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Publisher's Summary

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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Perhaps the best of the Bob Swagger series. It takes a while to develop but then engulfs with a desperation to continue.

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Very satisfying alternative account!

Our country would have been well served if Stephen Hunter had been the chairman of the Warren Commission...

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Best one in the series

Great storyline. Several creative twists.

I recommend to anyone who is into a historical fiction with creative and plausible answer to more than one shooter on November 22, 1963.

I gave this rating as I believe it to be the best in an awesome series!

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Needs more Swagger.

Good concept. Needed editing / shortening in the middle. Too much narration by villain . . . Too little Swagger. Could have been excellent. Overall "good" audio book.

Another great performance by Buck Schirner.

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Great thriller historically accurate!

I was impressed by the historical and literary depth of the work that was accomplished with great thrills! Must read for anyone with interest in the assassination.

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Big Fan of Hunter - But a Boring Book

What disappointed you about The Third Bullet?

Too much detail robbed this story of it's momentum. I often found my attention flagging.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Hunter again?

Absolutely. Great writer. This book just didn't grab me like most of his other works.

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

No idea.

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

Boredom.

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Smart and edgy!

Stephen Hunter obviously does his research. This series is very well thought out. It sucked me in from the very beginning. I loved every minute of it.

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Painfully Bad

Would you try another book from Stephen Hunter and/or Buck Schirner?

Yes, in fact I already own several.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Night of Thunder

How did the narrator detract from the book?

To me, he sounded like even he could not get into the story line

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

NO!

Any additional comments?

Book is broken down in to 3 down loads. Try as I might I could not get into this book.
It took Multiple attempts to get through the 1st part, but after another hour I just gave up.
Story line is just so far fetched and confusing and keeps being repeated over and over.
Just a very disappointing read.

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Love older Hunter/Swagger books. Not this one

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I found it to be rather boring and divergent.

Has The Third Bullet turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. Love the genre and generally love Swagger/Hunter but his last few efforts have been disappointing. Pale Horse Coming, Hot Springs, Havana, etc are GREAT. The newer offerings, not so much.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Third Bullet?

To much rambling and retrospective for my liking.

Any additional comments?

Overall I found the book un-engaging. I found myself having difficulty buying into the characters and becoming disinterest in the storyline.

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Couldn't get into this one

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No I could have spent my time listening to something better. As much as I am interested in what happend to JFK, this book was not going to answer my questions because it was to boring for me to get to any answers.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

This book was very slow and not very interesting.

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

I did not care for Buck Schirners performance.

Was The Third Bullet worth the listening time?

No.