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Sniper's Honor

(Bob Lee Swagger #9)

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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,734 ratings  ·  259 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
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Hardcover, 414 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Simon Schuster
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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
Sep 04, 2014 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
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Mike
Nov 27, 2014 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
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Danny Tyran
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Jon Kurtz
Dec 07, 2015 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
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Wendy
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveways
Shelves: wwii, thriller, mystery
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
Rex Fuller
Jun 10, 2014 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
Linda Wells
Jun 08, 2014 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.
Holly
Mar 24, 2014 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
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Christopher Taylor
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book significantly more than the previous Swagger books I'd read, largely because of the historical information and the setting of the flashbacks in WW2. What I know about the time period and Russian culture, history, etc, was matched by the details in the book, and the story of Mili the sniper was well done. The parts with Swagger in them were less interesting, but overall the book was a quality read except for the very last chapters which I won't spoil, but felt unlikely and as ...more
Dominick
Oct 10, 2015 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
Ed
May 20, 2014 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
Wayne
Oct 05, 2014 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
Karl Jorgenson
Mar 16, 2015 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
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Tim
Jul 18, 2014 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
Will
SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW WITH PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOWS:

Sweet Jesus, if every novel's DNA centered around the improbable rescue and escape of a blonde-haired, blue-eyed smoking hot Russian female hero sniper, there'd be no need for the lower sixty percent of Goodread's rating scale! I mean, come on, everyone who has even tangential involvement with Ludmilla 'Mili' Petrova falls in love with her, including Bob Lee Swagger 70 years after the Wehrmacht's defeat and retreat from the 'eastern front.' To
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Nate
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hunter’s post Night of Thunder streak continues with the awfully-titled Sniper’s Honor.. Honestly, I know this is petty and doesn’t affect the quality of the book but that is seriously unimaginative titling. Thankfully it goes well with the completely bland cover! Writing this good seriously deserves better than this cheesy bargain-bin shit Hunter seems to be cool with. Anyways, although Hunter has touched on WW2 in a couple previous books I’m kind of surprised it took him this long to write one ...more
Matt Harrison
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really cool sniper book. I have been reading Kindle Unlimited books, most of which have amazing, crazy plots with horribly sub-par execution. I am reminded yet again why Kindle Unlimited has such a huge library for so little per month... BUT I am glad to step away from it to remind me how it's really done! Like many of SH's novels, this one bounces back and forth in timelines and characters, 3rd-person limited. The historical timeline comes to us from the Ukraine towards the end of WWII, as told ...more
Tucker Elliot
May 24, 2014 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
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Raimo Wirkkala
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel greatly exceeded my, albeit, low expectations for it. It turns out Mr. Hunter crafts an effective adventure yarn featuring a very likable, aging hero. My one quibble would be the author's penchant, no doubt geared towards a particular niche element of his readership, for rather clinical and detailed exposition regarding the characteristics of this-or-that firearm. These interludes seem like 'gun porn' and really add little of worth to the narrative.
Harris Niazi
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5
The Russian sniper Ludmilla Petrova's part in the story was interesting, thrilling and exciting. I have always liked WW2 thrillers and the part of the story that stuck to that era was excellent. Otherwise the rest of the story was below average, too many coincidences, so may rating is for the portion of 1944 story.
Phil
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Fantastic read but then again what does expect from the master, Stephen Hunter. A classic that puts the modern day, Bob Swagger, goes back to Russia to trace the steps of a WWII Russian blond sniper to get the story of how she perished. This captivating story goes back in time during the war and to the present which will keep the reader in suspense all the way to the very end.
Alex Gherzo
Stephen Hunter is one of my favorite writers and I look forward to his books more than most, never more so than when he's bringing back Bob Lee Swagger. Sniper's Honor, his latest Bob the Nailer adventure, is certainly better than previous series entry The Third Bullet (probably the only book of his I flat-out didn't like), but it makes some of the same mistakes and just isn't as good as most of his other novels.

In World War II, Mili Petrova was Russia's deadliest sniper, but she disappeared wh
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Djj
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Swagger investigates a female Russian sniper who disappeared during WW2. naturally somone wants to stop him. it's ok. I think Swagger has just become an excuse to sell books. Hunter knows if he adds Swagger to a story it'll bump sales. the WW2 story is pretty good. The modern Swagger part less so.
Lorrie Nesbitt
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read, with a great unique story telling technique

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but I really enjoyed how the author told it. He mixed “past” with “present” to keep the story flowing. Well done!!
Vicki Klemm
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first Bob Lee Swagger book. I've read a couple about his father and really liked them, the history, etc... Liked this story, however some parts a little far-fetched. Really liked the female sniper. Always disturbing to read about the Nazis.
Douglas Richey
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed every moment !

Well written, with so many twists and turns. Going from the present, back to 1944, developing their figuring out the story of a woman Russian sniper. Sure enjoy Stephen Hunter's books.
Jeff Ulmer
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sniper’s Honor

A great story. Not as much Swagger heroics in this one as previous but an excellent read and one of his best. Loved the style of it, switching from the past to present.
Tom Corry
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Great historical fiction.
Todd Haines
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent series. Another 5 Star. I really like the accuracy with the Ballistics info and the creative story lines.
Bill
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Either my tastes have changed or this is not up to the standards of previous Stephen Hunter books.
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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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