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Game of Snipers

(Bob Lee Swagger #11)

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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  428 ratings  ·  55 reviews
"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 Swagger is approached by a woman wh
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published July 19th 2019)
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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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Donna Hines
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Has Bob Swagger finally met his match?
It all goes down when Janet McDowell the woman deemed 'crazy' seeks revenge for the killing of her decorated war hero son Lance Corporal Thomas McDowell.
She wants to know the truth ~Who pulled the trigger that killed her son?~
Simply enough, however not many wanted to take on this case so like most mothers she did the leg work herself thumbing her nose at the FBI and CIA and finding the sniper known simply as 'Juba'.
Well folks you know the game is going to ge
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Abibliofob
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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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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.
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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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
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.
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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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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Marshall
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those (like me!) who enjoy the adventures of Stephen Hunter's Bob Lee Swagger, this book will be right up your alley. The story begins with the tragic story of a mother whose son was killed by notorious Arab assassin called Juba, and Bob Lee agrees to reach out to some friends who can help. Of course, Bob Lee does not remain on the sidelines for long and becomes a very active participant in the hunt for Juba, in Syria and then across the United States. Juba is on a mysterious mission, and th ...more
Joel
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Stephen Hunter and this series. It's one of the best in the genre and Bob Lee Swagger is at the top of my favorite characters. This book has been a little slow getting off the drawing board and into the book stores, so I was looking forward to it. It was little uneven in parts, but overall another good entry into the series.

It was uneven because its main character, the sniper Bob Lee, is now 70+ years old! Its hard to be the lead character in a action oriented thriller series when
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Kathleen Gray
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for an action oriented thriller with a lot of, well, swagger, this one's for you. At times implausible and others inaccurate (CIA can't put a US citizen on the no-fly list), it is at root a chase story. Bob Lee Swagger is 75 and enjoying time on his ranch when he's approached by Janet McDowell, who wants to find and exact revenge on the sniper who killed her son in Iraq. She's been on a quest since he died to find that person (this is where a lot of the implausible lies but get ...more
Linda
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Point of Impact was the first Bobby Lee Swagger book I read and I loved it so much I remember calling my husband after I finished it to read him the ending. There have been others read over the years, but I had lost touch with Mr. Swagger....until this one.

If you are into guns, especially sniper rifles, you will love this book. If you love guns and action you will be in heaven! What a story line and what an ending that will keep you on the edge of you seat (I love books like that), and begging f
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Bettye McKee
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-hunter
This is prime!

Readers of the Swagger books are heartsick that Bob Lee Swagger is an old geezer. So it is pure delight when we discover that there's still fire in him. He still has great piles of information stored in his brain. He still knows strategy and tactics. He is still useful.

When Bob sets his sights on Juba the Sniper, all of his skills and knowledge and experience come into play. Through his pal, Nick Memphis, he has the backing of the FBI. In addition to knowing where Juba is, they nee
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Jay Clement
76-2019. Our 73-year old hero, Bob Lee Swagger, is called upon by his country and some familiar characters from books past to help with a case of international proportions. His good ol’ boy smarts and instincts save the day eventually. Some quality bad guys, some typical dialogue about how stupid people are who aren’t Bob Lee Swagger and his friends, and pages and pages of loving descriptions of sniper rifles and the exotica of hand-loaded match grade ammo for same. Reads like a bit of a Day Of ...more
Frank
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Bob Lee Swagger may be 72 years old but he still packs a lot of knowledge about guns, ammunition, and, most of all, accurate shooting. In this tale, Bob provides technical support to unnamed agencies from the USA and elsewhere to try to find an assassin who is intent on killing someone somewhere. The group uses Bob's knowledge to begin the investigation. The tale contains a large amount of interesting technical detail but may be exhausting for readers who just want to get to the action. The shoo ...more
Freder
Jun 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Bang, said the AK-74
"Whakka-whakka-whakka- went the blades."

How a piece of crap like this comes to have a five-star rating at Goodreads just shows that shills and fake reviews abound.

I suppose this kind of book is aimed squarely at drooling, "swagger"-ing beer-bellied right-wing rednecks. Can't imagine why anyone else would consume this drivel. Even the name of the main character is idiotic.

