I, Sniper (Bob Lee Swagger #6)
This one goes back to the roots of the Bob Lee story, back to the Sniper story. The book has a cast of characters "who are completely fictional and if they bear any resemblance to any actual person...more
Stephen Hunter really knows guns, and the level of technical (and often tactical) verisimilitude one encounters when reading his novels is stunning. I really love this tendency in his books. I, Sniper is no exception(at least not technically), and the story is a pretty good yarn. BUT the final action scene is so annoying, as to ruin the rest of the book. The protagonist ends up in a classic movie-western fast-draw gunfight, but it gets even cheesier. He and his opponent are in weste...more
This is the story of murders of old Vietnam era anti-war activists. There’s a Jane Fonda and Ted Turner character. The FBI has got the wrong guy and Swagger’s out to prove it. As usual – and without overp...more
There is something godlike about the sniper’s work: blowing off somebody’s head from a thousand yards. The victim simply disintegrates without warning and nobody around has any clue of what just happened. That’s a lot of fun, if you appreciate the fantasy.
This sniper is Bobby Lee Swagger, ex-mil, now in his sixties and retired. Apparently he has featured in a long series of sniper books by this author, but I haven't...more
This was my first, and last, Stephen Hunter novel.
Generally speaking, the plot was good, but the writing was horrendous. The dialogue was over the top, unneeded, and forced. I know he did a lot of research, but seriously how much technical data does he have to give his audience? It felt so unnatural, by the time I...more
The technology and "craft" of sniping was very intersting but not done near as well as Tom Clancy does.
Story was fun.
OK, so Hunter is a gun freak, I get it, and you'd have to be in a coma to miss it, as he fills over half the book with orgasmic tech details and glorifying the life of the sniper. The next major theme...more
The story begins with the sniper killing of several people, all of whom were part of the anti-Vietnam War movement. The investigation leads authorities to believe that the sniper is a former USMC sniper, Carl Hitchcock. Hitchcock was a decorated sniper during the Vietnam War and is believed to be trying to eliminate those that were opposed to...more
It has many of his elements--Bob Lee Swagger and Nick Memphis, lots and lots of gun details, and the usual contrived climax...no matter what happens the story ends with Bob Lee in a sniper duel and an even more cinematic (remember Hunter was a Pulitzer Prize winning film critic) scene--I kid you not a High Noon, Quick and the Dead, s...more
One of the first characters killed is a gracefully ageing actress who took an anti Vietnam stance and has spent a good part of her latter years making a fortune with exercise videos. In case that bunch of coincidences was not enough she is later referred to as Hanoi Joan.
An ex-marine sniper Carl Hitchcock with the highest confirmed kills in the Vietnam war (feign...more
Special Agent Nick Memphis of the FBI has a feeling that the evidence might be a little too perfect. He asks his friend, former Marine sniper, Bob Lee Swagger, to look into it.
Swagger finds discrepancies and demonstrates on...more
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 ninety-three 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
Nick Memphis, an FBI special agent, feels that all the pieces fit to perfectly and asks Bob Lee...more
Some of the characters were obviously based on real people [Jane Fonda, Ted Turner, and the hero of Gunny Sergeant...more
In the beginning of the book, there is the usual disclaimer about resemblance to persons living or dead. This should have been printed in bold letters...more
I have given the book a 4 star rating primarily for the technical details of weaponry and tactics intervowen into the narrative...more
Bob Lee Swagger is a Viet Nam vet (USMC) and among the best snipers in the world. He is dragged into an FBI investigation involving murders purportedly done by the master USMC sniper in Nam. At age 68 Bobby Lee should be well over the hill, but his ability to shoot, kill, and bear torture is unabated. This book ends with a great High Noon gunfight. A really good read! Ted Turner and Jane Fonda make cameo appearances as...more
The technical gun stuff was way over my head as well as some of the military acroynms but I just skipped over that stuff quickly, I was still able to get the point of it all. Very action oriented and some...more
However, the sub plot, Nick Memphis's dismissal from the FBI, and the journalist responsible for that happening, is a bit drawn out, and not nearly as important to the main plot of the story. Th...more
Having just seen "Shooter" on tv for the umpteenth time, this book was a natural attraction to me. I was not disappointed, and easily pictured the tv stars in the mental eye of my mind as I raced through each scene in the book. Excellent story well timed in the exposure of each step in the progress to a thrilling conclusion. Strongly recommend it.
Stephen Hunter is the author of fourteen novels, and a chief film critic at The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.