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Point of Impact | [Stephen Hunter]

Point of Impact

He was one the best Marine snipers in Vietnam. Today, 20 years later, all Bob Lee Swagger wants is to be left alone. But a shadowy military organization seduces him into one last mission for his country - unaware until too late that the game is rigged. The assassination plot is executed to perfection until Bob Lee Swagger, alleged lone gunman, comes out of the operation alive, the target of a nationwide manhunt, with his only allies a woman he just met and a discredited FBI agent.
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Publisher's Summary

He was one the best Marine snipers in Vietnam. Today, 20 years later, disgruntled hero of an unheroic war, all Bob Lee Swagger wants is to be left alone and to leave the killing behind.

But with consummate psychological skill, a shadowy military organization seduces Bob into leaving his beloved Arkansas hills for one last mission for his country, unaware until too late that the game is rigged.

The assassination plot is executed to perfection until Bob Lee Swagger, alleged lone gunman, comes out of the operation alive, the target of a nationwide manhunt, with his only allies a woman he just met and a discredited FBI agent.

Now Bob is on the run, using his lethal skills once more - but this time, to track down the men who set him up and to stop a dark conspiracy aimed at the very heart of America.

©1993 Stephen Hunter; (P)1993 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hunter passes almost everybody else in the thriller-writing trade as if they were standing still." (New York Daily News)
"Tautly written...the plot makes a number of turns before swooping to a conclusion where patriotism and personal integrity triumph." (Library Journal)

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    Randy Strathmore, Alberta, Canada 08-22-07
    Randy Strathmore, Alberta, Canada 08-22-07
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    "Magnificent"

    Not a fan of abridged versions but I decided to give this one a try, and I am very glad I did, the story was brilliant and the narrator did a wonderful job, didn’t stop listening to it until it was finished, just like a good book you can’t put down. I would recommend this production to everyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Scottsdale, AZ, United States 12-16-10
    John Scottsdale, AZ, United States 12-16-10
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    "The best of Bob Lee"

    Sticking close to the real life character that Bob Lee was based on makes this the best of the series. This is a great read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Sparta, MI, USA 11-30-07
    Christine Sparta, MI, USA 11-30-07 Member Since 2012

    I like to read just about everything. I especially like to get lost in large series, like Robert Jordon's Wheel of Time or Diana Gabaldon's Highlander series. If anyone has suggestions of this type I'd sure like to hear from you.

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    "Point of Impact"

    This is a really great book! The abridged version was done very nicely. However an unabridged reading would have been better. So many action scenes I enjoyed were not included.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    D-Man801 04-18-14
    D-Man801 04-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like smart, don't listen to this book"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Hunter and/or Beau Bridges?

    I hear this was made into a movie. If it was, it had to have been the worst movie ever. Either that or the movie was better than the book which rarely happens. It was seriously like a bad parody of a very bad movie. Lines like "It's Howdie Doodie Time." In an overly dramatic raspy voice forced from Beau Bridges was supposed to be taken seriously but all it got from the listeners in our car was loud laughter and "oh my, this is maybe the worst writing ever."

    Do yourself a favor and skip this and listen to smart writers in the genre like Baldacci, or a book called The Ascendant (forgot the author's name). This was really, really bad.


    What could Stephen Hunter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not be so obvious and fake. Seriously? Nick Memphis? Bob Lee Swagger? He should have thrown in a character named Mike Pistol and Johnny Blade.

    Ease up on the macho and try to add more information that makes the reader smarter, not dumber.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sounded like he was making fun of people trying to sound macho. Only, he was trying to be serious. It was bad.


    What character would you cut from Point of Impact?

    I would rewrite all of them. And name them normal people names.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Croydon, PA, United States 02-20-12
    Rick Croydon, PA, United States 02-20-12
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    "Point of Impact"

    Good story about the point of view of Bob Lee. Could have done without the music in the reading....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 05-07-15
    Dawn 05-07-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Beau Bridges ruined it for me..."

    I never like getting abridged books because I think too much of the story is lost when parts have to be cut. I thought the music and sound effects took away from the story and were totally unnecessary. I think Beau Bridges was the worst narrator I have ever listened to and I've listened to quite a few considering I have more than 1300 books in my library! I will try another book written by Stephen Hunter as long as Bridges is not the narrator. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Quinn Carmichael Minneapolis, MN United States 01-29-15
    Quinn Carmichael Minneapolis, MN United States 01-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Sub Par"

    Read D-Man801's review. It is right on the money.
    I found the abridged version was overly abridged. I thought the author added great detail about the workings of ballistics, guns and sniperdom but I imagine much of this was removed during the process of making the story shorter. I would have liked to of heard more. I always try to purchase only unabridged versions but I guess a full version of this book is not available.
    I like Beau Bridges but this narration was not great, almost as if he was making fun of the story as he was reading it. Perhaps it is too much to ask Beau to overcome bad writing. The music in the interludes was a cheezy, but this fit right in with the story and character names.

    Sorry, but not even close to Patrick Obrien series as narrated by Patrick Tull.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin 01-20-15
    Colin 01-20-15
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    "Creates Suspense, But Hard To Follow"

    Enjoyed how the story turned back and forth between who had the advantage. The story seems too short for the listener to get familiar with all the names. The sniper content is pretty cool.

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    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 05-05-15
    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 05-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A good early effort"

    I got this book because I had read other books by the author, and because I enjoyed the movie Shooter. Typically, the book is better than the movie - but not so in this case.

    First - I didn't like the production. Beau did okay (not great), but whoever decided to occasionally (and erratically) add sound effects should not have been involved. The sound effects were so infrequent, yet so attention grabbing, that it distracted from the performance.

    The book is pretty much a short-story. The author missed many opportunities to develop characters and add depth to the story, but he was in too much of a hurry to work his way through the plot. This is typical for an author's early efforts, but it still counts against the book.

    I plan on reading other books by Mr. Hunter, but would recommend this one only to provide historical insight to his writings.

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    DUANE 10-27-14
    DUANE 10-27-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a Holy Bible Thumping, God loving, Holy Spirit following Jesus Freak.

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    "A great book, it is a "Can't put it down"."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Point of Impact to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bob Swagger, because of his stand for freedom and he doesn't kill unless the war is brought to him morals.


    Which character – as performed by Beau Bridges – was your favorite?

    Bob Swagger


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Beau Bridges is a really talented audio book reader.

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    "Great but I read the original."

    It was good to listen to this book again, but I should have looked for the unabridged version as some of the story detail was lost. still enjoyed it though.

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