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Four famed '60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose ninety-three kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicidFour famed '60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose ninety-three kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide. In closing out the investigation, Nick discovers a case made in heaven: everything fits, from timeline, ballistics, and forensics to motive, means, and opportunity. Maybe it's a little too perfect. Nick asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data. Using a skill set no other man on earth possesses, Swagger soon discovers unseen anomalies and gradually begins to unravel a sophisticated conspiracy -- one that would require the highest level of warcraft by the most superb special operations professionals. As Swagger penetrates the deepest secrets of the sniper world and its new technology, Nick stands firm in the face of hardball PR initiatives and an inflamed media calling for his ouster.Swagger soon closes in, and those responsible will stop at nothing to take him out. But these heavily armed men make the mistake of thinking they are hunting Bob, when he is, in fact, hunting them."I, Sniper" will satisfy Stephen Hunter's legions of fans and win him droves of new ones with its signature blend of brilliant plotting, vivid characters, razor-sharp dialogue, and extraordinary gunfights. And when Swagger and the last of his antagonists finally face each other, reenacting a classic ritual of arms, it is clear that at times there's nothing more necessary than a good man with a gun and the guts to use it....

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Number of Pages : 418 Pages
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I, Sniper Reviews

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-12-04 22:47

    Yes, you're seeing that right. I'm giving this book 5 big stars. This is unabashed brain candy. This is a mental big mac with a large side of fries, an extra large Coke and the meal includes your favorite pie smothered in ice cream. This is the sixth Bob Lee Swagger novel and it's my favorite so far. This one goes back to the roots of the Bob Lee story, back to the Sniper story. The book has a cast of characters "who are completely fictional and if they bear any resemblance to any actual person living or dead" it's completely coincidental...really...completely coincidental...no doubt.Anyway, as the book opens several people are killed by a sniper. The FBI has a plethora of evidence that leads them to one man. That man is "Carl Hitchcock" legendary sniper from Vietnam http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_H... (I had a military reference here but they changed where the link led so I replaced it with a Wiki link). The case seems open and closed, air tight, iron clad...except when Bob Lee looks into it, things don't hold up.There is also a sort of inside joke that runs through this book that older readers (Vietnam era readers) and many country music fans will get. I found myself laughing out loud a few times. I'll say more about that under a spoiler tag later.So, if you like a good action read I believe you'll like this one. If you're a gun enthusiast I think you'll like it (some humor here to). Anyone who's a shooter target or whatever has seen the "looks" and dealt with the attitude that "you must be just a bit off" if you..."like guns". You know...you're a, "gun nut". Right? Mr Hunter gets some humor from that. The action here picks up as Bob looks into things and then gives us one of those slam bang page turning rides that the best action books manage.There is a bit of...sliding close to the edge of the "suspension of disbelief" precipice here. But it didn't push me over (as he, Mr. Hunter did a bit in The 47th Samurai). I can enthusiastically recommend this one. Enjoy.Now...are you one who picked up the slightly inside joke? If your are you might enjoy what I put under the spoiler tag. If you've read the book but don't know what I'm talking about or have just an idea...here:(view spoiler)[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGmUsJ... If you know what this is enjoy. If you don't and you've read the book you'll really get a laugh from it. Even if you're not a huge fan of country music play it through and listen to the lyrics. This song was a hit in 1960....as I said, enjoy. Oh and if you haven't read the book if you listen to the song now then you can laugh along as you read the book, especially in the final climatic scene. (hide spoiler)]

