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4.00018686296716 out of 54.00018686296716 out of 54.00018686296716 out of 54.00018686296716 out of 54.00018686296716 out of 5 4.00 (1,766 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: April 2012 ISBN: 9781455815715
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It’s 1951. The Thebes State Penal Farm in Mississippi is up a dark river, surrounded by swamps and impenetrable piney woods. It’s the Old South at its most brutal—a place of violence, racial terror, and even more horrific rumors. Of the few who make the journey, black or white, even fewer return.

But in that year, two men will come to Thebes. The first is Sam Vincent, the former prosecuting attorney of Polk County, Arkansas who, with great misgivings, accepts a job to investigate a disappearance. Before he leaves on this dangerous trip, he confesses his fears to his former investigator Earl Swagger, now a sergeant of the Arkansas State Police. Earl pledges that if Sam is not back by a certain time, he will come looking for him.

What they encounter there is something beyond their wildest imagining of evil. The dying black town is ruled by white deputies on horseback who are more like an occupying army and the only escape is over the wild currents of the dark river that drowns as many people as it liberates. But nothing in town compares to the prison. Run by an aging madman with insane theories of racial purity, it is administered by a brutal sergeant known as Bigboy. The convicts call him The Whip Man—he can take a man’s soul with his nine feet of braided catgut.

Both Sam and Earl will be challenged to the limits of their strength by this place and will struggle not only for their own survival, but with the question: What does a man do when confronted with evil?

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 2/17/2014

    " Page-turner, good story and characters, excellent period/geographic 'feel', spoiled by ridiculous 'gun porn' ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evie | 2/14/2014

    " One of the best books I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guzclues | 2/12/2014

    " This book is my favorite. I've read it 4 times over the years. Set in the 50's Mississippi, the story is well written and the characters are topnotch. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about justice and retribution. The book has some harsh and violent episodes but they are part of the story's reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti | 1/31/2014

    " This is a very violent book. Part of the violence is to right an injustice where, in the Mississippi of 1951, there is a horrible prison for black men called Thebes State Penal Farm, located in the swamps, almost impossible to reach, except by water. A lawyer friend of Earl Swagger goes there to get some information for a client, and Earl bails him out of trouble, but then can't forget the awful conditions, and rounds up six more gunfighters to go back to Thebes, set the prisoners free, and tear it down. Two strong enemies are Section Boss, and Bigman, an albino of incredible strength. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Vernon | 1/26/2014

    " This has got to be one of my favorite Stephen Hunter books as well as one of my favorite reads. I am a sucker for the old "Magnificent Seven" set-up - which Stephen Hunter uses in this novel with amazing ease. Definitely will raise your testosterone level after a single reading. You will begin to smell funny and thump on your chest at unexpected moments. I recommend this for anyone who wants to read a good old-fashioned no-nonsense shoot-em-up. There is enough in here to please a fan of action, war, western and all around tough guy fiction. I recommend it highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 1/21/2014

    " gruesome and fascinating "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tj | 1/20/2014

    " Violent, well written as usual. We can also see why Bob Lee is the way he is, it is genetic. Sam will do anything for a Swagger and this is why. "

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

    " This was more of an outlandish plot, but still extremely well written. It is good to get some background on Sam. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 12/31/2013

    " nice plot twists, but boring dialogue. written like an action movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/10/2013

    " book on tape. set in a penal colony in Thebes Mississippi. Oy! it says it all, then unter adds some great tidbits. well done!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stonna Shores | 12/9/2013

    " Great adventure read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeleine Maclean | 12/8/2013

    " couldn't put this book down-very mysterious and exciting! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 10/5/2013

    " Violent nonsense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Burt | 5/28/2013

    " If you want action, great story telling and fantastic characters read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 3/27/2013

    " Just a so-so Swagger novel. Gives some good background to later stories but not all that exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 3/23/2013

    " This is another Earl Swagger novel by Hunter-- its extremely gory and details a fictional segregated jail in Mississippi. By the end, you're a little sick of the violence but overall, Hunter does a good job of portraying the hatred and evil of racism. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Beck | 1/7/2013

    " A good story. Very long and slow at times. Set in an earlier time with a great deal of racist content that might be offensive to some people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Monroe | 1/1/2013

    " Fantastic! I can't wait for my next opportunity to read this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shenary | 12/21/2012

    " Not for the faint hearted... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate Hendrix | 9/23/2012

    " This is the second in the Earl Swagger series. It is not as good as the first book and not as good as many of Hunters other books. That being said if you want an adventure story that is entertaining but not very challanging this is your book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jilln'jim | 8/24/2012

    " Very painful writing style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 6/15/2012

    " A little Magnificent 7, a little chain-gang and a little too much torture. Genteel-tough prosecutor Mr. Sam gets the best bits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devin | 4/23/2012

    " I've enjoyed all the Stephen Hunter's novels I've read and this is perhaps the best so far. The same unique, interesting, main character plus an unusually interesting premise which may be drawn from the real world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David G. Farmer | 4/10/2012

    " Earl Swagger is a war heroe that gets caught at an all black prison while trying to help a friend...part thriller/part shawshank, this book I could not put down...even had a little old west in it....cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annelaurie | 3/18/2012

    " You really root and cheer for Earl Swagger in this book. "

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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.