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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,072 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Hunter Narrator: Beau Bridges Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bob Lee Swagger Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553754735
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On a remote Arizona ranch, a man who has known loss, fear, and war weeps for the first time since he was a child. His tears are for the father taken from him four decades before in a deadly shoot-out. And his grief will lead him back to the place where he was born, where his father died, and where a brutal conspiracy is about to explode.

For Bob Lee Swagger, the world changed on that hot day in Blue Eye, Arkansas, when two local boys rode armed and wild in a '55 Fairlane convertible. Swagger's father, Earl, a state trooper, was investigating the brutal murder of a young woman that day. By midnight Earl Swagger lay dead in a deserted cornfield.

Now Bob Lee wants answers. He wants to know the truth behind the shoot-out that took his father's life, a mystery buried in forty years of lies. Because for Bob Lee Swagger, the killing didn't end that day in Blue Eye, Arkansas. The killing had just begun.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the most skilled hands in the thriller business. The plot is fast-paced, well-constructed and builds to a pulse-pounding night ambush. . .it should seal his reputation as an author who not only can write bestselling thrillers, but write them exceedingly well. Publishers Weekly
  • Only a handful of writers today can match Hunter for imagination and the ability to make a reader's adrenaline rush. New York Daily News
  • Filled with detail, clever plotting, suspense, and a hunt to the death that leaves the reader dry-mouthed with tension. Hunter knows his guns, and he writes about them with a precision that holds the attention of even a fervent anti-gun supporter. The Orlando Sentinel
  • Put on your seat belt--Black Light is a wild ride you won't forget. The Chicago Tribune
  • Nobody writes action better than Stephen Hunter and Black Light is one of his best...[The] action scenes play like a movie, the plot is intriguing and the writing is top-notch. Phillip Margolin

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 2/16/2014

    " This is probably my favorite Hunter book of all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 2/15/2014

    " This was a great book, my first by Hunter. If you saw Sniper-that was one of his books, so you have an idea what this is like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nitin | 2/10/2014

    " Vintage Hunter, with evocative descriptions of hilbilly country, deep-rooted technical expertise in the arcana of sniper-dom and crackling, violent pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/6/2014

    " It took a while to get into the book but it was a page turner at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/9/2014

    " I liked this book. Bob Lee Swagger returns to Arkansas to find out how his State Trooper Dad died. Bob Lee is a former sniper and Vietnam vet. There's a lot of action, but I found I like this character, Bob Lee Swagger. If there is a book three, I'll read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Roethe | 1/7/2014

    " Not the best of the BLS series, but not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 1/3/2014

    " We learned some very interesting past history about Earl Swagger. This book was just a joy to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vmlmike | 12/30/2013

    " bobby Lee, a man's man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollis "Queens" Yungbliut | 12/13/2013

    " It's gun talk heavy, but it's basically high noon plot and I like that kinda soul searching thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Miller | 12/11/2013

    " Good book, though I enjoyed the first better. Beginning to enjoy this 'war' genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kent | 11/16/2013

    " I like the characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stuart Young | 11/16/2013

    " Fastmoving thriller with brains and heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/11/2013

    " By this second Bob Lee Swagger Book, Stephen Hunter has established his writing MO: omnipotent hick kills all enemies no matter how elaborate their plans against him are. Much gun technology. Fast read and much fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricardo | 10/10/2013

    " I cannot say I loved it, but the writing was definitely good. The plot was well thought out and the characters were well developed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/31/2013

    " It takes a while to see how the plot comes together but once it does it's good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Affc24 | 6/18/2013

    " The bob lee swagger series just gets better and better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 1/20/2013

    " I really like this author! I will be reading all of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 6/9/2012

    " I really like the Bob Lee Swagger character and this is the first I have read with his Father Earl Swagger. It was great. It is an interesting way of writing where you know what is coming next, but it doesn't always turn out how you expect. I'll read it again someday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Klanderman | 6/4/2012

    " Terrific book. Best I've read in the past three weeks. I need to read the first two in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 9/24/2011

    " Interesting first read. It draws you in more and more as it goes. Will read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magic Mary Austin | 6/16/2011

    " I read it all, and it kept me engaged but if there is such a thing as a "chick-flick" then this is a guy-read. I just don't want to read a page long description of a gun in any novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 6/8/2011

    " My first Stephen Hunter read and I will go back for more. This story was fast paced with interesting characters and plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 5/17/2011

    " This was my second book I read by Stephen Hunter. It kept me intrigued throughout the whole book. Hunter continues to develop Bob Lee Swagger character and you learn about his father, Earl, and the events that lead to his death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 5/16/2011

    " It took a while to get into the book but it was a page turner at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 3/26/2011

    " I got a kick out of the first Bob Swagger novel, an excellent shoot-em-up that was made into a lousy Mark Wahlberg movie ("Shooter"), but this sequel left me wishing I had been the one who was shot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karenbike | 3/22/2011

    " A mystery set in Arkansas so it was fun reading for me. Satisfying ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/3/2011

    " Bob Lee Swagger never disappoints. He's the most macho man and yet he's married and has a little girl that wraps him around her little finger now. The twist wasn't as good as The Shooter but it was still a great book. Keeps you wanting to turn the page and see what happens next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 12/27/2010

    " I have read it, loved it and plan to read it after the book I'm reading now! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magic Mary | 10/18/2010

    " I read it all, and it kept me engaged but if there is such a thing as a "chick-flick" then this is a guy-read. I just don't want to read a page long description of a gun in any novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Affc24 | 8/6/2010

    " The bob lee swagger series just gets better and better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 6/12/2010

    " I really like this author! I will be reading all of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 5/17/2010

    " Wasn't as good as Point of Impact but still a pretty good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 5/11/2010

    " I liked the story...it was engaging and interesting. I just found that it was full of useless swearing. Ridiculous! I will try another book by Hunter, but if it contains the same level of swearing I won't be reading any more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan457 | 4/28/2010

    " Swagger and a young writer work to uncover the truth behind the murder of Bob Lee's father, Earl Swagger, a state trooper.Bob Lee and Russ uncover a massive conspiracy while being hunted by a variety of trained killers.

    I liked Point of Impact better, but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 3/1/2010

    " This was a great book, my first by Hunter. If you saw Sniper-that was one of his books, so you have an idea what this is like. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter is an author and former Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic for the Washington Post. The author of the Bob Lee Swagger and Earl Swagger series of novels, he has also published several novels, two collections of film criticism, and other nonfiction works. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.