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Soft Target Audiobook

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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    Thomas Condon Bellevue, WA 06-12-15
    Thomas Condon Bellevue, WA 06-12-15 Member Since 2016

    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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    Amazon Customer LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 05-11-15
    Amazon Customer LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent branch story to the Swagger legacy."

    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.

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    Diane Arenberg Santa Fe, NM United States 05-11-15
    Diane Arenberg Santa Fe, NM United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Great story. Weak narrator"

    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.

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    Albert Roden Girard, Ohio 03-08-15
    Albert Roden Girard, Ohio 03-08-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Slow starting but right out of today's head lines"

    This is right out of today's headlines with Book Haram threatening to attack the Mall of America . Very good: surprising storyline.

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    Jill 04-20-14
    Jill 04-20-14
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    "Great Reality Check and Terrifying Possibility.."
    What did you love best about Soft Target?

    I really enjoyed the strength and conviction demonstrated in the Ray's character. Being retired military I can relate to his sense of HCC.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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!


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

    Without a doubt!


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    Kay Arnold Northern California 03-22-14
    Kay Arnold Northern California 03-22-14 Member Since 2012

    LOVE All books by Lee Child, and Vince Flynn and J.A.Jance

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    "Holds your attention form first word."
    Where does Soft Target rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character--lots of depth


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

    First one.


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

    Mayhem in the mall !


    Any additional comments?

    Fast moving, good portrayal of police action.

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    john Herndon, VA, United States 02-17-14
    john Herndon, VA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2001
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    "This is the last S. Hunter book i'll ever buy."
    What would have made Soft Target better?

    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.


    Has Soft Target turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante’s performance?

    He does poorly with Black people's accents, especially Black female's accents.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Soft Target?

    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.


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    Gina Abington, PA, United States 01-29-14
    Gina Abington, PA, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2012

    My book of choice is one of suspense with a little bit of romance

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    "Needed a little more"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Hunter and/or Phil Gigante?

    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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    Susanna 01-16-14
    Susanna 01-16-14

    Reader, writer, quilter, needleworker, Kentuckian.

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    "Obobo=Obama"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Soft Target to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print versions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ray Cruz, of course. He's the Hero. I liked his pragmatism and willingness to step up.


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

    Yes! He always does an amazing job, and this was no different. His narration serves the story well.


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

    Fast-paced thriller with several points to make


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. The action was fast-paced, and Ray Cruz is a wonderful character. I would recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers. I gave it 4 stars because overall it was worth the $$. However, a number of the characters were more vessels to make a point than individuals living the story. The most pronounced example was Obobo, who is a very thinly disguised Obama figure. Hunter does not have much respect for our president nor for "let's all just get along" liberal/pacifist thinking. I am for the most part on the same page, but his efforts to make the point were heavy handed at times so it did interfere with the story. He also busted trial lawyers (one was named "Shyster" - seriously?!).

    The basic story line is that a group of Islamic fanatics take over The Mall of America with the goal of killing everyone to strike a blow in retaliation for the killing of Osama Bin Laden. The majority of the bad guys are Somali, and Hunter does make the point that they grew up very hard. Our hero, Ray Cruz, is shopping with his fiancée when the attack starts and steps up to end the situation from the inside out. Meanwhile, Obobo, the head of the state police, is so knotted up in liberal-think and cowardice that he refuses to do what needs to be done to stop the situation with least harm. A "rogue" SWAT commander steps up on the outside to do what Obobo won't. The meat of the story is how all those elements come together to bring resolution.

    Many of the repeat characters in the book are non-Caucasian - Hmong, Somali, African American, half-Chinese. The ethnicities don't play a role in moving the story forward, so I found it interesting that Hunter made that choice. Perhaps to counter-balance the Obama hammering? It doesn't distract either, so it's just a "huh." moment.

    Overall, a book worth your money unless you think Obama is awesome and would get your shorts in a wad reading this characterization of him.

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