In this follow-up to the highly successful Kill Zone, former Marine sniper Kyle Swanson faces his most deadly enemy yet, a legendary enemy sniper working with a fringe Islamic organization that has created a terrifying new weapon of mass destruction
In Baghdad's Green Zone, an Iraqi scientist is murdered just before he is to reveal the monstrous secret that Saddam Hussein took to his grave: the Palace of Death, home to a chemical weapon that Islamic militants quietly have been developing and whose formula is nearly complete. The assassination is the work of a mysterious sniper called Juba, who was originally trained by the British but now works with a twisted mastermind determined to wrest leadership of the terrorist world from Al Qaeda.
Kyle Swanson, once the top sniper in the Marine Corps, has become the key member in a secret special operations team known as Task Force Trident. When Juba tests the new weapon by killing hundreds of people at a British royal wedding in London, Swanson is assigned to hunt down his old special ops rival.
The birth of a new reign of global terror can be stopped only by a confrontation between the two best snipers in the world, a duel in which the first shot wins. Usually.
In this exciting sequel to 2007's Kill Zone from former marine sniper Coughlin, Gunnery Sgt. Kyle Swanson is supposedly dead and buried at Arlington Cemetery, allowing him to operate independently under direct Pentagon command. When Juba, an al-Qaeda sniper as skilled as Swanson, assassinates an informant in the heart of Baghdad's Green Zone, Swanson and his team are sent to track down the possible WMD cache the informant was killed to protect, no matter where it may be. The cache's reality is verified by a horrific terrorist attack in London that may just be a prelude to further jihadi attacks. Coughlin delves into the psyches of both of his protagonists: one a veteran almost as dead emotionally as he is supposed to be physically, who finds new hope in a surprising place; the other a British Muslim ordered at age 16 by Osama bin Laden himself to become a mole "ready to strike when needed." Military thriller fans will find the duel between two well-matched adversaries compelling.