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I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel Hardcover – Dec 29 2009

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Dec 29 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416565159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416565154
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.7 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #485,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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This novel had a solid story-line which followed the format of most Stephen Hunter novels. The action was interspersed with his usual sections on gun description and shooting technique, which I found interesting. The villains were quite unlikeable, and deserved to be sent off to the netherworld by Mr. Swagger. The theme of high-level corruption and influence-peddling formed a major portion of the plot, which may reflect the mistrust of the rich and powerful, and long-seated government officials by readers attracted to this type of story.
-Old Bob Lee is starting to get longer in the tooth, but he can still deal out his brand of justice and reckoning to the 'baddies'. Overall, a good read!
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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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