I, Sniper (Bob Lee Swagger Series)

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.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. 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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By Mike (the Paladin) (Hermitage, TN) · ★★★★★ · May 29, 2013
Yes, you're seeing that right. I'm giving this book 5 big stars. This is unabashed brain candy. This is a mental big mac with a large side of fries, an extra large Coke and the meal includes your favorite pie smothered in ice cream. This is the sixth Bob Lee Swagger novel and it's my favorite so... ...more
By Joan (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · May 05, 2014
A few good quotes: 1. "The time has long passed in America when one can say of a sixty-eight-year-old woman that she is 'still' beautiful, the snarky little modifier, all buzzy with irony, signifying some kind of miracle that one so elderly could be so attractive." 2. Again writing about old age:... ...more
By Jeffrey (Clever, MO) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 07, 2010
Spoiler Alert

Stephen Hunter really knows guns, and the level of technical (and often tactical) verisimilitude one encounters when reading his novels is stunning. I really love this tendency in his books. I, Sniper is no exception(at least not technically), and the story is a pretty good yarn. BUT... ...more
By Bill (Tucson, AZ) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 16, 2013
Hunter, Stephen (2009). I, Sniper. New York: Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.

There is something godlike about the sniper’s work: blowing off somebody’s head from a thousand yards. The victim simply disintegrates without warning and nobody around has any clue of what just happened. That’s a lot... ...more
By Aisha (Lahore, Pakistan) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 27, 2014
Snipers wear diapers, apparently. That's the only noteworthy fact I learned from this book. It took me an abnormally long time to finish reading it. I saw this book at one of these really good bookshops and I was instantly captivated by the title embossed in spectacular red and the name Bob Lee S... ...more
By Charles (Hartsville, SC) · ★★★☆☆ · September 11, 2010
Interesting book. Plot little too overtly political for my taste. Characters too close to real people. I mean super sniper Carl Hitchcock. Media mogul Tom "TT" Constable who was married to a movie star "Hanoi Joan". Give me a break.

The technology and "craft" of sniping was very intersting but not... ...more
By Betsy (Moneta, VA) · ★★★☆☆ · March 09, 2014
Stephen Hunter presents a complex novel with enough red herrings to fill a sushi bar for a year. Just when everything is tidily wrapped up, about a third of the way through the overly long novel, more murders occur, more red herrings appear, more characters pop up. Designed to keep the reader tur... ...more
By Alan (Las Vegas, NV) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 26, 2014
Several months ago, I read Hunter's The Third Bullet and gave it an enthusiastic five stars. Not so much here. It was all I could do to get it up to two stars. The best news, and the real reason I actually read it without quitting on it early? I got it for $1.99. The bad news? I got what I paid f... ...more
By Chris (London, The United Kingdom) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 03, 2014
If you fetishise guns, page after page after page of numbers relating to guns is probably wonderful stuff, but this is a book of sorts, not a gun catalogue, so it's just really bad writing, incredibly tedious, and makes me feel the sort of icky that numpties who like guns always make me feel. The... ...more
By Frank (Ogden, UT) · ★★★★★ · October 26, 2014
Another super entry in the Bob Lee Swagger series by Hunter! In this one, four famous radicals from the 1960's are killed by a sniper at long-range (including a thinly-disguised Jane Fonda). All the evidence points to a former Vietnam sniper named Carl Hitchcock. But is the case against Hitchcock... ...more