Saturday, February 5, 2011

I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter

Synopsis: It takes a seasoned killer. . .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.. . . to hunt one.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. But when the enemy and his deadly henchmen mistake Bob for the hunted, it’s clear that some situations call for a good man with a gun . . . and the guts to use it.

First line: 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.

My thoughts: This is the newest book in the Bob Lee "Bob the Nailer" Swagger series by Stephen Hunter. There are others in this series that I enjoyed more but this was still a page turner, a thriller. There was a lot of technical gun stuff here, just right for people who know anything about guns. I don't so just trusted that the author did his research. I may have skimmed some of the technical sections....I have enjoyed getting to know Bob over the years, he is a good guy who stands up for what is right, a guy in his sixties with the aches and pains to prove it. He is a rough and tumble hero who has been known to bend the rules. Over the course of the series he has demonstrated the ability to out-think and out-shoot the bad guys. A great read for those who like thrillers and shut-em-ups.

Personal note: I had a cat some years back named Bob and later dubbed Bob the Nailer. He could get you every time! And his claws were sharp!


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