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The 47th Samurai: Swagger | [Stephen Hunter]

The 47th Samurai: Swagger

Bob Lee Swagger and Philip Yano are bound together by a single moment when their fathers met in the bloody and chaotic battle for the island. Only Earl Swagger survived. More than 60 years later, Yano comes to America to honor the legacy of his heroic father by recovering the sword he used in the battle. His search has led him to Crazy Horse, Idaho, where Bob Lee, ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, has settled into a restless retirement and immediately pledges himself to Yano's quest.
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Publisher's Summary

Bob Lee Swagger and Philip Yano are bound together by a single moment at Iwo Jima, 1945, when their fathers, two brave fighters on opposite sides, met in the bloody and chaotic battle for the island. Only Earl Swagger survived.

More than 60 years later, Yano comes to America to honor the legacy of his heroic father by recovering the sword he used in the battle. His search has led him to Crazy Horse, Idaho, where Bob Lee, ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, has settled into a restless retirement and immediately pledges himself to Yano's quest.

Bob Lee finds the sword and delivers it to Yano in Tokyo. On inspection, they discover that it is not a standard WWII blade, but a legendary shin-shinto katana, an artifact of the nation. It is priceless but worth killing for. Suddenly Bob is at the center of a series of terrible crimes he barely understands but vows to avenge. And to do so, he throws himself into the world of the samurai, Tokyo's dark, criminal yakuza underworld, and the unwritten rules of Japanese culture.

Swagger's allies, hard-as-nails, American-born Susan Okada and the brave, cocaine-dealing tabloid journalist Nick Yamamoto, help him move through this strange, glittering, and ominous world from the shady bosses of the seamy Kabukicho district to officials in the highest echelons of the Japanese government, but in the end, he is on his own and will succeed only if he can learn that to survive samurai, you must become samurai.

As the plot races and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that a ruthless conspiracy is in place, and the only thing that can be taken for granted is that money, power, and sex can drive men of all nationalities to gruesome extremes. If Swagger hopes to stop them, he must be willing not only to die but also to kill.

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©2007 Stephen Hunter; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Trevor Rockwood, Ontario, Canada 10-29-08
    Trevor Rockwood, Ontario, Canada 10-29-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Sharp action, but not very many bullets"

    An aging Bob takes up the sword, and becomes a master swordsman...? It's actually pretty good, and well narrated... but it was strange listening to a story of BLS in which he isn't peering through a scope for paragraphs at a time. The action was good, and a rather detailed account of swords and their history in Japan is given (I can't vouch for accuracy). Enjoyable.

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    Stickboy Not Dallas, TX USA 12-19-11
    Stickboy Not Dallas, TX USA 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    I have enjoyed listening to this book, but it gets excessively detailed in irrelevant side stories.
    The references in Mr. Hunt's books and obsessions with sex are getting to be excessive as well. I have greatly enjoyed his books starting with Point of Impact, but the latest ones are getting too far off-track. They may be my last. I will finish Soft Target and reassess. Stick to what works and stop giving in to trends.

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    mike dougherty 02-08-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Great work could not put down"

    great detail in well stated fashion, quality work enjoyed the suspense,action storyline and Narrator kept pace and interest will recomend to all

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    Jennifer Jordan Springfield, OR USA 07-10-10
    Jennifer Jordan Springfield, OR USA 07-10-10 Member Since 2001
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    "homesteadb"

    Well worth the listen especially if you're at all interested in Japanese culture and the Samurai (pronounced Sa-mu-rai and not Sam-u-rai). The narrator does a fine job but should've gotten a bit more coaching on Japanese pronunciation. If you speak Nihongo, the reading could be a bit annoying at times. Even at that, you won't be disappointed.

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    John Arlington, VA, USA 05-25-09
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    "Good book. lot intense sex stuff"

    good story, but there is a lot of intense sexual content, if that is of concern to you, best to avoid; not one of Hunter's best books

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