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.
Ray Cruz's skills need to be developed but it was a great Pilot book
Phil is a wonderful narrator. I love listening to anything he does.
The relationship that developed between Ray and feisty Miss Lavelva were wonderful together.
PLEASE develop Lavelva as his partner and we are good to go for a long time series. Loved the book
The book is filled with action packed scenes which keep your interest but the story is based on an unusual premise that is beyond reality.
Another action packed thriller.
Yes. The action scenes would make it worth while.
The performance by Phil Gigante was very good and as always, it's great to hear the firearms expertise by Stephen Hunter - something lacking in many other novels in this genre. In one scene, he describes the nuances of downhill shooting perfectly - it reminded me of my first miss from a tree stand looking downhill at a buck. Anyway, the action scenes really peaked my interest despite the unusual
Not typical Hunter.
I will continue to read Hunter. He is usually very dependably entertaing.
Don't expect vintage Hunter.
I liked the plot. I wish the ending had been a little more satisfying. I grew to dislike the police commander and his bootlicker worse than the terrorists. I finished the book frustrated.
Hunter does a nice job adding some more charactor to Cruz. I dont think Cruz can replace Swagger, but still a good story.
Stephen Hunter can do so much better then this. Go back in time and write about Bob the nailer's dad again. Or about the daughter.
Moe suspenseful plot and better developed people.
not to bad
Good story love the Cruz character but feel this was a little simple and compact and was meant as filler in between two books.
Yes - Hunter provides excitement with his detail.
Thankfully Soft Target returns to the believability of Point of Impact
His reading brings out the personalities of the characters.
Hunter takes you on an exciting trip to the center of the action.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
I love Stephen Hunter's books and have read many of them. I enjoyed Soft Target but it was less intense than his usual fair so it did not meet my expectations.
See comments above.
Pleasant, well spoken
I liked the main character and would like to see a story more focused on him. I think the venue of soft target did not really lend to the character development that Hunter's prior stories have.
I consider this story an average read. I liked it but did not love it.
Sure, its a good story, just not the same old Hunter I like. Could have been the narration.
I like most of Stephen Hunter's work, and I think he must have a more nuanced understanding of the world than this novel displays.
Cruz is actually a quite likable protagonist. Unfortunately, it seems Stephen Hunter decided to turn the rest of his characters over to Rush Limbaugh, or his high school intern.
C'mon! A Harvard educated state police commander of Kenyan ancestry named Colonel Obobo who's all talk and no substance? And the place he's defending is called "America, the Mall!"
The sledgehammer-subtle subtext is too silly to be offensive.
I won't spoil a twist that actually doesn't deserve the intellectual energy I'm putting into not spoiling it, but if you get to the end...you'll learn you've been manipulated into another name-related satirical statement. This one is so out of place, unnecessary and the actual names so absurd I wondered if this were some code that Hunter is in trouble.
Mr. Hunter, blink twice if you wrote this novel under duress.
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