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Product Details

  • Series: Bob Lee Swagger
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451640218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451640212
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (882 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By dch822 on May 24, 2014
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A quick note: I'm writing this review from the perspective of a Stephen Hunter fan and someone who has read all the books in the Bob Lee Swagger series.

For readers already familiar with Bob Lee Swagger's violent gun world I'd rate this book on par with I, SNIPER or THE THIRD BULLET, far better than NIGHT OF THUNDER or THE 47th SAMURAI, but not as good as the old classics POINT OF IMPACT or TIME TO HUNT.

In other words, among Hunter's recent books it's a very good read. If you've never read a Bob Lee Swagger book that's okay - there's no need for having done so in order to enjoy this book.

About the plot: Swagger is bored and grumpy, as usual, prompting his wife to suggest he needs to "find a new war" to fight. And of course he does just that after receiving an email from Kathy Reilly, an American reporter in Russia who teamed up with Swagger in an earlier adventure in Russia. Reilly is writing a story about a Russian female sniper whose legendary war record against the Germans has mysteriously been erased from seemingly all official accounting of World War II.

Swagger flies to Russia and begins assisting Reilly in her research, and soon enough everything "goes to guns" as he is fond of saying ... but that's okay, because we all know Swagger lives for these moments.

So here's what I really liked about this book:

MILI PETROVA - she's the sniper, and her character is written beautifully. The book weaves the story of her final wartime mission in 1944 with Swagger's dogged present-day pursuit to find out what happened to her. I kept turning the pages because I was immersed in her story and wanted to find out what happened to her.

THE TEACHER, PEASANT and VON DREHLE - one Russian, one Ukrainian and one German ...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roger F, Shepherd on May 30, 2014
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Stephen Hunter bagged me with his first book THE MASTER SNIPER a long time ago. I have read every thing he has written since. I can't remember how many times I've seen THE SHOOTER. But this book had every thing I ever wanted in a novel. My hero, Bob Lee Swagger, Not one but two nasty antagonists ( the Germans and The Russians), World War II,The Carpathian Mountains in Ukrane, A beautiful female sniper, "Mili" Petrova, and a modern terrorist sub-plot spawned by the war.

No sense in rehashing the contents of the book. The editorial reviews and descriptions give a pretty good outline. So I will focus on why I believe this book to be one of Hunter's best efforts. FIRST: the subject matter. The mystery of what happened to one of Russia's 4,000 female snipers is intriguing.
Hunter had his friend in Moscow, a reporter, Kathy Reilly do some research on Ludmilla Petrova because nothing was known about her after she was sent to Ukrane in 1944. What became of "Mili?"

Next, Who was the double agent known only to "Mili" who wanted her killed because she knew his secret?

And in modern times Why was a company Named Nordyne buying up large quantities of PLATINUM , refining it and getting ready to ship it to the middle east?

Hunter, as always, solves a shooting problem by coming up with a rare weapon that becomes available to the perfect sniper at just the right time and place. His research is impeccable. All the weapons, tanks, aircraft, trucks, uniforms, autos, communications equipment and even wine (years, labels,taste)
and fish were described in serious detail.

The characters are developed, given accurate dialogue, dressed according to the scene, and came easily to my imagination.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Berger VINE VOICE on May 27, 2014
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There's a lot I like about this book. The sniper war on the Eastern Front is a great place to insert Swagger - Hunter's sniper series would be incomplete without it. The woman-sniper angle is also irresistible as a subject. I liked the main character, a gorgeous woman sniper sent to a Ukraine partisan group to take out an SS leader. I liked the evil technocratic SS leader Groedl and his Muslim deputy Salid, a Jew-hating cousin of the Grand Mufti, a movie-star handsome Palestinian Arab who is expert in fine wine even though he doesn't drink. I liked the noble German paratroop leader Von Drehle and his sergeant and sidekick Wili, veterans of countless actions, deliverers of the best buddy-film banter, and now detailed to blow a key pass slowing the Russian advance.

I liked the surprise insertion of one of Hunter's best characters, who crosses paths with Earl Swagger in "Havana". I liked the allusion to "The Dirty Dozen" in the final action sequence, where Swagger gets to emulate Jim Brown's notable grenade-dropping run, and to the opening line from "Gravity's Rainbow": "A screaming comes across the sky" - this time not about German V2 rockets, but Russian Katyushas.

The plot was clever, if unlikely, as most Swagger novels are, both sniper Mili Petrova being sent to the Carpathian mountains, the plot behind the mission, and the tie to a current-day terror plot sniffed out by a Mossad analyst who's the Swagger of numbers-crunchers, as it were.

The setting lets Hunter explore lots of different aspects of World War II, particularly on the not-written-enough-about-in-English Eastern Front. There's the whole Soviet woman sniper thing and World War II era sniping in general.
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