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Publisher's Summary

Only one thing stands between a son and his father's killer: 40 years of lies.. 

On a remote Arizona ranch, a man who has known loss, fear, and war weeps for the first time since he was a child. His tears are for the father taken from him four decades before in a deadly shoot-out. And his grief will lead him back to the place where he was born, where his father died, and where a brutal conspiracy is about to explode. 

For Bob Lee Swagger, the world changed on that hot day in Blue Eye, Arkansas, when two local boys rode armed and wild in a '55 Fairlane convertible. Swagger's father, Earl, a state trooper, was investigating the brutal murder of a young woman that day. By midnight Earl Swagger lay dead in a deserted cornfield. 

Now Bob Lee wants answers. He wants to know the truth behind the shoot-out that took his father's life, a mystery buried in 40 years of lies. Because for Bob Lee Swagger, the killing didn't end that day in Blue Eye, Arkansas. The killing had just begun.... 

Weaving together characters from his national best sellers Point of Impact and Dirty White Boys, Stephen Hunter's gripping thriller builds to an exhilarating climax - and an explosion of gunfire that blasts open the secrets of two generations. 

Praise for Black Light

“Nobody writes action better than Stephen Hunter and Black Light is one of his best. . . [The] action scenes play like a movie, the plot is intriguing and the writing is top-notch.” (Phillip Margolin)

“Only a handful of writers today can match Hunter for imagination and the ability to make a reader's adrenaline rush.” (New York Daily News)

©2017 Stephen Hunter (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Put on your seat belt - Black Light is a wild ride you won't forget." (The Chicago Tribune)

"Filled with detail, clever plotting, suspense, and a hunt to the death that leaves the reader dry-mouthed with tension. Hunter knows his guns, and he writes about them with a precision that holds the attention of even a fervent anti-gun supporter." (The Orlando Sentinel)

"One of the most skilled hands in the thriller business. The plot is fast-paced, well-constructed and builds to a pulse-pounding night ambush...it should seal his reputation as an author who not only can write bestselling thrillers, but write them exceedingly well. " (Publishers Weekly)

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Great listen

This is a great book I've listen abridged many times but I always enjoy them unabridged and when I saw this I had to purchase I just hope they will bring out the 1st book in the series unabridged so I can purchase it I will not purchase an abridged version

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best Stephen Hunter book yet.

love the story love the details enjoy the book way better than the first book with Beau Bridges sounding like an idiot as Bob Lee Swagger

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Best Book I listened to in some time

Would you listen to Black Light again? Why?

John Lindstrom is a fantastic reader.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Light?

The unexpected endings. I thought I had figured it out, only to be surprised again.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ending

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

Compassion

Any additional comments?

Will try more books by Hunter; will look for other books read by Lindstrom

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narrator sounds like Foghorn Leghorn.

The story is page turning good. The author knows his guns and researched the world of his story. The narrator has a great speaking voice but for some reason. He voices southern men as the voice of the old cartoon character "Foghorn Leghorn" the rooster from Looney tunes. I'm from Alabama and his problem is he thinks all southern people city, country, southeast or southwest speak the same way. But, the story itself? Highly recommended.

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Twisted

Awesome book. Unforeseen twist throughout the book. Some of which you can pick up on the way but others are just exciting. Great writing style. Narration is great.

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Amazing!

The imagination that it took to come up with this story and the other one is just amazing, the twists and turns are so many and so fast it’s hard to keep up! Excellent narration. This was exceptional.

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Intriguing but way too long

Could have been edited quite a bit more and was repetitive. Pace would have made it much more exciting, especially the final confrontation. Will try again, but hope future books in the series is more streamlined. Good characters and great performance by narrator.

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Had to finish

Filled with a plot that is hard to believe is fiction. You can’t wait to see how it ends. Great performance.

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Jumps all over the place

I found the overall story to be entertaining, but the execution felt like the book jumped all over the place from time to time, and that made it hard to follow. Maybe it would have been a better read. Overall, I liked the story and the narration was very good so I found it to be mildly entertaining due to the fact I wanted to see how the story progressed and ended.

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Note to Steven less can be more

Bob Swagger makes Jack Reacher look like a Cub Scout. The book would be a lot more interesting if Stephen didn’t pile on so many subplots. The strings That held the mini stories together we’re getting stretched way too thin. To the point where some of the connections just did not make sense. All in all it’s a good story just wish he had stuck to one story with some dynamics, a few subplots, something to make it interesting. But not trying to be so clever with the hidden mysteries.

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  • Robert
  • 10-21-17

Very well written and excellent reading.

Another excellent reading performance by Jon Lindstrom. Very interesting book that suits perfectly his reading style. Highly recommended.

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  • 07-27-17

Top Banana

Great writing, great performance. If this is
the kind of book you think you might like, then try it. You'll love it.