Kill Zone (Kyle Swanson Sniper Series #1)

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An American general is captured in the Middle East by terrorists who threaten to behead him within days. One strange fact: moments before he is rendered unconscious during the attack, the general notices that his captors speak American English. What’s going on?   

 

Gunnery Sgt. Kyle Swanson, a top Marine sniper, is vacationing on a yacht in the Mediterranean when he receives orders to mount a top secret mission to rescue the general. But as the Marines ...

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Overview

An American general is captured in the Middle East by terrorists who threaten to behead him within days. One strange fact: moments before he is rendered unconscious during the attack, the general notices that his captors speak American English. What’s going on?   

 

Gunnery Sgt. Kyle Swanson, a top Marine sniper, is vacationing on a yacht in the Mediterranean when he receives orders to mount a top secret mission to rescue the general. But as the Marines prepare to land in the Syrian desert, they fall victim to a terrible accident. Swanson, the only survivor, then discovers they were also flying into an ambush. How did the enemy have details of a mission known only to a few top American government officials?   

 

Swanson takes off across the desert alone to find the captured general and realizes he is fighting a particularly ruthless and dangerous enemy: American mercenaries working for a very-high-level group of U.S. officials with ties to the White House itself, part of a clandestine conspiracy whose hidden goal is nothing less than total control of the American military. Their sworn enemy is the captured general whose fate now rests in Swanson’s hands.   

 

Filled with the kind of action that author Jack Coughlin lived during his career as a Marine sniper, Kill Zone marks the debut of an extraordinary new series.

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"Stunning action, excellent tradecraft, insider politics, and the ring of truth. Just about perfect." —-Lee Child

"The 3rd Battalion has a veteran sniper, Staff Sergeant Jack Coughlin, for whom the war in Iraq was only the latest of many wars; he fought in Mogadishu, too. On the first day of battle at the Diyala Bridge, he had eleven kills. He is one of the best snipers in the Marine Corps, perhaps the very best. When I asked one of his commanders about his skills, the commander smiled and said, 'I'm just glad he's on our side.' " —-Peter Maas, war correspondent and bestselling author of Love Thy Neighbor

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Coughlin wrote with Davis on Shooter, a memoir of Coughlin's career as a Marine Corps sniper. In the team's debut novel, the two pit Gunnery Sgt. Kyle Swanson, the corps's best sniper, against a secret alliance of government and business bigwigs. A triumvirate of National Security Adviser Gerald Buchanan, Senate Armed Services Committee chair Ruth Reed and megarich businessman Gordon Gates IV are using Gates Global (the world's preeminent private security company) to implement a plan to take over the military, rewrite the Constitution and usher in the creation of a "New America." In Saudi Arabia, Marine Brig. Gen. Bradley Middleton is kidnapped by two mercenaries working for Gates Global. After Swanson is chosen to be part of a rescue team, helicopters carrying the rescuers crash on landing, and Swanson is left with only his exceptional combat skills and his high-tech rifle, Excalibur ("a sniper's wet dream"). The action reaches such a furious pitch that readers will hardly notice an overly romantic subplot or the clumsy machinations of the evil trio. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312360184
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2007
  • Series: Kyle Swanson Sniper Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin 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. Davis is the author of fifteen books, including four New York Times bestsellers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    Saving the General

    Kill Zone written by Jack Coughlin is based on a expert sniper who gets sent on a mission to save Gen. Middlten who was taken prisoner by a ex Navy Seal and an ex U.S army ranger who are working as mercenaries. By reading this book you will follow kyle Swanson (the expert sniper) and Gen. Middlten to the extraction point in which they run into many Challenges along the way. What I liked about the book was their was plenty of action to keep me interested in the book. One thing I did no like though was it often switched from Swanson¿s story to someone who really didn¿t have much to do with the story which could make it confusing. This book is not part of a series but Jack Coughlin did also write Shooter so if you liked this book you would also like Shooter. This book sort of reminds me of the movie Shooter mainly because its about snipers. I hope you enjoy reading this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Gripping!

