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The 47th Samurai (Bob Lee Swagger Series #4)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Surprisingly good

After reading the premise of this book, I was hesitant. Being of Japanese ancestery (2nd generation, Katano Clan), I doubted Mr. Hunter's ability to properly convey the Japanese culture and history involving an item so deeply set in their culture.

I can admit when I ...
After reading the premise of this book, I was hesitant. Being of Japanese ancestery (2nd generation, Katano Clan), I doubted Mr. Hunter's ability to properly convey the Japanese culture and history involving an item so deeply set in their culture.

I can admit when I was wrong, as I was extremely impressed. He must have had a lot of research involved, and had someone intimately knowledgeable of all things Japanese review this novel, as I could find very few mistakes, and only on minor points. Definitely a page turner, and I finished this book in just over a day. Definitely recomended reading for anyone wishing to know more about Japanese culture and history.

posted by Kevin_Stalker on March 5, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Unbelievable!

Not entirely in a good way.

Bob Lee Swagger's (now 60 years old) next mission in this book involves moving to Japan, becoming an expert swordsman in less than a week, and then fighting off six yakuza swordsmen (who have been studying the sword for their entire lives)...
Not entirely in a good way.

Bob Lee Swagger's (now 60 years old) next mission in this book involves moving to Japan, becoming an expert swordsman in less than a week, and then fighting off six yakuza swordsmen (who have been studying the sword for their entire lives) without so much as breaking a sweat.

Yeah. Sure.

That isn't to say that I didn't like the book. The writing was, in Stephen Hunter's normal fashion, superb. The action sequences were very detailed and kept me on the edge of my seat. I just feel that this should have been a stand-alone novel not centering around the hero that we've grown to love as a marine corps sniper. This book had nothing whatsoever to do with shooting, the jungle, or guns.

It was still a good read, however, and I plan to get the next in the series to see what life holds next for the old sniper.

posted by UnaFragger on June 9, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

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    after seeing hunter's new book on display at the bookstore, i was thrilled about another bob lee story i could imerse myself into. .....well, sadly this one was a real waste of reading time. i am shocked i even finished the book. i guess hunter is now chasing hollywood dollars with silly stories of epic fairy tales. wish he would go back to the old days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2007

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    The 47th Samurai may be the most disappointing novel I've ever read. Disappointing because The 47th Samurai says on the cover that it is a 'Bob Lee Swagger novel'. No, it's not a Bob Lee Swagger novel. I mean it has a character named Bob Lee Swagger. And Bob Lee was once 'Bob the Nailer'. But Bob Lee is nearly 60 now. If he still owns a gun and does any shooting, there's no indication of it whatsoever in the book. No guns. No shooting. NO Bob the Nailer. Now it is an interesting book in that bob lee takes an interest in samurai swords after finding such a sword in his father's possessions so you learn a lot about swords, which is interesting. Nifty samurai sword stuff. And Bob Lee takes his newfound samauri sword back to Japan. I won't go into detail in case you haven't read this book and for some god foresaken reason decide to, but suffice it to say that something occurs in Japan that ticks Bob off. And when you tick Bob off, there's a hefty price to pay. Problem is, Bob usually collects his debts at the end of a rifle barrell and guns are prohibited in Japan. So what to do? How can Bob ever manage to extract justice if he doesn't have a gun? Wait a minute! This is Japan! And he's got this nifty sword after alll ... Yes! It's Ninja Bob. I mean Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. It's Ninja Bob! Ninja Bob? Bob the Nailer? No Bob the nailer here. Just Kendo Bob. Now if he could just find some wizened ninja master to teach him all things ninja in just 7 days ... wait, there's one now. It's mister miyagi's cousin, yoda miyagi. Karate Kid? Meet the shinto sextagenarian. Now, I don't know that this would have been an awful book if Hunter had just created a new character to insert into his ninja novel. The book reads like Hunter went to Japan, became enamored with samurai swords and samurai lore, and decided to script a novel that scenario. Unfortunately, the only character he had laying around to insert as the hero was Bob the Nailer. I'm not saying it doesn't work well - it's probably no worse creating Ninja Bob out of Bob the Nailer than it would have been if he'd picked another of his characters for the role - possiby Samauri Sam, the crusty old lawyer ninja warrior or Blue, the hounddog ninja warrior. Those would have worked just as well. I¿m hoping Hunter's next novel returns to the form and style that made his earlier works so enjoyable. No guarantees, though, that 'Robo-Gunny 2020' is going to meet that wish.

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