  • Mike
    2018-11-15 03:47

    I, Sniper gets a massive 5 Stars for excellence in the explanation of scientific principles of shooting things/people from long ranges and the detailed technical world of guns and ammo. Also for the deep dive into the gun culture and the mind of someone dedicated to long range killing. After all this is a book about a sniper. Actually about a bunch of snipers. Hunter knows a lot about this specialized military skill set.I didn’t think you could actually write a book so closely aligned to real people. “Hanoi Joan” in place of Hanoi Jane? Many of the characters are virtual clones of people you will recognize…they should have gotten royalties. Short story, a “crazed” Marine sniper Vietnam veteran is accused of killing a bunch of 60’s peaceniks/activists and then committing suicide. Bob Lee Swagger, a famous Marine sniper is called into look over the killings because everything is just too neatly tied up. A great story follows.Usually I’m not a fan of author politics showing up in a story if it isn’t really called for. I wait to see if it is clever or clumsy. Hunter is clever and it is a key part of the story. There is real pressure by a “billionaire cable TV news founder” formerly married to “Hanoi Joan” to close the investigation down. The head FBI guy is targeted by the DC press, in particular a NY Times reporter, Banjax. Hunter skewers the media mob as they gang up on the intrepid FBI chief. In this scene, a young FBI agent (who has been tagged with a nickname of “Starling”) is talking with another agent about to fight the media madness:(view spoiler)[“Here’s what I’m asking: why can’t we do something? Do we just have to take it? Can’t we find our reporter? Who’ll tell our side and make Nick look good?” “You’re so young, Starling. You must actually believe in justice or something fantastic like that.” “I do.” “Let me tell you what’s going on, and why this one is so touchy. We are fighting the narrative. You do not fight the narrative. The narrative will destroy you. The narrative is all-powerful. The narrative rules. It rules us, it rules Washington, it rules everything. Now ask me, ‘What is the narrative?” “What is the narrative?” “The narrative is the set of assumptions the press believes in, possibly without even knowing that it believes in them. It’s so powerful because it’s unconscious. It’s not like they get together every morning and decide ‘These are the lies we tell today.’ No, that would be too crude and honest. Rather, it’s a set of casual, nonrigorous assumptions about a reality they’ve never really experienced that’s arranged in such a way as to reinforce their best and most ideal presumptions about themselves and their importance to the system and the way they’ve chosen to live their lives. It’s a way of arranging things a certain way that they all believe in without ever really addressing carefully. It permeates their whole culture. They know, for example, that Bush is a moron and Obama a saint. They know communism was a phony threat cooked up by right-wing cranks as a way to leverage power to the executive. They know Saddam didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, the response to Katrina was fucked up, torture never works, and mad Vietnam sniper Carl Hitchcock killed the saintly peace demonstrators. Cheney’s a devil, Biden’s a genius. Soft power good, hard power bad. Forgiveness excellent, punishment counterproductive, capital punishment a sin. See, Nick’s fighting the narrative. He’s going against the story, and the story was somewhat suspiciously concocted exactly to their prejudices, just as Jayson Blair’s made-up stories and Dan Rather’s Air National Guard documents were. And the narrative is the bedrock of their culture, the keystone of their faith, the altar of their church. They don’t even know they’re true believers, because in theory they despise the true believer in anything. But they will absolutely de-frackin’-stroy anybody who makes them question all that, and Nick had the temerity to do so, even if he didn’t quite realize it at the time. That’s why, led by brother Banjax and whoever is slipping him data, they have to destroy Nick. I don’t know who or what’s behind it, but I do know this: they have all the cards, and if you play in that game, they will destroy you too. “Why can’t we simply destroy the narrative?” “Starling, it’s everywhere. It’s all things. It’s permanent. It’s beyond. It’s beneath. It’s above. It’s in the air, the music, the furniture, the DNA, the blood, if these assholes had blood.” “I say, ‘Destroy the narrative.” “I say, ‘You will yourself be destroyed.” She achieved a particularly cute and fetchingly petulant look, so totally charming that he fell in love with her until he remembered he had a wife and three kids. “So you think it’s hopeless?” she asked. “Starling—Agent Chandler, Jean, Jean, that’s it, right? Jean, listen, you do not want to get involved with these birds. They are smart and in their way they are ruthless, they will smile at you and charm you and look you in the eye, and for something they believe is the Truth, they will cut your heart out and let you bleed out in the sun. You do not need that. You have a bright future in a job you were meant to do, and if Nick gets the ax and if I get the second ax, that’s the way the ax falls. You go on with your career and put a lot of bad guys away and don’t get hung up in this stinking town. Nick s gone, sad to say; I guess I am too, sad to say. You do not owe us a thing; you owe that cornball lady with the blindfold and the weighing pans in her mitt. She’s the one you owe, not us. (hide spoiler)]One thing you can count on and that is Bob Lee Swagger getting into and out of tight situations. He is a smart guy. Highly recommended summer beach reading. Or any other time. Just plain fun.

  • Joan
    2018-12-06 02:48

    A few good quotes: 1. "The time has long passed in America when one can say of a sixty-eight-year-old woman that she is 'still' beautiful, the snarky little modifier, all buzzy with irony, signifying some kind of miracle that one so elderly could be so attractive." 2. Again writing about old age: "the realization there were a lot more leaves on the ground than on the trees." 3. "The head is a vault, a treasure chest, a reliquary, the container of all our sacraments, of all that makes us human." 4. In writing about America's "free press" the writer's character calls their version of truths "the narrative" and says that it rules people, especially the politics of Washington: "The narrative is the set of assumptions the press believes in, possibly without even knowing that it believes in them. It's so powerful because it's unconscious...it's a set of casual...assumptions about a reality they've never really experienced that's arranged in such a way as to reinforce their....importance to the system and the way they've chosen to live their lives. It arranges things a certain way that they all believe in...it permeates their whole culture. They know, for example that Bush is a moron and Obama a saint. They know communism was a phony threat cooked up by right-wing cranks...They know Saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction, the response to Katrina was 'messed' up, torture never works...Soft power good, hard power bad, forgiveness excellent, punishment counterproductive...Their narrative is the bedrock of their culture, the keystone of their faith, the altar of their church. They don't even know they're true believers, because in theory they despise the true believer in anything. They will absolutely destroy anybody who makes them question all that." 5. "...a tie that was more toward the R than the O in the Roy G. Biv spectrum." I also enjoyed this author's vocabulary (as usual). Here are some of his word choices that were more precise than most authors would have chosen: cogent, aquiline, seethe, confreres, opprobrium, feckless, opacity, banjax, probity, fractal, insouciance, redounded, spall, defilade, spanging, atomized, languished, ablutions, revetments, nexus, cadre, reticle, parabola, palavered, accretion, joinery, abjured, arcana.

