By Stephen Hunter
He's the main risky guy alive. He in basic terms desires to reside in peace together with his family members, and overlook 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, known as "Bob the Nailer," a heroic yet incorrect Vietnam warfare veteran compelled two times to exploit his talents as a grasp sniper to safeguard his lifestyles 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 keep his spouse and daughter.
During the latter days of the Vietnam conflict, deep in-country, a tender idealistic Marine named Donny Fenn was once slash by way 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 go away his violent previous at the back of and dwell quietly along with his family--seems to have come true.
Then one idyllic day, a guy, a girl, and a lady set out from the ranch on horseback. High on a ridge above a mountain go, one thousand yards far-off, a peaceful, cold-eyed shooter, one of many world's maximum marksmen, friends via a telescopic sight on the 3 coming near near figures.
Out of his tortured earlier, a mortal enemy has once more stumbled on Bob the Nailer. Time to Hunt proves anew why such a lot of contemplate Stephen Hunter to be our greatest residing mystery writer. With a plot that sweeps from the killing fields of Vietnam to the corridors of strength in Washington to the shadowy plots of the hot international order, Hunter supplies the entire complicated, stay-up-all-night motion his fanatics call for in a masterful story of relatives heartbreak and overseas intrigue--and indicates why, for Bob Lee Swagger, it truly is once more time to hunt.
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Swagger runs his missions an identical at any time when, yet what varies is the place he’ll function. If he’s headed south, towards Kontum, he’ll move towards the Than surrender River. If he heads north, towards the Hai Van Peninsula, then he’ll cross towards Hoi An. and so on. In any occasion, that small upward thrust in the market, that’s his intersection. Which method will he flip from there? I’m making a bet this night it’s towards the north, simply because he labored the west while he headed out towards Kham Duc. It’s the north’s flip. I’ll arrange at the back of him; that's, among himself and the firebase. He’ll by no means count on pictures from that course. I’ll take them either once they pop out from in the back of the hill. It’ll be over fast; speedy rounds to the physique, extra whilst they’re down. not anyone from the bottom camp can succeed in me by the point I’m again the following, and I’ve obtained a superb, fresh get away direction with fallbacks, if desire be. ” “Well suggestion out. ” “And so it really is. That’s what I do. ” there has been little left to assert. The sappers collected round the banty little Russian, clapped him at the again, embarrassing him. evening was once coming quick, all used to be silent, and within the a ways distance the firebase stood like a sore at the flank of a lady. “For the Fatherland,” Huu Co acknowledged. “For the Fatherland,” chimed the harsh sappers. “For survival,” acknowledged the sniper, who knew larger. The final briefing used to be at sunset. Donny confronted himself. Or quite, the fellow who will be himself, a lance corporal named Featherstone, approximately his personal measurement and coloring. Featherstone might put on Donny’s camouflaged utilities, hold his 782 apparatus entire to Claymores and M49 recognizing scope, and the single M14 which may be present in the camp. Featherstone, and Brophy equally tricked out as Bob Lee Swagger, have been bait. Featherstone, a wide, gradual boy, was once no longer satisfied at this activity; he were volunteered for it by way of advantage of his similarity to Donny. Now he sat, having a look very scared, within the S-2 bunker, amid a slew of officials and civilians in quite a few uniforms. each person other than Featherstone appeared very excited. there has been a type of partylike surroundings, lengthy absent from Firebase sidestep urban. Bob went to front of the gang, as they sat down, and addressed the first avid gamers: Captain Feamster, who was once CO the following at evade urban; an intelligence significant who represented the Marine Corps’s larger curiosity, in from Da Nang; a military colonel who’d choppered in from MACV S-2; an Air strength liaison officer; and a civilian in a jumpsuit with a Swedish ok submachine gun who radiated corporation from all his pores. A map of the rapid sector have been rigged on a wide sheet of cardboard, decreasing the clearing round ward off urban to its contours and land-forms and the bottom itself to a tremendous X on the backside. “Okay, gentlemen,” Bob begun, and no officer within the room felt it strange to be briefed through a employees sergeant, or at the least this employees sergeant, “let’s run this via yet one more time to ensure everybody’s at the similar web page within the hymn booklet. the sport begins at 2200, whilst Fenn and that i, wearing black and painted up like black whores, head out.