Title: Ghost Sniper: A World War II Thriller
Publication Date:January 14, 2014
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Synopsis ~
On the dawn of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, two snipers find themselves fighting a battle all their own. Micajah Cole is a backwoods hunter from the Appalachian Mountains in the American South, while Kurt Von Stenger is the dreaded German “Ghost Sniper” who earned his nickname on the Eastern Front.
As part of a motley team of Americans and a British paratrooper who has made one too many jumps, Cole is sent deep into the French hedgerow country to spearhead counter sniper operations. Guiding them is a lovely French Resistance fighter named Jolie Molyneux who knows the hidden paths and trails. The presence of a woman creates tension among the men, but Jolie is interested in one thing only–revenge against the occupiers.
The Germans are far more practiced at sniper warfare, but Cole uses his natural cunning and hunting skills learned in the mountains back home. However, the Americans soon face the Ghost Sniper, the deadliest German of them all.
Jolie risks everything to spy on the Germans and clear Cole’s line of fire. Locked in a deadly duel, the hunter matches wits and tactics against the marksman in a climatic final battle, both of them one bullet away from victory–or the ultimate defeat–as Allied forces struggle to gain a foothold in Europe.
~ Review by Angela ~
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It may seem weird, but I like stories about war, especially, World War II. I’m not sure why because war is a very depressing thing to read about. However, it can also be a very intriguing, engaging, and suspenseful read. That’s what this book was. The Ghost Sniper likens his fight with the American sniper to a chess game. And that is exactly what it felt like to me. I was reading both sides of the story so I knew what was happening but it was like watching a very intense chess match between the best of the best in chess tournaments. I didn’t realize how quickly I had read this story until I was almost to the end. I found myself hanging on to every word and trying my hardest not to skip ahead. I tend to do that when I’m really engrossed in a book and I have to stop, take a breath, go back and read slower. I was doing that several times during this book.
I don’t think you necessarily have to like books about war, destruction, or death to enjoy this book because of the intensity of the “game” being played by these snipers. You are more focused on their actions and what is going to happen and who is going to “win.” Even though everyone knows the outcome of this war, you don’t know the outcome of the war between these snipers. Both are cunning, sly, very smart, and talented. It is a definite page turner and a gripping, engaging read, no matter what genre you place it in. 5 books
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~ About the Author ~
David Healey has been a journalist, librarian and teacher. He has written several novels, including the Civil War novel “Sharpshooter” and a mystery, “The House that Went Down with the Ship.” His nonfiction books include “Great Storms of the Chesapeake” and “1812: Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay’s Forgotten War.” His articles and essays have been published in many magazines, including American History, The Washington Times, Blue & Gray, Running Times and Maryland Life. When not writing, he enjoys hiking, working on his old house, and driving his family crazy by pulling over to the side of the road to read historical markers.
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