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Sold Out Paperback – July 14, 2012
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"With a go-for-broke pace fast enough to leave Lee Child choking on dust and enough gun-love to make Stephen Hunter fans pay attention, Sold Out is a swift, relentless, bullet-riddled helping of treachery, conspiracy, and scorched earth vengeance. ... Protagonist Nick Woods is pissed off, hellbent on vengeance, and woe to anyone in his way." -- Mark Allen, author of "The Assassin's Prayer"
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For Stan R. Mitchell of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this concept turned into his novel Sold Out. Not only is Stan a former Marine, he has a love of books like Stephen Hunter's Point of Impact and Pale Horse Coming, and Sold Out could easily have been another book in the Bob Lee Swagger series of Hunter's novels. The story follows Nick Woods, a former Marine Corps scout-sniper who has found himself a life away from violence and bloodshed, although he's still more than a little paranoid, and definitely damaged goods. But when a top-secret assignment from his USMC days bubbles to the surface, exposed to the world's media, the architects of that assignment - and the failed cover-up that resulted in the death of Nick's spotter - move to take Nick out of the picture.
I won't go into too many spoilers, but let's just say, they make Nick angry. Really angry. Like, nothing to lose, no reason to live, from Hell's heart I stab at thee angry. So Nick goes on a crusade of vengeance and retribution to put paid to those who've made his life a ruin.
And when Marine scout-snipers go on crusades of vengeance and retribution against you...you're pretty much screwed.
Sold Out is a very fast, action-packed novel.Read more ›
Author Stan R. Mitchell's writing style is sharp, snappy, cinematic, and impacts with all the blunt force trauma of a hollowpoint to the head. If you're a fan of action novels, you need to read this novel ASAP.
It would have been a good book other than a few things which to me, began to feel like chalk scraping on a blackboard. I could deal with the typos - there were some but not so many as to be overly distracting. More distracting was the racism and juvenile political views, which came up throughout the book. Little snippets like this one: "He was one of only two white males in the place. Four other males were Italian and one other older male was black." And like the Nazi "SS" that was on Nick's chest. Regular comments like this one: "Well trained and battle tested, and Nick had to face them with just the help of an anti-gun liberal from New York..." and "Days and days together or not, in the grand scheme of things, he was still just a piss-ant liberal from New York." Since neither Nick's nor Allen's political views or race had anything whatsoever to do with the story, the book would not have suffered in the least if the constant references were omitted. The author also tended to over-explain and parts of the book felt very repetitious.
I did read the entire book as I was interested enough in the story to see how things ended up, but I would not read another book by this author.
I give this story 2.5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very clever premise for unusual and fast-paced plot. While I saw no action while in the military and am not into guns, this story really grabbed me and held my attention and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by John W.
I quit listening to this on Audible after about six chapters. The characterization of the FBI and government is such typical silliness, and I do not want to listen anymore. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Laura Hornbeck
I had not read a Nick Woods story before. What a story this was. I could not put it down, I had to see the ending. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Harry Fincham
Thought this was actually pretty good. Very fast moving, only took a couple of days to read.Published 17 days ago by Jason
I loved this book from start to finish! It was full of action, fast paced & I was rooting for Nick Woods the whole time. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Sara
A hard to put down novel- if you like baldacchi and Flynn, you'll enjoy reading Nick Woods! Characters fleshed out, story realistic!Published 26 days ago by Poskarp