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.
I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
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.
The first novel by Stephen Hunter to offer s new hero: Ray Kruz...not half-bad good guy and retired Marine.
This is an excellent intro to continue the Swagger leniage. Cruz processes the same duty and honor traits of his father.
Looking forward to more.
Narrator was weak. His attempts at character voices were distracting to the story. Overall an enjoyable book. I would not get another by this narrator.
This is right out of today's headlines with Book Haram threatening to attack the Mall of America . Very good: surprising storyline.
I really enjoyed the strength and conviction demonstrated in the Ray's character. Being retired military I can relate to his sense of HCC.
The details, I thought the author did a great job at revealing the brave men and women who also serve our country, but receive no recommendation for their efforts. (FBI, police etc.) In addition, Hunter did a great job at exposing the very true nature of how politics can hinder the extraordinary efforts of these courageous heroes.
This is my first time listening to Gigante's and he is definitely very good at what he does. He has a firm understanding of the importance of providing each character their own personality as well as a unique voice. Well done!
Without a doubt!
LOVE All books by Lee Child, and Vince Flynn and J.A.Jance
Main character--lots of depth
Mayhem in the mall !
Fast moving, good portrayal of police action.
The author should have left the crude political/racial stereotypes. I've enjoyed all of his books up to this point but won't buy another. If he wants to make political statements, he can send a letter to his newspaper, write an Op Ed piece for the NY Times or better still, run for office.
He does poorly with Black people's accents, especially Black female's accents.
Leave out any references to Colonel Obobo, his background, ethnicity, etc. In fact, leave out Obobo entirely. Addressing his ethnicity did nothing to the plot except to make this reader wonder why the author was choosing to make such a crude, and possibly, racist stereotype.
My book of choice is one of suspense with a little bit of romance
I am willing to try out another book for comparison to best see if this is an author I will continue to listen to
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