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Black Light (Bob Lee Swagger #2)

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Only one thing stands between a son and his father's killer: forty years of lies..

On a remote Arizona ranch, a man who has known loss, fear, and war weeps for the first time since he was a child.His tears are for the father taken from him four decades before in a deadly shoot-out.And his grief will lead him back to the place where he was born, where his father died, and wh...more
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Published August 18th 2010 by Island Books (first published May 1st 1996)
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Some negative reviews have called 'Black Light' predictable, racist and violent. Yeah, what's your point? Look, this is a book in Stephen Hunter's 'Bob Lee Swagger' series. Swagger is an ex-Marine sniper in the south. He hunts bad guys. Violent? I should HOPE so!

In Black Light, Hunter's hero--Bob Lee Swagger-- is helping the search for clues regarding his father's death. (His father is ANOTHER S. Hunter major character, Earl Swagger). This journey bounces the reader from 1955 to the 1990s effort...more
Benjamin Thomas
Another very good action thriller novel from Stephen Hunter. I had picked this one up thinking it was the second in the Bob Lee Swagger series and while it is the direct sequel to Point Of Impact, it is best to read the "non-Swagger book" Dirty White Boys first as the events of that book are referenced and have an impact here. This novel definitely ties together the two Swagger series, that of Earl Swagger and that of his son, Bob Lee Swagger.

Good action scenes, more character definition, and of...more
Let's put this review into some context. I am not a literary snob, I do not get into Joyce or poetry, but my favourite authors, in terms of both challenging reading and enjoyment, are Hilary Mantel, Umberto Eco, Patrick O'Brian, Barry Unsworth, Peter Carey, John Le Carre, etc. You get the picture.

Not hugely high brow, but not pulp novels.

However I travel for my job a bit and my preference is for intelligent, approaching-credible thrillers. Hunter fits into that genre for me. It is not too deep,...more
An excellent thriller that pulls together the plots and characters of the author's previous books Point Of Impact and Dirty White Boys. Had my favorite type of plot, great characters, and realistic action.
This is the second of a series on Bob Lee Swagger..You might have seen the movie "The Shooter" which told the story of Bob Lee. That was the first book in this series.

This book tells the story of Bob's father - Earl Swagger..Earl was a Medal of Honor recipient and is the Sheriff of the town - Blue Eye, AR. In 1955, Earl was killed by two local boys in a shoot out in a corn field. Forty years later, a newspaper journalist comes to Bob wanting to tell the story of Earl..Bob doesn't want to at firs...more
And this one is the best Stephen Hunter yet. This guy can flat tell a story. Some of the plot is not even interesting (I'm just not fascinated by the intricacies of various guns) but even so, his stories are just so compelling.
Another good Bob Lee story with the added benefit of how Earl Swagger died...and why. Bob Lee's "knowledge" of his father's death comes into question when a young man comes to him to get information for a book about Earl's death and how it ties to some events in his life. Bob's getting older and is still crotchety, but he and Russ Pewtie make a good team and Russ even brings out a smile and a joke or two from Bob. Who knew?

The background stories of the two men's families collide with each other...more
This was a re-read. Hunter is a reliable read, part of a well-done series. It's a two generational series and,as in this book, the stories sometimes weave between the two generations.
This was a great book, my first by Hunter. If you saw Sniper-that was one of his books, so you have an idea what this is like.
Second Bob Lee novel. Ties the first and Dirty White Boys together.
This starts out by swapping between the events on the day Earl Swagger died, and between what happens when a young reporter/novelist tries to find Bob Lee Swagger to ask him about what happened that day as well and find out more about Bob's father. It uses a lot of the characters through the other books, including old Sam Vincent, the family friend and attorney that helps Bob out in Point of Impact.

I actually found the writer bits to be very annoying. Uhm. Too much of a peek behind the curtain t...more
Mike (the Paladin)
It took me a while to get through this one, I had to keep bumping it to read library books so I could get them back on time. I still have 12 library books here but I just wanted to read this one. You can only hold off so long.

This is as the title above says the second of the Bob Lee Swagger novels. We pick up here years after the events of the first novel when a young man shows up wanting to write a book about the events that surround the death of Bob's father.

This book grows into a somewhat mo...more
Rob Haug
This is #2 of the Bob Lee Swagger series (The movie SHOOTER was based on the first book), but, as the author states at the end, can really be read as the final book in a trilogy, including Point of Impact (B.L. Swagger #1) and Dirty White Boys.
I really wanted to give this five stars, and probably would have, had it not been for one or two too convenient contrivances towards the end of the book. Suffice it to say, I really like Bob Lee Swagger as the protagonist. He's straight forward and no nons...more
Daniel Rudge
Black Light is the second book in the Bobby Lee Swagger series. The first book was made into a movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Danny Glover called "The Shooter." In this book, Bob is called back to his hometown of Blue Eye Arkansas to find out who killed his father and why in 1955. While unraveling the mystery of his father's death he also must try and figure out what happened on the last case his father was investigating, which started a mere eight hours before he died. While this book has som...more
Howard Anders
I just finished Stephen Hunter's "Black Light" which is the third book in a trilogy that started with "Point of Impact" and continued with "Dirty White Boys." In "Black Light" Bob Lee Swagger is compelled to determine whether his father's death in 1955 was the result of a random act of violence, or if it was collateral damage in a conspiracy. Bob Lee Swagger is brought to this task by Russ Pewtie, son of Deputy Bud Pewtie of "Dirty White Boys." Russ has dropped out of college, and is trying to c...more
For his second book featuring Bob Lee Swagger, the retired Marine gunnery sergeant falsely accused of a political assassination in Point of Impact, Stephen Hunter chose to incorporate several characters from his previous novel, Dirty White Boys . This seems like sort of an odd choice, since Point of Impact and Dirty White Boys originally had nothing to do with each other, but in general Black Light works, though it didn't blow me away. The first half of the narrative is split between 1996 and 1...more
Peter Fortune
For background to Stephen Hunter's books, see my review of "Point of Impact."

