I, Sniper (Bob Lee Swagger, #6)
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I, Sniper (Bob Lee Swagger #6)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,122 ratings  ·  200 reviews
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 suicid...more
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Published (first published November 1st 2009)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Yes, you're seeing that right. I'm giving this book 5 big stars. This is unabashed brain candy. This is a mental big mac with a large side of fries, an extra large Coke and the meal includes your favorite pie smothered in ice cream. This is the sixth Bob Lee Swagger novel and it's my favorite so far.

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
Jeffrey Lawson
May 07, 2010 Jeffrey Lawson rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Gunnies
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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
Larry
Stephen Hunter is a very good writer. This is the 6th book in the Bobby Lee Swagger series that I have read. They keep on getting better. (A new reader to the series would enjoy this book as a standalone novel. Hunter sprinkles the backstory nicely throughout without an obvious story interlude.)

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
Bill
Hunter, Stephen (2009). I, Sniper. New York: Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.

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
Derek Lewis
It's tough to rate this book. I put it down twice to never pick up again, but I still plowed my way through to the end... which is the only reason I give it two stars instead of one.

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
Charles
Interesting book. Plot little too overtly political for my taste. Characters too close to real people. I mean super sniper Carl Hitchcock. Media mogul Tom "TT" Constable who was married to a movie star "Hanoi Joan". Give me a break.

The technology and "craft" of sniping was very intersting but not done near as well as Tom Clancy does.


Story was fun.
Betsy Ashton
Stephen Hunter presents a complex novel with enough red herrings to fill a sushi bar for a year. Just when everything is tidily wrapped up, about a third of the way through the overly long novel, more murders occur, more red herrings appear, more characters pop up. Designed to keep the reader turning pages, Hunter only misses when he writes at length about bullets. sniper rifles, more bullets, more sniper rifles. Had I been reading and not listening to 17 discs, I would have skipped perhaps 10%...more
Alan Livingston
Several months ago, I read Hunter's The Third Bullet and gave it an enthusiastic five stars. Not so much here. It was all I could do to get it up to two stars. The best news, and the real reason I actually read it without quitting on it early? I got it for $1.99. The bad news? I got what I paid for.

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
Paul Pessolano
For those of you who have read Stephen Hunter before, "I Sniper" is a Bob Lee Swagger novel. Bob Lee is about sixty years old and is a retired USMC sniper.

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
Steve Dennie
“I, Sniper” (2009) begins with Carl Hitchcock, the number two sniper from Vietnam, being framed for the sniper killings of four anti-Vietnam activists (in real life, Carlos Hathcock recorded 93 kills in Vietnam, the 4th highest total). Hitchcock is then found dead, an apparent suicide, in a motel room. Bob Lee Swaggard is brought in to confirm that it was, indeed, Hitchcock who carried out the executions. Predictably, he determines that Hitchcock wasn’t the shooter, and that he didn’t commit sui...more
Michelle
(3.5 stars). This is the 6th book in the Swagger series, and involves the shooting of 4 60's radicals by an experienced sniper. When a former Marine sniper (Hitchcock) is found in a motel, dead of an apparent suicide, the FBI thinks they have the case wrapped up. As one of the dead is the former wife (Jane Fonda facsimile) of a TV mogul, T.T. Constable, (a Ted Turner facsimile), Swagger is brought in as a consultant. He concludes the case is too perfect and finds a staggering flaw indicating tha...more
Matt Rezmer
In the story I,Sniper Carl Hitchcock is framed with the murder of 4 very well known people of the 60's. Now that the FBI think they have their killer as they move in to arrest him they find that someone has murdered him. So FBI agent Nick Memphis is called to help figure out the strange turn of events in the murders.During the story agent Nick Memphis calls on his good friend and retired Marine Sniper Bob Lee Swagger to help analyze the evidence and figure out who really killed these men.In the...more
Alain Burrese
I'm a fan Bob Lee Swagger. I've enjoyed all of Hunter's novels about this sniper hero. I admit, I liked the first one the best, and though some didn't like Swagger going off to Japan and learning the art of the sword, I did. That's because of my martial art background and time spent in Asia. So when I learned there was a new Swagger novel coming out, I was excited. Then I read the description that can be found on the inside book jacket and became a bit reserved. The character Carl Hitchcock is b...more
Zach
Not Hunter's best, but if you are a Hunter fan, especially the Bob Lee Swagger series (as opposed to the Earl Swagger books) you will probably find things to enjoy.

