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During the latter days of the Vietnam War, deep in-country, a young idealistic Marine named Donny Fenn was cut down by a sniper's bullet as he set out on patrol with Swagger, who had always assumed the bullet was meant for him. Years later, Swagger marries Donny's widow Julie, and together they raise their daughter Nikki on a ranch in the isolated Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. Although he struggles with the painful legacy of Vietnam, Swagger's greatest wish, to leave his violent past behind and live quietly with his family, seems to have come true. Then one idyllic day, a man, a woman, and a girl set out from the ranch on horseback. High on a ridge above a mountain pass, a thousand yards distant, a calm, cold-eyed man, one of the world's greatest marksmen, peers through a telescopic site at the three approaching figures. Out of his tortured past, a mortal enemy has once again found Bob the Nailer.
With a plot that sweeps from the killing fields of Vietnam to the corridors of power in Washington, to the shadowy plots of the new world order, Stephen Hunter delivers all the complex action his fans demand in a masterful tale of family heartbreak and international intrigue.
©1998 Stephen Hunter (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 01-12-05

High Caliber

This is a fast paced gut grabber, the scenes are just wild enough to fire the imagination.
The main character, AKA "Bob the Nailer" lives by a creed of his own, methodical, rigid and as cold as a cadaver he sees the world in absolutes, good/bad, right/wrong, hit/miss. While in Vietnam he becomes a one man army with two reputations, one for killing the enemy at an alarming clip, the other for having an uncommon number of his team mates sent home in body bags. The Vietnamise have a bounty on his head and one bright morning death comes calling in the form of a soviet sniper with skills that match his own. Bob assumes the bullet that kills his partner Donny is meant for him... Years later, after marrying Donny's widow and having reverted to a life of simplicity, privacy and peace Bobs worls is shattered when his nemisis returns to shatter the serenity if his mountain home.
The action picks up as Bob works to identify why, after all these years, they still want him dead...
The same skills that kept him alive in the jungle re-emerge and "Bob the Nailer" returns and the hunted become the hunted.

This is a great read, once started you won't want to stop.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By RJ on 12-23-03

One of his best

I always enjoy Stephan Hunter's writing. This was the first of his titles I read and one of his best. Fast action, flawed but very capable characters, make this much more satisfying than some of the cartoon like heros one finds in much of the modern action genre

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