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.
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."
This one just didn't move very much. Too many long, boring recitations and story very slow to progress. The premise is well-thought out, but the story never engaged me and I'm old enough to remember the events of November 22, 1963.
The bouncing between narrators seemed to be confusing at times especially with a very long book.
The narration was fine. A little more inflection to determine which character was talking would have been good.
The historical references were interesting.
I was in Dallas on that fateful day, and, like many, have been searching for something that could explain this terrible tragedy. This great work of fiction does the best job yet. Although the author takes permitted license, it is a great read.
Absolutely. The author tantalizes you with clues and hits you with plot twists that amount to a really good story.
Finding the overcoat.
After 50 years the truth is revealed!
Former Marine, semi-retired-love mysteries and military thrillers- long time avid reader, but audio books are so much easier on the eyes
I have always thought there was something more, and this angle is as plausible as any- LHO wasn't that skilled- story was well thought out, and performed. I enjoyed it.
What is it about November 22, 1963 that so fascinates us? Thousands of books and hundreds of hours of video speculation later, we still don't really know what happened that day in Dallas. Stephen Hunter has written his theory of events around his hero, Bob Lee Swagger, and turned it into a thriller. The theory is pretty interesting but the events that surround Bob Lee are a bit stretched. Still, a very worthy story and a great narrator.
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