. Surprisingly, it's completely the opposite. Readers will be compelled Just about perfect. A renowned sniper, Coughlin is less concerned with his tally than with the human values of comradeship and love. Davis St. Martin's Paperbacks, , pp. Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin's autobiography, Shooter , describes his experiences as the top-ranked marine sniper in the Iraq War.
Coughlin is also the author, with Donald A. Coughlin grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts, and joined the Marines when he was He served with the Marines during the drive to Baghdad and has operated on a wide range of assignments in hot spots around the world. Donald A. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Kill Zone , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 26, Mike rated it it was ok Shelves: mid-east , military , fiction , great-thriller-reads , xcharity Ok, this might be dumb, but I just have to take major issue with Kill Zone.
I expect accuracy…the authors should fire every editor they used. And they should make major mea culpas as well. For starters, here is an early excerpt where the national security advisor and the US senator, co-conspirators both, are insulting each other as the plot begins: Unspoken was the barb Ok, this might be dumb, but I just have to take major issue with Kill Zone. For starters, here is an early excerpt where the national security advisor and the US senator, co-conspirators both, are insulting each other as the plot begins: Unspoken was the barb that Reed was also just one senator of fifty.
Only one-fiftieth of one-half of one-third of the United States government. They were even.
Excuse me? I took civics a long time ago but I do remember that there are fifty states, each with 2 senators. Okay, the plot is that an evil industrialist are there any other kind? There is a draft piece of legislation just waiting for the right moment and the moment is being helped along. The action in the book is not bad and it moves along decently.
There are too many mistakes on military operations and equipment, silly mistakes easily corrected.
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Nearing the scene, they saw the fire, cut their speed, coasted over the wreckage, banked into a sharp turn, and ran past it again. Harriers do not have afterburners! My radar intercept officer was killed, but I got out with just some broken bones. It is a single seat jet, except for the few 2 seat versions used for training. Ok, enough. Maybe it is feasible but I thought it was a stretch to the plot. I could give the book 3 Stars for a interesting idea but have to take one away for all the erroneous info. So much better. View all 6 comments. Jan 30, Mike the Paladin rated it did not like it Shelves: didn-t-finish.
I have been planning to get to this one a long time and even asked the library to get it I may need to apologize for that. I am about half way through and I've finally laid it aside. There is some promise here when we begin I suppose. It's nothing outstanding but it could have been a good solid action read but the author just can't help but express at great length his own political views and prejudices.
I hung on through the first few but then we got to one where the "political antagonist" m I have been planning to get to this one a long time and even asked the library to get it I hung on through the first few but then we got to one where the "political antagonist" m see no spoiler got rolling and went on-and on-and on I had to skip ahead to save my own sanity. I was about to explode from boredom and frustration at the idea of this simplistic diatribe taking anyone in though I'm probably being optimistic I finally got to my limit of I'm sorry I can't recommend this one and I don't plan to follow the series.
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Does it recover and get better in the second half? I don't know and probably won't find out as I plan for this to go back to the loving embrace of the library and not to finish it. I'm always looking for a good action read and had high hopes for this one. Too bad. If you enjoy or enjoyed it I'm happy for you but I found it elementary and annoying.
Apr 15, Donna rated it did not like it Shelves: dnf. This one didn't do it for me. There were too many characters to begin with. And for some reason I had a problem with the language which is usually never a problem with me. It was actually my second language. Its overuse was a little annoying. It was used to determine a type of rough venacular.
As an example, in Harry Potter, I didn't find that type of writing to determine accent and venacular, off putting because I wasn't familiar with that kind of speech. So it worked. But here, who isn't famil This one didn't do it for me. But here, who isn't familiar with bad language? So its constant overuse was an annoyance and it was distracting me from the story.
TBH, I often thought, "Get a vocabulary," which again, took me out of the story. There were also some fact problems, as was pointed out in other reviews. I got to the half way point and put it down. I'm not going back. So this is my second DNF of the year. Nov 28, Wayne rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Adults. I have found a new author in Jack Coughlin. Having read all of Vince Flynn's books and saddened by his early death due to prostate cancer I started into reading Ben Coes and Stephen Hunter.
Having read their books I have now turned to Jack Coughlin and find his first book of Marine sniper Kyle Swanson to be very good. This Marine found himself in a clandestine plot to turn the U. S Military into a private security force. This would of course be to the financial advantage of some ruthless characte I have found a new author in Jack Coughlin.
This would of course be to the financial advantage of some ruthless characters with the help of wicked insiders in the U. This book was an exciting adventure of the effort to foil this plot and do so without loosing his life and that of new friend Major General Bradley Middleton who in the past held a dim view of Gunnery Sargent Kyle Swanson. This is an entertaining and exciting read.
I recommend it for any adult. Jan 23, Tim rated it it was ok. Longer than necessary and narrator Donald Davis adds little, save boredom. Jun 28, Glen rated it really liked it Shelves: men-s-adventure , espionage. First book in the Kyle Swanson series is pretty decent. A Marine general is kidnapped by the usual terrorists, but it's all part of the plan of a deep state coup. Swanson ends up having to rescue the general alone, of course.
Pretty good, even if it does occasionally bow to PC, unlike a lot of books in this genre. Shelves: military-thriller , read-in Decent yarn about a sniper's rescue of a kidnapped general held by American terrorists planning a plot to bring down the government, The authors, one a former Marine sniper and the other a professional writer, know the military equipment and put together a decent novel.
