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  • Steven Hendricks

Kill Zone, A Sniper's Novel

Author: Jack Coughlin

"Kill Zone, A Sniper’s Novel" is a story that has lots of action and is filled with terrific details that only a real-life sniper would be able to convey. The descriptions were vivid and I felt like I was really there. The book itself works well but I think it might be a bit disjointed at times, and I would view the end as being a little bit too rushed. It was more like tying up loose ends than a natural finish to the plot.

I really liked the characters - especially the main protagonist, Marine sniper Kyle Swanson, and the primal ruthlessness of men under extreme survival conditions. The webs of deception were well planned by both the villains and the good guys. Also I appreciated having the authors, Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin and Donald A. Davis, make the point that more often than not, we would like to admit the mistakes about our government, but don’t! The right hand doesn't have a clue what the left hand is doing and this story does a great job exposing that.

All in all, by the end of the story, it doesn't have you riding off into a glorious sunset and that’s okay because “War is Hell” and “Killing Ain’t Easy”...! Also, keep your eyes open for the female Marine staff sergeant, you'll get a kick out of her, she is pure entertainment.


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