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
Stan Mitchell
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Walk
The blurb at the beginning of fiction today explains that any resemblance to actual people, events, or location is purely coincidental.

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
Michael
Fine read by me. This one has some tongue in cheek. There is a plane of satire on top of a fine thriller in classic form. Bob Lee Swagger gets engaged by his FBI friend in foiling nefarious plots, as usual because of his knowledge of sniper warfare. A Jane Fonda proxy gets bumped off by sniper along with other anti-war radical stars, and ex-husband (a Ted Turner type of self-made billionaire) throws his weight around to get it solved fast. That the evidence points to an ex-special forces sniper...more
Michael
Four people are assassinated by a long range sniper. Each of the four had ties to the '60s radical movement. Carefully crafted evidence points to former Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock who is eventually accused of the crime. However, Hitchcock commits suicide prior to capture.

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
Randy

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 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

...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
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 the war. Hitchcock is found dead from an apparent suicide.

Nick Memphis, an FBI special agent, feels that all the pieces fit to perfectly and asks Bob Lee...more
Neil
This was a fun book to read. It had both a serious side as well as a tongue-in-cheek side to it. Granted, I would not recommend it for anybody with 'politically correct' leanings. I liked this one so much more than the last Bob Lee Swagger novel 'Night of Thunder.' This book was maybe twice the size of 'Night of Thunder' but it still took me about the same amount of time to read it.

Some of the characters were obviously based on real people [Jane Fonda, Ted Turner, and the hero of Gunny Sergeant...more
Paul
Stephen Hunter's Bob Lee Swagger is the 'blue collar' hero of crime fiction. He is a backwoods Arkansan, not particularly articulate, with a deep knowledge of guns. A Vietnam sniper who has kept his skills sharp, he appears in this book at the age of 63 tasked to solve what is seemingly an open and shut case of the serial killing of 60's radicals.

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
Muhammad Yahya Cheema
This was my first Hunter, and it didn't dissappoint. Though it wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be from all the hype about the series. There are one or two really great moments in the novel which I really dig. Otherwise its your oh-so-common crime thriller like pretty much any other these days. I am hoping that my next read, 'dead zero' would be a much better one.

I have given the book a 4 star rating primarily for the technical details of weaponry and tactics intervowen into the narrative...more
Peter Fortune
For background to Stephen Hunter's books, see my review of "Point of Impact."

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
DJMikeG
Hunter gets his Swagger series back on track with this book after the misstep that was "Night of Thunder". Pretty fun read. Not as good as some of Hunter's more classic novels. My main gripe is the ultra right wing, anti-media slant that this book has. Seems weird coming from an ex-newspaper man. Maybe he was tired of being the only non-lefty in the newsroom for so long. This book is a tad more ridiculous than the classic Swagger books, as well, making it harder to care about the characters. Tha...more
Lora
This is not my "typical" kind of book as I usually read "cozy mysteries" and this book is definitely NOT cozy. However it was a very good read. There is a subtle humor throughout the book as well as what is probably a pretty correct description of life in politics, the media and the spotlight.

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
William
I would really like to give this book three and a half stars as the explosive action scenes, including Bob Swagger's torture scene, are both exciting and well defined. You can see, hear, touch, taste and feel what is happening to the characters as the guns roar and the bodies pile up during these moments.
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
David
An exceptional book that unerringly but not identically follows the plot of Hunter's great "Point of Impact". Liberals are shot, Vets are thought the culprit, political lines are discussed but not drawn and like most situations, the answers to loaded questions are often simpler than the original query. The main character, Swagger, is a little slower and a little older, and perhaps more modernized--maybe Hunter himself is becoming softer--but Bob Lee Swagger does not remind you of anyone in one o...more
Walt Mccluskey
I, Sniper

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.
Wesley
Aug 30, 2010 Wesley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Gun lovers.
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First off, you have to be a gun lover. I'm a reloader and if had the choice would spend every waking moment in the woods, but not in a hick kind of way. Anyways I'm a gun lover and a respectful one. I've inherited all my firearms and they all have a significant sentimental value. This is a great book about said topic, rifles in particular. The author wrote a book called "point of impact" which became the movie "Shooter" a couple years ago with Mark Wahlberg. I think this could be a movie as well...more
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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.
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