After a sniper murders lefty radicals from the 70's, starting with somebody who resembles Jane Fonda, the plot thickens. Well, sometime it clots, but if you like Clint Eastwood's style of justice, it is a good read, especially if you like dealing with murderous Irishmen.
michael l. elterman
Kept you guessing but not too much and it was all very plausible. The story kept dragging you back making it hard to put it down.
This is an exciting story told by a master storyteller. The narration is very good. Although there are portions of the book that strain credulity, the author never leaves you hanging.
Fast action, compelling, and engaging. The story line was entertaining and believable. The political and newspaper machine was realistic and believable.
There was a section where it dragged a little but it picked up speed again.
Note - Profanity was higher than I was expecting - @50 use of the F#$%@ and several uses of sexual content - No need of this. I would not recommend this book due to the use of profanity. It lost stars because the use of profanity.
My first Bob Lee Swagger novel. A good story mixing fact with fact with fantasy. You'll recognize many of the key characters from today's news.
I love mysteries and suspense novels
This book has great action and is a well narrated story.
All the characters were great but by far my favorite was Bob Lee Swagger. Keep in mind the book is pure enjoyment and carries well even if the characters are a bit novel typical.
The high valley shoot out.
No just good clean fun!
Bob Lee Swagger. How could it be anyone else?
Yes he does a great job.
Write more books with these characters.
A disappointing, formulaic, and implausible story that marks a further deterioration of the Swagger saga. The first three were good, the subsequent ones indicate that Hunter is trying for Rush Limbaugh's demographic. Hunter can't even be bothered creating his own characters, he seems to have lifted most of them out of supermarket tabloids. The book is filled with filler--no one can mention a weapon (and all his characters talk about weapons all the time--to the point that pages/minutes go by with no advancement of the plot) without a long digression on model, caliber, ammunition, trigger guard, finish, and so on. It often reads like Hunter wrote this book with only two sources: a gun catalog and a thesaurus. No modifier can ever be singular, it must be added to, supported, supplemented, justified, explicated, explained, enhanced, and so on and on and on. Really--why doesn't Hunter just select the correct word the first time? This book could easily have been 2/3 its length with a decent editor. There are gaping holes in the plot that any one who knew the federal bureaucracy would spot. Without being a spoiler, there is one incident in which the New York Times (which is trying to destroy the career of a patriotic FBI agent) is revealed as a part of a great conspiracy after it prints a picture of a rifle that wasn't in existence when the picture was allegedly taken! This allows Hunter to vent for 5 pages on how stupid the mainstream media is and how smart the gun owners are. Great. Except that any reader who knows anything about the federal bureaucracy knows that the whole issue would have been resolved 200 pages earlier when the accused produced an alibi. The reader is asked to believe that a senior FBI agent assigned to the Washington bureau can disappear for weeks from his desk, keeps no records of trip expenses, doesn't keep a calendar, had no meetings with anyone during this time and--best of all--in the weeks of NY Times persecution no one in the FBI thinks to ask him (nor does he think to produce) an alibi for the dates. Hunter was a journalist for years, so one can only assume this and other howlers are due to his being either lazy or untruthful. Buck Schimer is no great reader--he does Clint Eastwood, bureaucrat, arrogant whiner, and Steppin Fetchit and that is about it. I gave up on the book 2/3 of the way through--and I am sure glad I only paid $5 for it.
Yes! the narration brings to life, for example, the Irish dialect of the bad guys. Buck Schirner takes you into the action, and has you sweating and gnashing your teeth, and wishing you could help Bobby Lee!
Bobby Lee, of course. His self-depreciation and strength of character takes a man back to when men were as good as their word, and a handshake a good enough contract.
I am not sure, I have listened to two other Swagger novels. If he is Hunter's narrator of choice, yes. Can't compare.
The only thing that can fix the tarantula power structure we call government; it must needs be at the hands of mavericks of clear-eyed integrity who must be set free to work outside the red tape that mummifies our toppeling short-lived Roman Empire, a.ka. The United States.
Yes.....Bobby Lee, a prequel, in black ops, when he was in his twentys.