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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jeff Valencia, CA, United States 01-16-12
    Jeff Valencia, CA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Ray Cruz needs to have More Adventures"
    If you could sum up Soft Target in three words, what would they be?

    ElligantImpressiveExciting


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

    Ray Cruz's skills need to be developed but it was a great Pilot book


    What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Phil is a wonderful narrator. I love listening to anything he does.


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

    The relationship that developed between Ray and feisty Miss Lavelva were wonderful together.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE develop Lavelva as his partner and we are good to go for a long time series. Loved the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 01-16-12
    David 01-16-12

    junkonly

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    "Action Packed with Mediocre Story"
    What did you like best about Soft Target? What did you like least?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another action packed thriller.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Ray Cruz.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. The action scenes would make it worth while.


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Eric 01-16-12
    Eric 01-16-12
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    "Good. But...."
    If you could sum up Soft Target in three words, what would they be?

    Not typical Hunter.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Hunter? Why or why not?

    I will continue to read Hunter. He is usually very dependably entertaing.


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

    Don't expect vintage Hunter.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Spyros Dimatos Binghamton, NY USA 01-02-12
    Spyros Dimatos Binghamton, NY USA 01-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A good quick story"

    Hunter does a nice job adding some more charactor to Cruz. I dont think Cruz can replace Swagger, but still a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 01-02-12
    Joseph 01-02-12
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    "dissappointment"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What could Stephen Hunter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Moe suspenseful plot and better developed people.


    What three words best describe Phil Gigante’s voice?

    not to bad


    Was Soft Target worth the listening time?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 01-02-12
    Robert SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011

    wolaf

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    "Filler in between books."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Good story love the Cruz character but feel this was a little simple and compact and was meant as filler in between two books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mark harshaw, WI, United States 01-02-12
    mark harshaw, WI, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hunter gets back to his great form!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - Hunter provides excitement with his detail.


    What other book might you compare Soft Target to and why?

    Thankfully Soft Target returns to the believability of Point of Impact


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

    His reading brings out the personalities of the characters.


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

    Hunter takes you on an exciting trip to the center of the action.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 12-29-11
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "Fast paced but a little disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Hunter and/or Phil Gigante?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Hunter? Why or why not?

    See comments above.


    What three words best describe Phil Gigante???s voice?

    Pleasant, well spoken


    Do you think Soft Target needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I consider this story an average read. I liked it but did not love it.

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    Daniel Havana, FL, United States 12-18-11
    Daniel Havana, FL, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Doubt this book written by Stephan Hunter"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure, its a good story, just not the same old Hunter I like. Could have been the narration.


    Could you see Soft Target being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


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    Max Sandy, UT 12-14-11
    Max Sandy, UT 12-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Polemic, not up to Hunter's Standards"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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