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Long Shot: A Sniper Novel    by Jack Coughlin & Donald A. Davis order for
Long Shot
by Jack Coughlin
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St. Martin's, 2017 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Long Shot, by Sgt. Jack Coughlin and Donald A. Davis, follows Night of the Cobra as the ninth in a military thriller series starring Kyle Swanson, once an elite Marine sniper. Kyle is now the adopted son of the billionaire Cornwells, heir to their holding company. But he's also a special consultant to the CIA.

This time, Ivan Strakov (a top Russian intelligence agent) defects and insists that the only one he will talk to is Swanson - they knew each other briefly in Marine Corps Sniper School many years before. Strakov's intel sends Kyle to Estonia to conduct surveillance on Russian military across the border from an ancient castle. He meets young Estonian activists, Brokk and Anneli and saves Anneli's life. She plays a role in what follows.

Kyle is certain that Strakov is playing him and also suspects a very high level leak. He learns that Estonians in key positions are being Disappeared. His quest to understand what's really going on takes Kyle on a special op against a Russian general near Lithuania. It succeeds but at a high cost. Then a senior CIA agent is kidnapped - will she be recovered in time to stop World War III?

The stakes are always high in a Kyle Swanson thriller and this one is just as good and gripping as any of its predecessors, though this time 'Drones and cameras and robots and gigantic computing power' ultimately win the day. It's an entertaining read.

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