Four famed '60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose 93 kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide.
In closing out the investigation, Nick discovers a case made in heaven: everything fits, from timeline, ballistics, and forensics to motive, means, and opportunity. But maybe it's a little too perfect?
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. 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. 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.
©2009 Stephen Hunter; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Books are the file which remove the edges we all accumulate from day to day collisions with life. Lt. Gen. Marcus T. Leaf
Only if they were a specific fan of gun and ex military stories.I've read some stories by Stephen hunter before especially this Swagger series and while there was a time I worshiped them before and I still find them passable they are only just. I love guns and most things military and even fancy Myself a guy who is willing to do what I have to despite public opinion, 1 Bob Lee Swagger book per every few years is about all my suspension of disbelief can take. Its like watching a Steven Segal movie where he monotonously kills all bad guys because hes the main character and despite reality hes just that good. Seriously. Everyone in these series just acts as bumbling supporting casts for the amazing Bob Lee Swagger and despite what must be Hunters generous attempt to imbue them with any semblance of intelligence even this is only to show how mighty Swagger is as he out manuevers and out thinks them using only his awe shucks mental capacity, an endless supply of ex Marines who are at his beck and call and some of the best albeit surely antiquated skills picked up from a tour in vietnam. He kills without thought and sacrifices all friends without care, preferring to honor them with revenge rather than precautionary common sense. Still Hunter is a master story teller and despite all my guffaws and irritation at the rambling facts about guns and all things which may be bolted too, shoved on or forced into whatever firearm the mighty Swagger might be using I still found it an exciting read.
Same old stephen doing the same old thing.
The irish accents. Hated that texas or montana or wherever that was supposed to be from counnntry draaaawl.
I already did. It's any segal or rambo movie ever made.
Until now. I have to take issue with other reviewers on a couple of points. First of all, I have not observed any regression in the quality of his Swagger novels (prior to this one). Although Hunter presents a good and plausible story line, the level of meaningless detail on relatively insignificant matters almost seems like he's trying to
No, I would not, for reasons evident in my review.
Schriner does well with accents.
I, Sniper inspired me to read a summary and some reviews of the next Hunter novel before purchasing.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first book by Stephen Hunter. I enjoyed the fast pace and lots of action. The reader Buck Schirner did a great job keeping all the shooting jargon exciting. This is a most read for those who like action books.
After the disappointing "The 47th Samurai" and the truly dismal "Night Of Thunder," Hunter (and Bob Lee Swagger) are back in fighting trim. Rip-roaring fun, lots of tongue-in-cheek mainstream media ridicule from an MSM insider, and Hunter's trademark technical accuracy with firearms make this an entertaining read. Can't say I've ever heard anyone "in the loop" use the term "168-ers" for .308 Win. 168 gr BTHP (175 gr is on the ascendancy these days), but that's a minor quibble. Hard to put down and intricately plotted, those who enjoyed the "Point of Impact," "Black Light," and "Time to Hunt" trilogy will love this book. Like the rest of us, BLS keeps getting older. Unlike the rest of us, he is still as fast and lethal as ever. It may be time to retire him in favor of a younger guy from the Sandbox before his adventures become too far-fetched. Narrator Buck Schirner improves his performance over that in "Samurai" and "Thunder," but I wish they would bring back Will Patton, Beau Bridges, or Jay O. Sanders, all of whom were superb narrators for Hunter's work. If you liked Hunter's earlier Swagger novels, you will enjoy this one, too. I'm glad this one is unabridged.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.
If you are intrigued by mathematical descriptions of scopes, bullets, firing lines and a whole lot of other minutia that wasn't necessary to tell a story, then you will love I, Sniper. If you have a somewhat simpler mind and care mostly about a good story, then you will beg for this book to end. I fell into the latter category. I also thought Hunter's fictional characters, who were easily identifiable as being modeled after Ted Turner, Jane Fonda, Carlos Hathcock and others, showed a lack of imagination. Lee Child's Jack Reacher is much more interesting without a gun than Stephen Hunter's Bob Lee Swagger is with a gun. I'll pass on others in this series.
This was a very good read. The author explained alot of what it takes to be a sniper. And the fact of how snipers save lives more than what they take. I really recommend this book.
Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!
First before the review, having been an 8541 for many years in the 80s, and having had Hatchcock as a guest instructor, I can say that this book is NOT disrespectful to him, yes in the beginning he is shown as a patsy etc. BUT read/listen to the whole book!
The book is sort of a conspiracy type plot and yes the characters from hunter's older books are probably too old to do what they do in this book, but its not bad. Yes hunter does over detail the weapons etc. but he ALWAYS does that so its not a surprise. Curious to see how the newer characters are developed in future books as replacements for Swagger/Memphis.
Regarding the ANTI LIBERAL bias, of course! Most of the leftists killed in the book got what was coming to them, better late than never I guess. Hunter is pro second ammendment etc. If libs dont like the "bias" maybe they shouldnt read the book but read the constitution instead.
I've read all of the Swagger novels at least once each. This is a great swan song for the character, and in addition Mr. Hunter takes a swipe at some of the folks that really deserve it. There was a lot of subtle humor in it for old farts like me.
Ol' Bob Lee does it again! I've read all of Stephen Hunter's stuff, but this was the first time as an Audible book and I liked the performance. I haven't liked Mr. Hunter's last two books as well as I did earlier ones, but I still enjoyed this book and recommend it for old Bob Lee fans as well as new ones.
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