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Soft Target: Ray Cruz, Book 1 | [Stephen Hunter]

Soft Target: Ray Cruz, Book 1

New York Times best-selling author Stephen Hunter is back with another breakneck thriller, in which ex-Marine sniper, Ray Kruz, must outwit a group of murderous Somali terrorists who’ve laid siege to the Mall of America. Recently retired marine sergeant Ray Kruz has been talked into a mall trip by his fiancé, the beautiful Molly Chan. For Ray, Molly represents a way to reconnect with normal life, something his 20 years in the service and five tours in two combat zones have prevented.
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New York Times best-selling author Stephen Hunter is back with another breakneck thriller, in which ex-Marine sniper, Ray Kruz, must outwit a group of murderous Somali terrorists who’ve laid siege to the Mall of America.

Recently retired marine sergeant Ray Kruz has been talked into a mall trip by his fiancé, the beautiful Molly Chan. For Ray, Molly represents a way to reconnect with normal life, something his 20 years in the service and five tours in two combat zones have prevented. But now he finds himself in the middle of the softest target of all, a huge consumer mall where a self-styled “Mumbai Brigade” has come to bring massive death to the heartland. They just didn’t know Ray Cruz was in the building….

©2011 Stephen Hunter (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Zola Houston, TX, United States 08-07-15
    Zola Houston, TX, United States 08-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Listen but not Hunter's Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story line was timely and it had interesting characters. However, this was a weakness also. The star of the book did not stand out but the story was carried by the idea.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    He was good but needs to work on his German accent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Video Game Becomes Reality


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that Hunter has begun a new series. I am wondering why Nickie was not chosen to carry the torch.

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    DPNC Harrisburg, NC USA 07-08-15
    DPNC Harrisburg, NC USA 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad Gun Science"
    Any additional comments?

    I have to say this so that somebody says this. Stephen Hunter in several of his past books has established himself as an actual gun aficionado. (We don't like the term "gun nut") In this book though, there are just too many errors to count. The worst is when our hero uses a potato to craft a 100% effective "silencer" on an AK 74. Seriously?

    1. A potato is not an effective silencer.
    2. A commercial suppressor is not a "silencer". There is no such thing.
    3. A perfectly effective silencer, if such a thing existed, would not remove the crack of the ammunition traveling faster than the speed of sound, and there is no reason to believe that sub-sonic ammo for the AK in the caliber mentioned has ever been made.
    4. I can't imagine that the AK carried by the Somalis described in the novel were scoped. Why would they be? No mention of it (so far) but our hero makes accurate shot after accurate shot with a potato stuffed over the barrel and iron sights.

    In short, bad gun juju.

    Made for TV movie bullshit. But, if you can willingly suspend disbelief, it's a fun made for TV movie kind of story.

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    mc 07-07-15
    mc 07-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    Good book but not great. Story is predictable as it progresses. Excitement but little suspense.

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    Jeff 06-29-15
    Jeff 06-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story"

    Well read thriller that will make you drive around just to hear what happens next!!!

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    Michael Francis 06-25-15
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    "Great story well told!"

    Very well done! It kept me on the buds well into the night. I'll catch another one.

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    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 06-25-15
    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 06-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Mediocre at best."

    Extremely unlikable characters, especially the black colonel. Very typical of the administration in the US these days. Trite story. Forget this and buy a Grey Man, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp or Scott Harvath series instead.

    The narrator did a decent job given what he had to work with.

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    Donald 06-17-15
    Donald 06-17-15
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    "Mall of America - could this happen?"
    Would you listen to Soft Target again? Why?

    What a great "short" book- 8hrs. In today's world this could happen. A big Ben Coes fan, This book held my interest with a twist coming from someone you would not expect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like espionage and thrillers . This takes place not all over the world but right here in the largest mall. Ray Kruz is great.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    absolutely, hard to press the stop button


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Keep the narrator ! transfer to the listener emotion and excitement.


    Any additional comments?

    For a short listen, buy today,

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    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 06-15-15
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 06-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrific"

    Hunter continues his Bob Lee Swagger series with this page turner ; only his son, Ray Cruz is the Protagonist. He might as well be Bob Lee, though a younger and (only slightly) hipper version.

    This is a fast paced story with a real plot twist toward the end. The narrator does an excellent job. If you like these kinds of books, you'll like this one.

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    Thomas Condon Bellevue, WA 06-12-15
    Thomas Condon Bellevue, WA 06-12-15 Member Since 2015

    Film boomer

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    "Introducing: Ray Kruz"

    The first novel by Stephen Hunter to offer s new hero: Ray Kruz...not half-bad good guy and retired Marine.

    Good read!

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    Don P 05-13-15
    Don P 05-13-15 Member Since 2005

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    "Excellent glad to have a new character"

    First of the Ray Cruz novels I hope.
    Looking forward to many more. Bob Lee has to retire at some point.

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