Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

He used to be one the easiest Marine snipers in Vietnam. at the present time, 20 years later, disgruntled hero of an unheroic warfare, all Bob Lee Swagger desires to be left on my own and to go away the killing behind.

But with consummate mental ability, a shadowy army association seduces Bob into leaving his cherished Arkansas hills for one final undertaking for his kingdom, unaware until eventually too past due that the sport is rigged.

The assassination plot is accomplished to perfection—until Bob Lee Swagger, alleged lone gunman, comes out of the operation alive, the objective of a national manhunt, his simply allies a girl he simply met and a discredited FBI agent.

Now Bob Lee Swagger is at the run, utilizing his deadly talents as soon as more—but this time to trace down the lads who set him up and to damage a gloomy conspiracy aimed toward the very center of the USA.

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It used to be the longest time he’d ever been clear of the puppy; the dumb love poured as much as him from the eyes and the new breath. Its paws have been flung upon him as Mike went nuts in bliss. “Hey, boy, your outdated man’s back,” he acknowledged, back marvelous himself with one of those snort. fact used to be, he felt lovely damned stable. He’d been on the earth, validated himself opposed to it, and are available again in a single piece, no longer destroyed. The paintings used to be attention-grabbing and what he’d came across happy him; he was once desirous to get on with the following bit. He went to the icebox, stumbled on a few chili frozen in a sq. like a brick, and set it to warming at the range; then he showered quick, became fresh denims and blouse and boots. Then he took Mike for an exceptional four-mile stroll. by the point he was once again, the stuff was once sizzling and crimson, as he beloved it. He ate it fast and economically, with huge glasses of iced tea, in basic terms momentarily lacking the beer that had as soon as been his leader sensual excitement with sizzling foodstuff. Then, notwithstanding drained, he felt nourished. He went over to a typewriter that were within the kinfolk considering that his grandfather used to be sheriff of Polk County again within the twenties, and started very slowly and thoroughly to put in writing. Bob regularly stunned individuals with his literacy; they anticipated an ex-Marine gunnery sergeant from Arkansas to be an entire idiot whilst it got here to letters, now not figuring out, say, capitals from small letters, or what a paragraph used to be approximately, or the variation among a interval and a colon or the that means of that fab puzzler, the apostrophe. yet he knew all that; extra, he knew he had a small, quiet present for expressing himself truly and it usually happy him to take action. And he did so now. He wrote a twenty-two-page rfile explaining his research of the 4 taking pictures websites and his prediction of T. Solaratov’s personal tastes. He knew, in fact, the place he’d shoot from himself; it scared him a bit, simply because he observed how effortless it might be, how despite the entire advances considering 1963, how regardless of the level to which every body had entered the period of extreme paranoia and defense, it was once nonetheless approximately very unlikely to prevent a guy with a rifle and the desire and the ability to exploit it. It was once now not an eloquent rfile, however it used to be direct, after the army type. it really is my feeling that the topic will probably try his capturing of the President on 1 March of this yr at Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans. he'll be capturing a 750-grain copper-sheathed . 50 quality around from nearly 1,200 yards out. The bullet could be touring, whilst it moves the President, at over 1,500 ft consistent with moment, and that are supposed to, with the bullet weight, defeat any physique armor the President is donning. The time of the taking pictures will possibly be close to the tip of the President’s speech, that's scheduled to start at 11:30 and final forty five mins. There are 3 purposes for this. First, a shadow falls around the podium of the taking pictures web site among 10:30 A. M. and 2:15 P. M. on that day (give or take a couple of minutes) and the President might be private into it on the finish of his speech, as a way to suggest that the glare from the distinction among the sunshine and the darkish may be at its minimal in the course of the time of his publicity.

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