Dead Zero (Bob Lee Swagger Series #7)

Dead Zero (Bob Lee Swagger Series #7)

by Stephen Hunter
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Dead Zero 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 189 reviews.
Jim Glenn More than 1 year ago
I found it to be an easy read and it went by quickly. Too quickley, in fact I found mysekf staying up way too late just so I could read a little more. In typical Stephen Hunter fashion his details for the weaponry is excellent which I believe not only ' puts you there' it brings the adventure to life. Simply pur if you enjoyed ISnipe you will right at home with Dead Zero. Enjoy!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, U.S. marine sniper team Whiskey 2-2 is deployed on a covert operation to kill Taliban commander Ibrahim "the Beheader" Zarzi. However, someone betrayed the unit leaving them massacred by professionals in the tribal area. Several months later, Zarzi quits the Taliban. He travels to America where he meets the president and congressional leaders. The State Department believes he is the best choice to bring a corrupt free stable government to the war torn nation. At the same time, apparently Marine Gunnery Sergeant Ray "the Cruise Missile" Cruz, thought dead in the Zarzi massacre especially with the crater remains of the unit as proof, has reported by radio using last years codes. He resolutely will complete his final mission. The FBI deploys retired Marine sniper Bob "the Nailer" Lee Swagger to prevent Cruz from beheading the Beheader while someone in the shadows tracks Bob in order to kill Cruz before he can be debriefed. The latest Swagger thriller (see I, Sniper and Night Thunder) is a fabulous entry with a strong cast especially the lead male trio. Besides non-stop action, the story line contains an insightful look at political strange bedfellows in which yesterday's most wanted for assassination becomes today's most wanted ally or visa versa; think of Reagan-Bush 41 befriend Hussein in the 1980s becoming public enemy number one for Bush 41 and Bush 43. Swagger understands this as his mission is to do whatever including kill a fellow marine to protect an Afghan who probably led the slaughter of Whiskey 2-2. Fast-paced, fans anticipate the collision as The Cruise Missile targets the Beheader with The Nailer targeting the Cruise Missile while someone waits in the shadows to clean up the mess. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Swagger comes ouy of the hills and hollers to excite us once again. Each new book just brings me closer to Swagger as if he were the neighbor up the road and just stopped by and asked if I would feed his dog for a few days. Then he is gone for a few months and just reappears. It never ceases to amaze me how many people know of his exploits the world over he was never declared a national hero. I know this is fiction but written as if you really do know the man as a close neighbor. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to ne entertained with a fast moving good read.
SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
Stephen Hunter does it again. More intense action than usual, even! Don't read all the reviews - they tell too much about the plot! Just start the book and you will be hooked.
Alan Parlapiano More than 1 year ago
Satisfying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
was the worst stephen hunter book i have ever read. i looked to me like he was trying to set the series up for a new character. bob lee was not bob lee, he had none of the quality's that we grow to love about this character. the idea was sound but the delivery was reckless and unimaginative. it seemed to me like he is tired of writing this character so he just made it bad on purpose. i could expect this kind of novel from a beginner, but not after books like time to hunt and 47th samurai. shame on him and shame on his editors
James Card More than 1 year ago
Another page turner with seemingly promise of more to come. Mr. Hunter writes with well researched prose weaving another great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started reading and didn't put down until finished. Stephen Hunter is factual while still keeping the reader totally absorbed. Top marks again for an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr Hunter has once again brought the idea of the sniper to those of us who respect their talents, codes and morals. It is hard to see the great Earl Swagger getting old, having followed him though previous books. I do not want to give anything away for people who have read this book, but there is hope, and I look forward to continued books of this type in the future. Thanks Mr Hunter.
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book by Stephen Hunter! I don't think I've ever read one of his books that wasn't fantastic. One reason for this is that they start out with a bang, and get you caught up in the story immediately. Gunnery Sergeant Ray Cruz is a lethally talented sniper. He and his spotter, Lance Corporal Skelton, are disguised as goat herders in the wild Afghan desert, and are on their careful way to eliminate Ibrahim Zarzi, known as The Beheader. Out of nowhere they are fired upon. Skelton is killed. Ray is hit on the thigh, the .50-caliber force throwing him in the air and dropping him slightly behind the top of a ridge—which saves his life. Ray is brave and dedicated, through a combination of low-crawling, and running on his torn-up leg, he gets away before the killers arrive and realize they can't find his body. Through his scope he checks them out and discovers that they are not the expected enemy—the Taliban—but in fact are white. It's clear that there's a mole somewhere who has given Ray up to contractors—the hired killers. But Ray Cruz doesn't give up. His nickname is the Cruise Missile—once fired, he keeps moving till he hits his target. He makes his way to his scheduled kill shot location, radios in that he is in position and ready to make his shot as scheduled. Shortly after something detonates and blows a 30 foot crater where Ray was waiting. Six months later Ray gets in contact. He is alive. He is angry. He has been betrayed by someone. And the Cruise Missile keeps moving till he hits his target. No one knows who betrayed Ray—or if anyone did. Is there a mole? Was it just coincidence? Is Ray planning revenge? Has the best sniper in the world gone rogue? And can they keep him from killing The Beheader—who has now become a protected ally? Bob Lee Swagger—aka Bob the Nailer—a retired sniper is brought in to find Ray before it's too late. This book is a keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller! Definitely don't start it the night before you have to be up early, because you will not be able to put it down!
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I was pretty annoyed with that "Susan Okada is the one" bull hockey. After all Julie has put up with from that old reprobate, there's all this lusting aftter a hideous oriental? Totally unacceptable. Worst of all,, the motive for the entire conspiracy is beyond ludicrous. The relationship with Cruz is forced and unbelievable, and Cruz himself comes acros as no more than a cardboard cutout. Maybe Hunter should fill in with some early adventures from Bob Lee's youth. He's a great character, but other chararacters just don:t fly as well - I entirely skipped the Nikki book because I feel no connecton to her, and the same is true of Cruz. Plainly ancillary character development is not a Hunter strength.
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Avast_me_hearties More than 1 year ago
Stephen Hunter has created a "can't wait for the next book" series based upon three characters. Earl Swagger, Bob Lee Swagger and now Ray Cruz. Good story that will keep you interested. The books weren't written in order by the characters, so I recommend that you start reading with the fist of these books with Hot Springs. I didn't and now I'm going back and reading them in order.
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