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Time to Hunt is one of eleven books in a series by author Stephen Hunter. The "star" of the series is one Bob Lee Swagger, an alpha male and former sniper in Viet Nam who has returned home after the war, gone on a fifteen-year drinking spree while managing to get himself involved in all sorts of violent encounters with bad guys. This is the third book in the series and Bob Lee has settled down--sort of--and is living with his wife and young daughter in the greater Boise, Idaho area.I recently re...
This is the third of the Bob Lee Swagger books but for me it's the one I read last...I managed to skip it as I was reading them and had to come back and "pick it up". So, in a way here I'm looking at the entire run of Bob Lee Swagger books. All in all, pretty good action reads, some a bit better than others. My favorite in the series is I, Sniper, the sixth in the series.Here we pick up after Bob has gotten through the events of the first two novels. He's still in sad shape, deep in the bottle s...
SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW FOLLOWS:My first foray into Stephen Hunter's catalogue was the suggestion of fellow reviewer/critic Dan Legare, who read me like an open book making the recommendation that I begin Hunter's collection with book 3, not book 1, of the Bob Lee Swagger series. It took a good 100 pages for the novel to become the latest form of addictive drug, but Hunter somehow built a hybrid of 'American Sniper' and 'Forrest Gump' that all but made me relive my days of living in Washington
This is the third book in the Bob Lee Swagger series and another enjoyable read. The plot starts after the events of the last two books but we only get a short teaser into Bob's current life, a quick cliff-hanger before we jump back in time to the Vietnam War era. And once there, the POV shifts to Donny Fenn, a young marine who had been severely wounded during a tour in Vietnam but is now in Washington DC serving in a nice "safe" position. We get to watch him get drawn into the peace movement an...
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!
More of Bob Lee Swagger. Ranging from the jungles of Vietnam to the present, Bob must find the link that ties himself & Donny Fenn to the sniper Salaratov.This one was slow to start, with 85 pages of Vietnam era peace movement politics. It had a great section where Bob Lee & his spotter take on a battalion of North Vietnamese.
Third book in the Bob Lee Swagger series is a major disappointment for me. Excruciatingly long and minutely detailed account of Swagger's last tour in Viet Nam. I love military-style action but don't really care for war books. Over half of this is a war story and I just find it tedious. There is some good stuff in here, including a decent mystery. But I had to slog my way through so much exposition to find it. I am hoping #4 is better.
It's as always with those books: first narrative flows slowly even lazily and then the last 100 pages plot is rushing and you have to pull an all-nighter cause you just can't put it down and not know if Swagger won.I finally came to conclusion that this is a detective stories where old sniper is playing a detective. First story was about himself, second was about his father and his death's secret and now it was time for Donny to tell his story. I wonder. So many things could have gone differentl...
After a confusing but necessary slow start and setup this novel blasts into testosterone-laden overdrive with a retelling of Bob and Donny’s epic stand at An Loc Valley in 1972 and then a gripping cat-and-mouse game in the present day. Can’t stop reading these stupid-ass books for some reason. They’re just wonderful escapist well-written garbage and I love it.
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.
This is the 3rd of the Bob Lee Swagger series, but somehow I missed it and had to go back and pick it up. Glad I did. This was another great read. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
This book took forever to get off the ground, with a 109 page introduction of sorts. I did not like it. I've liked all of Hunter's other books that I've read, so I won't toss the rest of them.
4 solid stars, first time I've read a Stephen Hunter book, pleasant surprise!
Bob Lee Swagger definitely makes sure those who hurt others pay in the end. Totally awesome ending!
I am quickly becoming a Stephen Hunter fan. This is the fourth book I've read from Mr. Hunter, and probably the one I've enjoyed the most.There are no real spoilers here. The book starts with a man, woman, and child riding their horses towards a cliff edge to enjoy the view. A sniper, across the canyon, draws bead on them, and the man is blown out of the saddle. We then flash back to the end of 1971 and beginning of 1972. We finally get to hear the back story (spoiler alert if you haven't read p...
