I, Sniper : Bob Lee Swagger

  • by Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by Buck Schirner
  • Series: Bob Lee Swagger
  • 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 93 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. But 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. 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. 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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from a former MOS8541 and Hunter reader

First off, Carlos Hathcock, whom I have met, as a guest instructor at the school in 86 WAS NOT demeaned, etc. Read it to the end!. Yes it has a little too much gun tech jibber jabber, and there were a few plot/continuity flaws. Why we Snipers are getting all this TV and Movie and Book press is beyond me. Hunter has been writing since before gulfwar 1 and def. knows his stuff. At least his subjects and characters AGE! Some writers got jason bourne , jack ryan etc. aging 10-15 years over a 30 year period! or worse aging 30-40 years over a 10 year period! Without spoiling the plot/end the "Irish" team were a little too obvious.
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- Steven

I Wanted to Like It..

First, I love the sniper characters. Some of the criticisms I read before purchasing the novel were complaining about Hunter's politics, which appeared to them as right wing. This surprised me and intrigued me because, as a conservative, I constantly ignore the left leaning politics of most all of my favorite authors. I thought surely even liberals cringed at the actions of Jane Fonda during Vietnam, Bill Ayers' terrorist acts and Ted Turner's loony, chauvinistic, and extreme obsessions.

Nevertheless, I give this one 2 stars due lack of cleverness, poor narration, (did the reader have a cold?), and very poor character development.
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- Charles Atkinson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio