In the crosshairs A sniper novel

Jack Coughlin, 1966-

Book - 2017

"The Central Intelligence Agency is under attack, and so is its top field operative, Kyle Swanson. The highly decorated former Marine Corps gunnery sergeant is attending the funeral of a friend when a terrorist blows up the grave. A week later, he narrowly survives a grenade attack in Berlin. In Washington, Congress is being told that Swanson has been turned, his private employer is corrupt, and the Agency itself cannot be trusted. Swanson is assigned to find the root of the problem and is ...partnered up with Luke Gibson, a skilled operative rated as being almost as good as Swanson. They are looking for assassin Nicky Marks, who also was a CIA shooter but now works for a shadowy power broker known as The Prince. But before Kyle and Luke can eliminate the threat, they must identify and find the man who wants them dead. That takes them from the pink poppy fields of Afghanistan to the jungles of Southeast Asia and the streets of America as they learn that the Prince is the ruthless kingpin of a global drug empire that uses CIA planes to transport opium and heroin. Swanson also lines up a secret partner, the beautiful widow of his friend whose grave was desecrated in Mexico, the sharpshooting former commando Beth Ledford, who has her own agenda of pure retribution. Kyle Swanson, at the worst possible moment in a combat showdown, must decide: Do you trust your partner, and if so, which one?"--

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Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
294 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
1250103533
9781250103536
Main Author
Jack Coughlin, 1966- (author)
Other Authors
Donald A. Davis (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The latest novel featuring CIA sniper Kyle Swanson has him in a tight bind, with hardly anyone to trust. A close friend is killed, and when Swanson attends the funeral, a terrorist attack blows up the grave site. Later, when Swanson meets with a man named Luke Gibson in Germany, they are both surprised by a grenade. Who is after Swanson and why? As he searches for answers, he realizes he can't even trust the CIA, since the man behind the attacks on Swanson apparently has a reach inside government. Further complicating matters, the assassin on Swanson's tail, former CIA shooter Nicky Marks, might be just as good, if not even better, than Swanson himself when it comes to sniper skills. This series has been first-rate since the first book, and Coughlin and Davis continue the streak here, with another pulse-racing mystery thriller starring a hero who thinks almost as well as he shoots. Loyal fans will note the surprise ending, which suggests the series may be drawing to a close, and hope that they are just being teased. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Coughlin and Davis's entertaining 10th Sniper novel (after 2016's Long Shot) finds CIA operator Kyle Swanson in San Luis de la Paz, Mexico, attending the funeral of pal Mickey Castillo of the Mexican Marines, when a bomb explodes as the casket is being lowered into the grave. Series fans may remember that Mickey was married to Beth Ledford, who was not only a member of Kyle's old black-ops unit Task Force Trident but a love interest of Kyle's before she gave up on him and married Mickey. The bombing is the opening salvo in a plan hatched by a mysterious drug lord known as the Prince, whose goal is to murder Kyle and destroy the CIA. Kyle takes some time to identify the mastermind, but once the lines are drawn, Kyle shifts into high gear and shows the Prince that, for all the man's skills, he's just one more in a line of killers who will sooner or later be getting his butt kicked by the indomitable Kyle. Some readers might wish for a more formidable foe next time. (Aug.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

CIA field operative Kyle Swanson must find a former top-level Russian sniper who was working for the United States, but appears to have gone rogue, killing a marine.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

CIA field operative Kyle Swanson must find a former top-level Russian sniper who was working for the United States, but appears to have gone rogue, killing a marine in the latest addition to the series following Long Shot.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"The Central Intelligence Agency is under attack, and so is its top field operative, Kyle Swanson. The highly decorated former Marine Corps gunnery sergeant is attending the funeral of a friend when a terrorist blows up the grave. A week later, he narrowly survives a grenade attack in Berlin. In Washington, Congress is being told that Swanson has been turned, his private employer is corrupt, and the Agency itself cannot be trusted. Swanson is assigned to find the root of the problem and is partnered up with Luke Gibson, a skilled operative rated as being almost as good as Swanson. They are looking for assassin Nicky Marks, who also was a CIA shooter but now works for a shadowy power broker known as The Prince. But before Kyle and Luke can eliminate the threat, they must identify and find the man who wants them dead. That takes them from the pink poppy fields of Afghanistan to the jungles of Southeast Asia and the streets of America as they learn that the Prince is the ruthless kingpin of a global drug empire that uses CIA planes to transport opium and heroin. Swanson also lines up a secret partner, the beautiful widow of his friend whose grave was desecrated in Mexico, the sharpshooting former commando Beth Ledford, who has her own agenda of pure retribution. Kyle Swanson, at the worst possible moment in a combat showdown, must decide: Do you trust your partner, and if so, which one?"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A former top-level Russian sniper who worked for the CIA goes rogue, and Kyle Swanson must stop him before undercover operations are exposed in an action-packed novel in this bestselling series.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

The Central Intelligence Agency is under attack, and so is its top field operative, Kyle Swanson. The highly decorated former Marine Corps gunnery sergeant is attending the funeral of a friend when a terrorist blows up the grave. A week later, he narrowly survives a grenade attack in Berlin. In Washington, Congress is being told that Swanson has been turned, his private employer is corrupt, and the Agency itself cannot be trusted. Swanson is assigned to find the root of the problem and is partnered up with Luke Gibson, a skilled operative rated as being almost as good as Swanson. They are looking for assassin Nicky Marks, who also was a CIA shooter but now works for a shadowy power broker known as The Prince. But before Kyle and Luke can eliminate the threat, they must identify and find the man who wants them dead. That takes them from the pink poppy fields of Afghanistan to the jungles of Southeast Asia and the streets of America as they learn that the Prince is the ruthless kingpin of a global drug empire that uses CIA planes to transport opium and heroin. Swanson also lines up a secret partner, the beautiful widow of his friend whose grave was desecrated in Mexico, the sharpshooting former commando Beth Ledford, who has her own agenda of pure retribution. Kyle Swanson, at the worst possible moment in a combat showdown, must decide: Do you trust your partner, and if so, which one?