• I, Sniper

  • Bob Lee Swagger, Book 6
  • By: Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,392 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Four famed '60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose 93 kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide.

In closing out the investigation, Nick discovers a case made in heaven: everything fits, from timeline, ballistics, and forensics to motive, means, and opportunity. But maybe it's a little too perfect?

Nick asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data. Using a skill set no other man on earth possesses, Swagger soon discovers unseen anomalies and gradually begins to unravel a sophisticated conspiracy - one that would require the highest level of warcraft by the most superb special operations professionals. Swagger soon closes in, and those responsible will stop at nothing to take him out. But these heavily armed men make the mistake of thinking they are hunting Bob, when he is, in fact, hunting them. And when Swagger and the last of his antagonists finally face each other, reenacting a classic ritual of arms, it is clear that at times there's nothing more necessary than a good man with a gun and the guts to use it.

©2009 Stephen Hunter (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    3 out of 5 stars

All Lefties Are Evil or Suspect

The good news is that this is a new Bob Lee novel and where he is once again a sniper. In his last adventure he learned how to use a japanese sword in a couple of weeks like a ninja. This time the old man is back in familiar turf.

The bad is that the author, Stephen Hunter, decides to use this novel as a way to push his right wing ideas and politics. In much of the book he sounds like the nut Glenn Beck, says that all the news worth getting is from FOX, suggests anyone he considers a "lefty" hates America and is a nut, and of course has characters modeled after sicko Jane Fonda and Ted Turner.

If you can ignore this insult to his readers then the story is fun. Reader is awesome.

22 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

I Sniper

Hunter has lost it. He is no longer an author, but a political talking head. No plot. No story. No character development. I actually turned the book off half way through!

So sad. I was huge fan and love all his early stuff..

16 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

He is back!

If you like Stephen Hunter novels and Bobby Lee Swagger you will enjoy this book. I usually try to listen to a book over a couple weeks so I stretch my 1 credit per month. This book I finished in a days. As good as any Daniel DaSilva with Alon or David Balducci trilogies. Enjoy.

16 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Great novel, outstanding narrator

This is a special genre, and Hunter is a master of it. The environment is good versus evil, with a traditional hero who is an expert with firearms. The technical details are accurate and informative.
The narrator is superb, making the dialogue with a large number of characters understandable, and keeping the plot moving.

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

Better left for elsewhere

As the author says on several occasions after seemingly endless comments on firearms their use and history. Typical U.S. cop story, government interfears, bad agency management, good cop to be shelved, girl cop is promoted. One good part - NY's Finest newspaper is trashed.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Well done narrative. Good book.

Better than what Hunter's work has been of late. More in the tone of the original Point of Aim. He gets all the technical stuff right. One of the few.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

Nearly libelous

This is my first time with Hunter on Audible, I enjoyed his earlier books the old way on paper. This narrator sounds like James Arness half the time and the lifting of Jane and Ted for models of the victim and bad guy are really distracting. This could be a little more fictitous and what's with the several references to Bristol Palin? This book is pretty weak.

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Suffern Sucatash

Speak this line out loud.

"Sniper specialists from Tennessee"

Now say it again but this time in your best Sylvester voice from Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird.

Did you like that? Well get used to it because that's what you're going to hear for the next fifteen hours. I'm only an hour into this and I'm fighting not to turn it off. Worst narration I've heard from any book. I'm also not a fan of Hunter picking real people, using some of their bios, changing their names only slightly (I guess to avoid royalties or lawsuits), and making them characters in a fictional book. It's fiction, why name a fictional character "Carl Hitchcock" that obviously draws on the very real "Carlos Hathcock" and then butcher the man. I just don't get it.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

never again

A relentless tour of right-wing rhetoric thinly disguised as a shoot-em-up adventure. The book would be an hour shorter if only the nasty digs about the NY Times were removed. All liberals are morons, all conservatives true American heroes unfairly pilloried by the east-coast peaceniks. And the narrator seems to really believe it: a good listen for those whose Soldier of Fortune subscription hasn't lapsed for 20 years.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

I, Sniper

This is my first book by Stephen Hunter. I enjoyed the fast pace and lots of action. The reader Buck Schirner did a great job keeping all the shooting jargon exciting. This is a most read for those who like action books.

7 people found this helpful