I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 29, 2009 - Fiction - 432 pages
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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 ninety-three 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. 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. As Swagger penetrates the deepest secrets of the sniper world and its new technology, Nick stands firm in the face of hardball PR initiatives and an inflamed media calling for his ouster.

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.

I, Sniper will satisfy Stephen Hunter's legions of fans and win him droves of new ones with its signature blend of brilliant plotting, vivid characters, razor-sharp dialogue, and extraordinary gunfights. 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.

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The writing is skillful. - Goodreads
... all carefully researched. - Goodreads
Plot little too overtly political for my taste. - Goodreads
But I respect the skill of the writer. - Goodreads
The imagery is clear. - Goodreads
The ending is pure Hollywood. - Goodreads

Review: I, Sniper (Bob Lee Swagger #6)

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

This isn't so much a novel as a defense of gun culture in the United States, and a fantasy of retribution against those who have ever opposed gun culture in the US There seems to come a point in every ... Read full review

Review: I, Sniper (Bob Lee Swagger #6)

User Review  - Chris Lilly - Goodreads

If you fetishise guns, page after page after page of numbers relating to guns is probably wonderful stuff, but this is a book of sorts, not a gun catalogue, so it's just really bad writing, incredibly ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Stephen Hunter has written eighteen novels. The retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, he has also published two collections of film criticism and a nonfiction work, American Gunfight. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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