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Sniper's Honor (Bob Lee Swagger #9)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,611 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
In this tour de force—part historical thriller, part modern adventure—from the New York Times bestselling author of I, Sniper, Bob Lee Swagger uncovers why WWII’s greatest sniper was erased from history…and why her disappearance still matters today.
Ludmilla “Mili” Petrova was once the most hunted woman on earth, having raised the fury of two of the most powerful leaders
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2014)
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Glen In my opinion you would not have to read them in order but it would be of help if you could. Any time you have a series of books that more or less…moreIn my opinion you would not have to read them in order but it would be of help if you could. Any time you have a series of books that more or less follow the time line of a person, it's probably a good idea start with the first one and go from there. If you don't want to buy them, visit your local library as I'm pretty sure they'll have them.(less)
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Dana Stabenow
Jan 30, 2015 Dana Stabenow rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite reads of 2014.

Retired sniper Bob Lee Swagger gets a call from journalist friend Kathy Reilly, who is writing a story on a Russian female sniper in World War II called the White Witch. The scene shifts to World War II and the sniper herself, along with her boss and her target. As her story unfolds in alternate chapters, we follow Bob and Kathy in the present day as they rediscover her story, one of love and war and fanaticism and betrayal, with front row seats to battles that w
Jan 06, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
Sniper's Honor was 4 Sniper Rounds on target, losing only a star for a slightly implausible modern day bad guy. But the part of the book that takes place back in WWII is superb. Hunter knows how to write sniper tactics and CQB, just great fights.
In this latest Bob Lee Swagger tale, “Bob the Nailer” is pushing 68, retired and bored out of his mind on his western ranch. He needs something to get him interested and it just so happens an old journalist acquaintance needs help researching the story o
Jon Kurtz
Dec 07, 2015 Jon Kurtz rated it really liked it
Back in September I rated The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter. I deemed that novel worthy of three stars(average), but included negative comments in my review, specifically regarding excessive detail, prolonged scenes, and a disjointed pace that switched form present to past. Thankfully, Sniper's Honor exhibited none of these perceived shortcomings.

In Sniper's Honor, Bob Lee Swagger finds himself embroiled in a deadly mystery conceived nearly seventy years in the past during the German retreat f
Danny Tyran
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Apr 26, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveways
Shelves: mystery, thriller, wwii
Stephen Hunter's "Sniper's Honor" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a fast-paced, action-packed history- based thriller set in the Ukraine during WWII during the Nazi regime's reign of terror. It begins when Kathy Reilly, a journalist for The Washington Post and Bob Lee Swagger, a retired expert sniper travel to the Carpathian Mountains to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of WWII's greatest sniper. Kathy and Bob try to piece together the history that made Ludmilla “Mili” Petrov ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
If you are a lover of military action and drama than this is the book for you. The story is compelling and the characters are solid and believable. This book is intricately detailed and technical so if you are former military you will really appreciate this attention to detail. That being said I, being non military, found the intense description a little tedious to read through at times. But it was good enough to keep me reading to the end. 4 star review

***I was provided my copy of Sniper's Hono
May 22, 2014 Ed rated it liked it
Sixty eight year old Bob Lee Swagger journeys to the Ukraine to research why Ludmilla "Milli" Petrova, a female Russian sniper, was deleted from both Russian and German records during WW2 action on the Eastern Front. Bob Lee and his journalist friend Reilly, meet resistance to their efforts at finding the truth about her last mission; to kill one Dr Groedle, a high ranking Nazi was criminal. Stephen Hunter's prodigious research on troop movements, unit designations and ordinance used by both sid ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Wayne rated it really liked it
This was the ninth book written by Stephen Hunter with Bob Lee Swagger as the central character. This book was different than the other Swagger books. Swagger was a retired cowboy living on his homestead ranch near the Cascades. He became enamored in the story of a crack sniper in WW II who fought for the Russians and is rumored to have killed a Nazi war criminal. She was a lady who had developed a reputation for being a superb crack sniper. The Germans made it a number one mission to kill this ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Dominick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
It's a bit hard to believe in 68-year-old Bob Swagger as action hero, but at least he's not quite as superhuman here as he has been in some of the other books. He does shrug off getting shot, but it was barely a graze, after all, and other than that, he doesn't do anything that's really unbelievable (like learning how to use a samurai sword--and actually defeat an expert--in a few days, as he did in one book). The plot is nicely constructed around parallel actions in the past and present--a devi ...more
Karl Jorgenson
Mar 16, 2015 Karl Jorgenson rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Stephen Hunter, and Sniper's Honor doesn't disappoint. His prose is always fantastic, his characters completely alive, and most importantly, his tricky, intertwined plot lines are unmatched.
Minor negatives: as with Soft Target, there are some leaps of faith necessary to accept the plot. Bob Swagger takes up the cause of a long dead WWII sniper by flying to Moscow and the Ukraine, risking his life, enlisting others in his cause, etc. It's the thinnest of motivations: he's inter
Linda Wells
Jun 08, 2014 Linda Wells rated it really liked it
Hunter extends the Bobie Swagger series with a finely crafted tale that links a WWII Russian sniper's story with a present day quest for the true story of the sniper's fate. The scale of the Eastern Front battles of WWII, seventy years of political intrigue, and the Snipers' Code, embodied in Swagger's quest, will hold your attention to the conclusion. I always finish the series wanting more B.L. Swagger.
Jul 19, 2014 Tim rated it did not like it
Stephen Hunter is an excellent author. Unfortunately, narrator Buck Schirner performs in a flat, dull monotone without inflexion that literally put me to sleep. Consequently, I had to snipe this story long before its conclusion. 1 of 10 stars
Rex Fuller
Jun 13, 2014 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it
This has the feel of non-fiction and maybe should have been written as such. Bob Lee Swagger takes off for Moscow–without much to justify it–and helps a Washington Post writer get the real story behind the disappearance of a WWII female Russian sniper, which in turn tells the story of the Eastern Front in an interesting and engaging manner. The author delivers his expertise in small arms and the story is pretty good. If you like Bob Lee, as I do, you’ll like this book. Otherwise, it might seem a ...more
Rowena Hoseason
Mar 18, 2015 Rowena Hoseason rated it really liked it
An aging, charismatic cowboy with a unique set of skills seeking a cause to champion. A dedicated WW2 sniper, subsequently dishonoured and forgotten. A real and present-day WMD threat, chillingly described. Overlooked events in the dog days of the fight between Nazi Germany and the Red Army. The working day grind of an intelligence analyst in a national security agency.

