Ghost Sniper: A World War II Thriller
by David Healey
Ghost Sniper is a good World War II story. It starts on Omaha Beach during the “D-Day” invasion. The story is told without graphic details, no blood and guts. The actual facts seem to ring true, but I’m not a WWII expert. The characters are likable and authentic, even the German sniper.
The story is told from two Points of View. The German sniper, Kurt Von Stenger, is the Ghost Sniper. He is a professional soldier, and has taught sniper classes, so he is a formidable foe. His American counterpart, Micajah Cole, grew up around guns, and was the best shot in the entire 29th Division, but since the US Army didn’t have a sniper unit, he had an M1. He connected with a lieutenant during the fighting on the beach. He had a rifle with a scope. Cole used it to knock out a machine gun installation, so they weren’t killed that first day of the invasion of Normandy.
The rest of the book continues with the action in Normandy. It shows how difficult it was to gain any ground. It tells a story of how important snipers were to both sides during the conflict, and how the Allied Forces were sometimes dependent on the local resistance. It was an exciting story, and one that keep me interested. I don’t normally read WWII fiction, but I enjoyed this book.
I give Ghost Sniper 4 Stars out of 5, and a Thumbs Up! If you like military fiction, I’m sure that you will enjoy it.
I won a copy of this book from a contest run by the author.
June 6, 1944. On the dawn of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, two snipers find themselves fighting a battle all their own. One is a backwoods hunter from the Appalachian Mountains in the American South, while the other is the dreaded German “Ghost Sniper” who earned his nickname on the Eastern Front. Locked in a deadly duel across the hedgerow country of France, the hunter matches wits and tactics against the marksman, both of them one bullet away from victory—or defeat—as Allied forces struggle to gain a foothold in Europe.
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Intracoastal Media (February 7, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
About the Author
David Healey’s 13 novels and nonfiction books have been published by Jove Books (Penguin Putnam), the Agatha Award-winning Bella Rosa Books, and The History Press. He worked for 21 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, and won awards in feature writing and editorial writing from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and Suburban Newspaper Association. He has written freelance articles for many newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Times, American History, Blue & Gray, Running Times, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Out & About, and Delmarva Quarterly. He is a member of the Eastern Shore Writers’ Association, where he edits the Words Between Bays blog to showcase writers and writing on the Delmarva Peninsula. He is also an author member of the International Thriller Writers and a contributing writer to the ITW’s The Big Thrillmagazine. He is a frequent speaker on regional history and writing topics. In 2011 he was recognized as a Chaney Visiting Scholar by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. A graduate of Washington College and the Stonecoast MFA program, he is now a fulltime professor of composition at Kaplan University.