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3.79538461538462 out of 53.79538461538462 out of 53.79538461538462 out of 53.79538461538462 out of 53.79538461538462 out of 5 3.80 (39 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 2009 ISBN: 9781423369905
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Four famed ’60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose ninety-three kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide. In closing out the investigation, Nick discovers a case made in heaven: everything fits, from timeline, ballistics, and forensics to motive, means, and opportunity. Maybe it’s a little too perfect.

Nick asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data. Using a skill set no other man on earth possesses, Swagger soon discovers unseen anomalies and gradually begins to unravel a sophisticated conspiracy—one that would require the highest level of warcraft by the most superb special operations professionals.Swagger soon closes in, and those responsible will stop at nothing to take him out. But these heavily armed men make the mistake of thinking they are hunting Bob, when he is, in fact, hunting them. And when Swagger and the last of his antagonists finally face each other, reenacting a classic ritual of arms, it is clear that at times there’s nothing more necessary than a good man with a gun and the guts to use it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hunter is back at the top of his game.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • “It’s a troubling moral position, of course, the idea of the sniper as a man of courage, and Hunter makes the most of it, demanding that the reader rethink common cultural assumptions about good and evil. Those philosophical underpinnings give the narrative depth, but finally, as all Bob Lee fans know, it comes down to ‘straight killing time.’ And so it does, in a ramped-up, high-tech High Noon finale that will leave even unsympathetic readers gasping. As always, Hunter makes it work with precise, detail-rich prose that strips the faux glamour from gun fighting and leaves only the skills of the combatants set against the horrors they wreak.”

    Booklist, starred review

  • “Stephen Hunter’s I, Sniper brings back one of the great characters in modern thrillerdom, Bob Lee Swagger, everyone’s favorite lethal, dour southerner. I kind of want Swagger to meet up with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher one day, in a contest to see who could say the least while doing the most damage.”

    Malcolm Gladwell

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liralen | 2/18/2014

    " Detailed, technical, complex intrigue with political washes of power. I really really loved how the main mystery unfolded, hard-won piece by hard-won piece. Tight, tight action sequences and amazing detail on the weaponry involved and the difference the men who use them make in their effectiveness. Really, really loved Swagger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 2/11/2014

    " Gotta love Bob Lee Swagger (unless you're squeamish) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L8start | 2/9/2014

    " Fun book. It's the first Bob Lee Swagger book I've read. He is a retired USMC sniper, now in his 60s. Four former hippie-lefties from. The 1960s are assassinated and a retired sniper is framed for their deaths. It is up to Swagger to clear the sniper's name, find the real bad guys and bring them to justice. In true grit lit fashion, he does it almost single-handed. Swagger is not as taciturn as Jack Reacher, but he can be just as deadly. There were lots of elements in the story, and the author juggled them deftly to keep the book humming along. I plan to read others in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/26/2014

    " I couldn't put it down because I had trouble figuring out what was going to happen! Loved it and hope there is another soon! I laughed at the Ted Turner/Jane Fonda comparisons. Is Ted really like this? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Fortune | 1/11/2014

    " Bobby Lee Swagger is a Viet Nam vet (USMC) and among the best snipers in the world. He is dragged into an FBI investigation involving murders purportedly done by the master USMC sniper in Nam. At age 68 Bobby Lee should be well over the hill, but his ability to shoot, kill, and bear torture is unabated. This book ends with a great High Noon gunfight. A really good read! Ted Turner and Jane Fonda make cameo appearances as evildoers--gutsy. Hunter also wrote The Master Sniper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 1/9/2014

    " Wow. Loved the book. Looking forward to meeting Steve on Friday! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joey's | 1/4/2014

    " Excellent book, although 'not quite' as good as his earlier books. But true to his style and story lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Corso | 12/31/2013

    " I love all of the Bob Lee Swagger books. Once again we find a very interesting character who keeps the pages turning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Dye | 12/29/2013

    " Absolutely suspenseful - loved it. Made me want more. First of the series I have read - now I have to go back and read them all. Then this one again, with pleasure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 12/28/2013

