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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,095 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Hunter Narrator: Beau Bridges Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bob Lee Swagger Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553751123
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During the latter days of the Vietnam War, deep in-country, a young idealistic Marine named Donny Fenn was cut down by a sniper's bullet as he set out on patrol with Swagger, who himself received a grievous wound. Years later Swagger married Donny's widow, Julie, and together they raise their daughter, Nikki, on a ranch in the isolated Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. Although he struggles with the painful legacy of Vietnam, Swagger's greatest wish--to leave his violent past behind and live quietly with his family--seems to have come true.

Then one idyllic day, a man, a woman, and a girl set out from the ranch on horseback. High on a ridge above a mountain pass, a thousand yards distant, a calm, cold-eyed shooter, one of the world's greatest marksmen, peers through a telescopic sight at the three approaching figures.

Out of his tortured past, a mortal enemy has once again found Bob the Nailer. Time to Hunt proves anew why so many consider Stephen Hunter to be our best living thriller writer. With a plot that sweeps from the killing fields of Vietnam to the corridors of power in Washington to the shadowy plots of the new world order, Hunter delivers all the complex, stay-up-all-night action his fans demand in a masterful tale of family heartbreak and international intrigue--and shows why, for Bob Lee Swagger, it's once again time to hunt.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Stephen Hunter is in a class by himself.  Time to Hunt is as vivid and haunting as a moving target in the crosshairs of a sniper scope. Nelson Demille, author of Mayday
  • Stephen Hunter is simply the best writer of action fiction in the world and Time to Hunt proves it. Phillip Margolin, author of The Burning Man
  • The best straight-up thriller writer at work today. Rocky Mountain News
  • Thrilling in the manner of ancient storytellers, with battles fierce enough for a war and characters crazy enough to fight them to the death. New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gur Kazir | 2/12/2014

    " Good plot, surprising twist. I would recommend it any time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rex Fuller | 2/12/2014

    " First rate. I will read all of the Bob Lee Swagger books Hunter ever writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 2/2/2014

    " One of the greatest story plots that I have read. Even if you don't like the theme, you have to appreciate the author's style of storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 1/25/2014

    " Written in 1998. Terrific book; beautifully written. This is a "Big" book. Dates from Vietnam in 72 to the present. From War to Protest to Marine Culture to Sniping to Family. Bob Lee Swagger at his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominic | 1/23/2014

    " Exciting as h***. "

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

    " My introduction to the author was this book. Part adventure, part thriller, part mystery, the zigs and zags this story takes you on are so well executed your mind is left reeling. Once you are introduced to Marine sniper "Bob the Nailer" you will seek out all the books he is in. So good even my mother enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Snow | 1/19/2014

    " Bob Lee Swagger is back and wants to live in peace, but his catches up. Action packed with a tale to boot, Hunter has done it again! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cole Schoolland | 1/4/2014

    " A really fun fluff-read. Action-packed with some wonderful technical detail and great kickass one-liners. The characters are fun and predictable. The plot is riddled with holes as the characters are strung along to strange conclusions and yet more plot-twists. Still, well written and fun! "

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

    " The second Bob Lee Swagger novel. Another good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walter Straus | 12/31/2013

    " Starts slowly for a loooong time. Last quarter is captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 12/21/2013

    " Better read then Black Light "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 12/20/2013

    " Unlike authors of most fiction involving guns and shooting, Hunter knows and understsnds firearms, shooting, reloading, and all things associated. It's a pleasure to read someething where I don't find myself groaning about mistakes and confusion on the topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lwh | 12/16/2013

    " Not sure I've read this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob M | 12/11/2013

    " I loved this book. It was so great to read. The beginning stinks because it's that peace stuff but as you get closer to the end it gets better an better. I recommend it to people who like guns, action, and snipers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 10/22/2013

    " These Bob Swagger book are always great. He ties things together well, and this one caused me to think about th choices I made during the Vietnam War era. Give it a read. But start with his first two books first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Mazzola | 8/27/2013

    " My favorite of Hunter's so far. Can't get enough Swagger "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 5/30/2013

    " book is so much better than movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenny | 8/3/2012

    " If you like Stephen Hunter's Swagger character, this is more of the awesome same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devin | 7/24/2012

    " Earl Swagger book (see my review of "Havana"). Like many of Hunter's newer books, this one revolves around sniping and is espeically interesting for those into the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kent | 2/15/2012

    " really enjoy that the good guy wins in the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Romang | 10/6/2011

    " Great book. The sniping scenes in Viet Nam were incredible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 5/30/2011

    " A fast paced thrill ride with a final showdown that really blew me away. I never read the first two books, but it doesn't really matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob | 4/26/2011

    " I loved this book. It was so great to read. The beginning stinks because it's that peace stuff but as you get closer to the end it gets better an better. I recommend it to people who like guns, action, and snipers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walter | 4/3/2011

    " Starts slowly for a loooong time. Last quarter is captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cole | 12/28/2010

    " A really fun fluff-read. Action-packed with some wonderful technical detail and great kickass one-liners. The characters are fun and predictable. The plot is riddled with holes as the characters are strung along to strange conclusions and yet more plot-twists. Still, well written and fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 10/12/2010

    " My favorite of Hunter's so far. Can't get enough Swagger "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 7/30/2010

    " This author writes really well in this genre. Of course the cowboy/hero/soldier is not for everyone, but if you enjoy one from time to time, this guy does well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 6/30/2010

    " Awesome Read...
    This was a page turner from the first chapter. Great story line, incredible action. It's got it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 3/29/2010

    " Agree with another poster on adding half-star rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 12/1/2009

    " Better read then Black Light "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 7/7/2009

    " book is so much better than movie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 3/12/2009

    " What a page turner! Exciting right to the last page. Heavy Veitnam war scenes and the psyche of snipers. Well plotted and written. "

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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.