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3.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 5 3.23 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Hunter Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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New York Times best-selling author Stephen Hunter is back with another breakneck thriller, in which ex-Marine sniper, Ray Kruz, must outwit a group of murderous Somali terrorists who've laid siege to the Mall of America.

Recently retired marine sergeant Ray Kruz has been talked into a mall trip by his fiancé, the beautiful Molly Chan. For Ray, Molly represents a way to reconnect with normal life, something his 20 years in the service and five tours in two combat zones have prevented. But now he finds himself in the middle of the softest target of all, a huge consumer mall where a self-styled Mumbai Brigade has come to bring massive death to the heartland. They just didn't know Ray Cruz was in the building....

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlee | 2/14/2014

    " What a disappointment! I read the entire book in hopes it would get better. It did not. I wouldn't be so harsh with my review if I didn't know Hunter could do better. Most of the Bob Lee Swagger and all of the Earl Lee Swagger books are quite good. Page turning drama, good character development, 3D bad guys - none present in this book. *snore* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mommymac10 | 2/14/2014

    " Why would I put a Hunter book on hold?? Writer of manly-man thrillers. etc. Then I looked at the jacket prose and saw that this one involves a group of Islamists taking the Mall of America (here called "America, the Mall") hostage -- on Black Friday, no less, the biggest shopping day in the country. Well, I grew up maybe 40 miles away from the mall, fly over it every once in a while, and so I had to read the thing. Altho it's been many years since I read "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3", I remember it as being much more suspenseful than Hunter's book. The politix and posturing among the several American agencies gathered to deal with the threat was interesting, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/9/2014

    " Amusing for what it is. It is an action thriller, and not much more. There are some clunky parts (thinly veiled near allegory) and at least one full-on groaner (nothing major, just a terrible set of names that I won't spoil). However, it did deliver on some interesting action sequences. I'd probably rate this 2 1/2 or 2 3/4 but rounded up because it was kind of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'hara | 2/4/2014

    " I don't think this author likes Obama very much. Some the association does ring true though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al Stoess | 1/20/2014

    " Hunter writes a good book. Lots of violence. Ending needs improvement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Wolf | 1/20/2014

    " This is a very timely, well written book. Possible spoiler alert! The characters are complex, yet you either love them (heroes) or hate them. The dislike is not just for the terrorists, but also for the self-important decision makers who put their own career in front of the lives of innocent people. And let's not forget the ambulance chasers thrown in at the end- who could possibly have any sympathy after the storyline provided them throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Tischler | 1/20/2014

    " Not the usual Swagger book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 1/6/2014

    " I got this specifically for my husband but we both read it and really liked it. "Didn't want it to end" -good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 12/23/2013

    " The bad guys were a little too stereotypical. Still pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agatha | 11/27/2013

    " I like Hunter's books about generations of Marine snipers; this one is set in a large shopping mall on the day after Thanksgiving; I was at the Mall of America last years so I especially enjoyed the setting. But the multiple points of view weaken the tenstion of this novel about hostage-taking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 11/22/2013

    " Other reviewers have been over the details. It's like candy. Sit back and enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc Berman | 11/11/2013

    " Good book. Not Hunter's best work but it gave some character development to Ray Cruz. I'm sure we will be seeing him again. Personally, I'm looking forward to the return of Bob Lee Swagger. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George | 10/27/2013

    " might be time to move onto a different story/characters. this one was a big miss from me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rjames1999 | 7/15/2013

    " Not near as good as Hunter's previous two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Henry | 6/15/2013

    " Excellent fast moving, and full of good technical info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 3/6/2013

    " 3.5 Stars. Retired Marine sniper, Ray Cruz, finds himself at the Mall of America with his family on the Friday after Thanksgiving when a group of 12 gunmen open fire in the Mall's corridors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 10/21/2012

    " Stephen Hunter is a craftsman of the novel. I can't read all his books because his obsession with guns can be overwhelming. But this tightly woven thriller had just the right amount of detail, a very cool protagonist and a great plot. Loved it. Hope there's a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 9/6/2012

    " I could not put this book down! Scary because of the actual possibility of this happening. Pick it up, you'll get a very very good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vickie | 8/28/2012

    " Meh. Action thriller about a mall that is taken over by terrorists on Black Friday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerry Davy | 8/4/2012

    " Well written and interesting but I was left wanting more when I finished. To me this book should have been one incident in a larger tome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/20/2012

    " This is a very good book. It is an excellent expose" of the current American culture. It is not a very pretty picture.! Perhaps it should be required reading for every American (not that they would believe there is anything wrong with them, though --sigh---) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don Gorman | 1/24/2012

    " Very exciting, very intense, very fun. "

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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

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.