Time to Hunt

Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
Series: Bob Lee Swagger, Book 3
Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (394 ratings)

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“Stephen Hunter is in a class by himself. Time to Hunt is as vivid and haunting as a moving target in the crosshairs of a sniper scope.” (Nelson Demille, author of Mayday)

He is the most dangerous man alive. He only wants to live in peace with his family and forget the war that nearly killed him.... 

It's not going to happen. 

Stephen Hunter's epic national best sellers Point of Impact and Black Light introduced millions to Bob Lee Swagger, called "Bob the Nailer", a heroic but flawed Vietnam War veteran forced twice to use his skills as a master sniper to defend his life and his honor. Now, in his grandest, most intensely thrilling adventure yet, Bob the Nailer must face his deadliest foe from Vietnam - and his own demons - to save his wife and daughter. 

During the latter days of the Vietnam War, deep in-country, a young idealistic marine named Donny Fenn was cut down by a sniper's bullet as he set out on patrol with Swagger, who himself received a grievous wound. Years later Swagger married Donny's widow, Julie, and together they raised their daughter, Nikki, on a ranch in the isolated Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. Although he struggles with the painful legacy of Vietnam, Swagger's greatest wish - to leave his violent past behind and live quietly with his family - seems to have come true. 

Then one idyllic day, a man, a woman, and a girl set out from the ranch on horseback. High on a ridge above a mountain pass, a thousand yards distant, a calm, cold-eyed shooter, one of the world's greatest marksmen, peers through a telescopic sight at the three approaching figures. 

Out of his tortured past, a mortal enemy has once again found Bob the Nailer. Time to Hunt proves anew why so many consider Stephen Hunter to be our best living thriller writer. With a plot that sweeps from the killing fields of Vietnam to the corridors of power in Washington to the shadowy plots of the new world order, Hunter delivers all the complex, stay-up-all-night action his fans demand in a masterful tale of family heartbreak and international intrigue - and shows why, for Bob Lee Swagger, it's once again time to hunt. 

Praise for Time to Hunt

“Stephen Hunter is simply the best writer of action fiction in the world and Time to Hunt proves it.” (Phillip Margolin, author of The Burning Man)

“The best straight-up thriller writer at work today.” (Rocky Mountain News)

©2017 Stephen Hunter (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Great Story and Great Narration!

What made the experience of listening to Time to Hunt the most enjoyable?

Really enjoyed all the characters...... Jon Lindstrom does an excellent narration.

What does Jon Lindstrom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lindstrom brought the story to life.

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Go slow to go fast

What made the experience of listening to Time to Hunt the most enjoyable?

well developed story line

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

very slow start, only made relevant by time and development of plot. i almost quit listening...glad i did not!

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Arguably, one of the best of steven hunter's works. I almost quit listening as the development of the plot took tremendous effort and pages. very slow beginning made relevant by building plot and story line. ending was a whopper not seen coming wow.

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Simply amazing

The author writes with such purpose and emotion, writing in both the present and the past. Oftentimes, when reading other works, there is clearly a stronger narrative and a weaker narrative. Not so with this author! Extremely entertaining, and even mostly technically accurate!

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Halfway done and already highly recommend!

I’m only to chapter 18 but I just had to break free and post a review! I’ve never done this before so hopefully when I actually finish the book I will be able to post another one.
At this point I’m gonna say that it is EXCELLENT!!! I’m very hard to please and almost never even a four star review. But this is a five star read with the exception of the fact that I don’t like the voice that the narrator uses for Bob S. Just doesn’t fit in my opinion but everything else about the narration is great!
As has been mentioned in other reviews it appeared to have been taking its time getting somewhere with the story and then I realized that I LOVED the slow, meticulous laying out of the story! Especially when I realized what exactly was happening and what was coming it all made perfect sense and made me very much appreciate the way the author took his time getting me there. Just a superb job building the characters and the storyline! Let me just say that when you know the basics of the story, or at least the part I’m referring to (don’t want to say a lot) and what happens to his spotter... well again, it is just a pleasure to see this part of the back story and how it actually played out! VERY bittersweet!
I can’t and won’t go any further because I obviously haven’t even finished or even got into the (present day) part of the story but I just want to tell you that this is most definitely an excellent read if you are into this type genre and I highly recommend it already and haven’t even finished it. Please! DO NOT be deterred when you see several complain that it took forever to get going!!! Just pay attention and enjoy the build up!
That is all... for now...

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Fantastic book

Masterfully written and wonderfully narrated. love all of the Stephen Hunter books. this could be my favorite

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Amazing book.

This book is unique, as it feels like two books in one. The story was very entertaining and showed real struggle by the protagonist and his ability to solve problems. Highly recommend.

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My favorite book

This is probably my favorite book. I'm happy they finally made an unabridged audio book. I thought the narrator was average. Nothing special. Id prefer the other narrator of most of the bob lee swagger series (buck schoner) but Jon did good.

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one of the best books l've read (or listen to )

This book is in my top 1% . I've read all of Lee Child, David Syliva, and Michael Conley. ..Great story, great technic, you will be hooked

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Simply awesome.

I cannot believe how a book about a gritty blue collar guy who happens to be a sniper could make me so emotionally invested. I admire the authors patriotism and how he appreciates men who have served.

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my personal favorite book of the series

Time to Hunt has been my personal favorite book of the series so far .