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Night of Thunder: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 29, 2009
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This book would have been a three star book if it had been written by a new author, but for a talented veteran like Hunter, this is one or two star fare at best and I can't help but feel betrayed. Why are so many good writers releasing such sub-par books in the last two years? Where is the pride one should have in accomplishment?Read more ›
Night of Thunder had more holes in it than a Bob Lee target at 50 feet. The plot had potential with a gang of mountain men trying to kill Nikki, Bob Lee's daughter. However, the characters were just plain boring and the dialog was senseless. The local Sheriff was a retired Army Ranger Colonel. The hillbilly gang was from Polk County and Hot Springs, Arkansas. The detective was a champion marksman. How would they have not heard of the Swaggers? References to NASCAR and the Bristol motor speedway were just plain wrong.
I'm sure it took me longer to get through it than it did for Mr. Hunter to write it.
Since Hunter missed the mark on the last few books--namely The 47th Samurai--I have been waiting for Hunter to return to his forte, namely the ability to write a tightly woven story intertwined with realistic gun fights. To my surprise Night of Thunder attempts to bring back Bob Lee and all his skills to once again amaze the reader.
I don't want to waste your time going over the story but I will address a few points that stopped me from giving this book a better rating.
1) It is very difficult to not compare Hunter's latest books against his 2 pinnacles of achievement: Dirty White Boys, and Point of Impact. Each of those novels contained an excellent story, properly edited, and allowed you to fall in love with the protagonist and antagonist. It just seems that Hunter hasn't been able to achieve that kind of storytelling in his latest books.
2) While Bob Lee has returned in this novel, I felt separated from who he is and what he has become. The author has left holes in the story that the readers are supposed to fill in with what we know of Bob Swagger. I think Hunter needs to return to the basics and write about Bob Lee so anyone can pick up the book with as little confusion as possible and read on.
3) The plot of this book seems a little childish, and the enemies as well as the people Bob bumps into along the way are nothing more than mere words on a page. I do not connect with any of them, and I certainly feel they could have been better written (those of you who have read Dirty White Boys know what I am talking about).Read more ›
Brother Richard has been working with a remarkably unpleasant gang under the leadership (and parentage) of the Reverend Alton Grumley. Grumley has fathered all (or almost all) of the Grumley clan: some he has fathered on his own daughters, and few, if any, of the clan are able to trace family ties with any kind of confidence. So we soon have Swagger bumping into Grumleys. The local law enforcement is convinced the "accident" was a local kid showing off, and has more important things to do--namely worrying about NASCAR crowds--and Swagger is, politely at first, told to go back home and let the local law take care of things, which advice Swagger, of course, doesn't heed. You can pretty much take it from there: Swagger's feral instincts and skills put to use against the bad guys. Lots of action, good writing, the traditional Hunter strengths.
There are a few flaws--nothing major.Read more ›
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Stephen Hunter knows how to write. His earlier Sniper books are so well worth a look, they're pretty stunning. And this is more of the same form.Published 3 months ago by stuart fogarty
As usual, Hunter keeps us guessing until the end of the telling. Swagger gets smarter with age using more brain than brawn but still cleaning up.Published 3 months ago by Lyn