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Pale Horse Coming (Earl Swagger Series #2)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A dark yarn with plenty of excitement and action!!!

I have a friend and we read the same book at the same time. I thought this book was fantastic, dark and full of gut wrenching action. My friend said it was the one of the best books she's read. So it's a highly recommended book!

posted by jazzinSA on September 17, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Shallow use of real heroes

I've been thrilled by most of Stephen Hunter's books. Dirty White Boys, Point of Impact, Black Light, Time to Hunt and Hot Springs were fantastic reads. Others were disappointments. I couldn't even finish Second Saladin and The Master Sniper dragged on and on. Pale ...
I've been thrilled by most of Stephen Hunter's books. Dirty White Boys, Point of Impact, Black Light, Time to Hunt and Hot Springs were fantastic reads. Others were disappointments. I couldn't even finish Second Saladin and The Master Sniper dragged on and on. Pale Horse Coming begins in great Hunter style with plenty of action along with a liberal dose of southern culture, albeit racist and mean, thrown in. Where Hunter errs is in the blatant use of some of hunting, shooting, law enforcement and the military's real life heroes, very shallowly disguised with cute names, to save the day. Anyone who has read the main outdoor magazines will have spoted Elmer Keith, Jack O'Connor, Charlie Askins, Bill Jordan, Audie Murphy and Ed McGivern in seconds. While their names may have been changed, and poorly at that, the traits and attributes of each weren't, at least not much. If anything, their personalities were stretched to the limits. As creative as Hunter is, he could easily have come up with fictional heroes every bit as interesting and captivating as his villains. Instead, he uses an old trick and rewrites history through the use of real people, fictionalized, and, in the process, cheapens both them and his work. By the way, the Askins character is right on: racist, irreverant, and an unrepentent cold blooded killer. I seriously doubt that Keith, O'Connor, or McGivern would have taken part in this battle. They were hunters, not killers. Jordan and Murphy probably would have. Stephen, I hope you're not getting tired. Please use your great creativity on both sides of the fence. Look what you've done with Earl, Bob Lee, and Sam.

posted by Anonymous on December 20, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Improbable characters....stereotypical protagonists and antagoni

    Improbable characters....stereotypical protagonists and antagonists....geographically erroneous. Being from south Mississippi, I thought this would be an interesting read, but found the book to be a tedious read. I found myself saying "aw.....come on.....really" with every turn of the page. Without giving much away, I will say that there are no swamps in that part of Mississippi....the placement of the action is more likely in south Louisiana......

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