Title: Ghost Sniper: A World War II Thriller
Author: David Healey
Publication Date: January 14, 2014
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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.
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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.
I love a good thriller. This is the first thriller I have read set in the WWII setting and I really enjoyed it. The idea of a more modern day duel was exciting to read about as well. I was happy that the author did well with not butchering military tactics. Instead I felt like I was in the head of these characters. I was more caught up on the experience and the feelings that went with it, than the actual military training.
It was a really enjoyable read for me, having not read this genre in a while. It was nice to step into a book that had me on the edge of my seat with suspense and action. Very well written and the characters are characters that you can fall into. You feel as if you are right there with them.