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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,658 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: September 2007 ISBN: 9781597109390
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Bob Lee Swagger and Philip Yano are bound together by a single moment at Iwo Jima, 1945, when their fathers, two brave fighters on opposite sides, met in the bloody and chaotic battle for the island. Only Earl Swagger survived.

More than sixty years later, Yano comes to America to honor the legacy of his heroic father by recovering the sword he used in the battle. His search has led him to Crazy Horse, Idaho, where Bob Lee, ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, has settled into a restless retirement and immediately pledges himself to Yano’s quest.

Bob Lee finds the sword and delivers it to Yano in Tokyo. On inspection, they discover that it is not a standard WWII blade, but a legendary shin-shinto katana, an artifact of the nation. It is priceless but worth killing for. Suddenly Bob is at the center of a series of terrible crimes he barely understands but vows to avenge. And to do so, he throws himself into the world of the samurai, Tokyo’s dark, criminal yakuza underworld, and the unwritten rules of Japanese culture.

Swagger’s allies, hard-as-nails, American-born Susan Okada and the brave, cocaine-dealing tabloid journalist Nick Yamamoto, help him move through this strange, glittering, and ominous world from the shady bosses of the seamy Kabukicho district to officials in the highest echelons of the Japanese government, but in the end, he is on his own and will succeed only if he can learn that to survive samurai, you must become samurai.

As the plot races and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that a ruthless conspiracy is in place, and the only thing that can be taken for granted is that money, power, and sex can drive men of all nationalities to gruesome extremes. If Swagger hopes to stop them, he must be willing not only to die but also to kill.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 1/31/2014

    " New Bob Swagger book. Not as good as Time to Hunt "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn | 1/22/2014

    " A good solid read with excellent battle sequences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 1/16/2014

    " I have long been a Stephen Hunter fan, and enjoyed this novel as much as any others. I like how Bob Lee Swagger, our hero, has aged gracefully as he deftly takes on the yakuza (Japanese mob) in this thriller. Bob Lee's repeated reference to "samurai" gets a little old, but it certainly fits what we know about the character. I was a bit skeptical too of his ability to wield the katana blade as effectively as he did with only a week's training, but if anyone can, it is Swagger. Keep them coming Mr. Hunter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/7/2014

    " First time i read hunter. won't be the last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.D. | 1/4/2014

    " Bob Lee Swagger. With swords. Need I say more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flo | 11/27/2013

    " Another great Bob Lee Swagger story. Spurred interest in Samurai swordsmithing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alli Wilson | 10/25/2013

    " A page turner in a frustratingly redneck way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dr. K. | 10/24/2013

    " Bob Lee Swagger is approached by the son of the man that Bob's dad had killed in Iwo Jima. Philip Yano asks Bob about a sword that belonged to his dad. Bob finds the sword and takes it to Phillip in Japan. Then all hell breaks loose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 10/16/2013

    " Could not get interested into this book even though I have liked his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Robinson | 9/25/2013

    " One of the best I have read in years! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 9/8/2013

    " Perhaps his bloodiest yet, a top 5 for the year. Hunter is the best at this, the patriotic naturally skilled good guy righting wrongs thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 4/15/2013

    " not the usual thing i'd read but it was quite good. not sure that i would pick up another book by this author but it was a nice suspense/action thriller kind of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stanley | 3/25/2013

    " Bob Lee Swagger - 60 years old? - still kickin ass, this time in Japan ... in the next book his daughter is entering the scene - I can hardly wait. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 1/28/2013

    " Just finished this,a guilty pleasure good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Morgan | 1/16/2013

    " I enjoyed this book a good read. The first i have read by Stephen Hunter. I may read his others, I will ponder on it. Loosely based on the legend of the 47 Ronin, a superb story. has its moments with clues left for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 10/23/2012

    " Excellent and exciting! Alittle Harlan Coben meets Dan Brown. The history of Japan and its Samurai are very fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Arnold | 5/26/2011

    " It took 300 pages to get to any sizable action, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Pierce | 1/22/2011

    " entertaining... but a little hard to believe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 12/15/2010

    " eh. A little slow to get started, then I lost interest. Unfortunately, I still don't know how it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robbie | 8/29/2010

    " Jim read and enjoyed this one; I haven't read it yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 8/25/2010

    " Good story if you're interested in Samurai philosophy in life. Lacking in action and continuing excitement although the conclusion was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D K | 7/23/2010

    " I listened to the audio edition of this book. Buck Schirner did an excellent job with his narration of the story. That being said, if I had read this book the old fashion way, I can't say that I would have enjoyed it as much and would have rated it 3 stars rather than four.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dr. K. | 4/2/2009

    " Bob Lee Swagger is approached by the son of the man that Bob's dad had killed in Iwo Jima. Philip Yano asks Bob about a sword that belonged to his dad. Bob finds the sword and takes it to Phillip in Japan. Then all hell breaks loose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 3/26/2009

    " I like Stephen Hunter and I like the series on Earl and Bob Lee Swagger. This book, while an interesting read, is very similar to the other books in the series. It does not measure up to Point of Impact. It is a geat airplane read. "

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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.