  • Tom Tischler
    2018-12-13 01:47

    A Marine sniper named Carl Hitchcock has a record of 93 kills and he is very proud of this. He goes to gun shows and signs autographs and also has a few endorsements. Itsuddenly turns out that another Marine has 97 kills but has never said anything because he really doesn't care. But this bothers Carl. There are suddenly a few sniper type killingsand all the evidence points to Carl. He is arrested and manages to commit suicide. Specialagent Nick Memphis wants to cover all the bases so he asks his friend Bob Swagger a formersniper to examine the evidence. Swagger doesn't believe that Carl would do this and he finds evidence that he didn't do it but it isn't conclusive so Swagger does his usual and goes hunting. This is book 6 in the Bob Swagger series from 2009. I didn't think that this is one of StephenHunter's better ones. I thought that it was dragged out with a lot of statistics and not a lotof action. I gave it a 3.

  • Nate
    2018-12-06 02:36

    An unquestionable improvement over the head-scratchingly bizarre detours into martial arts and, of all fucking things, NASCAR, but not the full-bore return to action-thriller glory I was hoping for. Honestly, if it had been any other author I probably wouldn’t have kept going after those two but I know Hunter can write the shit out of some really, really great action thrillers with tons of personality and great writing (Point of Impact, Dirty White Boys, Time to Hunt, and Pale Horse Coming are all master classes in writing propulsive thrillers that reek of cordite and spilt blood.) However, when I saw this on the shelf and saw that Hunter seemed to be returning to what he does best I had to grab it.You gotta give the man credit for always having great starts to his books. He’s using roman a clef in this section, but the book basically starts out with Jane Fonda getting her heart blasted into nonexistence by a hidden sniper’s bullet while she’s dining on some swanky restaurant’s patio. I’m aware of all the “Hanoi Jane” stuff and while I think that was a really douchey thing to do to the poor men and boys suffering and dying in the Vietnamese jungle, don’t really think she deserves to get publicly murdered in such a brutal fashion. All that said, I still have to applaud Hunter’s ballsiness for starting a book like that. A few more murders of famed anti-Vietnam 60s radicals follow and soon it all gets blamed on famed Vietnam sniper Carl Hitchcock (again, a thinly veiled analog to the real-life Carlos Hathcock.)The FBI agent in charge of the investigation is our own Nick Memphis, returning from a bunch of previous Swagger books. He smells something fishy and calls Bob Lee in to investigate. Of course things are not as they seem, and this leads Bob the Nailer on one of his most investigation-heavy adventures so far. We all know Bob is a mankiller of the highest order but he’s also smart and dedicated and makes a great detective. 400 pages of twists and turns build the tension and lead Bob into the inevitable violent showdown against bad people. And this is where, super confusingly, things went wrong. I’m not gonna go into details due to spoilers but after the book I kind of had literary blue balls. One thing you can always count on Hunter to due is provide a great climax that puts even the most visceral and thrilling action film to shame. This didn’t happen in this book. Instead we got a few weak sequences and boom, it’s over. This was due to a few things, most notably the antagonist(s) being pathetically easy to spot early on in the book, and maddeningly, yet another foray into a weird setting and mode of action that is just not Bob or Mr. Hunter’s “thing.” I know the author loves to take chances and have fun and keep things exciting for himself, and I totally respect that. It just doesn’t translate into great reading for me. All those complaints aside, this really was a return to form for the series, even if not to the level I was hoping for. If you were as irritated and bored by the previous two books in the series you should really give Mr. Hunter another shot (no pun intended) with this one.

  • Larry
    2018-12-12 22:49

    Stephen Hunter is a very good writer. This is the 6th book in the Bobby Lee Swagger series that I have read. They keep on getting better. (A new reader to the series would enjoy this book as a standalone novel. Hunter sprinkles the backstory nicely throughout without an obvious story interlude.)This is the story of murders of old Vietnam era anti-war activists. There’s a Jane Fonda and Ted Turner character. The FBI has got the wrong guy and Swagger’s out to prove it. As usual – and without overpowering the story – it’s full of technical information about guns. It is a very complex plot and there are a bunch of surprises.Hunter still makes his old main character, Bob Lee Swagger, very interesting. He’s a good, smart man – yet hard. Swagger is a real hero. (Maybe I just like Swagger because he’s over 60 and is still an action hero.) While one of the ending scenarios is a bit melodramatic (improbable), it’s fiction – what would you expect. It’s a great read. I recommend it.

