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Kill Zone: A Sniper Novel (Gunnery Sergeant Kyle Swanson Series) Paperback – 3 Dec 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews

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  • 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)

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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

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First in a non-stop-action series of ‘Sniper’ thrillers, by an author with first-hand experience

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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2008
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Thriller based on a US sniper and co-written by an ex-sniper. In essence this is a conspiracy story with political forces trying to force an agenda of employing mercenaries (in the form of large private `security' companies) to replace the US military, and our hero sniper gets caught in the middle as part of a hostage rescue team that is not meant to succeed.
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.....
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Excellent read.. of the ryan, mcnab ilk and i've read all of them and thoroughly enjoyed this one too... so much so that i've bought all of the rest of the series by this author!
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Very accurate firearms explanations, and a good story line.gives the feeling of being in action,fear and worry with satisfaction, worth a read.
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An excellent storyline that kept you gripped until the end.
overall well written, and am looking forward to the next book in the series
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This isn't a bad story, but there are so many technical errors and stupid schoolboy mistakes in the text that it really makes you wonder about the author's stated credentials. What makes it worse is that almost all of these could have been eliminated if either the author or his co-writer, the man who presumably knocked the story into coherent English, or the vast team he apparently had working for him at Macmillan, had spent about five minutes on the Internet checking some of the alleged 'facts'.
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.
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Given the reservations of other reviewers, this is still a ripping good yarn. "Trust nobody" is the order of today's post9-11/7-7 thriller world and this is no exception. Set in the world of a Special Forces sniper, it has plenty of action and surprises, realistic enough heroes and villains, but is not naive about international politics nor the strictures on secret military missions. The ending has a couple of twists and sets up the necessary foundation for a series.
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I enjoy Jack Coughlin's stories. Unlike many American writers he is not tunnel visioned on 'America First and Greatest'. For that you only need to read Chris Kyle 'Americann Sniper'. Coughlin gives other SF notably the Brityish SAS a siginficant place in his stories. He is well aware of the ME as an historical, geographical and cultural entity in irs own right. He is an intelligent writer, but keeps the action/thriller element well paced. He seems to bring his own experiences as a sniper into these stories. I likee the humour. it is also intelliugent and enjoyable.

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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a very good story to read. a good ending somewhat unusual. on par with andy mcnab story telling, will read any follow up stories.
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