Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Off The Shelf: Sniper Elite by Scott McEwen

As many of us are getting ready to celebrate our independents with the Fourth of July holiday, it seemed like the perfect time to featureSniper Elite Cover Art SNIPER ELITE: One Way Trip by Scott McEwen.

From the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling AMERICAN SNIPER, this thriller -inspired by true events - follows on of America’s most lethal snipers as he leads the rescue of a downed special ops pilot.

McEwen turns his sights on fiction with this nonstop-action thriller, SNIPER ELITE: One-Way Trip (Touchstone Hardcover, Simon & Schuster, June 4, $26.99. ISBN: 978-1476-7460-50), a novel inspired by actual Black Ops missions. It offers a gripping narrative, while forcing readers to question how our government handles these kinds of situations. This work is even more timely and thought-provoking in light of the Pentagon’s recent decision to allow women to now serve in frontline combat roles.

This is certainly a story where you can tell the good guys from the bad guys, but it is also one that highlights the friction between the soldiers on the ground, the intelligence officers at home, and the political figures running the show. 

In SNIPER ELITE the President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive – a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the special ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission. 

In direct defiance of the President’s orders, Navy SEAL sniper Gil Shannon launches an audacious mission with the support of elite soldiers and an enigmatic government figure to infiltrate the tribal faction holding the captured pilot. 

A pulse-pounding battle ensues, pitching the entire force of the Taliban against the fearless and heroic American sniper on a self-declared “one way trip” to either bring back the pilot or die with her. Filled with intense action and real-life combat scenes, SNIPER ELITE will pin you to the edge of your seat until the very last sentence. 

This fast-paced, action-packed thriller with incredibly realistic and blistering battles introduces a new American hero, Gil Shannon, whose iron will and expertise with the .308 Remington Modular sniper rifle will spell the difference between freedom and an ignoble death for America’s female POW.

SNIPER ELITE: One-Way Trip is now in development as a motion picture by Scott Free productions. Scott Free productions are the force behind Unstoppable starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington; The A Team starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper. Scott Free Television also produces the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated hit TV show The Good Wife.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott McEwen is a trial attorney in San Diego, California, and has taught at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Oregon State University and thereafter studied and worked extensively in London.
Scott works with and provides support for several military charitable organizations, including the Navy SEAL Team Foundation.  

For more information on SNIPER ELITE. visit:
www.sniperelitebooks.com and www.simonandschuster.com 

Here’s what others are saying about SNIPER ELITE:

    “Sniper Elite is a gripping, fast paced adventure. Packed with action, it takes the reader into the shadow world of real military operations. A great read – don’t miss it!”  - Dan Hampton, New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot and The Mercenary.
    “Finally a military novel that pays attention to detail, and tells a great story, rarely do the two go together. Sniper Elite gets it right. Lace up your boots tight because you’re about to move out, and learn what it’s like to be a SEAL sniper.” - Brandon Webb, Former Navy SEAL, Editor of SOFREP.com and the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Circle and Benghazi: The Definitive Report

Thanks for stopping by today. Have you checked out SNIPER ELITE yet? Do you enjoy books that bring today’s headlines into their stories?


  1. Mason - Thanks for sharing this. It sounds as though this one is really action-packed and very much a 'taken from the headlines' kind of book.' I think it takes a certain kind of strength and skill set to be involved in those kinds of military groups...

  2. This sounds like one for my husband! Plus I'm excited to see it's going to be a movie.


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