  • Bill
    2018-11-25 21:44

    Hunter, Stephen (2009). I, Sniper. New York: Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.There is something godlike about the sniper’s work: blowing off somebody’s head from a thousand yards. The victim simply disintegrates without warning and nobody around has any clue of what just happened. That’s a lot of fun, if you appreciate the fantasy. This sniper is Bobby Lee Swagger, ex-mil, now in his sixties and retired. Apparently he has featured in a long series of sniper books by this author, but I haven't ready any of them. As is the custom in these kinds of stories, he is called out of retirement by an FBI buddy to look into the recent deaths of four civilians, all former anti-war activists in the ‘70’s. The deaths were all by high precision sniper fire. The FBI has their perp, they believe, a famous military sniper who “snapped,” went on a killing spree, then shot himself. The evidence is voluminous and convincing. But Swagger is concerned that the case is “too good,” and he’s skeptical. He follows his nose, and as he gets closer to the truth, he is thwarted by evil billionaire, T. T. Constable, a thinly disguised Ted Turner, whose ex-wife, Joan Flanders was a seventies anti-war radical (get it?). It’s one damn thing after another, through 500 pages of adventure, until the world is made right again. Along the way, Swagger demonstrates the skills of the sniper, his knowledge of firearms and everything related to firearms, and eventually has to go up against a team of other snipers hired by Constable in a sniper shootout. I especially liked the detailed description of a new, computerized, easy to use rifle scope, the iSniper (from Apple?)That’s the fun of the novel, the technical details and the sniper procedures, apparently (how would I know?) all carefully researched. The characters are thin caricatures, except for Swagger, who does have some depth, in a clichéd sort of way. He is tough, expert, smart, and “too old for this shit.” He chases the baddy to the ends of the earth to satisfy his personal, vigilante sense of justice. He is not well-educated, uses lots of double negatives and has trouble making subjects and verbs agree, although his grammatical affliction fades in and out as needed. Most of the time he is perfectly articulate. So characterization is slightly better than in most thrillers, but not great. The writing is very visual (the author was formerly a well-known film critic), and that makes the narrative crisp, especially around the technical stuff: “The 150-grain Sirocco would be banned in land warfare because of course the point that kept it so accurate was only black polycarbonate and meant for streamline and accuracy, but it hid a hollow point and a lethally blossoming design. When it struck flesh, the polycarbonate tip was driven back into the bullet body itself, and that dynamic intrusion, plus the self-destructing design of the bullet, caused the missile, traveling through flesh at about 2,500 feet per second, to open like a flower, its petals yawing wide... They went through meat like a butcher’s keenest blade, opening a temporary cavity on the power of velocity that was the size of a football” (p. 485). That’s a fine description of a technical event. “Polycarbonate” is a nice word. The writing is skillful. The imagery is clear. On the other hand, this sort of thing does get tedious over the course of 500 pages, and I found myself skipping over long sections of narrative description. I’m not a gun nut, myself. But I respect the skill of the writer. If only he could have put his obvious talent into more believable plotting, more thoughtful characterization, more lyrical language, and especially, a lot more editing.

  • Aisha Riaz
    2018-11-28 22:45

    Snipers wear diapers, apparently. That's the only noteworthy fact I learned from this book. It took me an abnormally long time to finish reading it. I saw this book at one of these really good bookshops and I was instantly captivated by the title embossed in spectacular red and the name Bob Lee Swagger. I had already seen that movie Shooter based on Swagger penned down by Mr. Hunter and had enjoyed it immensely. So, naturally I bought the book. And I must say that I'm terribly disappointed. I spent almost 5 months trying to finish this book. It was a miss by quite a lot of inches (speaking strictly in sniper measurements).Throughout the first 350 pages almost, I just couldn't bring myself to find a corner and read the book. And when I did, I couldn't read for more than 10 pages. However, I slothed through the pages filled with sniper jargon and picked up some pace in the last 170. I was still slightly hopeful that the book might have a nice ending. But I found myself infuriated when Mr. Hunter was unable to explain the murder of Constable's wife and that comedian. Even the explanation for the murders of Jack Strong snd Mitzi Reilly was lame. Also, I found myself incapable to understand all the references to the rifles used but then again that's a matter of interest.So yes, the book was a waste of my time and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody except those who enjoy pretentious thrillers devoid of any thrill. They sure meant us good when they advised us not to judge a book by its cover. Lesson learnt.P.s. No offence to any Hunter fans out there. :) I did enjoy the prose, it was poetic.