    Never wanted to put it down! Can't wait to read the next one in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Great read, Author knows his sniping skills

    I recommend this book. I have read three others by this author and each one was highly entertaining. Will buy more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Review of "Kill Zone".

    This was the first book by this author. I read the back of the book and figured i would like it. I was not disappointed. Rogue govt officials, evil mercs and conspiracies. All 3 were in the book.<BR/><BR/>The book was fairly easy reading and i can not wait til his next book comes out in paperback.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    Waste of time

    If you want to read good Stephen Hunter read: The Master Sniper. This one was less exciting than watching paint dry.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    Dr authors, there 100 senators, not 50. Page 60 - gees!  How can

    Dr authors, there 100 senators, not 50. Page 60 - gees!  How can we trust you to get other facts right when you mess  up 8th grade civics?!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Suspensful!

    I strongly recommend this sniper series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    BRAIN WASHED

    This was a great book could hardly put it down would defently recmond it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Get it!!

    This book is worth every penny. I started out reading it at my local library and i couldn't stop reading it. GET IT RIGHT NOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Awsome book!

    This was a 3.99 book that i read on my wife`s kindle. I liked reading it so much i went out and bought the nook tablet. The book was a great read. Fast paced and lots of energy. I hated to put it down. Now i have to read the others. I was a W E Griffith fan, if you read any of the Presidential Agents books you will like these.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Great Book

    Kill Zone is a great book. It suprises you with every new chapter, very worth the money I spent. cant wait to read the sequel!

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Takes your mind off of today's problem and keeps your attention.

    Good and fast moving style that keeps your attention by makng the characters believeable. But they still are not the people on your block.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Excitng Macho Read

    Heard this author on the radio and ran out to get his book. It's not a pulitzer prize winner, but it's exciting from beginning to end. The main character is a marine sniper and he is a "Rambo". He does everything that you want a main character to do. He's smart, strong, vicious and nonforgiving! He kills the bad guys and helps the good guys. The plot is relevant to what is happening in the world today, even though it's fictional. My husband and I are reading it at the same time and have been fighting over it! I'm excited to read the 2nd book.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Very educational

    A good book that shows a reader what war is really like.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    Good & Bad

    While I enjoy reading the novel, I must ask the author to stop landing and launching F16's from aircraft carriers. F16's are single engine Air Force fighters that do NOT have tailhook assemblies installed. The U.S. Navy uses the F18 in the similar role of the F16.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

    A good read

    After reading the first book (non-fiction) written by Jack Coughlin I was looking forward to reading more. This book was interesting and kept my attention throughout the entire read. I would like to see more by Mr. Coughlin. I will definitely buy anything he writes in the future.

    I would like to see something written about the snipers rifle, training and set up of the weapons in a non-fiction since Mr. Coughlin is one of the surviving experts in this field.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    completely thrilling in every aspect imaginable!

    this book is just what someone wants when they see the title alone. the title "Kill Zone" is very appropriate in this book, seeing as how one man can be behind enemy lines and defeat a horde of enemies single-handedly in order to rescue to a man in which he was to originally kill in the first place. the "Shark Team" is absolutely amazing in their operations and their ability to blind-side the reader. this book is a must read for all war buffs out there.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

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    quite enjoyable

    This was the first book I read from these authors. Very entertaining throughout the entire book. I'm a big fan of snipers so I figured I'd give the book a try. Very glad I did. Can't wait for Dead Shot, the next Kyle Swanson book, to come out in paperback.

    I'd also recommend the book Shooter by the same authors. It's about Jack Coughlin's tour in Iraq. He talks about his experience during the war and makes for some great reading. Check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Kill Zone was a good read

    I found the character development to be well done. It held my interest from beginning to end.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    Testimony to the dedication, training and expertise of Marines everywhere.

    Explodes like a volcano with the speed of a high speed bullet.Non stop action. Believable and likeable characters.

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