At least most of the italics were set properly. That's about the only good thing I can say.
Brian
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A viewpoint of two snipers on the hunt. The plot was marred by Mrs. McDowell "magically" saving the day, which seemed like a plot contrivance to say the least. Otherwise, the book seem fairly well researched and made plausible sense. To say the character "Swagger" was getting long on tooth, would be an understatement, time to develop a new character and put him to rest, so to speak. First time reading this author, it was okay as a thriller, but well written moving up the value overall quality of ...more
James
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4++Other than the great one about the Ruskie woman sniper who took out the arrogant gestapo general, this was my fav Bob Lee. I read them all, in order, and I can't
wait until 73 yo Stephen Hunter writes again about 73 yo BL Swagger. This book has distinct political overtones: A Syrian sniper, funded by Iranian extremists feigns to kill 45 while 44 is really his target. Hunter's 45 has the same arrogance as the real 45. Don't worry: no presidents were harmed in the testing of Joe Bob's rifle or
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David C Ward
A pretty good chase after a master sniper from the Middle East, targeting someone in the US. There’s a nice twist at the end. But while I get the appeal of weaponry, Hunter’s books have gotten much too heavy on the details and descriptions of firearms and ammunition. A little goes a long way. And there’s a very unfortunate analogy for a trigger: talk about gun porn. More interesting would have been more on who was running the plot.

Also: the background of the cartel boss is. . .implausible. And
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j
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been a big fan of the Swagger novels since the first one, and this one, likely the last, is top notch! Fabulous twist as the action is close to climaxing and a slightly unbelievable but mom-of-the-century character in the mix at a core level. I say ‘likely the last’ because Swagger is into his 70’s here, and the reader does struggle with credibility in some of the action. Let him ride his horses into many sunsets.
Ann Amadori
I gave this book 3 stars in spite of all the technical gun/long range shooting stuff that is meaningless to me. Bob Lee Swagger was an important but minor character which was not my favorite thing about the book. There was nothing about his family for the weeks he was working on this "game". The action moved along well from different viewpoints. The writing seemed to have a different feel to it from other Swagger books.
Bret Schwartz
I enjoyed this book and i'm glad I read it, however if this is your first Stephen Hunter book, read "point of impact" first and any of the earlier Bob Lee Swagger books. I'm such a big Steven Hunter fan that my gaming name is "Bob The Nailer" :) . It was a good story and kept me interested,but it didn't keep me up at night wanting to read it. I'm having a hard time with an old Bob Lee Swagger. Maybe Stephen Hunter will go back to the young Swagger during his Vietnam days.
David Jarrett
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but very technical

I enjoyed this read, but not as much as I have enjoyed Hunter's earlier works. There is much more technical detail regarding ballistics than in most of his other novels, and less actual story. As a firearm aficionado, this did not put me off, but it may others. It's too bad Bob Lee has to get old and unable to do the things he used to, but that's life -- gonna get us all eventually!
Jarrod
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
bobleeswagger kicks ass. He gets recruited by the mom of a soldier KIA in Iraq to go after her son's killer. He goes on the hunt with the help of Mossad and the FBI. No spoilers, but it's a very good read. Lots of firearm and shooting detail. I very much nerded out to this book. Lots of realistic plot twist. Reads like a better version of the the day of the jackal (much, much, much better - I wasn't particularly fond of DOJ).
Frank Liska
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Book for Old Guys

As usual for Hunter: technically accurate. Story well written with lots of surprises. Most important is the fact that Bob Lee Swaggerr is now OLD and facing a villain 40 years his junior. Hunter pulls no punches on the physical limitations of a 73 year old. You won’t know whether old age and experience trumps youth and talent until the end. Read and find out!
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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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  • Black Light (Bob Lee Swagger, #2)
  • Time to Hunt (Bob Lee Swagger, #3)
  • The 47th Samurai (Bob Lee Swagger, #4)
  • Night of Thunder (Bob Lee Swagger, #5)
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  • The Third Bullet (Bob Lee Swagger, #8)
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