  • Derek Lewis
    2018-11-25 20:53

    It's tough to rate this book. I put it down twice to never pick up again, but I still plowed my way through to the end... which is the only reason I give it two stars instead of one. This was my first, and last, Stephen Hunter novel. Generally speaking, the plot was good, but the writing was horrendous. The dialogue was over the top, unneeded, and forced. I know he did a lot of research, but seriously how much technical data does he have to give his audience? It felt so unnatural, by the time I hit the halfway point of the book, I started skimming, then skipping, paragraphs at the time. I honestly do not believe I missed out on anything. Trying not to give any spoilers, let me just say it was particularly bad from the guy who captures Swagger on the ranch. Moreover, I did not care for the thinly veiled references to actual people, from Jane Fonda to Carlos Hathcock. Seriously, it's fiction. Either use the real people or make up new ones, but the horribly obvious caricatures were annoying. As for the plot itself, there were some good twists, but Hunter leaves too many obvious clues. I caught much of his foreshadowing. There were also some situations that actually caused me to emote. However, those were too few and too far between to justify picking up any more Swagger novels because of the writing style alone.

  • Jeffrey
    2018-12-06 21:58

    Spoiler AlertStephen Hunter really knows guns, and the level of technical (and often tactical) verisimilitude one encounters when reading his novels is stunning. I really love this tendency in his books. I, Sniper is no exception(at least not technically), and the story is a pretty good yarn. BUT the final action scene is so annoying, as to ruin the rest of the book. The protagonist ends up in a classic movie-western fast-draw gunfight, but it gets even cheesier. He and his opponent are in western garb with western guns because the very real gunfight happens at a Cowboy Action Shooting competition. And it gets even worse: he pulls a Roy Rogers and shoots the gun out of his opponent's hand. This silliness just ruined the whole book for me.Oh yeah, the characters that are thinly veiled personalities from real life are somewhat annoying also. And the water boarding scene is over the top too.Still there are great gun details and the New York Times gets duped in a serious way. If a book has those two things going for it, it can't be all bad.

  • Christopher Taylor
    2018-12-10 20:36

    I enjoyed this novel better than the last one I read (Night of Thunder) which is the previous book in this series. Swagger in this is a bit too superhuman and built up for the first few chapters, I suppose to establish him, but the story then becomes more interesting and complex. Along the way, there are some almost too accurate and believable stories of the press and corruption in government, pressure, and the way the media narrative presents information, and some less than believable bits about FBI behavior and assistance to what is basically a criminal rampaging across the nation. But in the end, it wraps up nicely and was a satisfying story with some flaws.Mostly I'm giving it one more star than I would have because the book is a nice satisfying kick in the sweets to reporters, aging 60's radicals, and assorted hard left twits that are very thinly disguised in the book.

  • Alan Mills
    2018-11-14 22:34

    Another Bob Lee Swaggert winnerFour anti-war activists from the Vietnam era are murdered within a few days of each other. After a short investigation, it is clear that a disgruntled Marine sniper was present at all four shootings, and is one of the few people in the world with the skill to pull off the murders. Everyone is sure of his guilt.....except Swaggert....also a retired Marine snipper.Battling bureaucracy, powerful political forces, and a deadly IRA team of former special ops guys, Swaggert pursues his own investigation, leaving behind a trail of bodies.As alway, Hunter keeps the narrative taut, and the pages turning. Another excellent addition to the series.

  • Charles
    2018-11-19 03:49

    Interesting book. Plot little too overtly political for my taste. Characters too close to real people. I mean super sniper Carl Hitchcock. Media mogul Tom "TT" Constable who was married to a movie star "Hanoi Joan". Give me a break.The technology and "craft" of sniping was very intersting but not done near as well as Tom Clancy does. Story was fun.

  • Lphi123
    2018-11-20 19:57

    This was a good book. I was excited to read as I had just recently watched a couple of episodes of the TV series "The Shooter" based on Bob Lee Swagger the same character but not as in the book. In the book he is a Viet Nam era sniper-a great one at that- in the TV series he is a younger sniper out of the Middle East engagements and retired out. Regardless I give this author 4 stars on this book because of the following: he has a goo0d plot, he manifests the credo of the men who belong to that elite group. He researched his weapons. His plot has a great ending! Look out old western themes. This one kicked it out of the park via the modern thriller genre instead. No spoilers, just check for yourself if you like twists, the loyalty of brotherhood(even for the bad guys)' even gets the press 's back to the wall. Impossible right? WellStephen Hunter wrote a sub plot that I haven't come across before. Maybe you all might have. I was going to give it 4 stars but 4+ is more like it so upgraded to 5stars.

  • Horace Clinard
    2018-11-16 20:51

    I really like Bob Lee Swagger and his FBI friend Nick Memphis, having read 3 other Swagger books, but this story just didn't make it. The story itself was part of the problem, as it tried to be completed but was actually too simple. It relied too much on Bob's uncanny ability to know what will happen next, by who it will happen, when it will happen, and at what time it will happen. It also relies too much on Bob's unbelievable physical stamina, endurance, and ability to withstand pain and torture, and his super-human and infallible sniper abilities. Despite these critiques, I enjoyed the book at a 3-3.5 star rating and have not lost my regard for the characters and look forward to reading more books about them.

