It’s not even a clue. It’s a whisper, a trace, a ghost echo, drifting down through the decades via chance connections so fragile that they would disintegrate in the puff of a breath. But it’s enough to get legendary former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger interested in the events of November 22, 1963, and the third bullet that so decisively ended the life of John F. Kennedy and set the stage for one of the most enduring controversies of our time.
Swagger begins his slow night stalk through a much-traveled landscape. But he’s asking questions that few have asked before: Why did the third bullet explode? Why did Lee Harvey Oswald, about to become the most hunted man on Earth, risk it all by returning to his rooming house to secure a pistol he easily could have brought with him? How could a conspiracy that went unpenetrated for 50 years have been thrown together in the two and a half days between the announcement of the president’s route and the assassination itself?
As Bob investigates, another voice enters the narrative: knowing, ironic, almost familiar, that of a gifted, Yale-educated veteran of the CIA Plans Division. Hugh Meachum has secrets and the means and the will to keep them buried. When weighed against his own legacy, Swagger’s life is an insignificant expense - but to blunt the threat, he’ll first have to ambush the sniper.
As each man hunts the other across today’s globe and through the thickets of history, The Third Bullet builds to an explosive climax that will finally prove what Bob Lee Swagger has always known: It’s never too late for justice.
©2013 Stephen Hunter (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Radical Progressive American Patriot
Too much detail robbed this story of it's momentum. I often found my attention flagging.
Absolutely. Great writer. This book just didn't grab me like most of his other works.
Yes, in fact I already own several.
Night of Thunder
To me, he sounded like even he could not get into the story line
Book is broken down in to 3 down loads. Try as I might I could not get into this book.
It took Multiple attempts to get through the 1st part, but after another hour I just gave up.
Story line is just so far fetched and confusing and keeps being repeated over and over.
Just a very disappointing read.
I found it to be rather boring and divergent.
No. Love the genre and generally love Swagger/Hunter but his last few efforts have been disappointing. Pale Horse Coming, Hot Springs, Havana, etc are GREAT. The newer offerings, not so much.
To much rambling and retrospective for my liking.
Overall I found the book un-engaging. I found myself having difficulty buying into the characters and becoming disinterest in the storyline.
Love to read and listen to books. I prefer detective stories, but also read some sci fi.
No I could have spent my time listening to something better. As much as I am interested in what happend to JFK, this book was not going to answer my questions because it was to boring for me to get to any answers.
This book was very slow and not very interesting.
I did not care for Buck Schirners performance.
great blend of excellent story and wonderful reading
the villain, Hugh Meacham...although fictitious, he represents the perfect missing puzzle piece to a historical mystery.
the final scene.
the writer and reader both surprised me with how they kept taking the story and performance to another level. Although a fiction, this may have been the most plausible explanation yet for the unanswered questions regarding the event.
never cared who killed JFK.
This book is a fun listen and brought 1963 to life.
Not meaning to sound so general, it was better than some, but not as good as some others I have listened to. Pretty much middle of the road.
The shootout in the Stalin park between Bob and the assassin squad.
Buck's interpretation of Bob Swagger's accent.
Not really. This is just another book in the Bob Swagger series. I agree with other reviewers in that Hunter should just let Bob retire and either use another character or bring a new one on board.
At one time, I would read just about any book that expostulated theories about the Kennedy assassination. Stephen King's book "11-22-63" was an interesting take on that story. But, like others, I have had my fill. I listened to this book because it was in the Bob Swagger series. Others have been better and this one was way too long. Hunter writes great action books, but I think he could have used another storyline. Otherwise I cannot say I did not enjoy it because I did. Hopefully the next one will be a tad bit better.
The Kennedy assassination has always been a subject that has fascinated me. I enjoyed this book, but I felt that it really started to drag out and could have been much better if the author got to the point without so much repetition and picked up the action pace sooner in the book. Once I managed to get to it, I really liked the ending.
The ending, the never ending middle
Gravely, versatile, enjoyabe
... that Hunter might shed some fictional light on the events in Dealey Plaza, much the way James Ellroy did in "American Tabloid." Unfortunately, Hunter admits in the afterword that his research was limited to the Warren Commission Report itself, "Case Closed" by Gerald Posner, and "Reclaiming History" by Vincent Bugliosi. I wish Hunter had done a little more research and stumbled across a now out-of-print book by Craig Roberts titled "Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza." Now THAT would have given him some ideas to work with. The ballistics analysis of the shot from the grassy knoll is flawed, the portrayal of Oswald is way off the mark, and Hugh Meachum (particularly as voiced by Buck Shirner) is obnoxious. "Bob the Nailer" as gumshoe detective is a terrible waste of a good character. The side-trip to modern-day Moscow and the Lubyanka archives was really a stretch. I consider this a reasonably entertaining book consisting mostly of a police procedural with a couple of gunfights thrown in, and a completely unsatisfying resolution of the assassination conspiracy. Not Hunter's best work. He has recently shown himself still a capable of writing a good action thriller, however. See "Soft Target" if you are looking for something on par with "Point of Impact."
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