All these aspects form the story of ‘Sniper’s Honor’ to create a deceptively clever, multi-layered thriller. You don’t notice h
Gary Burke
Dec 21, 2014 Gary Burke rated it really liked it
This is the first Bob Lee Swagger book that I have read by Stephen Hunter, and it won't be the last, I'm sure.

The story is a fast paced mystery/thriller, written about the same historic incident from two perspectives. The first narrative takes place in 1944 in the Ukraine. The second perspective is from "the present", by people investigating the 1944 historic event. This style worked very well.

I quite enjoyed the flip flopping between the present and the past, as the story unfolded (in the past
Dan Downing
Nov 13, 2014 Dan Downing rated it it was amazing
Stephan Hunter has produced an unparalleled body of work. He started with "The Master Sniper" and has used the sniper persona in many books, including the present one, the 9th Bob Lee Swagger entry. Along the way Hunter has written a prison escape book, an assault on a military base thriller, a history of the assassination attempt on President Truman, used settings ranging from Arkansas to Havana. This time out he takes us mostly to the Ukraine, switching form a WWII period to today.
As Hunter ha
David Fraser
Sep 10, 2014 David Fraser rated it it was amazing
I'll get this out in the open right up front. I've become a little iffy on the Swagger books. I loved the first three. I was thrilled back in 2007 when I heard that, after a nine year break, more Bob Lee books were on the way. Then I read them. For the most part, they're not bad books, but they weren't anywhere near as good as the original three. It looked like things were heading in the right direction with 2013's The Third Bullet. To me, Sniper's Honor is as good as anything else in the series ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Mimi rated it really liked it
Bob Lee Swagger is depressed and needs more to do when he gets a call from his reporter friend, Kathy Reilly. She has run across the name of a Russian female sniper named Ludmilla "Mili" Petrova but can find out no other information about her. She gets curious and wants Bob's help to find out more about Russia. He goes and the adventure begins.

The story goes back and forth between what is happening in Russia relative to Mili and the Nazis around 1944, and the present in Russia with Bob
Jim Curtin
Jun 24, 2014 Jim Curtin rated it it was amazing
Way to go, Stephen. Nice job and thanks for another great installment in the on-going Bob Lee Swagger series. I know it must be tough to keep a 68 year-old on the move like this.

This book had the precision of a Clancy novel and the ambiance of a James Lee Burke novel. It blended timelines in a fresh and interesting way without being overly complex as is often the case with time-hopping.

OK - the intuitive leaps were almost mystical, but I think that seems to be where he is taking Bob, to having
Jan McClintock
Jun 05, 2014 Jan McClintock rated it it was amazing
Author Stephen Hunter obviously did his research for this, his third adventure with ex-sniper Bob Lee Swagger. He describes the historical aspects of the World War as well as the contemporary underside of a mafia-influenced Russian government excellently.

