Night of Thunder (Bob Lee Swagger #5)

 

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Night of Thunder

Bob Lee Swagger

Author: Stephen Hunter

3 of 5 Stars

 

I guess it was inevitable, but I was hoping that Swagger wouldn’t roll around in his hick roots.

Nascar.

A freaking bank truck robbery. With a HUGE gun and helicopters. Give me a break.

And the Pye in this story is just as evil as his relatives from previous stories.

No sniping. Speed drawing/shooting.

I wanted to read about sniping.

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The 47th Samurai (Bob Lee Swagger #4)

The 47th Samurai (Bob Lee Swagger Novels) - Stephen Hunter

  

The 47th Samurai

Bob Lee Swagger #4

Author: Stephen Hunter

4 of 5 Stars

 

 

 

This really should have been called Swagger puts down his Gun, and picks up the Sword.

I really enjoyed the story. But considering that I’ll take fantasy over military, anime over hollywood, that doesn’t come as a big surprise.

The backstory, the blood, the plotting, the guts, the wicked intense fight/battle at the end, it was great. When Swagger took on the 4 or 6 yakuza to save the swordpoliser and to get the sword back, that was cool.

BUT. The whole time I read I was rolling my eyes. Swagger is an old man, lets face it. He might be a very fit old man, but he’s an old man who is a sniper. He is NOT a samurai prodigy.
So when he became Insta-swordsman in a week and took out yakuza left and right and THEN took out the main swordsman, who has been practicing since he was 14’ish, I just threw up my hands and said “Fine, make Swagger be a swordsman. I like the story, I just don’t care.”.

This was an awesome story. But it wasn’t a Bob Lee Swagger story, even though Hunter named the main character that.

So if you’ve liked the previous 3 books, I think you’ll like this one. If you realize the inherent, internal inconsistencies and aren’t bothered by them.

Time to Hunt

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Bob Lee Swager #3

Stephen Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

If a year ago you had asked me if I would enjoy reading a book about a Vietnam sniper in today’s world and that the story would revolve between today and yesteryear, I would have laughed at you.

If you had told me that I would LOVE the book, AND the series and begin to seriously think about owning them in hardcover and put them on my “favorite” shelf, I probably would have told you some very unpleasant things that I would do to you before that happened.

And look at me now!

I am absolutely loving this series. Part of it is that it is so well written. And having consistently been dipping my toe in the indie world, I appreciate good writing even more so.

The story is gripping, the characters are real and believable and I LOVE reading about a sniper. Something about the lone wolf aspect is really drawing me in. And the honest look at the downside to it all as well.

this is just a really well written book that I enjoyed and have been enjoying and I look forward to the rest of the series as well. I enjoy them enough that I might just go watch that movie, Shooter again for the hey of it…

Black Light

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Bob Lee Swagger #2

Stephen Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

I enjoyed this as much as the first one. It was kind of weird at the beginning dealing with Earl, Bob’s father, and thinking that the whole book would be about him. But then we caught up to the present and the good stuff starts.

I found the action scenes to particularly enjoyable for some reason. Not sure why, but the highway ambush really clicked.

Point Of Impact

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Bob Lee Swagger #1

Stephen Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

I enjoyed the movie, Shooter, enough to check the book it was based on.

Thoroughly enjoyable. A bit of gun porn, with numbers and X’s and this’s and that’s thrown about that meant absolutely nothing to me, but it didn’t really detract from the story.

Shooting, government conspiracies, etc, etc.

It wrapped up nicely and Bob Lee gets to walk off into the sunset.

And then I see that it is a whole series. He’s a middle age man from Vietnam. How many adventures can he have? I guess I’ll be finding out.