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.
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.
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.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-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.
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.
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.
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.
Yup. Stephen Hunter definitely suffers from testosterone poisoning. He also appears to harbor a right-of-center mindset, meaning that he supports the military, and advocates the need for armed conflict. On the other hand, like his right-wing colleagues Clancy and Robinson, he tells a rip-roarin' good story. I, for one, have no problem ignoring the politics for the sake of the thrills. "I, Sniper" does not break Hunter's record of good stories, written well. Hunter's novels always deal with firearms and the men who wield them -- in this case his usual protagonist, Bob Lee Swagger. Swagger -- the eponymous sniper -- may be getting a little old, now, to be engaging in these heroics; but he has stayed in good shape, and he still shoots as well as ever. And, since the world seems to have an unending supply of bad guys, Swagger keeps getting called out of retirement to help put them away. He cuts a likable figure, with his modesty, his reluctance to engage in violence if he can avoid it, and his uneducated intelligence. He wants to stay home on his ranch, now, with his beloved wife and daughters; but we just keep needing him! Stephen Hunter must know everything knowable about firearms, and he puts a lot of this technical information into his novels. For gun aficionados, these details must enrich the story, adding verisimilitude. For me -- knowing nothing about guns -- the technical details go right over my head. All the same, I do not begrudge Hunter this minor indulgence, since I suspect his readership consists mostly of gun fanciers. Although I do not fancy guns at all, and wish they would go away, I can sort of understand how a person might appreciate the mechanical precision of finely made weapons. I always listen to each of Hunter's novels as they come out, and I probably will continue to do so. I docked one star, because the reader, Buck Schirner, has a peculiar, throaty voice that irritates me.
I will start with I LOVED Stephen Hunter's earlier work. This book, however it total drivel. The narration, on top of an uninteresting plot, shallow characters, horrible narration, (oh, did I say terrible narration twice??)is a complete waste of hours on this earth. Don't bother, especially if you loved his earlier work. It is a terrible thing to see an author go downhill. Terrible. Didn't even finish it, even though I had no other books on my IPOD. I walked without listening to anything in stead of listen to the rest of this book. Now, THAT tells you something.
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