Hunter illustrates the main characters—Bob Lee Swagger and Kathy Reilly—well, although Swagger seems a bit old for some of the physical action. I also understood Ludmilla and her motivation to fight for her country, even though she mistrusted t
May 26, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-thriller
I’ve read each of the Bob Lee Swagger novels, and I’ve become a fan of the Navy Cross-winning Viet Nam-era Marine sniper known as Bob the Nailer. His alter ego, Stephen Hunter, puts him into interesting situations and shows how he wiggles his way from underdog to victory. But this story is different—Bob Lee is a detective investigating the story of Stalin’s White Witch, Ludmila Petrovna. Mili is a sniper in the Russian army. She is smart, blond, beautiful (not a characteristic of Soviet-era Russ ...more
Tucker Elliot
May 24, 2014 Tucker Elliot rated it really liked it
SNIPER’S HONOR – “the war was hungry”

A quick note: I’m writing this review from the perspective of a Stephen Hunter fan and someone who has read all the books in the Bob Lee Swagger series.

For readers already familiar with Bob Lee Swagger’s violent gun world I’d rate this book on par with I, SNIPER or THE THIRD BULLET, far better than NIGHT OF THUNDER or THE 47th SAMURAI, but not as good as the old classics POINT OF IMPACT or TIME TO HUNT.

In other words, among Hunter’s recent books it’s a very g
Khamneithang Vaiphei
May 20, 2014 Khamneithang Vaiphei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Sniper's Honor by New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hunter is a Bob Lee Swagger novel which is the ninth in the series. A fascinating story set in the Ukraine during World War II at the height of Hitler Nazi’s campaign for worldwide dominance and supremacy which unleashed mayhem and gore of the worst possible kind, this history-based thriller is a riveting read full of action suspense, drama and intrigue.

In this excitement-filled thriller, retired master sniper Bob Lee Swagger travels t
David Jarrett
When one reads a book by Stephen Hunter, he expects an exciting yarn, full of action in the form of Bob Lee Swagger. This book does not give the reader that. It's plot is far more complicated than any of Hunter's previous offerings, and much of it is coverage of an obscure historical event. Swagger is the protagonist in name only -- the activities of others take precedence. In this, if one is a Bob Lee Swagger fan, the book is a disappointment.

It seems to me that Hunter has become bored with wri
Paul Pessolano
May 10, 2014 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“Sniper’s Honor” by Stephen Hunter, published by Simon and Schuster.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – May 20, 2014

Those of you who follow Stephen Hunter know that his main character is Bob Lee Swagger who is ex-military, ex-sniper, and a walking encyclopedia on armament. Sniper’s Honor may be his best book to date.

During the Second World War the Russian military used women as snipers, and they were very good. “Sniper’s Honor” is a fictionalized story of one of the best “Lady Killers
Apr 09, 2014 katnick rated it it was amazing
I won an advance copy of Sniper's Honor in a Goodreads giveaway. I requested it because I read and loved another of Hunter's thrillers (Soft Target). When Sniper's Honor opened with a quote from The Terminator, I knew we would get along like a house on fire.

I love Sniper's Honor for a lot of reasons. It's part World War II novel, part modern-day thriller. The plotting is tight and the prose is clever. The two timelines trade the narrative back and forth as each set of characters discovers clues
It didn't take me long before I was hooked by this excellent adventure novel. Bob Lee Swagger is such a superb character that I just closed my eyes and imagined Clint Eastwood portraying him on the screen.

Swagger has retired. He's still one of the best authorities on snipers. Kathy Reilly, a friend and reporter, tells him she's trying to find more about a missing sniper from WWII. The sniper is Mili Petrova and she's called the White witch.

Swagger has a meeting with Reilly and on alternating cha
Nov 17, 2014 Frank rated it really liked it
This was a real change of pace for Hunter. Although it is a Bob Lee Swagger story, Bob Lee seems to take second fiddle to the story of Mili Petrova, a beautiful female Russian sniper who was sent on a mission to kill one of Hitler's close henchmen during World War II. Swagger is recruited by Kathy Reilly, a reporter friend to help her find out the story behind Petrova who has for some reason been erased from Russian records. The story of Petrova is very interesting including her exploits to achi ...more
May 27, 2014 DR rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bob the Nailer is 68 years old in SNIPER’S HONOR. Like Odysseus, he’s cranky and restless at home sitting in his rocker. His long-suffering wife, Julie, tells Bob he needs “a new young woman to fall in love with and never touch.” That woman is Ludmilla Petrova – the Red Army’s fearsome WW II sniper known as “the White Witch”--who was killed or erased from the historical record a year before Bob Lee Swagger was even born. With help from a crony at the Moscow bureau of the Washington Post, he sets ...more
Bob Ryan
Jul 17, 2015 Bob Ryan rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of My Hunter's sniper books and the tales of Bob Lee Swagger. I think Mr. Hunter's novel, The Third Bullet, comes the closest to explaining the JFK assassination than anything else I've read.

This story follows a Russian female sniper on a WWII mission to kill a German official. Hunter also tells a parallel story involving Swagger and an investigative reporter in search of a historical record of the female sniper. This allows Hunter to tell both stories simultaneously and stretch o
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