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.
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I should have learned my lesson and read the reviews before purchasing, but I loved the movie Shooter so I thought I would like the book. I did listen to the sample and was really misled by that. I started listening and 10 minutes into this it hits me, the narrator has a lisp! Are you kidding 15 hours of this. I really tried by best to ignore that but the story itself was so horribly boring that its all I could focus on. It was too technical, too wordy, and I actually started to hate all of the characters. Save yourself the suffering and pass this one by.
Perhaps trying one of these books in hardcover where you can really use your own imagination would help.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
I thought I might enjoy this in the "patron state of shooting stuff' Tennessee
but Hunter is a Limbaugtomized Hen-Becked Faux Noise lover with an absurd political agenda that ruins a good sniper story. Such CRAP Stephen.
Great book for the most part. I am a shooting enthusiast so appreciated the great detail the author went into regarding the weapons and how the trained used them. The "hero" was often believable though at times it was a let down when he would make catch phrase comments like something from a Arnold or Stalone movie. The ending was also a bit over the top. Still I found myself not wanting to stop listening.
Written with all the charm, style, and wit of a firearms catalog. I'm a gun owner, but I'm not consumed by it. If you enjoy detailed descriptions of bullets moving through human bodies and heads augmented by colorful narratives of exploding tissue, this is your kind of literature.
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.
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