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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: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bob Lee Swagger Series Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781441853851
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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 thirty-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 from Point of Impact to last year’s bestselling I, Sniper, 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. And with this installment, the stunning revelations — both political and private—will leave listeners begging for more long after the last bullet finds its way home. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 2/14/2014

    " Mr. Hunter never lets me down. "Bob the Nailer" is back and in full force! There were even a couple of very surprising plot twists near the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/1/2014

    " Liked all the local references to Baltimore, Catonsville, and Pikesville to name a few. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mathew | 2/1/2014

    " Great book, entertaining, and the author knows a fair bit about weapons. Some minor cheesy lines, but all in all a good book. I loved the first Bob Lee Swagger book, and just read this one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/24/2014

    " Got to love Bob Lee....great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/24/2014

    " Hunter is at the top of his form with this thriller that features a Marine sniper who gets betrayed in Afganistan and needs Bob Lee Swagger's help in foiling a terrorist plot on American soil. In the same hallowed tradition as Hunter's "Point of Impact", which was made into the movie "Shooter". The tale features technology and management of modern drone warfare and a lot of interesting characters with "personality". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greer Andjanetta | 1/19/2014

    " A somewhat dull story about Hunter's favourite character, super sniper Bob Lee Swagger. Now retired from gov't service Swagger is called back to help avoid an assassination of a Pakistani president coming to the US an event which turns out to be a plot against the US president and senior members of the govt. The book is choppy, 1 1/2 page chapters which prevent the reader from being able to follow a story theme for any length. The book also contains a thoroughly annoying quantity of silly, stupid dialogue between the Arab terrorists, completely eliminating any sense of credibility of the story. The author appears to be thumbing his nose at readers who would buy any book about the Swagger character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Rideout | 1/5/2014

    " I find Stephen Hunter hit or miss for his novels - the ones that are hits I really like, the misses I stuggle through, yet still enjoy. I found this one a miss - i didn't connect with any of the new characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Pool | 1/1/2014

    " The character of Bob Lee Swagger keeps me coming back, and I loved the bits about the Predator Drones, but the story overall lagged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 11/29/2013

    " Bobby Lee is called back into service again. This time he finds out some new information that my extend this outstanding series for many years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/25/2013

    " Didn't like this as much as his other books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 11/25/2013

    " This was a really good book. I've always enjoyed Stephen Hunter's work and this book lived up to it. I tend to judge the books based on how easy it is to figure out what's going to happen and this one kept me guessing right up until the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tyler | 11/16/2013

    " Possibly the worst book I have ever read. Everything about it was cliche and trite to point was almost unbearable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Twins | 9/25/2013

    " Took me a little while to get into the writing style and having not read a military or sniper book before, I was pretty lost with all the military jargon especially the weapons - that didn't stop me to enjoy the characters and the storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Kass | 6/11/2013

    " Less choppy than Hunters earlier work like Point of Impact, but as for a read, not my favorite. I, Sniper was Hunter's best in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navajojim | 5/7/2013

    " This wasnt a bad book. Although I thought I, Sniper, was a little better than dead zero. But highly entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzy Milberger | 3/31/2013

    " Not as much Bob Lee and so not quite as good. Although....still hard to put down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 4/1/2012

    " He's getting a little old for his adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Roethe | 11/24/2011

    " One of the best in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 8/21/2011

    " Good book. Must have missed others in the series, but remembered I'd liked the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Mazzola | 8/3/2011

    " Swagger is one of my favorite literary characters - and even at age 64 he is still awesome. Looking forward to more Ray Cruz in the next book as well. My only problem with Hunter is that he doesnt write more "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/28/2011

    " Great book. If you enjoy Stephen Hunter and the Swagger series, this book is one of the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 4/13/2011

    " Better than I, Sniper I think. This one deals with terrorism. Rather like a Trojan horse story. Make a good movie maybe. Bob has a big surprise given to him in book. Hope Mr. Hunter writes a couple more about Bob Lee Swagger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/25/2011

    " One: when did product placement reach the bookshelf? Two: is Hunter Rupert Murdock's love child? Three: will my curiosity force me to read another book by this author to satisfy the mystery of how he won a Pulitzer? To its credit, this book is what it it, and I learned a lot about guns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin "El Liso Grande" | 1/30/2011

    " Seems like I've read this before. Similar story to ther Hunter books but still a fun read. He admits nicking the story ideas from other authors so I don't mind the familiar feel. A very good word guy, Hunter tells a good story and Swagger is an every guy hero. "

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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.