A top Russian intelligence agent has defected to the West and the only man with whom he will speak is Kyle Swanson, who busted him out of the U.S. Marine Corps Scout/Sniper School years ago. The defector proves to be an Edward Snowden-type gold mine of amazing secrets about the When, Where and How of President Vladimir Pushkin's next grab for lost Soviet territory.Read more...
A top Russian intelligence agent has defected to the West and the only man with whom he will speak is Kyle Swanson, who busted him out of the U.S. Marine Corps Scout/Sniper School years ago. The defector proves to be an Edward Snowden-type gold mine of amazing secrets about the When, Where and How of President Vladimir Pushkin's next grab for lost Soviet territory.
But Swanson, now a special contractor with the CIA, soon begins to believe that it is all fool's gold being sprinkled by Moscow to ignite an open military fight with NATO and the United States.
Using his own deadly methods, the sniper sets out to find the truth, but to slow him down, the Russians kidnap Swanson's beautiful friend Calico, the CIA station chief in Estonia.
From Italy to the Arctic Circle, Kyle Swanson is on the hunt, convinced that the defector actually is running a complex plot to hand Russia a kingdom in the north. But Swanson seems always to be a step behind because there is a traitor within his own chain of command. To stop the madness, Swanson must deliver a kill shot a hundred miles away from a border bridge in Estonia, where a Russian Army waits on the far shore as a government official crosses over with an invitation to invade.
- ISBN-13: 9781250072955
- ISBN-10: 1250072956
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Publish Date: August 2016
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds
Series: Kyle Swanson Sniper Novels
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-29
- Reviewer: Staff
In Coughlin and Davis's solid ninth Sniper novel (after 2015's The Night of the Cobra), defector Ivan Strakov, a Russian intelligence operative, walks into the U.S. embassy in Helsinki, Finland, and declares that he will talk to no one except CIA sniper Kyle Swanson. The two met briefly 20 years earlier when Kyle was in the Marines and Ivan was in the Russian naval infantry. After a first debriefing session, Ivan sends Kyle, posing as a Canadian journalist, to Narva, Estonia, on a recon mission. Kyle figures out that Ivangorod, the Russian town across the river from Narva, could be the jumping off point for a Russian incursion into Estonia and beyond. Kyle wants to terminate his relationship with Ivan, but his CIA boss won't let him, and the defector continues to manipulate Kyle, the CIA, and several other spy agencies like the genius spy that he is. Soon it's apparent that only Kyle can stop a third world war between NATO and Russia. Fans of military thrillers will enjoy the ride. (Aug.)