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Dead Zero: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,477 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Hunter Narrator: Buck Schirner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Who killed Whiskey 2-2? And why won't it stay dead?

A marine sniper team on a mission in tribal territories on the Afghan-Pakistan border, Whiskey 2-2 is ambushed by professionals using the latest high-tech shooting gear. Badly wounded, the team's sole survivor, Gunnery Sergeant Ray Cruz, aka the Cruise Missile, is determined to finish his job. He almost succeeds when a mystery blast terminates his enterprise, leaving a 30-foot crater where a building used to be - and where Sergeant Cruz was meant to be hiding.

Months pass. Ray's target, an Afghan warlord named Ibrahim Zarzi, sometimes called The Beheader, becomes an American asset in the region and beyond, beloved by State, the Administration, and the Agency. He arrives in Washington for consecration as Our Man in Kabul. But so does a mysterious radio transmission, in last year's code. It's from Whiskey 2-2: MISSION WILL BE COMPLETED. CONFIDENCE IS HIGH.

Is Ray Cruz back? Has he gone rogue, is he insane, or just insanely angry? Will he succeed, though his antagonists now include the CIA, the FBI, and the same crew of bad boys that nearly killed him in Zabol province? Not to mention Bob Lee Swagger and a beautiful CIA agent named Susan Okada who gives Swagger more than just a patriotic reason to take the case.

Swagger, the legendary hero of seven of Hunter's novels, is recruited by the FBI to stop the Cruise Missile from reaching his target. The problem is that the more Swagger learns about what happened in Zabol, the more he questions the U.S. government's support of Zarzi and the more he identifies with Cruz as hunter instead of prey.

With its hallmark accuracy on modern killing technologies, Dead Zero features an older, more contemplative Swagger, but never lets up on the razor-sharp dialogue, vivid characterizations, extraordinary action scenes, and dazzling prose that define Hunter's landmark series.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Margaret | 2/6/2014

    " 3/24/13 ** Not the best Bob Lee Swagger, but worth reading. A little less gun-arcana than in I, Sniper; several interesting pages on the U.S. drone program. Interesting political commentary on the motives of the D.C. power-brokers who send young men (and, unspoken, women) to war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Jim | 2/5/2014

    " So I'm a big fan of the Stephen Hunter books and, particularly, the Bob Lee Swagger series. In this book, he introduces us to Ray Cruz, a new breed of sniper serving in Afghanistan. Generally, I enjoyed the book, although I have to say, as it wound down, the plausibility was stretched to the breaking point. Still, if you like his other books, I don't think you'd be disappointed with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Pete | 1/20/2014

    " Always enjoy sniper-fiction and Stephen Hunter in particular. This story is fun but run of the mill. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by William C. Montgomery | 1/11/2014

    " See my full published review here. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Buck Schirner’s professional career has primarily been on stage as a character actor. He is currently active in the theater scene in Philadelphia. Buck also appears in the independent film In the Woods.