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I, Sniper (Bob Lee Swagger Series #6)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Good fun, lots of cool tech stuff about weaponry.

Exciting from start to finish, I,Sniper has hero Bob Lee Swagger in great form. Amazingly, Stephen Hunter's almost 70 year old Bob Lee is still a vital and unforgettable character. (Think Clint Eastwood in "Gran Torino") Tough as nails, but honor and duty bound, he wa...
Exciting from start to finish, I,Sniper has hero Bob Lee Swagger in great form. Amazingly, Stephen Hunter's almost 70 year old Bob Lee is still a vital and unforgettable character. (Think Clint Eastwood in "Gran Torino") Tough as nails, but honor and duty bound, he wades through the bad guys with little difficulty. Not even torture can keep him down. Great entertainment all around.

posted by BKR53 on January 29, 2010

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4 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

Won't pick up Hunter again.

It pains me to write this review of a favorite author. In "I, Sniper" it is obvious that Stephen Hunter has given up on caring about the little things that make a novel great. He seems dead set on making a political statement; bashing the "Liberal Media" in Glenn Beck f...
It pains me to write this review of a favorite author. In "I, Sniper" it is obvious that Stephen Hunter has given up on caring about the little things that make a novel great. He seems dead set on making a political statement; bashing the "Liberal Media" in Glenn Beck fashion, exposing the arrogant elitists for the moral deviants he believes them to be. Everyone hates the poor Marine sniper and loves the Hollywood star. I can get this rubbish on Drudge without paying twenty-six dollars for it.
Here are some flaws in the story that finally caused me to put the novel down:

Strike 1. On page 119, Swagger is receiving a report from agent Chandler about sniper trainer Anto Grogan. Her report is professional and filled with the military lingo of an experienced veteran, but when Swagger ends the conversation with "Out here," Chandler reverts to being a (paraphrasing) "Dumb girl".

Strike 2. On page 171, Swagger was catching up on the news and relates a story of a Wyoming congressman who represents the district where a Hollywood elitist owns a vast ranch. Newsflash: Wyoming has only one member in the House of Representatives who represents the entire state, not any one district.

Strike 3. On page 183, Nick Memphis's second in command begins a diatribe on how the media creates some false image that the poor republicans are bad and everything Liberal is good. That's fine with me if Stephen Hunter believes such rubish, but he shouldn't try to disguise it as a work of fiction.

I don't have any more because I put the novel down at Chapter 25. Stephen Hunter, you disappoint me, sir. I have been a Huge fan until now. I will put "I, Sniper" in a trashcan. I would be too embarrassed to sell it for a quarter at my wife's next garage sale.

posted by SuspenseJunkyWY on February 2, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2010

    Glaring Error

    At the beginning of Chapter 4, Nick is at a press conference in Washington, D.C. On page 34, at the end of the chapter he has Nick saying he can be in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 3 hours and that "It was 9:35 p.m, 10:35 in the Midwest." Last time I looked, Grand Rapids as well as the rest of the state of Michigan was in the same time zone as D.C. Even if Grand Rapids were in a "midwest" time zone, it would be an hour earlier, not later than D.C.

    Also, the dialogue is almost unreadable. I think chapter 4 is all I will finish. He needs a better editor.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Too indepth -- too many descriptions - distractions

    I have enjoyed reading or listening to the "Swagger Series" but this one could have been done without all the descriptions/details. I found myself not concentrating and then had to go back numerous times only to find out that I should have kept going because nothing that was said was of consequence. I actually enjoyed the book after 3/4 of the way through It took me forever to get done with this! Numerous times I was just going to give up. Sorry -- because I like Sniper Bob Swagger.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Amusing enough but enough w the Rush Dimbaugh rhetoric.

    The plot is amusing as were those of his earlier books. Unfortunately, the author's tea-bag polemics becomes distracting. It could have been an engrossing read, but I really don't need to have Sarah Palin screeching in the background. Somehow, I think the real Bob Lee would have snickered at the obsequiousness and the star-struck hero worship.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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