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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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    Scott Amory, Montserrat 03-15-13
    Scott Amory, Montserrat 03-15-13
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    "Not up to Par with the Bob Lee series"
    What would have made The Third Bullet better?

    The bouncing between narrators seemed to be confusing at times especially with a very long book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine. A little more inflection to determine which character was talking would have been good.


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

    The historical references were interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Progreso Lakes, Texas United States 03-12-13
    Amazon Customer Progreso Lakes, Texas United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is great fun! All explained at last!"
    If you could sum up The Third Bullet in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. The author tantalizes you with clues and hits you with plot twists that amount to a really good story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding the overcoat.


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

    After 50 years the truth is revealed!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Waxahachie, TX, United States 02-28-13
    Jack Waxahachie, TX, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2013

    Former Marine, semi-retired-love mysteries and military thrillers- long time avid reader, but audio books are so much easier on the eyes

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    "Not a diehard conspiracy theorist, but!!!!!"

    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.

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    Mitchell Germantown, MD, United States 02-26-13
    Mitchell Germantown, MD, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Plausible Theory and Good Story"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy M. Goodwin Cranford, NJ 02-26-13
    Timothy M. Goodwin Cranford, NJ 02-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "It's fine, but overlong."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, but the book could have used more editing.


    Would you recommend The Third Bullet to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they are intrigued by the Kennedy assassination.


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    It was fine.


    Could you see The Third Bullet being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, tired ground.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN LA SCHUMA 02-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Heavy start, smooth finish."
    Would you try another book from Stephen Hunter and/or Buck Schirner?

    Neither have dissapointed.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen Hunter before, how does this one compare?

    Very slow at the start but once passed tecnical information, character development and action brought it back together leaving you with food for thought.


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

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Caputo Chicago, IL 02-23-13
    Michael Caputo Chicago, IL 02-23-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "My first Swagger novel and it was enjoyable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Bullet to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but I always prefer audio editions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hugh Meachum was my flagrant abuse of prescription drugs at such an old age. Better living though chemistry!


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

    I appreciated the narrator's characterization of Hugh Meachum and Richard, but especially Jimmy with his thick Boston accent.


    Any additional comments?

    The author's take on the assassination on JFK is an interesting viewpoint that could be a possible set of circumstance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick M. Racey Knoxville, TN 02-22-13
    Patrick M. Racey Knoxville, TN 02-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This is the exception to Hunter's Awesome work"
    What disappointed you about The Third Bullet?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen Hunter’s story?

    Too many looooooooooong monologs by the uninteresting CIA guy--he's just boring.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Buck Schirner?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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