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The Third Bullet Audiobook

The Third Bullet: Bob Lee Swagger, Book 8

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Publisher's Summary

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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    William Nampa, ID, United States 07-04-16
    William Nampa, ID, United States 07-04-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor performance with this story"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Hunter and/or Buck Schirner?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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. (:


    Would you be willing to try another one of Buck Schirner’s performances?

    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.


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

    The story its self was great.


    Any additional comments?

    I made plenty.

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    Scott A. Hiles Austin, Texas 06-10-16
    Scott A. Hiles Austin, Texas 06-10-16

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    "Stephen Hunter Rocks!"

    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.

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    Michelle L. Ocallaghan Coopersville, MI USA 04-27-16
    Michelle L. Ocallaghan Coopersville, MI USA 04-27-16

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    "Great Read"

    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.

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    Michael 02-26-16
    Michael 02-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not like others I've read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Bullet to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Hunter again?

    Hell yea!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Buck Schirner?

    Definitely


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

    Sucks


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    we 02-07-16
    we 02-07-16
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    Perhaps the best of the Bob Swagger series. It takes a while to develop but then engulfs with a desperation to continue.

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    Bob 10-06-15
    Bob 10-06-15
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    "Very satisfying alternative account!"

    Our country would have been well served if Stephen Hunter had been the chairman of the Warren Commission...

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    Don 09-17-15
    Don 09-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Best one in the series"

    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!

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    GauchoGreg 07-23-15
    GauchoGreg 07-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Needs more Swagger."

    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.

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    Richard 05-10-15
    Richard 05-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great thriller historically accurate!"

    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.

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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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