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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,542 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Hunter Narrator: Eric G. Dove Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Earl Swagger Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781455815661
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Earl Swagger is tough as hell. But even tough guys have their secrets. Plagued by the memory of his abusive father, apprehensive about his own impending parenthood, Earl is a decorated ex-Marine of absolute integrity—and overwhelming melancholy. Now he’s about to face his biggest, bloodiest challenge yet.

It is the summer of 1946, organized crime’s garish golden age, when American justice seems to have gone to seed for good. Nowhere is this more true than in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the reigning capital of corruption. When the district attorney vows to bring down the mob, Earl is recruited to run the show. As casino raids erupt into nerve-shattering combat amid screaming prostitutes and fleeing johns, the body count mounts—along with the suspense.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenney | 2/15/2014

    " stephen hunter truly knows how to hold his readers captive! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarrod | 2/13/2014

    " While a great tale, it is not nearly as good as it's sequel. I enjoyed the descriptive setting and the background given to the characters. The book reads extremely well and gives a great deal of background to Earl. Hunter does a great job of placing you in Hot Springs, AR back in the mid 40's and you feel like you are walking down the roads and into the casinos with Earl and his gang. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy Neal | 2/13/2014

    " Listened to this book on tape. Law enforcement/cleaning up the town/military tactics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Hudak | 1/31/2014

    " Even cooler than "Pale Horse." Mobsters, a really hacked-off Marine, an old-school gunslinger, a gambling and whoring Mickey Rooney...this book has everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate Hendrix | 1/24/2014

    " Earl Swagger is back from war and looking for a job. He gets hired to help clean up a dirty town. There is more than meets the eye to this story. Earl reminds me of Joe Pike, but he seems to be a more real person than Joe. I have enjoyed everything I have read by Hunter and I look forward to the rest of this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali6 | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting enough, but seemed somewhat slow-moving. I didn't finish (made it about half way) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominick | 1/18/2014

    " In this extremely good thriller (I guess that would be the closest term), Earl Swagger, just back from WWII, is recruited by an ambitious prosecutor to help clean up the corrupt town of Hot Springs. This is a very fictionalized take on a real historical event, and it's really extremely good, barring a couple of predictable developments and one rather whopping coincidence. Hunter is a very good writer, indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/18/2014

    " i love this guy. a GREAT main character. very fun book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Patton | 1/17/2014

    " I actually prefer Earl to his son Bob Lee. Must be the fact that I love anything within an historical context. I wish that Hunter would produce a guideline for his readers with regard to what order the books should be read in. "

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

    " Earl Swagger is another great character. It is interesting to find out more about him and other characters that I have met in Stephen Hunter's Bob Lee series. More great writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chioma Uzoma | 11/28/2013

    " This book is wonderful! pure action....you could almost hear the gun shots.... i love Earl Swagger...a really fine character! definitely a great read!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navajojim | 10/29/2013

    " Bob Lee Swaggers dad, i had alot of doubt with this book, but i am a beleiver now. strong languge, but he was awesome. I love the 1950's setting. Great cop, and military man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily Bart | 10/25/2013

    " Lots of great gunfights, but be prepared for simplistic characters, overly melodramatic writing, and a lot of subhuman villains pitted against a too-good-to-be-true Southern lawman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 10/18/2013

    " Starting off brilliantly. Written in 2000 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hugh Smith | 8/12/2013

    " If you like action books with cool kick-ass heroes look no further, Hunter's hero Swagger takes no prisoners. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan McPeek | 3/12/2013

    " Familiar enough plot, clear good guys and bad guys, but enough action and twists to keep it interesting. Good easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savannah | 1/13/2013

    " Interesting topic (attempts to clear out gambling and gangsters from an Arkansas town) and unobtrusive, well-done writing. This was a pass-along that will be donated to the library, as there are several of our regular patrons who might like this as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 1/10/2013

    " Not as bad as Dirty White Boys, but not nearly as good as others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 1/9/2013

    " I liked it. I listened to it, and the reader is the best.. Total entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 11/26/2012

    " Earl is a bad man. No wonder Bob Lee is so darn tough. Good clean fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leon Aldrich | 9/16/2012

    " I'm torn between 4/5 stars. But this novel catapults Hunter into "my must read" list. Part WEB Griffin, part Michael Connelly. I can't hardly wait for the next in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Potter | 8/11/2012

    " Really enjoyed this. I picked it up in the Gangster Museum during a recent Hot Springs visit. Great museum and now I'm hooked on this author as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reno | 6/5/2012

    " this shit is raw manly fuck your face for crossing my path fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 1/8/2012

    " Character Earl Swagger is someone I loved reading about in this book. He is a Medal of Honor winner with demons and honor. It was a wonderful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Dalton | 12/7/2011

    " The first Earl Swagger book. We got to see flashbacks to Earl's life in the Bob Lee novels. Now we get the full story behind this great hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 10/12/2011

    " Lots of great gunfights, but be prepared for simplistic characters, overly melodramatic writing, and a lot of subhuman villains pitted against a too-good-to-be-true Southern lawman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 7/25/2011

    " Sometimes you need a shot of testosterone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DJMikeG | 7/25/2011

    " Fantastic suspense novel. One of Hunter's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/17/2011

    " Earl is a bad man. No wonder Bob Lee is so darn tough. Good clean fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hugh | 1/17/2011

    " If you like action books with cool kick-ass heroes look no further, Hunter's hero Swagger takes no prisoners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 9/30/2010

    " Character Earl Swagger is someone I loved reading about in this book. He is a Medal of Honor winner with demons and honor. It was a wonderful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 7/10/2010

    " Earl Swagger is another great character. It is interesting to find out more about him and other characters that I have met in Stephen Hunter's Bob Lee series. More great writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 4/1/2010

    " Familiar enough plot, clear good guys and bad guys, but enough action and twists to keep it interesting. Good easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/11/2010

    " book on tape
    #1 earl swagger
    so far, so good.
    like the guy., set in post WWII
    terific but short series of father, then of son. very likeable and tough dudes. "

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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

Eric G. Dove is a voice actor and musician. His audiobook career began in 2009 for Brilliance Audio. He has recorded numerous titles for authors such as J. R. Ward, Stephen Coonts, and Greg Iles, among many others, and earned an AudioFile Earphones Award.