The 47th Samurai
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From Publishers Weekly
Bob Lee Swagger, retired marine master sniper and hero of bestseller Hunter's 1993 thriller, Point of Impact (forthcoming as the film Shooter), returns in this riveting homage to the myth of the samurai. Philip Yano, the son of the Japanese officer who commanded the bunker on Iwo Jima where Swagger's marine father won the Medal of Honor in 1945, approaches Swagger about a missing sword wielded by his father, Hideki, during the battle for the island. The sword turns out to be not just a family heirloom but a national treasure that evokes echoes from the most sacrosanct corners of Japanese history. Yano's search reveals there are those who will gladly kill for the honor it bestows upon the possessor. Plunged into a Japan where honor and loyalty outweigh even one's own life, Swagger finds that an old warrior like himself still has much to understand. While the action builds to the inevitable climax, the joy of the journey will keep readers turning the pages. (Sept.)
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*Starred Review* This is the novel Hunter's fans have been waiting for, the book that brings together his father-and-son protagonists: Earl Swagger, World War II hero and hard-nosed cop, and Bob Lee Swagger, Vietnam sniper and, like his father, the kind of guy who can't say no to righteous violence. Until now, Earl and Bob have each starred in their own books, but this time, ingeniously, Hunter brings them together when Bob is contacted by a retired Japanese soldier, Philip Yano, who believes that his father's samurai sword may have wound up in Earl's hands after the war. Bob tracks down the sword, travels to Japan, and presents it to Yanoafter which the Yano family is slaughtered. Bob could walk away, but, of course, he doesn't. Throwing himself into samurai culture, he learns swordsmanship from a master and sets off to avenge the Yanosand, in a sense, his father. Sure, this sounds clichéd, but much of Hunter's genius comes from his ability to manipulate archetypesespecially the classic western scenario of the lone avengerdrawing on the almost subconscious pull these themes exert on the reader but always infusing them with multiple layers of complexity. As Bob is drawn into the samurai world, and tension builds to the inevitable confrontation with his adversarya modern samurai seduced by the dark sideHunter simultaneously fuels our need for bloody resolution and reveals the horrors wrought by devotion to honor and duty. But this time he does it with parallel narrativesjuxtaposing the story of Earl Swagger and Philip Yano's father against the contemporary drama and playing off the same themes across generations. This is probably Hunter's most violent noveland that's saying somethingbut violence may have never been more integral to story than it is here. Hunter celebrates the samurai soldier while showing the appalling underside of the samurai way of life and the ideals that drive it. Ott, Bill --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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This book took me over a month to finish. The premise is that Bob Lee (after a week of acquaintance) got so close to a Japanese family, that he sought revenge after they were all killed. I don't see Bob Lee that way. I see him as a tough guy who lets few people in but when he does he is loyal to the end. When this is explained it is too late to make the book believable.
The book talked endlessly about sword fighting and the Japanese expressions for all the cuts that I found myself skimming all those parts just to see who survived so I could continue with the book.
The plot was not engaging and I found that I did not "connect" with Bob Lee as I had in the rest of the series. I had read some reviews that were not flattering but I ignored them. Wish I had taken them to heart and at least waited for the paperback. I won't be buying his next one in hardcover.
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A little far fetched, although engaging, mindless, escapist reading.Published 15 months ago by Roy seyler
Best of the series so far. Great detail, great narrative!
Can,t wait for the next. Hope Bob Lee lives forever
I found this book action packed,educational, full of history and loyalty. A wonderful and fast read. I recommend this book to every one.Published 23 months ago by robert thompson