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Game of Snipers

(Bob Lee Swagger #11)

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"Bob Lee Swagger is a true American literary icon."--Mark Greaney, New York Times Bestselling Author of Mission Critical

In this blazing new thriller from Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter, master sniper Bob Lee Swagger takes on his biggest job to date...and confronts an assassin with skills that match his own.


When Bob Lee Swa
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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published July 19th 2019)
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Henry
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

Game of Snipers is the latest in Stephen Hunter's Bob Lee Swagger series and is as good as they come. Highly recommended for fans of thrillers that are written well and full of quotable lines.
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David Dalton
I have been reading the Bobby Lee Swagger novels so long, I feel almost as old as Bob. This book does not make him to be young or superhuman. He is 72 and it shows. But his mind is sharp as ever. A great cast of characters. Loved the ending. At 73 can we expect any more of Bob Lee?
The Real Book Spy
Bob “the Nailer” Swagger returns in another rip-roaring thriller from New York Times bestseller Stephen Hunter (G-Man, 2017, etc.), who serves up another thrilling adventure featuring the world’s more feared sniper.

Until now, when it comes to the long gun, Bob Lee Swagger’s unique set of skills has gone unmatched on the battlefield. That changes, though, when a man his equal in every way sets his sights on Swagger—who is determined to help a woman in desperate pursuit of exacting justice for he
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Abibliofob
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, sniper
This is a great piece of work, how a book about a sniper who doesn't use a sniper rifle can be good is all up to a great author. I just love Bob Lee Swagger stories. Any Swagger book is a good book. I must thank the G.P. Putnam's sons and Edelweiss for giving me the opportunity to read this one. I strongly recommend all my followers to try Stephen Hunter. ...more
Brad
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading the new Bob Lee Swagger novel, Game of Snipers is like putting on a favorite pair of pants. You know the characters and what Swagger stands for - it's so comfortable to ease into the story.
"Swagger gets a visit from a mom who's deployed son was killed by sniper fire. She wants someone to find the sniper. Swagger gets his old friend, FBI Agent Nick Memphis, involved when he realizes that the sniper has something big planned. And now they must figure out what and where and when. And hope
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Jim A
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Hunter has joined the likes of Daniel Silva and the late Vince Flynn in chasing down radical Islamists. During the scene set in Mossad headquarters I expected Gabriel Allon to walk into the meeting room.

As chasing a sniper stories go, this one was better than average. Probably because of Hunter's attention to detail and my familiarity of the "Bob The Nailer" character. On the other hand, Swagger is in his 70's and one wonders just how much longer he's going to be running around taking p
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Joyce
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 and 1 / 2 stars

This book is an exciting, but thoughtful thrill ride into the world of seventy-two year old Bob Lee Swagger. Bob is getting into his twilight years and likes to sit in his porch at his home in Idaho and contemplate life. When unexpectedly a woman walks into his life.

Her son was killed by a sniper while serving in the military overseas. She has spent years, a great deal of money and at a terrific personal sacrifice to track down the man who killed her son. She has him in her sig
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Cheryl
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wowser - another great Swagger tale

I have been a fan of author Stephen Hunter since POINT OF IMPACT. That particular book changed my mind about reading. I would have never thought I would appreciate a book about a sniper. But that book is one of my top ten of all time.

I've read most of Hunter's books since that time and loved the beginning ones. But, to me, there was a huge slump over the last few books. Hunter is back in fine form.

I missed the actual detail-oriented shooting books and I missed
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patrick Lorelli
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book opens with a woman Janet McDowell wanting help from Swagger. Telling him of the story of her son being killed by a sniper years ago, she goes through her trials and tribulations that have now led her to him. She also has somewhat of a picture of the man that she has been searching for. Not only has she been searching but so has Israel. Now taking her information with him he travels to Israel and goes through everything she explained to him. He then travels back to the U.S. Where they be ...more
Jerry Baird
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great one and I have read all of the Bob Lee Swagger Series. This one blew me away (no pun intended) . I am not a great lover of guns or what they imply these days, but Stephen Hunter provides an up to date realistic graphic of the NRA, Jihadi insurgents, Mexican Cartel Leaders, Israeli interventions, FBI, CIA and new characters that are spellbinding. Twists and plots galore and a major twister ending that culminates in thought provoking insights to history today. A great and disturbing ...more
Diane Saul
Swagger is approached by a woman who lost her son. She has spent years trying to track down the killer of her son. Now Swagger finds himself tracking one of the deadliest snipers. Local law, FBI and the Mossad are all pulled in.

