Target America: A Sniper Elite Novel
Scott McEwen, with Thomas Koloniar
S&S/Touchstone, Jun 3 2014, $19.99
Chechen prisoner Alik Zakayev is released from in Guantanamo after being falsely accused by the Russians as participating in the Boston marathon bombings. Sent home, the Salafi Muslim realizes he is a dead man if he stays in Grozny so he joins the Riyad us-Saliheyn Martyrs’ Brigade. A few weeks later in a tunnel between Chihuahua State and New Mexico, Zakayev smuggles a Russian RA-115 suitcase nuke when American law enforcement intervenes. He triggers the bomb believing Allah will welcome him and knowing compatriot Kashkin made it to the States with his RA-115.
CIA’s Special Activities Division Bob Pope also is aware of another loose nuke inside America. He assigns reactivated Navy SEAL Gil Shannon to find and eliminate the threat. Gil brings back SEAL Team Six Black to prevent a disaster worse than 9/11. At the same time in Montana, a terrorist targets Gil’s wife and mother-in-law.
The second Sniper Elite military thriller (see: One-Way Trip) is an exciting action-packed tale from the opening suicide scene in Guantanamo and never slowing down until the final confrontation. The DC crowd comes across as wussy political caricatures ready to send someone else to die while soiling their underwear far from the combat. Still filled with realistic blood and gore, readers will feel a constant adrenalin rush as Shannon and his unit try to prevent the second nuke from being deployed.