  • Mike
    2018-12-12 02:51

    3.5 stars. The plot was a nice thriller, and while I liked this one a lot better than the 47th Samurai, at times it resembled that one in how at multiple times it strained credulity for Swagger to be *so* good, without diligent training, at things (eg. shooting in various positions with various firearms, unerringly beating the FBI to correct conclusions), that are supposed to be very difficult for someone to do even with training. At times Hunter even seems to comment himself on the borderline ridiculous setups, as a way of getting the reader to swallow what's going on. So while it's a great story, to enjoy it you'll have to go into it with lower standards for credibility.

  • Neil
    2018-11-22 23:35

    This was a fun book to read. It had both a serious side as well as a tongue-in-cheek side to it. Granted, I would not recommend it for anybody with 'politically correct' leanings. I liked this one so much more than the last Bob Lee Swagger novel 'Night of Thunder.' This book was maybe twice the size of 'Night of Thunder' but it still took me about the same amount of time to read it.Some of the characters were obviously based on real people [Jane Fonda, Ted Turner, and the hero of Gunny Sergeant Carlos Hathcock]. It was an interesting premise - the murder of four former 60s radicals and the subsequent suicide of the perp being a smokescreen for something else. Swagger is asked to come in and look over the evidence as an objective outsider to ensure the FBI's case is tight and completely error-free; Swagger obviously figures out there's more going on than what the FBI realizes and helps bring the criminals to justice [in one form or another].The heroes are put through a ringer before they receive vindication. Some of it is clever; some of it is contrived. The author definitely came across as expressing his political views a bit more in this novel than he had his other Bob Lee novels. But that did not bother me as much as I am sure it will bother other readers. Part of that just comes with the territory of reading somebody else's work; at some point the author might just surprise you with how strongly he expresses a viewpoint in a book/story. I have read some left-leaning books that were more over-the-top than Mr. Hunter was in terms of expressing viewpoints in a fictional work.I felt that overall it was a fairly fast-paced book. It held my attention. I was worried at first about how the retired Marine Gunny Sergeant was being portrayed in the beginning of the book [especially once I quickly realized who his fictional Marine sergeant was based on in 'real life'] but my fears proved unfounded. Some of the 'gun stuff' was over my head, but it was still fun to read. And as fast as science and technology is progressing these days, it would not surprise me to one day read about the iSniper911 [or some variant of it] being produced and used by the military to improve the fighting ability of the men and women in uniform.I felt like there was an underlying vein of humor beneath the story. There seemed to be more inside jokes and tongue-in-cheek comments throughout that made the book more than just another entertaining thriller. I think one of the best lines in the book was when Swagger commented on how he didn't need to read the paper because he got his information from Fox News. Regardless if a person loves Fox News or hates Fox News, that was just plain funny. And then there was how Nick Memphis was handling his public crucifixion in the news - that was pretty funny/classic as well.I felt that Hunter did a good job expressing the different view points of the characters in his book [even if a couple of comments seemed to lean towards beating up a straw-man argument]. Still, Mr. Hunter has over thirty years experience in the news media, so one would assume he has some idea of the bent of how events are portrayed in the news. I have always found it fun to read how different people are portrayed, especially if their viewpoints are [quite] radically different than the author's himself or herself. I think one thing that Mr. Hunter did a great job of was expressing how hard it is once a mentality gets locked in that a situation happened in a certain way, that a person had to be thinking a certain way, to change that mentality. It happened with the FBI [they were locked on the dead Gunny Sergeant being the murderer] and it happened with the newspaper reporting wanting to tell such a great story it would catapult him to fame, glory, and riches that he got locked into a certain way of thinking in how he handled a situation.It is not a 'deep book' filled with theological or philosophical musings. Neither is it meant to be read a such. It is a fun book to read that leans a bit more to the right than it does to the left than any of his other titles that I can remember. But, again, that does not really bother me too much considering some of the books I have read by left-leaning liberal authors who gladly create straw men to mercilessly pummel into nothingness in order to promote their own brand of whatever it is they are trying to promote.If I were to just base it off of a comparison to 'Night of Thunder' than this book would definitely rate five stars as there would be no comparison at all between the two books. But I really enjoyed 'A Time to Hunt' as well as the first book in the series ['Point of Impact']; so when I compare it to those two books, I think four stars is a an appropriate reading. One other difference in this book was that he did not have a Vietnam backstory that tied in with the current storyline. So that was a nice change of pace [although I did not mind the backstories when the occurred in his first three Bob Lee Swagger novels].At least I did not have to suspend my disbelief like I did in 'the 47th Samurai' where Swagger was able to defeat a master swordsmith in a duel involving Samurai swords. [of course, Clive Cussler did something similar with Dirk Pitt in 'Dragon'] That was a bit much [although it could happen in 'real life', I suppose - life is so filled with strange things happening and the underdog is able to overcome the odds to win at some contest]

  • Chris
    2018-11-29 20:41

    God this book was terrible. I don't have to like a character in order to like a novel, but these people have nothing to offer. The only connections I had to anyone were the numerous odd moments where the author takes Memphis to dinner. And even this is ruined by weird, accidental clandestine meetings. Every time! I know this is a narrative device, but come on, can't you vary it a little? I mean really..., every time this guys goes out to eat, no matter where he dines, some shady shit is lurking with a drink in his hand waiting to make terrible offers.Don't waster your time. Even for a summer, pulp pot-boiler this is terrible.

