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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 2006

    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 2011
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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.


    1 of 1 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....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mike Andersonville, GA, United States 11-09-13
    mike Andersonville, GA, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Same old thriller"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was OK. The narrator was quite good. The story wasn't bad, it is just more of the same. Our hero overcomes insurmountable conditions but as due his status he perseveres to victory. A fairly good storyline but not spectacular.


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    Sandy Colorado 07-08-13
    Sandy Colorado 07-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Goes With the Movie "Shooter""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Point of Impact to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but since this is abridged, I expect that the book would be much better.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book wasn't as riveting for me because I've seen the movie "Shooter" many times (love that movie) and it follows the movie pretty well, which was a surprise.


    What does Beau Bridges bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought Beau did an excellent job as narrator. I had no problems with his Southern accent. I'm from the south and know there are many, many different accents in the south, from Dolly Partin hick of TN and AR to the southern belles of South Carolina, to the Cajun accents of Louisiana.


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

    This audio book was short enough that it was easy to listen to in one sitting, and that's what I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear the unabridged version, but I don't think that it is available, so I will probably read to book now to get the back story that the abridged version seems to miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaVar Morgan, UT, United States 10-02-12
    LaVar Morgan, UT, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Don't bother with the abridged version"
    Would you listen to Point of Impact again? Why?

    Interesting story but this feels like an abridged version of an abridged version. Way too short. There are too many great books available to waste time with this extremely shortened story.


    Have you listened to any of Beau Bridges’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    1st time I've listened to a performance by Beau Bridges. He was excellent.


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    P. C. Patrick Texas USA 07-09-12
    P. C. Patrick Texas USA 07-09-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good book"
    Where does Point of Impact rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Would like full book not abidged but its a great story much better then the movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Tacoma, WA, United States 02-26-11
    James Tacoma, WA, United States 02-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Stuff"

    Viet Nam war hero saves the day. I thought the story was very good...and Mr. Bridges made the book a fun listen. Didn't see the movie, but book was a good stand alone story. I am sure the movie had to make the hero contemporary. Recomended for the thriller fan.

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