Twenty Five years after the end of the Vietnam War Bob "The Nailer" Swagger is back in the war zone. A Russian sniper with whom he dueled in the jungle and who killed his friend Donny Fenn has tracked him down to the remote mountains of Idaho. Soon one man isdead and Swagger's family is under threat. Why has this Russian resumed the conflict, is itrevenge or does it go back further to a secret buried in the extraordinary times of the latesixties. This is book three in the Bob Lee Swagger series
Six-Word Review: Swagger hunting the hunter, saves family.An excellent extension of the Bob Lee Swagger series. In it Swagger's past exploits in Vietnam seem to catch up with him when a friend is shot and killed and his wife almost assassinated, also. The book's plot gets more and more complicated as Swagger digs into why he is being targeted by a Russian sharpshooter. While much of the story is unrealistic and Swagger's exploits unbelievable, Hunter is so good at what he does, that it was easy
This book has an old nemesis after Swagger. He is still holding a grudge from Vietnam when they were both snipers. He is a Russian snipper and has thought he shot Swagger but instead hit someone on a horse. Swagger though becomes more intense when his wife and daughter are in danger and now, he goes on the hunt for the Russian snipper himself. You get flashbacks with his time when he was in Vietnam which actually helps with the character and only adds to the story for me. I liked everything abou...
This book as the others by Stephen Hunter was brilliantly written. There were many sub plots within plots. You finished one chapter and you were compelled to continue to the next. Bob Lee Swagger was a Sargent in Vietnam and single handedly held off an enemy battalion. His best friend was later killed by a Russian sniper. Bob Lee thought the sniper was after him but no he was after His best friend Lance Caporal Donny Fenn. The plot grew to years later when Bob Lee had married Donny's widow and h...
Fundamentally, this was a good book. It was well plotted, had interesting and well developed characters and moved along nicely. Much of the book was a flashback to Bob Lee Swagger's time in Vietnam, and that worked fairly well.There was a big twist that was slightly unbelievable and the conclusion simply wasn't believable but, if you can suspend reality for a bit, you might enjoy it. I debated whether to give the nook a three or four star rating and went with the latter because 95% of it was a r...
Moving back and forth through time in a book isn't something I am a fan of, but it works (for the most part) here.I enjoyed the author's acknowledgement at the end that there were inconsistencies between this and earlier books in the series, but it was a good read, with only a bit of manipulation obvious.I will be continuing with this series, after a pause to catch up with other titles/series.
This is the third book in the series of the Swaggers. And, since some of it takes place around my home town of Mena, Ark (aka Blue Eye) I am always interested in reading another good story. There are some very good twists in this story, taking us back to Viet Nam in May of 1972 and the forward into the 1990's. I recommend the book in spite of very little sex or sexual situations.
Great tour de force for swaggerHunter at his best, vivid descriptive prose painting pictures of physical pain, emotional turmoil and geographic nuance. Plot twists and turns with sacrosanct loyalty to Bob Swagger for his human traits of strength, tenacity, and weakness,yet. moreover his self taught ability to survive.
Loved it! My first Bob Lee Swagger thriller and I was sucked in after the first paragraph, “We are in the presence of a master sniper. He lies, almost preternaturally still, on hard stone. The air is thin, still cold; he doesn’t shake or tremble.” I was on the edge of my seat throughout! Will be picking up many Stephen Hunter thrillers in the near future.
Time to huntAn easy read full of action and complex situations. The sniper scenes were exciting. The storyline was simply not believable and the ending was like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. But despite this, it was a good story and I enjoyed reading it. It felt Somewhat like a Zane Grey novel.
This is one of the best novels he's done and I really enjoyed it. It's better than Point of Impact with action, love, guns, revenge, all the good stuff.
4 1/2 stars. Story has an epic sweep to it and a very compelling plot. Started reading this series because I was out of Jack Reacher books. I thought Point of Impact was very good and clever, but this is something more special.
First rate. I will read all of the Bob Lee Swagger books Hunter ever writes.
Second sequel to Hunter's Point of Impact. Good, but long. Not as good as Point of Impact. I skipped the second book, Black Light.
Another great book about Bob the Nailer... Well written character