  • Michael Wiggins
    2018-12-06 19:32

    Well, this is yet another series I am reading out of order. I jumped from the first two books to this one, and now I have to work my way backwards. Why? Because it's just so good, in a unapologetically masculine, swaggering way. Also, any book that takes potshots at The Gray Lady (NYT) and its blinkered pretentiousness gets a few extra points in my estimation.

  • Christina
    2018-12-14 02:28

    Really enjoyed reading Time to Hunt, so next I picked up I, Sniper based on reader reviews. Very different experience however, less human interest and focused more fully on guns and shootouts. I liked the blend of elements in Time to Hunt and felt its absence here. Will still try another Stephen Hunter novel.

  • Dave Fordice
    2018-12-02 03:53

    Best one since his firstI loved the action and the drama. The story had some really good twists and turns. Swagger was his usual amazing self.

  • Adam McAuley
    2018-12-04 02:38

    There are lots of gun descriptions and the novel was fairly riveting.

  • Regina Beard
    2018-11-19 20:50

    Meh.

  • Lee Springmeyer
    2018-12-07 00:53

    This was my first Stephen Hunter read. I thought the plot was easy to follow, yet very intriguing. Outside of the overly technical gun descriptions, this is a nice read.

  • Kevin Middaugh
    2018-12-12 00:43

    Enjoyable even if it is maybe unrealistic. Very heavy on gun information if you are an enthusiast.

  • Soho_Black
    2018-12-02 20:35

    You don't often find novels or films based on the art of the sniper. Hiding out for hours motionless and then killing someone unseen from hundreds of yards away doesn't make for as interesting a story as a face to face shoot out. But with ''I, Sniper'', Stephen Hunter has managed to combine the art of the sniper with the art of the crime thriller in a decent read.Carl Hitchcock was a famous sniper during the Vietnam War, racking up more kills than anyone else. So it seemed, until news emerged of another sniper with three more verified victims than himself. This news seems to have had a profound psychological effect on Hitchcock, especially with the recent death of his wife. Hitchcock sets about killing four prominent anti-war figures from that era to reclaim his record. Evidence at Hitchcock's home and his suicide afterwards seems to point all the evidence directly at him, but F. B. I. agent Nick Memphis is not so sure.Unfortunately for Memphis, one of the victims was a former wife of a very rich and well connected man, who is keen to have the murder solved and the case closed as soon as possible to keep his ex-wife's name out of the papers. Determined to find the truth, even with his name being dragged through the dirt, Memphis calls in another former sniper, Bob Lee Swagger, to find out who is really behind the killings and why.Stephen Hunter has managed to get a little bit of everything into this novel, which made it a highly enjoyable read. There is a little bit of the murky world of Washington politics, a touch of the messy world of tabloid journalism and some minor insight into the world of forensics so popularised by TV shows like ''C. S. I.''. Hunter manages not to get tangled up in the intricate web of plot he is weaving and remembers to keep the story always moving forwards and the crime which is the focus of the plot always remains to the fore, regardless of what else is going on.It's a riveting story, with plenty of twists to keep the reader interested. Perhaps wisely, Hunter prefers not to concentrate too deeply on the art of the sniper except where the plot demands he does so, which allows for a much greater layering of story than might have been expected. Frequent switching between parts of the story help keep the pace feeling high, not that this is a slow paced story by any means. This turns out to be quite fortunate as other aspects of the novel aren't quite as good.The characters never seem terribly well drawn and this makes it difficult to get too involved in the story. Admittedly, a sniper is likely to be colder and less emotional than some due to their job, but even the other characters seem a little basic. There is very little here that seems inviting and whilst I realise that murder and politics aren't the most welcoming of things, it did feel as if the story was holding me at arm's length. At no point do you ever really get a great deal of insight into the characters and whilst there are references to partners and home lives, a glimpse of them is all you get, which makes some of the characters seem a little like automatons. There is often little to distinguish the cold logical sniper from any of the other characters, at least emotionally.Almost as an adjunct to this, Hunter did sometimes get a little in depth when it came to the shooting. It may be the focus of the title, but too often we were treated to the sniper lining up a sight, calculating the windage and the range and programming it into his scope to increase the accuracy of his shot. Whilst it was interesting to get a look into a sniper's scope, as this is a viewpoint rarely represented elsewhere, the level of detail did become a little repetitive after a few shots were taken.This apart, though, I did enjoy ''I, Sniper'' as it neatly wove together several different plot strands and aspects of life in Washington into a very readable story. It may not be the most welcoming of crime thrillers, but it certainly offers something a little different and it is one of the more entertaining ones. This review may also appear, in whole or in part, under my name at any or all of www.ciao.co.uk, www.thebookbag.co.uk, www.goodreads.com, www.amazon.co.uk and www.dooyoo.co.uk