This wasn’t my favorite Swaggert novel. There was way too much detail about the weapons which I found boring, I skipped over it. I liked it well enuf to want to see how it ended. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
Michael Rocharde
Swagger On

Of all the authors I follow, Stephen Hunter is the one I wait for most. Bob Lee Swagger is an incredible and indelible character and Hunters stories are always meticulously plotted with this new book being no exception. I thought his last, G-Man, was about as good as writing could get but this is as good as if not better. Having finished it and written this review, I’m going back and reading it again.
Peter
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gunnery Sergeant Bob Lee Swagger is a true fictional American hero—a Medal of Honor winning U. S. Marine sniper in Viet Nam, the son of a Medal of Honor winning U. S. Marine sniper in WWII, grandson of a USMC sniper in WWI, and father of a USMC sniper in Iraq. Bob Lee knows the deepest secrets of guns and sniping, and he's willing to pass them on.

Bob Lee is also a persuasive man. He has talked author Stephen Hunter into writing sixteen books about the Swagger family: eleven about Bob Lee, three
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Mark
Bob “the Nailer” Swagger returns in another great thriller...Definitely older and feeling it, he now uses his intelligence based in experience, to carry much of the story, but his physical abilities return to save at the end...Interesting, that I just finished Mason Cross' "The Killing Season" in which the antagonist in this "Bob the Nailer" plays such a great role...Juba, the legendary sniper of the Iraq insurgency, is in the US and Bob and his FBI connections are in a race to stop his next kil ...more
William
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without trying to spoil it This novel could be the last swagger adventures In his 70s and not able to chase down the bad guys like he used and this sniper is the best. He makes shot Swagger never dreamed a human could make. Once again I am riveted to the story and cant put it down. Hunters explanation and the way he integrates the gun culture into the story is some of the best writing. You don’t have to understand guns to enjoy the story. He doesn’t beat you over the head. Nor is it gun porn its ...more
Twobchelm
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of action, lots of information on guns, bullets and all the elements affecting the shot. A grieving mother wants revenge for the death of her son!
Ned Frederick
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shooting for accuracy requires Zen-like devotion and concentration but it can have a deeply technical, uber-nerdy side as well. As someone who spent a bit of my younger life trying to be better at biathlon (skiing and shooting), I can relate to the challenges of fine-tuning sight picture, building the perfect position, breath control, or, bench testing and curating a variety of ammo brands, bullets and loads to gain the slightest accuracy advantage. Author Hunter's deep dives down the rabbit hol ...more
Brad
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading the new Bob Lee Swagger novel, Game of Snipers is like putting on a favorite pair of pants. You know the characters and what Swagger stands for - it's so comfortable to ease into the story.
"Swagger gets a visit from a mom who's deployed son was killed by sniper fire. She wants someone to find the sniper. Swagger gets his old friend, FBI Agent Nick Memphis, involved when he realizes that the sniper has something big planned. And now they must figure out what and where and when. And hope
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Dbl
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Hit

I’ve read all the Bob Lee Swagger books and they are all good. The author hit the bullseye on this one. The storyline was good and the ending as well. Bob Lee is 72 in this book and he acts his age even suffering through some events he never would have had to when he was 25. The storyline is contemporary with current events even though some issues are left unsaid and not in the end ever fully resolved. A good way to conclude this book. The techie discussion about firearms is detailed but no
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Roger
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Hunter's Game of Snipers was incredibly enjoyable. The real thrill was seeing Bob Lee Swagger duke it out with another sniper who was as talented or more talented then he. Ellery Queen had a term for this-he would have called this big bad "the player on the other side." Swagger has faced tough opponents in the past but never someone he cannot (eventually) outshoot or outsmart. This novel is almost entirely a "pursuit" novel-an extended series of chases and machinations. This is something ...more
Brady Keister
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hunter delivers again

Always exciting, Bob Lee's adventures help to get this septagenarian's ticker going. I have read each novel as well as Earl's tales. If these are made into other films like the Whalberg one my hope is that there is someone more credible playing Bob Lee than what happened with Reacher. That little Cruise chap made a very poor substitute for the protagonist of those novels.
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John Babb
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another in the series of Bob Lee Swagger novels from Stephen Hunter. In this one, Swagger is nearing 70 years of age, with some of the physical difficulties of such. He, along with the FBI, and supported by experts from the Mossad, are trying to find, and stop, a world-class sniper from completing his assignment. He already has left behind a series of extremely cruel, yet effective, murders. They don't what the man's assignment is, only that he most assuredly has one, that it's bound to be someo ...more
Char (1RadReader59)
The book opens with a woman Janet McDowell wanting help from Swagger. Telling him of the story of her son being killed by a sniper years ago, she goes through her trials and tribulations that have now led her to him. She also has somewhat of a picture of the man that she has been searching for. Not only has she been searching but so has Israel. Now taking her information with him he travels to Israel and goes through everything she explained to him. He then travels back to the U.S. Where they be ...more
Barbara Baker
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Stephen Hunter books about Earl or Bob Lee Swagger. This is about an Arab sniper that Bob Lee learns has gone to the U.S. in order to kill a significant person, identity unknown. It took me a while to get into the book, primarily because of Hunter’s detailed descriptions of guns. I’m as interested in guns as I am in plumbing or trash collection, i.e. not at all. The detailed descriptions continued at various times throughout the book, but skimming over them kept me from missing th ...more
Jeffrey
I have enjoyed most of the Bob Lee Swagger novels. This one is pretty good. I love the details about long distance shooting and reloading. Bob Lee is, was, and always will be a great character. Bob's age has become a logically written barrier to his performance in dangerous situations, but he is still tough.

