- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (3 Dec. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230702171
- ISBN-13: 978-0230702172
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kill Zone: A Sniper Novel (Gunnery Sergeant Kyle Swanson Series) Paperback – 3 Dec 2010
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`Former marine Coughlin knows the Iraq conflict well and this opening to an action thriller series feels authentic' -- Peterborough Evening Telegraph
First in a non-stop-action series of ‘Sniper’ thrillers, by an author with first-hand experienceSee all Product Description
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A mid bag really, the action elements are very good and feel very authentic, but on the down side the plot is a little simplistic and the dialogue is very clunky at times:
This needed far better editing to smooth over the rough edges but this is `okay' in a read and forget it type of way. Sadly this is not in the league of the Stephen Hunter "Bob Lee Swagger" stories, but while the plot is sign-posted and the dialogue is lacking, when this gets to the action it is fast moving and pretty good. It is the action elements that just about raise this to a three star from a two, but you should not raise expectations too high.....
overall well written, and am looking forward to the next book in the series
For example, somehow or other the author managed to not only squeeze a second engine into the fuselage of an AV-8B Harrier – that aircraft has, and always has had, only a single engine – but he's even managed to fit afterburners to them, something never done outside the pages of this novel.
He's also obviously never seen a Harrier take off in a combat environment, describing it as lifting vertically off the deck of an aircraft carrier and then – mysteriously – it 'changed the position of its wings and engines, then thundered away'. Wrong in every single particular.
Harriers do not take off vertically except for demonstration purposes or at air shows and the like. They always launch horizontally, because if the aircraft is to carry any kind of a useful weapon load – and in this section of the book they're supposed to be carrying iron bombs, cannon and missiles, an unusual mix at best – it needs the lift generated by its wings to get off the ground. And both the wings and engine – single, not plural – are fixed, not moveable.Read more ›
His writing style is straightforward and unassuming. He obviously knows about being a sniper in combat and describes this very well in his stories, esp. Kill Zone. Its as if you are there with him as his partner. At the same time he writes chapters involving highh level US politics and international politics plausibly and coinvincingly. One can learn much from his stories about US poltics esp. re the military and foreign adventures.
All in all I cannot recommend Jack Coughlin too highly.
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