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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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    5 out of 5 stars

I Sniper

great book lot of good detail and technically correct info. i loved the action packed storyline.

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    1 out of 5 stars

Off Target

Written with all the charm, style, and wit of a firearms catalog. I'm a gun owner, but I'm not consumed by it. If you enjoy detailed descriptions of bullets moving through human bodies and heads augmented by colorful narratives of exploding tissue, this is your kind of literature.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris
  • Orleans, VT, USA
  • 03-14-10

One of the Best!

I always enjoy the Swagger books, and this one ranks right up there with some of the best. One of the great things about Hunter is that, unlike some authors, he actually knows about guns and does his research on them. The narrator of this book did a great job and I look forward to hearing more of his narration. The fact that Hunter has a conservative voice in his book, to the point that some of the lefties reviewing the book on here have their panties in a twist over Hunter's take on some of their left wing liberal heroes just makes the book even better for me. Great job, great book!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Clinton, MS, USA
  • 02-03-10

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 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Pleasanton, CA, United States
  • 02-26-10

Another Great Book by Hunter

Bob Lee is starting to get a little long in the tooth. But a great read.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Carl
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 01-06-10

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 of 53 people found this review helpful

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    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 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • W.Denis
  • Savannah, GA, United States
  • 01-04-10

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 of 30 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

I sniper

This guy goes on and on and on an never gets back to the story. It is very boring, long winded, nonsenicle. I began to nod off and kept dreaming of the day I would need a root canal. I am a former Marine.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Bored

I hate rating a book that I haven't finished, but this book just couldn't keep my attention and I've given up on it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful