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Review of “In the Crosshairs”

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Book Reviews – “In the Crosshairs” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Sgt. Jack Coughlin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Coughlin_(author)). Mr. Coughlin has published 10 novels, with this being the 10th in his “Kyle Swanson Sniper” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in contemporary times. The primary character is former Marine sniper Kyle Swanson, who is now out of the service, but who occasionally does work for the CIA.

A Mexican police officer who was a good friend of Swanson’s is killed in the line of duty. The drug cartel responsible sets off a bomb at the funeral. This sets Swanson on the trail of the man he thinks is responsible. Concurrent to this, a new Congresswoman is stirring up public concern over the CIA and its involvement in the drug trade.

Swanson heads to the middle east in pursuit of the bomber on behalf of the CIA. He has been paired with another sniper who has been employed on special missions for the CIA. The two close in on their quarry, but things take an unexpected turn. A far larger plot is underway than Swanson and the CIA leadership had imagined.

I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this suspenseful 301 page thriller. The characters were well developed and the plot was good, though far from unique. The cover art is OK, though I would have preferred something more closely related to the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Red Swan”

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Book Reviews – “Red Swan” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by P. T. Deutermann (https://www.ptdeutermann.com). Mr. Deutermann has published 20 novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story takes place in the contemporary US. The primary character is Dr. Preston Allender.

Psychiatrist Allender was an officer at the CIA, dealing with training and senior officer evaluations. He masterminds a masterful plan to discredit a ranking Chinese intelligence official that is very successful. But the administration needs a scape goat for the firestorm that results and Allender is forced to ‘retire’.

Almost a year later he is approached to come back on a consulting basis to act as the liaison between the CIA and FBI for an FBI task force investigating the death of a top ranking CIA officer. The more that Allender discovers, the less he feels he has been told the whole truth. He finds himself the focus of both Chinese and American agents, and everything he has been told comes into question.

I really enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 282 page modern suspense thriller. I liked this story. It was not a high-action plot with lots of firefights or hand-to-hand combat. It was more of a suspenseful mystery. The cover art is eye catching, but not directly related to the story. This is the second novel written by Mr. Deutermann that I have read and I have enjoyed them both. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).