On the other hand, the plot was just okay, describing a trigger pull by way of a simile comparing it to female sex organs was really inappropriate if not misogynistic, and a sniper banking a
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Tom Tischler
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman who lost a son in the war has spent years hunting a sniper. She shows
up on Bob Lee Swaggers doorstep seeking help. He agrees and what starts out as
a favor soon turns into an obsession. Swagger is soon back in action teaming up
with Mossad and the FBI. He soon is tracking the sniper who is his equal in every
way. Anyone who enjoys reading about rifles and snipers will enjoy this book.
I myself spent 8 years in the service so I found this book interesting and I
enjoyed it. I gave it a 4
Rex Fuller
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Hunter is one of our best yarn-spinners. And this is one of his best. A fast-paced, tension-all-the-way, modern shot-taker.

We get the true version of Bob Lee Swagger here. Tough, gentle old Marine with a bullet quick mind and head-long bravery that gets him shot at and shot up more often than not.

There are a few glitches. For example, the author has “F-18's” (a Navy plane) operating from an Air Force Base. Not impossible, but so untypical as to require explanation; Hunter probably meant
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Art
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bob Lee Swagger has covered a lot of ground since we first met. Once a young Army sniper, he is now a 72-year-old rancher living in Idaho.

He's been shot, stabbed and knocked around in all those years. But he has still managed to land on his feet -- and to keep shooting better than the other guys.

He's sitting on his porch when a woman drives up his secluded, rural driveway looking for help. She wants to find the sniper who killed her soldier son. She's invested a lot of time and money and been kn
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Skye Taylor
I love this series and the character of Bob Lee Swagger, but found myself frustrated by the overabundance of detail on sniping. I listened to this on audible and the reader was fantastic. Game of Snipers had a great story line and would have kept me on the edge of my seat with suspense if the author had not gone into endless and repetitive detail about the guns used, the wind, humidity, distance, adjustments etc. The first time he did so in this book was both understandable and worked to help th ...more
Larry
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another Bob Lee Swagger story. Along the way, Stephen Hunter has created a 'family' of stories – Bob Lee, his father, his son. By my count, this is #11 in the series – and one of his best books. The plot is pretty straightforward. The famous Viet Nam sniper, “Bob the Nailer”, now 72, is asked by a women for help killing the Syrian sniper who killer her son. Bob is not a murder but, feeling sorry for the mother, agrees to make a few calls ... which inevitably leads to Bob tracking down th ...more
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“University, where she is an adjunct professor of education and serves on the Veterans Committee, among about a thousand other things. That’s heroism. I have taken the kernel of her story and do what I do, which is dramatize, romanticize, exaggerate, and open fire. Hence, Game of Snipers. Now, on to apologies, excuses, and evasions. Let me offer the first to Tel Aviv; Dearborn, Michigan; Greenville, Ohio; Wichita, Kansas; Rock Springs, Wyoming; and Anacostia, D.C. I generally go to places I write about to check the lay of streets, the fall of shadows, the color of police cars, and the taste of local beer. At seventy-three, such ordeals-by-airport are no longer fun, not even the beer part; I only go where there’s beaches. For this book, I worked from maps and Google, and any geographical mistakes emerge out of that practice. Is the cathedral three hundred yards from the courthouse in Wichita? Hmm, seems about right, and that’s good enough for me on this. On the other hand, I finally got Bob’s wife’s name correct. It’s Julie, right? I’ve called her Jen more than once, but I’m pretty sure Jen was Bud Pewtie’s wife in Dirty White Boys. For some reason, this mistake seemed to trigger certain Amazon reviewers into psychotic episodes. Folks, calm down, have a drink, hug someone soft. It’ll be all right. As for the shooting, my account of the difficulties of hitting at over a mile is more or less accurate (snipers have done it at least eight times). I have simplified, because it is so arcane it would put all but the most dedicated in a coma. I have also been quite accurate about the ballistics app FirstShot, because I made it up and can make it do anything I want. The other shot, the three hundred, benefits from the wisdom of Craig Boddington, the great hunter and writer, who looked it over and sent me a detailed email, from which I have borrowed much. Naturally, any errors are mine, not Craig’s. I met Craig when shooting something (on film!) for another boon companion, Michael Bane, and his Outdoor Channel Gun Stories crew. For some reason, he finds it amusing when I start jabbering away and likes to turn the camera on. Don’t ask me why. On the same trip, I also met the great firearms historian and all-around movie guy (he knows more than I do) Garry James, who has become” 0 likes
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