  • Dav
    2018-11-23 20:49

    "Four famed ‘60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. All the evidence—timeline, ballistics, forensics, motive, means, and opportunity—points to Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock. Even his suicide. The case is almost too perfect...Recruited by the FBI to examine the data, retired Marine sharpshooter Bob Lee Swagger penetrates the new technology of the secretive sniper world to unravel a sophisticated conspiracy run by his most ruthless adversary yet—a marksman whose keen intellect and pinpoint accuracy rival his own." An interesting story, a bit long-winded at times, and someone is a gun guy. There are very few gun info errors. Bob Lee gets to have 2 old west gun fights, a bit silly but ok in the story. We have a sniper shoot-out at distance and a cowboy action face off.An OK read.

  • Greg
    2018-11-15 21:48

    This isn't so much a novel as a defense of gun culture in the United States, and a fantasy of retribution against those who have ever opposed gun culture in the U.S.There seems to come a point in every technical/tactical fiction writer's career that he stops writing about what he's good at, and instead takes politics head-on - usually at great cost to their fiction. Tom Clancy went off the rails with "Debt of Honor," where he fantasized about killing off all of congress, the senate, the president, the Supreme Court justices and the senior military leaders with one single blow: a terrorist crashing a 747 into the Capitol Building during a swearing-in ceremony. The result is Clancy's fantasy government, a clear and present reaction to Clinton's Presidency in 1995."I, Sniper" is the 6th Bob Lee Swagger novel written by Stephen Hunter, and the 6th Swagger novel I've read. Up until now they've been fun action adventures, often times filled with great twists and turns, and always rooted in an extremely solid technical knowledge of guns and sniper craft. I have enjoyed the fact that Hunter ages his main character, giving him a greater sense of real-ness than the timeless, endless action series where the protagonist never gets older, and is always in his prime (cough. Jack Reacher. cough. cough.).I, Sniper, however, is Hunter's personal vendetta against Jane Fonda, Ted Turner and the "liberal media." Hunter's hatred of the New York Times and his love of Fox News aren't just inferred, they are major plot points. To be clear, I don't care how an author votes or what he believes, until it starts to cost him the credibility of his story.And this story has as many holes as Hunter fantasizes about putting in to Jane Fonda and Ted Turner. I might not have noticed the glaring errors in the tale until he got me to analyzing: who is he going after here, and why? And once I start analyzing a book, I can never go back to simply enjoying it.It's a shame, because Swagger is a great character. And he deserves more than this love-letter to the NRA (which is a literal love letter to the NRA: at the end of the book Hunter cleverly names all of his favorite authors, editors and experts in the gun field as attendees at a funeral). But every character motivation, every move in this book can be measured through the lens of "how much does Stephen Hunter hate the liberal media" - and it takes the fun out of what might have been a good story. But now we'll never know.

  • Peter
    2018-11-13 00:34

    Was very good. It has been many years since my last read of Stephen Hunter. Enjoyed it.Nmkt library.

  • Zach
    2018-11-26 23:58

    Not Hunter's best, but if you are a Hunter fan, especially the Bob Lee Swagger series (as opposed to the Earl Swagger books) you will probably find things to enjoy. It has many of his elements--Bob Lee Swagger and Nick Memphis, lots and lots of gun details, and the usual contrived climax...no matter what happens the story ends with Bob Lee in a sniper duel and an even more cinematic (remember Hunter was a Pulitzer Prize winning film critic) scene--I kid you not a High Noon, Quick and the Dead, style shoot out!!The book also suffers from Bob Lee know being an expert undercover operative. In the earlier books, Bob Lee succeeds due to his skills as a hunter and sniper. Here he is picking locks, infiltrating, etc. Hunter is much better when he recognizes that Swagger is an older man and has to deal with the obstacles of aging. This is also one of Hunter's first books since he left the Washington Post. He seems excited to expresss long held views about liberals and the media. All of the liberals and hippies are not only involved in bank robbery and murder, they are into porn and are hypocrites and waste money on expensive clothing. Hunter also seems determined to show how the media is biased against guns and gun affcianados while at the same time being very uninformed. Not to reveal too much, but he goes a long way to give one character his compupence. Another issue is that some of the characters are not drawn/inspired by real people --they are famous people. One of the initial victims is clearly Jane Fonda, the character is given a Hanoi Jane nickname and if you have any doubt, there are references to her work out tapes. She is also previously married to a character/villain who is Ted Turner--the character is a mouthy southern cable tv millionaire who also has a passion for sailing and colorizing old movies--really?? Hunter is a decent writer, he could have made up his own characters. Probably most annoying is the use of Carlos Hathcock, a very real Vietnam war hero, who here is renamed Carlos Hitchcock (big change??) and the character is not presented in the best light.