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The Third Bullet: Bob Lee Swagger, Book 8 | [Stephen Hunter]

The Third Bullet: Bob Lee Swagger, Book 8

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....
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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.

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    Ned Roberts Orinda, CA USA 05-03-15
    Ned Roberts Orinda, CA USA 05-03-15 Member Since 2013

    Radical Progressive American Patriot

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    "Big Fan of Hunter - But a Boring Book"
    What disappointed you about The Third Bullet?

    Too much detail robbed this story of it's momentum. I often found my attention flagging.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Hunter again?

    Absolutely. Great writer. This book just didn't grab me like most of his other works.


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

    No idea.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


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    Heather Atkinson 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Smart and edgy!"

    Stephen Hunter obviously does his research. This series is very well thought out. It sucked me in from the very beginning. I loved every minute of it.

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    WILLIAM 02-23-15
    WILLIAM 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Painfully Bad"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Hunter and/or Buck Schirner?

    Yes, in fact I already own several.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Night of Thunder


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    To me, he sounded like even he could not get into the story line


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kristin United States 01-13-14
    Kristin United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love older Hunter/Swagger books. Not this one"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found it to be rather boring and divergent.


    Has The Third Bullet turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Third Bullet?

    To much rambling and retrospective for my liking.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I found the book un-engaging. I found myself having difficulty buying into the characters and becoming disinterest in the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MOODY, TEXAS, United States 11-14-13
    Amazon Customer MOODY, TEXAS, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2013

    Love to read and listen to books. I prefer detective stories, but also read some sci fi.

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    "Couldn't get into this one"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This book was very slow and not very interesting.


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

    I did not care for Buck Schirners performance.


    Was The Third Bullet worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Ventura, CA, United States 10-09-13
    Mark Ventura, CA, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "this book kept exceeding expectations"
    What made the experience of listening to The Third Bullet the most enjoyable?

    great blend of excellent story and wonderful reading


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the villain, Hugh Meacham...although fictitious, he represents the perfect missing puzzle piece to a historical mystery.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the final scene.


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

    many!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kbf BENTON, AR, United States 10-03-13
    kbf BENTON, AR, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A fun ride"
    What made the experience of listening to The Third Bullet the most enjoyable?

    never cared who killed JFK.
    This book is a fun listen and brought 1963 to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Austin, TX, United States 05-31-13
    Amazon Customer Austin, TX, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Kennedy Assassination Scenario"
    Where does The Third Bullet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Third Bullet?

    The shootout in the Stalin park between Bob and the assassin squad.


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

    Buck's interpretation of Bob Swagger's accent.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey R. Young Columbus, OH USA 05-02-13
    Jeffrey R. Young Columbus, OH USA 05-02-13 Member Since 2011

    Jeff

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    "Okay, but could have been better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The ending, the never ending middle


    What three words best describe Buck Schirner’s voice?

    Gravely, versatile, enjoyabe


    Did The Third Bullet inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cletus van Damme 04-12-13
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    "I had high hopes ..."

    ... 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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