By Stephen Hunter
He's the main risky guy alive. He purely desires to stay in peace together with his relatives, and overlook the conflict that just about killed him...
It's not likely to happen.
Stephen Hunter's epic nationwide bestsellers, Point of Impact and Black Light, brought thousands of readers to Bob Lee Swagger, known as "Bob the Nailer," a heroic yet unsuitable Vietnam battle veteran pressured two times to take advantage of his talents as a grasp sniper to safeguard his lifestyles and his honor. Now, in his grandest, such a lot intensely exciting event but, Bob the Nailer needs to face his deadliest foe from Vietnam--and his personal demons--to keep his spouse and daughter.
During the latter days of the Vietnam battle, deep in-country, a tender idealistic Marine named Donny Fenn used to be shrink through a sniper's bullet as he set out on patrol with Swagger, who himself bought a grievous wound. Years later Swagger married Donny's widow, Julie, and jointly they bring up their daughter, Nikki, on a ranch within the remoted Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. Although he struggles with the painful legacy of Vietnam, Swagger's maximum wish--to go away his violent earlier at the back of and reside quietly along with his family--seems to have come true.
Then one idyllic day, a guy, a lady, and a woman set out from the ranch on horseback. High on a ridge above a mountain move, one thousand yards far away, a peaceful, cold-eyed shooter, one of many world's maximum marksmen, friends via a telescopic sight on the 3 drawing close figures.
Out of his tortured previous, a mortal enemy has once more came upon Bob the Nailer. Time to Hunt proves anew why such a lot of reflect on Stephen Hunter to be our greatest residing mystery writer. With a plot that sweeps from the killing fields of Vietnam to the corridors of energy in Washington to the shadowy plots of the recent international order, Hunter provides the entire complicated, stay-up-all-night motion his enthusiasts call for in a masterful story of relatives heartbreak and overseas intrigue--and indicates why, for Bob Lee Swagger, it is once more time to hunt.
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Skinny, not easy, resilient, braver even than the French, courageous as any Germans within the Legion. crafty, with that in particular devious caliber of brain that allow him instinctively comprehend weak point and circulate decisively opposed to it. Disciplined in a fashion the americans nearly by no means have been. He might have made a super occasion professional, so tight and concentrated was once his brain. the image easily confirmed a slit-eyed younger guy with favorite cheekbones, his leathery face lit with a smile. He held a few ludicrous trophy factor in his hands; subsequent to him used to be an older model of an analogous guy, related slit eyes, close-cropped hair yet with extra self-importance on his chest. “Sergeant Swagger accepts the congratulations of the Commandant after profitable at Camp Perry,” learn the caption, translated into the Vietnamese. It used to be warrior’s glee, the colonel knew; and he observed in these slit eyes the deaths of such a lot of, and the remorselessness that had pushed their executioner. “For this one,” he acknowledged, “the struggle isn't really a reason. it really is basically an excuse. ” “Possibly,” stated the Russian intelligence leader. “Perhaps even the conflict releases him to discover his greatness. yet do you no longer imagine he has a definite self-discipline? he's not profligate, he isn't certainly one of their criminals, just like the Calleys and the Medinas. He hasn't ever raped or murdered in strive against. He has no sexual weaknesses, a pathology linked to psychopathy. ” “He isn't a psychopath,” Huu Co acknowledged. “He is a hero, notwithstanding the road among them is skinny, in all probability fragile. He wishes a reason to discover his actual self, that's what I suggest. he's the type who should have a reason to dwell. He wishes whatever to humble himself in entrance of. Take that from him and also you take every little thing. ” “Very sturdy. the following, here's extra, here's what we've got. ” It was once extra on Swagger, culled from numerous American public assets. The package deal integrated, unbelievably, Marine documents, evidently from a truly delicate resource. “Yes. ” “Study this guy. examine him good. study him. he's your new accountability. ” “Yes, in fact. I settle for. and what's the final word arrival of this venture? ” “Why … his demise, after all. His dying and the demise of the opposite one, too. They either needs to die. ” He slept Swagger, he dreamed Swagger, he learn Swagger, he ate Swagger. Swagger engaged and prompted the rebirth of the Western a part of his brain: he struggled to understand rules like satisfaction and honor and braveness and the way their life sustained a corrupt bourgeoisie nation. For this kind of nation couldn't exist with no the natural hearth of such centurions as Swagger status watch, able to die, at the Rhines of its empires. “Why me? ” he requested the Russian. “Why no longer one in every of your personal analysts? ” “What can our analysts comprehend? you've been combating those humans due to the fact 1964. ” “You were combating them on the grounds that 1917. ” “But ours is a far off struggle, a theoretical struggle. Yours is up shut, shut sufficient to sniff blood and shit and piss. That’s event tough acquired and masses revered. ” Then one other day introduced one other shock: reconnaissance images, taken from a high-flying car of a few kind, of what a Marine put up within the jungles of a few province of his personal nation.