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I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel [Hardcover]

Stephen Hunter
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Dec 29 2009 Bob Lee Swagger Novels
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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“…Hunter is back at the top of his game.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“It’s a troubling moral position, of course, the idea of the sniper as a man of courage, and Hunter makes the most of it, demanding that the reader rethink common cultural assumptions about good and evil. Those philosophical underpinnings give the narrative depth, but finally, as all Bob Lee fans know, it comes down to 'straight killing time.' And so it does, in a ramped-up, high-tech High Noon finale that will leave even unsympathetic readers gasping. As always, Hunter makes it work with precise, detail-rich prose that strips the faux glamour from gun fighting and leaves only the skills of the combatants set against the horrors they wreak.”—Bill Ott, Booklist, starred review

“In his guns-a-poppin’ latest, Hunter pits his series hero against a nest of sharp-shooting vipers. [D]ust off the OK Corral. Even the somewhat squeamish, and even certifiable gun-dummies, may once again find chivalric, heroic Bob Lee just about irresistible.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Hunter's thrillers are always taut, exciting, and well written, and his latest is no exception. There's also a lot of gun and tech talk as Swagger uses decades' worth of skills to stay a step or three ahead of the baddies. Swagger fans will not be disappointed.”—Robert Conroy, Library Journal

"Stephen Hunter’s I, Sniper brings back one of the great characters in modern thrillerdom, Bob Lee Swagger, everyone’s favorite lethal, dour Southerner. I kind of want Swagger to meet up with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher one day, in a contest to see who could say the least while doing the most damage."—Malcolm Gladwell

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Are you confounded by commas, addled by apostrophes, or queasy about quotation marks? Do you believe a bracket is just a support for a wall shelf, a dash is something you make for the bathroom, and a colon and semicolon are large and small intestines? If so, language humorists Richard Lederer and John Shore (with the sprightly aid of illustrator Jim McLean) have created the perfect book to help make your written words perfectly precise and punctuationally profound.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Entertained Jan. 21 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Having enjoyed the movie "Sniper" a few years ago, the character was great and engaging. To find that this same character was available from the same writer in further episodes was an unexpected bonus. The entire list will someday be read in the future providing many hours of enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Aug. 17 2013
By Stu TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another awesome book by Stephen Hunter in the Bob "the Nailer" swagger series. the twists and turns are great and the details are spot on...I dont normally read fiction but Mr Hunter makes fiction seam factual.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."

--Proverbs 27:6

This is the first Bob Lee Swagger book that I've read, and I was pleased that I picked I, Sniper up. Although there's clearly a lot of background to the series that I don't know, the story was perfectly clear to me as a standalone offering.

This book could have been entitled: CSI-Sniper Rifles. The technical sides of shooting play a huge role in this story and provide many thought-provoking discoveries and observations. I don't know much about that subject and found the material to be clear and accessible.

Bob Lee Swagger is a wonderful character whose most appealing qualities are well displayed in this book. I especially enjoyed the tension between Swagger playing roles in assisting the FBI by doing what they wanted him to do and taking off on his own when that was the best way to serve the FBI's needs.

The set-up for the story seemed pretty strange at first: someone is killing leftist radicals from the 1960s with a sniper rifle. Why would anyone still care? Then, Stephen Hunter impressed me by providing lots of good reasons for that set-up to be in place. I felt respected as a reader for one of the few times recently while reading a thriller. It was a good feeling.

There's also a very long sequence in here demonstrating how the press can be manipulated by those who understand how to take advantages of biases. I found that part of the plot to be pretty boring until I realized that there was a purpose to all the slow-moving "action" in this part of the story. I would have preferred, however, that this aspect of the book had been a lot shorter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Redemption! Dec 17 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the truly awful 'Night of Thunder' (see my review) I'm pleased to say that Stephen Hunter has redeemed himself with 'I, Sniper'. Not the best book of the series but solid and at least I'm pretty sure that it was actually written by Mr. Hunter. Welcome back and thanks, looking forward to 'Dead Zero'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome July 31 2010
By Marked1
Format:Paperback
Stephen Hunter is the best!!! I Sniper and Bob Lee Swagger do not disappoint, great book.
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