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.
... 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.
Yes, but the book could have used more editing.
Only if they are intrigued by the Kennedy assassination.
It was fine.
No, tired ground.
Neither have dissapointed.
Very slow at the start but once passed tecnical information, character development and action brought it back together leaving you with food for thought.
No. Feel that all current information has been done and done. Only facts that may color or change the story won't be available for another generation. It is hard to physically see and hear a historic event and based on what information the government withholds wonder how the picture of this event will be seen a generation from now. This story is a feasible senario of what could have happened. Many of us could not have walked this path without Steven Hunters lead.
Steven Hunters is a very comfortable read carying the reader to places he is hesitant to go, with characters he would not readily be comfortable with, doing things outside the comfort zone of most readers. All resulting in a fulfilling reading experience that you wish could continue instead of having to wait for his next book.
I've become a bit of an audiobook lover since purchasing my first book in 2010. My library consists of both fiction and non-fiction, with my favorites being historical fiction and psychology . A close second would be science fiction and productivity management.
I did not read the print version, but I always prefer audio editions.
Hugh Meachum was my flagrant abuse of prescription drugs at such an old age. Better living though chemistry!
I appreciated the narrator's characterization of Hugh Meachum and Richard, but especially Jimmy with his thick Boston accent.
The author's take on the assassination on JFK is an interesting viewpoint that could be a possible set of circumstance.
The story kind of sucks. There is little Bobby Lee in it at all, and when he is in the book, he talks too much. Bob is getting old, I get that, but man... this thing just drags on and on.
Too many looooooooooong monologs by the uninteresting CIA guy--he's just boring.
I'm not sure it's fair to blame the narrator, although all of his voices sound like the same guy which can be very confusing at times... The book is just weak.
Just a bummer... but glad I have to drive to Chicago and back so I can get rid of it finally and remove it from my phone. I will fill the void with something better for sure.
Yes, please buy and read or listen to Point of Impact or any of Hunter's other titles. He is a very talented writer but this one falls way short of having his name on it.
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