This is the second in Stephen Hunter’s Bobby Lee Swagger sniper series. Bob is an ex-Marine sniper with 87 recorded kills (341 actual kills) in Viet Nam. He has a well-earned reputation as the toughest man alive.

In this inviting page-turner, Bob is investigating the murder of his father, Earl, in 1955. Earl, an Arkansas state trooper and a WWII Medal of Honor-winning Marine, was murdered while investigating the murder-...more
David Graham
The second Bob Lee Swagger book was actually the first one I read. I bought the US mass market version in a department store in Stockholm of all places and did not know what to expect. It was phenomenal, following the reasonably common formula of having two parallel narratives, one in 'present day' and one years before when Bob Lee's father was mysteriously shot. Bob Lee was a great character in the first 3 books and the action was amazing but the thing that really sets the book apart from other...more
Again, Hunter writes a fun book, an action book. The research is there, although at times it can begin to sound like a catalogue of guns and ammo, rather than a narrative, but I'm sure die-hard gun lovers don't mind it at all.

Biggest problem: the antagonist, Red Bama, is too conceived, too sculpted. Aside from the fact that he was a criminal and perhaps slightly overly self-indulgent, he was cut to be a "great man," probably so that as readers we wouldn't hate him, which is the opposite problem...more
This is a sequel to both Point of Impact and Dirty White Boys. I wish I'd reread Dirty White Boys before rereading this one.

I recall that Dirty White Boys was my first Stephen Hunter book and it impressed the hell out of me.

Black Light was a little on the contrived side trying to link the death of Earl Swagger and the events of the Dirty White Boys, but still was an enjoyable read.

I didn't care much for Russ as a character, but I think I can see where Hunter (especially in his earlier years)...more
Oct 03, 2013 Wayne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Wayne by: Goodreads
This was the fifth book by Stephen Hunter that I have read and I believe it was the best. It goes into the death of Earl Swagger, father of Bob Lee Swagger. At that time Bob Lee was 9 years old and the death of his father was investigated and the culprits identified. They were the ones who had presumably shot Ear swagger in a gunfight in an Arkansas cornfield. Years later a man named Russell Pewtie was writing a book about Earl Swagger and wanted to interview Bob Lee. They ended up on a trail wh...more
William Harper
Wish I could give this one 6 stars! We learn a lot about Bob's dad in this one.

Bearing this book an appealing cover with so many great recommendations from prestigious authors I expected much more for my money
Hunter made the effort but could not conceive a story good enough to reflect the compelling recommendations he has achieved to promote his work.

Throughout the chapters I could not find smart twist and turns, bogus elements and other subterfuges that can wake up a sleepy reader. To make it worse, I also found a poor employment of language and...more
Another great action thriller from Stephen Hunter. This is a must read for Bob Lee and Earl Swagger fans. Hunter nicely ties "Point of Impact" and "Dirty White Boys" together and it's a great lead-in to the Earl Swagger novels. It's been a while since I read a Hunter novel and I have to say that I shouldn't have waited so long. I've recently been reading the Reacher series by Lee Child which I love, but Hunter's Swagger novels are just as good or may even be better! Highly recommend the Swagger...more
starting was slow.....but finishing was nail biting.....recommended read....
May 23, 2014 Jodi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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While it takes a while to get going, once the foot is on the accelerator, it doesn't let up. What other writer can get away with a page-long paragraph describing a rifle?

Hunter does a rare thing. He writes two-fisted genre stories that are well-written. To have his talent for story and writing and devote it too action/adventure deserves to be applauded. I can't think of another author that does it as well.

Bring this book on your next hunting trip, you won't be disappointed.
Having read about Earl Swagger sometime ago, it was interesting to read about his death, and about his son Bob Lee Swagger, now 40 years old. This book is fast paced, with intrigue, and a lot of action. Stephen Hunter does a good job of describing the settings, so you can easily picture them. The story goes that Bob Lee is approached by a young writer named Russ Pewtie, who wants to write about Earl Swagger. They stir things up and end up having to use their brains as well as their guns.
Joseph Kramer
Good. Father's death resolved.
Betsy Murphy
I didn't enjoy this one - not enough suspense or action ok not enough blood !
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