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From bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Hunter, the latest episode in his Swagger family saga - replete with Hunter's wicked suspense, vivid gun fights, and historical truths.

1934 was a pivotal year in the ongoing battle between the FBI and America's most famous outlaws - it was a year of giant personalities and huge shoot-outs, and it marked the deaths of John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd, among others. But that year, FBI agent Sam Cowley's priority was to nab the most dangerous gangster this country has ever produced, a man so violent he scared Al Capone and was booted from the Chicago mob - Baby Face Nelson. To stop him, Cowley recruited the most talented gunman of the time - Charles Swagger.

When Bob Lee Swagger, now in Idaho, finally sells the land he owned in Arkansas, the developers begin to tear down the old homestead and uncover a steel case hidden in the foundation. The case contains a batch of 1934 memorabilia - a much-corroded FBI badge, a .45 automatic preserved in cosmoline, a gun clip, and a cryptic diagram, all belonging to Charles Swagger. Bob never knew his grandfather Charles, who died before he was he born, and his father Earl refuses to mention him. Fascinated by this new information, Bob is driven to find out what happened to his grandfather, and why his own father, whom he worshipped, never spoke of Charles. But as he investigates further, Bob learns that someone is following him, someone with his own obsession of finding out what Charles Swagger left behind.

©2017 Stephen Hunter (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Great story

Thoroughly enjoyed. Great fantasy history. Cannot wait until the next story in the series. Highly recommend.

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BEST OF BOTH!!!

best story writer and narrator. I'm looking for more right now. will definitely send to others.

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Never ever saw that one coming....

Surprised the heck out of me...Great Story and History of the Swagger family. The efficiency, the proficiency with weapons and the honing of their skills. Bringing down the bad guys...I've always enjoyed stories like this but then getting hit with a surprise that no one sees coming is always a great feeling when already deep into the book. I love when that happens it just makes it all worth while..
And NO I am not going to reveal anything...Just that it was a very very good book.
I'd also like to add that although I do like Buck Shurmer...R.C. Bray is one of my favorite narrators...He is simply the best. and he makes the stories come alive ALL THE TIME... I really and truly hope that once George Guidall retires and stops reading the Rapp Novels that R.C. comes in and takes over...Even though the Rapp books are not as good as when Vince wrote them...I still get them because it is the Flynn Family who is compensated at least some of the profits...and that makes me happy.

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starts slow gets good

Then book starts slow but gets good. Not quite riviting, but intriguing. Good job to the reader.

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fantastic

loved it along with all the others in the series. can't wait for the next

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swagger excellence

a great audiobook with the details of guns, gunsmithing and shooting that Stephen Hunter is skilled at

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Good story, but the pronunciation drove me crazy.

I grew up in the Ouachita Mountains. My Dad worked on the Ouachita National Forest. We canoed the Ouachita River and hiked on the Ouachita Trail. It is NOT pronounced Waw-Key-Ta. It's Wash-i-tah.

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A Great Author

There are so many books out there that are very poorly written, so it is surprising to find a book written by an author with real talent, that makes all the difference in the enjoyment of a book. This is only the second book I have read in the Swagger series, and while I enjoyed it. I still enjoy much more the international thriller books of today's world. As the book I read was from audible, I also must give credit to the reader, R.C. Bray who does a terrific job of narration. When you put a great author together with a great narrator, you end up with a very enjoyable book. I would recommend both to anybody.

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Might be the best Swagger book yet.

One of my favorites in the Bob Lee series. And the narration by Bray is excellent - really captures the characters.

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One of My Favorite BLS Books

Great story line. Love the switch between past & present. Only regret is the final fate of Charles Swagger was never firmly divulged (or it was and I missed it) only speculated.

Alas, Bob is getting old. Don't know how many more adventures he will/can have.

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  • 01-24-19

Brilliant

Great twist on a piece of G-man history and yet another fine example of R.C Bray showing his prowess as a narrator.

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  • 05-10-19

Excellent

Another bullet ripping yarn interwoven with factual and fictional homepage to beloved characters. After all wheres the fun in " just the facts maam" Read it,love it,share it.