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Running the Maze

Kyle Swanson Sniper Novels (Volume 5)

Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC (Ret.), with Donald A. Davis

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Running the Maze
Jack Coughlin
Donald A. Davis
 
In the aftermath of great floods, a doctor on a relief mission in northeastern Pakistan discovers the remains of a collapsed bridge that reminds him of a bridge near his childhood home in Ohio. He snaps a cellphone picture and sends it to his sister—just before his entire team is slaughtered.
 
His sister is Beth Ledford, a Coast Guard sniper, who suspects that the answer to the mystery of her brother's death is in that cellphone picture.  No one believes her until she finds Kyle Swanson, once the top sniper in the Marine Corps and now the key member of a secret special operations team known as Task Force Trident. When Kyle takes Beth into Pakistan to investigate, they find the true secret behind the mass murder—what may be the last, best hope of victory by al-Qaeda and the Taliban over allied forces.
 
Now the two snipers have their sights set on one man, an American diplomat who has become the biggest obstacle to victory in the war on terror.  The only question is: which of them gets to pull the trigger?

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FIVE-MINUTE BREAK. DR. JOEY Ledford sat on the shaky remnants of a wooden chair, smoking a Marlboro and sweating while monsoon rains slammed the tin roof of the makeshift medical clinic of United Nations Refugee Camp Five. Somewhere, doctors and nurses were performing surgeries in antiseptic, air-conditioned rooms that were packed with every conceivable device of the medical arts, with storage areas nearby bulging with vital, lifesaving medicines. They were listening to Bach or Norah Jones or Latin jazz as they performed meticulous cuts and closed wounds with care, taking
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RUNNING THE MAZE

“The latest Kyle Swanson sniper thriller might be the best yet… Quickly paced and tightly written, this one is a definite winner for all fans of the military action thriller.” —Booklist

“Coughlin and Davis hit the action-adventure 10-ring again.” —Kirkus Reviews

 “Former Marine sniper Coughlin stretches but does not strain credulity in this intricate story that aptly illustrates the maxim ‘no plan survives contact with the enemy.’”—Publishers Weekly


CLEAN KILL

‘The pages fly by as Swanson must face his most personal mission yet. The military tactics take a backseat to the characters, creating a strong and compelling narrative. Coughlin and Davis have concocted another winner that should only encourage a growing readership.”—Booklist

“Former Marine Coughlin and bestseller Davis combine a well-paced, credible plot with a realistic portrayal of modern combat. . . . The climax . . . will leave readers cheering.” —Publishers Weekly


DEAD SHOT

“Compelling.” —Publishers Weekly

“The [plot] propels the pages forward, but this one isn’t all about action: Swanson proves a surprisingly complex character...Dead Shot suggest[s] a hardware-heavy story that only an armed- services veteran could love. Surprisingly, it’s completely the opposite. Readers will be compelled…and will look forward to another Swanson adventure.”—Booklist


KILL ZONE

“Stunning action, excellent tradecraft, insider politics, and the ring of truth. Just about perfect.”—Lee Child

“Tight, suspenseful…Here’s hoping this is the first of many Swanson novels.” —Booklist

“The action reaches a furious pitch.”—Publishers Weekly


SHOOTER
The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper

“One of the best snipers in the Marine Corps, perhaps the very best. When I asked one of his commanders about his skills, the commander smiled and said, ‘I’m just glad he’s on our side.’”—Peter Maass, war-correspondent and bestselling author of Love Thy Neighbor

“The combat narratives here recount battlefield action with considerable energy . . . A renowned sniper, Coughlin is less concerned with his tally than with the human values of comradeship and love.”—The Washington Post

“Coughlin is a sniper, perhaps one of the most respected and feared in the Corps, and his memoir, Shooter, offers a uniquely intimate look into the life of one trained to live in the shadows . . . some of the most poignant action ever recorded in a modern Marine memoir.”—Seapower magazine

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC (Ret.), with Donald A. Davis

  • GUNNERY SGT. JACK COUGHLIN was with the Third Battalion, Fourth Regiment Marines during the drive to Baghdad and has operated on a wide range of assignments in hotspots around the world.

     

    DONALD A. DAVIS is the author of twenty-three books, including multiple New York Times bestsellers.  

     

  • Jack Coughlin © David Eckenberg, Tumbleweed Photos Yucca Valley
  • Donald A. Davis
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Running the Maze

Kyle Swanson Sniper Novels

Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC (Ret.), with Donald A. Davis

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