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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
The author didnt even take the time to create original characters. Instead he takes well known actual people and spends HOURS giving his warped view of them. The story actually takes about 45 minutes to tell if you remove the unnecessary and boring crap espousing the authors right wing opinions. The narrator does a poor job also. What a waste of my money. This will be my last Stephen Hunter purchase!
If you believe that a sixty something year old man with an artificial hip is still taking down young Special Forces types, then this is the book for you.
Packed full of sometimes not so good technical jargon, lots of gore, it filled one niche for me....It continued the story of the movie Shooter.
If you thought that the TV show "The A Team" was engrossing and believable, you will love this book. Best suited for "Weekend Warriors" and firearm chatroom flamers. I was unable to suspend any measure of disbelief and enjoy this absurd story. The authors whoring of barely masked real life characters, such as Carlos Hathcock in particular, is a stain on the memory of a man who is no longer alive to defend his honor. Oh, and by the way Mr. Hunter, technical accuracy is no substitute for creative story telling.
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