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He was one the best Marine snipers in Vietnam. Today, 20 years later, disgruntled hero of an unheroic war, all Bob Lee Swagger wants is to be left alone and to leave the killing behind. But with consummate psychological skill, a shadowy military organization seduces Bob into leaving his beloved Arkansas hills for one last mission for his country, unaware until too late that the game is rigged.
The assassination plot is executed to perfection until Bob Lee Swagger, alleged lone gunman, comes out of the operation alive, the target of a nationwide manhunt, with his only allies a woman he just met and a discredited FBI agent.
Now Bob is on the run, using his lethal skills once more - but this time, to track down the men who set him up and to stop a dark conspiracy aimed at the very heart of America.
©1993 Stephen Hunter; (P)1993 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Hunter passes almost everybody else in the thriller-writing trade as if they were standing still." (New York Daily News)
"Tautly written...the plot makes a number of turns before swooping to a conclusion where patriotism and personal integrity triumph." (Library Journal)
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By Randy on 08-22-07


Not a fan of abridged versions but I decided to give this one a try, and I am very glad I did, the story was brilliant and the narrator did a wonderful job, didn’t stop listening to it until it was finished, just like a good book you can’t put down. I would recommend this production to everyone.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

By Old Sub Sailor on 05-20-17

This is about the Audible version

For some reason, audible produced an abridged version of the book and wasted memory by using needless sound effects.

Then to add further insult, they used Bridges, a gun control advocate, in a book about shooters and shooting. Shame on audible.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By John on 02-23-15

Great but I read the original.

It was good to listen to this book again, but I should have looked for the unabridged version as some of the story detail was lost. still enjoyed it though.

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