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I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel Hardcover – December 29, 2009
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Nick asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data. Using a skill set no other man on earth possesses, Swagger soon discovers unseen anomalies and gradually begins to unravel a sophisticated conspiracy -- one that would require the highest level of warcraft by the most superb special operations professionals. As Swagger penetrates the deepest secrets of the sniper world and its new technology, Nick stands firm in the face of hardball PR initiatives and an inflamed media calling for his ouster.
Swagger soon closes in, and those responsible will stop at nothing to take him out. But these heavily armed men make the mistake of thinking they are hunting Bob, when he is, in fact, hunting them.
I, Sniper will satisfy Stephen Hunter's legions of fans and win him droves of new ones with its signature blend of brilliant plotting, vivid characters, razor-sharp dialogue, and extraordinary gunfights. And when Swagger and the last of his antagonists finally face each other, reenacting a classic ritual of arms, it is clear that at times there's nothing more necessary than a good man with a gun and the guts to use it.
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“It’s a troubling moral position, of course, the idea of the sniper as a man of courage, and Hunter makes the most of it, demanding that the reader rethink common cultural assumptions about good and evil. Those philosophical underpinnings give the narrative depth, but finally, as all Bob Lee fans know, it comes down to 'straight killing time.' And so it does, in a ramped-up, high-tech High Noon finale that will leave even unsympathetic readers gasping. As always, Hunter makes it work with precise, detail-rich prose that strips the faux glamour from gun fighting and leaves only the skills of the combatants set against the horrors they wreak.”—Bill Ott, Booklist, starred review
“In his guns-a-poppin’ latest, Hunter pits his series hero against a nest of sharp-shooting vipers. [D]ust off the OK Corral. Even the somewhat squeamish, and even certifiable gun-dummies, may once again find chivalric, heroic Bob Lee just about irresistible.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Hunter's thrillers are always taut, exciting, and well written, and his latest is no exception. There's also a lot of gun and tech talk as Swagger uses decades' worth of skills to stay a step or three ahead of the baddies. Swagger fans will not be disappointed.”—Robert Conroy, Library Journal
"Stephen Hunter’s I, Sniper brings back one of the great characters in modern thrillerdom, Bob Lee Swagger, everyone’s favorite lethal, dour Southerner. I kind of want Swagger to meet up with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher one day, in a contest to see who could say the least while doing the most damage."—Malcolm Gladwell
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (December 29, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416565159
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416565154
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #354,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book starts with the sniper killing of four people. It is quickly almost out to bed in report that gives credit for the murders to Carl Hitchcock known as most proficient sniper from the Vietnam era and having rode the wave of fame and profited for years from that status. As it turns out Carl is blamed in the initial FBI report for the killings. But before the report is released Swagger is contacted by Special Agent Nick Memphis of D.C. FBI office, who provides information that technically Carl couldn't be responsible for the killings. Carl by this time is dead via suicide. Nick begins investigation,using Swagger to obtain credible evidence as to who the killer is. A wealthy business man Tom Constable wants the original report entered and case closed. This is of course due to his ulterior motives aka hand in the pie. Swagger goes rouge investigating for Nick. Nick is trying to survive the onslaught of Constable who is providing the D.C.newspaper with reports of theft and gratuity by a federal officer all part of Constable's efforts to force the closing of the case.
To make a very long story short, there is a substantial amount of espionage on Swaggers part as well as sniperdom where the bad guys and a couple of the good ones are killed.
Swagger comes through with a film of Constable in his youth in those amazing 60's, taking part of a bank robbery where he shoots and kills two bank guards. Constable is arrested, Nick's career is safe and Swagger returns to his family in Idaho or Arkansas, wherever they lived.
It's a decent read, would suggest reading some of the prior Swagger books for a better understanding of the characters
I will say this book was well written and very well edited. A breath of fresh air, no typos or misspellings noted. Well done!
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When a sniper kills four well know anti-Vietnam radicals from the 1960s, the FBI are called in, and now assistance director Nick Memphis is leading the investigation. The evidence points to another retired marine sniper, and when he is found having killed himself, the report is all set. However, Memphis has a nagging doubt – it’s too perfect, so he calls in Swagger, someone he trusts implicitly, and, of course, a true expert in sniping.
It would not be much of a story if Swagger found nothing, so I do not think it is a spoiler to say the situation changes based on Swagger’s report. The key problem is that the shots are too accurate, and Swagger identifies the likely weapon of choice, and Memphis and the team buy-in to the theory. Swagger is soon dragged into the investigation and starts to piece together the story, pointing to the real motive and culprit. But those ultimately responsibly have no interest in throwing their hands in the air, and a violent confrontation results.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The only quibble I have is just how much detail Hunter goes into in terms of the guns and bullets. I would not mind if it were once or twice, but it starts to feel a bit repetitive, as does the many descriptions of the lone life of a sniper. Arguably, it is not the detail, it is the repetition that I found a bit too much – perhaps a bit of editing, and you end up with just as good a story in 350 pages instead of just over 400 where I haven’t read about the 168-grain blah blah blah bullet five or six times. I have another Swagger book on my Kindle and would like to re-read Point of Impact if it is ever on Kindle as well, so I would say it is worth a read.