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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. As Swagger penetrates the deepest secrets of the sniper world and its new technology, Nick stands firm in the face of hardball PR initiatives and an inflamed media calling for his ouster.

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.

I, Sniper will satisfy Stephen Hunter's legions of fans and win him droves of new ones with its signature blend of brilliant plotting, vivid characters, razor-sharp dialogue, and extraordinary gunfights. 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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I, Sniper
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4.2 / 5
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
February 18th, 2014
Some parts were great. But there was too much start over with each character involved in each scene. Here you think you're through something and instead the next chapter is character two going through his version of the last two hours that you just saw from the view point of character one because they shared the scene. And I have never seen such run-on sentences in my life. And believe me, that's saying something, as I have to punctuate deposition transcripts where people connect individual thoughts with things like umm, or like, or you know. This author needs to learn what a period is. Loved the subject matter and obviously a lot of research went into it. But what does he have against Jane Fonda and Ted Turner? And why exactly did TT target his ex-wife? It either wasn't answered or by then I was just trying to persevere and get the book finished and missed that. Wouldn't buy another Swagger novel.
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