    " better then the last one but still not as good as his first Bob Lee book in Point of Impact "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/3/2013

    " A little unbelievable towards the end but a good story and entertaining nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stonna Shores | 12/1/2013

    " Great Adventure, I had to get another and will read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dino | 11/30/2013

    " I thought it was a bit lame. I did not like the fact that the hero was 60 years old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Fox | 11/29/2013

    " Great Bob Lee Swagger book. If you like Mitch Rapp from the Vince Flynn series you will love this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 10/19/2013

    " Yet another compelling Swagger story from Hunter! Some parts of the story were hard to believe for as old as Bob Lee is by this time... he was almost TOO competent as a warfighter. But clearly Swagger still has swagger and his age isn't slowing him down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel Morris | 9/7/2013

    " So - so. So far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 8/21/2013

    " Ted Turner is Texas Red, Bob Lee Swagger is the ranger with "Big Iron on his Hip." What's not to like? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 10/24/2012

    " In which Bob Lee clears another sniper of mass murder -- Amazing no law suite from Jane Fonda or Ted Turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margarita | 4/10/2012

    " audiobook. good quick read (listen) entertaining, not heavy but a little predictable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 4/8/2012

    " Bob Lee Swagger just can't not get involved. He's got to solve the whole shooting match, including a sniper shootout at the end. This Swagger mystery sometimes is over the top with technology, but Bob Lee still has to use the old noggin to solve the problem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Condie | 12/14/2011

    " If you LOVE American thrillers, you will probably like this book. If you are a gun enthusiast, you will probably love this book. But I give it only average ratings. Language is bad and some adult content. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikael | 12/12/2011

    " A good read but predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Grande | 11/13/2011

    " Not the best Stephen Hunter novel that I have read, but if you like the Bob Lee Swagger character you will still thoroughly enjoy this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 9/29/2011

    " The opening of this book came off a bit a clunky for some reason, but once the true action of the story started it sailed right along. As I have come to expect from Hunter and Bob Lee, I had a pleasant couple of days reading about my favorite geriatric bad ass. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 9/23/2011

    " An "ok" crime story, but a little to implausible for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 4/25/2011

    " This book is largely based on the improvements in technology which make it possible for almost anyone to shoot as well as the snipers of days past. But, still this is a good read for Swagger fans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davidette | 4/22/2011

    " kind of a old redneck Jack Reacher "

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

    " Excellent excellent excellent!!! Bob Lee Swagger old county boy that he is seems to be as canny as a fox for figuring things out. He is way ahead of FBI in this one. The book has alot of surprises in store for readers. The ending would be worthy of any Hollywood movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/14/2011

    " It was another interesting book by Stephen Hunter that was humorus, adventurous, and fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn J. | 3/9/2011

    " This book was more like some of the earlier ones that I liked so much - lots of guns and gunplay and strong sniper culture details. It's not for everyone, and at times the dialogue gets a little speechy, but it kept me turning the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 12/13/2010

    " Not as good as some of Hunters but an easy reader. Bobby Lee lives up to expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 11/24/2010

    " The opening of this book came off a bit a clunky for some reason, but once the true action of the story started it sailed right along. As I have come to expect from Hunter and Bob Lee, I had a pleasant couple of days reading about my favorite geriatric bad ass. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ | 11/4/2010

    " Fun read, but very systematic without a single turn you don't see coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mobrilla | 10/23/2010

    " Good read although the ending wrapped up a little too quickly and cleanly for me. Very graphic detail of sniper kills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lars | 10/10/2010

    " It's a shame that the author chose to model the characters after known personalities. It was well paced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 9/30/2010

    " How could you not love the Bob the Nailer series...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 9/30/2010

    " Hunter is a good action/thriller writer. He has pretty good command (I guess) of firearms/shooter arcana. Keeps the pages turning and when it's done the reader wishes for a little more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/22/2010

    " I love Stephen Hunter, though his books are not for the faint of heart. Bobby Lee Swagger is a real 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.