Mar 25, Robin rated it really liked it. This gets four stars because even though I thought there were problems with it, I couldn't stop reading it. And, by the end, I realized I'd liked it a lot. Part of the problem, I think, was reader interference. Whenever you have a book that deals with politics, even tangentially like this one does, I can't help but try and decipher the unwritten and probably unintentioned messages. Does this author have a political bias?
Do they lean in one direction or the other? What does it mean if they DO This gets four stars because even though I thought there were problems with it, I couldn't stop reading it. What does it mean if they DO have a bias? The fact that I had to ask meant that it was pretty well hidden. The other criticism I have is that there were some missing descriptions in the book.
What did these people look like? Some of them were described pretty well. Others, I'm still not sure. I actually went back to where one character was first introduced because I thought I had missed the description. Turns out, it wasn't there other than he was bald.
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WTF does he look like, though? Maybe the authors don't feel it is important, but, trust me, it is. Some of the conversation seemed stilted in a few places, but that can happen to even the best writers. It certainly wasn't an issue throughout the book. It just seemed like the authors weren't together and the gap showed in the conversation between two characters at that point.
It always got back on track. If I were writing a book and I needed to know how to handle things of an action nature using contemporary weapons and techniques I would use this book as a reference. Not a call to plagiarize, of course, but to see how things are done. Obviously, authors involved know what they're talking about and it shows. But, it is done in a way that is less "education" and more entertainment. Main characters are likeable, secondary characters are decent. Villains are And there are even some characters that are in between. It almost reads like an action movie, which can be good or bad.
Your choice. Apr 03, Ryan rated it it was amazing. If you liked "Point of Impact" by Stephen Hunter, you will like this book. Very worth the read.
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Apr 01, Jack rated it it was ok. This is Tom Clancy without the strategic breadth or Lee Child without the suspense and characterization.
Run-of-the-mill airport thriller crap. And it's ghostwritten, too, which puts my respect for Coughlin as a writer straight into the gutter. If I'm going to put in effort reading your book, the least you could do is to put in the effort to make the words your own. Aug 04, Alain Burrese rated it really liked it. I read Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin's autobiography, "Shooter" when it first came out and enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it. It's probably a given, being that I am a former Army sniper, that I'm going to enjoy a novel about a sniper, written by a former Marine sniper.
So yes, I enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to reading the next ones.
The hero, Gunnery Sgt. Kyle Swanson, a top Marine sniper, is someone I can relate to. I enjoyed this fast paced action yarn that had great actions, tactics, strategy, and a few twists here and there to keep readers wondering what will happen next and turning pages. It doesn't really matter to me. I enjoyed the story. I also enjoyed the Rambo movies, and they sure weren't accurate. This is a novel after all, not a how to or technical manual. So when I read something that I'm not sure if it is accurate or not, or if I believe it to not be accurate from my experiences, I just gloss over it and continue with the story.
I read novels for escapism and fun, and this novel was enjoyable and fun to read. View 2 comments. Dec 07, Anja rated it it was amazing. I love Kyle and Shari and Double-Oh. Aug 17, Trent rated it it was amazing. Great start to a great series. Mar 03, Josh Hesterman rated it did not like it. Pretty terrible writing. Unlikable narrator. I was hoping for something technical and psychological, but I didn't really get either.
A total Meh of a book. Aug 30, Bob rated it it was ok. This book is really difficult for me to rate. I liked the action in the book, but the basic premise, to me, is absolutely out somewhere in left field. All you have to do is to look to your history. Any high functioning governments who started using merc's as their main force for their military immediately tipped over and crashed.
Merc's just can't take the place of citizens who are protecting their country. A large number of people will point to the high cost of training sold This book is really difficult for me to rate.
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A large number of people will point to the high cost of training soldiers. Well, that price is paid over and over again as you pay merc's, and you still can't be sure they won't turn around and fight you for the other side if they offer more money. Even draftee's are citizens who will fight to protect their families friends and way of life.
When they receive the same amount of training as a merc, they are more motivated. My family have been citizen soldiers since at least WWI. My Grandfather fought for our country and saw combat in Europe; my Dad spent about six years in the Army, serving both with Patton's Army in Europe, then he was reactivated for Korea. I spent 8 years, active and reserve, and spent 13 months in Vietnam commanding two different company sized units; my younger brother saw combat in Nicaragua and Iraq he's the only one who made a career of the military - but he was a Marine ; my oldest son spent six years in the Reserves and on Active duty - he saw combat in Gulf War I.
Neither my family nor my friends with the same kind of experiences would be at all comfortable with a mercenary unit on either flank. The other thing that makes me wonder is that how a book co-authored by a Marine sniper could even hint of a silenced sniper rifle. You just can't screw with the laws of physics. Maybe if you're writing science fiction and you have a completely different propulsion system, but not any time in the next ten years. Well, maybe if it came out of Area A Brigadier General moving in such a small convoy with no air cover?
Not in any combat zone I've ever heard about. OK, I don't have much confidence in our federal level elected officials, but using the traitorous senator is so cheesey as to be impossible. Our nation has been conditioned to think of mercenaries as close to the scum of the earth. The action scenes in the book were mostly believable, with the exceptions I've already mentioned, though some Really were a stretch.
My retired Marine brother might have thrown this book through his big screen TV and gone hunting for this ignorant Marine? Aug 10, AudioBookReviewer rated it it was amazing. I love a book that starts out with a bang and keeps getting better. This one does that and more. In the Middle East an American General has been kidnapped and his personnel have been murdered. General Middleton realizes that the kidnappers are speaking American English.