I always enjoy the Swagger books, and this one ranks right up there with some of the best. One of the great things about Hunter is that, unlike some authors, he actually knows about guns and does his research on them. The narrator of this book did a great job and I look forward to hearing more of his narration. The fact that Hunter has a conservative voice in his book, to the point that some of the lefties reviewing the book on here have their panties in a twist over Hunter's take on some of their left wing liberal heroes just makes the book even better for me. Great job, great book!
Speak this line out loud.
"Sniper specialists from Tennessee"
Now say it again but this time in your best Sylvester voice from Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird.
Did you like that? Well get used to it because that's what you're going to hear for the next fifteen hours. I'm only an hour into this and I'm fighting not to turn it off. Worst narration I've heard from any book. I'm also not a fan of Hunter picking real people, using some of their bios, changing their names only slightly (I guess to avoid royalties or lawsuits), and making them characters in a fictional book. It's fiction, why name a fictional character "Carl Hitchcock" that obviously draws on the very real "Carlos Hathcock" and then butcher the man. I just don't get it.
The good news is that this is a new Bob Lee novel and where he is once again a sniper. In his last adventure he learned how to use a japanese sword in a couple of weeks like a ninja. This time the old man is back in familiar turf.
The bad is that the author, Stephen Hunter, decides to use this novel as a way to push his right wing ideas and politics. In much of the book he sounds like the nut Glenn Beck, says that all the news worth getting is from FOX, suggests anyone he considers a "lefty" hates America and is a nut, and of course has characters modeled after sicko Jane Fonda and Ted Turner.
If you can ignore this insult to his readers then the story is fun. Reader is awesome.
As the author says on several occasions after seemingly endless comments on firearms their use and history. Typical U.S. cop story, government interfears, bad agency management, good cop to be shelved, girl cop is promoted. One good part - NY's Finest newspaper is trashed.
This guy goes on and on and on an never gets back to the story. It is very boring, long winded, nonsenicle. I began to nod off and kept dreaming of the day I would need a root canal. I am a former Marine.
I hate rating a book that I haven't finished, but this book just couldn't keep my attention and I've given up on it.
This is my first time with Hunter on Audible, I enjoyed his earlier books the old way on paper. This narrator sounds like James Arness half the time and the lifting of Jane and Ted for models of the victim and bad guy are really distracting. This could be a little more fictitous and what's with the several references to Bristol Palin? This book is pretty weak.
Hunter has lost it. He is no longer an author, but a political talking head. No plot. No story. No character development. I actually turned the book off half way through!
So sad. I was huge fan and love all his early stuff..
A relentless tour of right-wing rhetoric thinly disguised as a shoot-em-up adventure. The book would be an hour shorter if only the nasty digs about the NY Times were removed. All liberals are morons, all conservatives true American heroes unfairly pilloried by the east-coast peaceniks. And the narrator seems to really believe it: a good listen for those whose Soldier of Fortune subscription hasn't lapsed for 20 years.