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.
I rated the overall down because of the reader. I had a very hard time keeping up with who and where he was. The story was way to long for my liking. Yes I would because I am a fan of Bob Swagger. Get help with an extra reader would help.
I liked the content of this story because I heard one from another person who told one just about the same. Only not to put it together as well as it was. Yep get me another but get help for Schirner when you jump around with so many others. (:
Of course, I liked his performance on all the others. I believe if another person would of done some of the reading when a person was telling his memories help differentiate the change on what they were telling.
The story its self was great.
I made plenty.
Comic Book Fan
I have read and listened to many Stephen Hunter novels and have never been let down. I highly recommend " The Third Bullet" to Hunter fans and JFK conspiracy folks. Buck Shirmer is an awesome narrator and now Bob Lee Swagger has a voice and it's not Mark Wahlberg, no offense Mark. Highly enjoyable listen.
The narrator did a great job covering all the different voices of the characters in this book that are from all different parts of the world. A must-read for those interested in the JFK assassination and conspiracy. Story kept my interest nicely from start to finish.
In this book I swear half of it was a guy reading his memoirs. Seemed to be a lot less characters and definitely less action. It didn't grip to me like the others have.
Great storyline. Several creative twists.
I recommend to anyone who is into a historical fiction with creative and plausible answer to more than one shooter on November 22, 1963.
I gave this rating as I believe it to be the best in an awesome series!
Good concept. Needed editing / shortening in the middle. Too much narration by villain . . . Too little Swagger. Could have been excellent. Overall "good" audio book.
Another great performance by Buck Schirner.
I was impressed by the historical and literary depth of the work that was accomplished with great thrills! Must read for anyone with interest in the assassination.
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.
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