Time to Hunt (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

He's the main risky guy alive.  He merely desires to dwell in peace together with his kin, and omit the conflict that just about killed him...

It's unlikely to happen.

Stephen Hunter's epic nationwide bestsellers, Point of Impact and Black Light, brought thousands of readers to Bob Lee Swagger, referred to as "Bob the Nailer," a heroic yet fallacious Vietnam battle veteran pressured two times to exploit his talents as a grasp sniper to protect his existence and his honor.  Now, in his grandest, such a lot intensely exciting experience but, Bob the Nailer needs to face his deadliest foe from Vietnam--and his personal demons--to shop 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 by means of 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 elevate 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 depart his violent earlier in 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 go, 1000 yards far-off, a relaxed, 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 prior, 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 dwelling 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 hot global order, Hunter promises all of the advanced, stay-up-all-night motion his lovers call for in a masterful story of family members heartbreak and foreign intrigue--and indicates why, for Bob Lee Swagger, it really is once more time to hunt.

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