Time to Hunt (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

He's the main harmful guy alive.  He simply desires to stay in peace along with his family members, and disregard the warfare that almost 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, referred to as "Bob the Nailer," a heroic yet improper Vietnam battle veteran compelled two times to exploit his abilities as a grasp sniper to shield his lifestyles and his honor.  Now, in his grandest, such a lot intensely exciting event 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 battle, deep in-country, a tender idealistic Marine named Donny Fenn was once slash through 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 bring up 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 depart his violent previous at the back of and stay quietly along with his family--seems to have come true.

Then one idyllic day, a guy, a lady, and a lady set out from the ranch on horseback.  High on a ridge above a mountain go, one thousand yards far away, a relaxed, cold-eyed shooter, one of many world's maximum marksmen, friends via a telescopic sight on the 3 drawing close figures.

Out of his tortured earlier, a mortal enemy has once more came across Bob the Nailer.  Time to Hunt proves anew why such a lot of reflect on Stephen Hunter to be our greatest dwelling mystery writer.  With a plot that sweeps from the killing fields of Vietnam to the corridors of energy in Washington to the shadowy plots of the recent global order, Hunter gives you all of the advanced, stay-up-all-night motion his lovers call for in a masterful story of kin heartbreak and overseas intrigue--and exhibits why, for Bob Lee Swagger, it really is once more time to hunt.

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That he was once approximately to kill by no means happened to him; the best way his brain labored, he notion merely that he was once approximately to shoot. eventually: you, little brother. An officer, youngish, with the 3 stars of a captain lieutenant, on the head of an infantry platoon. He might cross first; then, again rapidly, to a radio operator; then, swing left as you run the bolt, and opt for the fellow with the Chicom RPD fifty six, placed him down, then fall again. That was once the plan, and any plan used to be greater than no plan. The reticle of the Redfield scope wobbled downward, bouncing ever so a bit of, monitoring the 1st mark, staying with him because the shooter took his lengthy breath, hissed a half it out, came upon bone to fasten less than the rifle, instructed himself back to maintain the gun relocating as he fired, prayed to God for mercy for all snipers, and felt the set off holiday cleanly. bankruptcy 13 “Gooooooood morning, Vietnam,” acknowledged the man on Captain Taney’s moveable, “and hi to all you men in the market within the rain. good, fellas, I’ve acquired a few undesirable information. appears like that outdated Mr. sunlight remains to be AWOL. That’s UA, for you leathernecks. Nobody’s gonna cease the rain this day. yet it’ll be nice for the plant life, and perhaps Mr. Victor Charles will remain interior himself this day, simply because his mommy won’t permit him open air to play. ” “What a moron,” acknowledged Captain Taney, Arizona’s XO. “The climate should still holiday this night, as a excessive strain area over the ocean of Japan appears like it’s creating a beeline for—” “Shit,” acknowledged Puller. Why did he positioned himself via this? it'll holiday while it should holiday. status within the parapet open air his command bunker, he glanced round within the low gentle, observing the floating mist because it seethed during the valley that lay past. may still he positioned an OP in the market, so they’d be aware of while the 803rd was once getting shut? yet he not managed the hills, so placing an OP available in the market may simply get its humans all killed. The rain started to fall, skinny and chilly. Vietnam! Why used to be it so chilly? He had spent such a lot of days in kingdom over the last 8 years yet by no means had felt it this biting sooner than. “Not reliable, sir,” stated Taney. “No, it isn’t, Taney. ” “Any thought whilst they’ll get the following? ” “You suggest Huu Co? He’s already right here. He driven ’em tough in the course of the evening and the rain. He’s no dummy. He wishes us busted prior to our air can wake up. ” “Yes, sir. ” “You have that ammo document prepared, Captain? ” “Yes, sir. Mayhorne simply complete it. we now have twelve thousand rounds of five. fifty six left, and a pair extra thousand . 30 carbine rounds. We’re means low on frags, seventy-nine rounds and belted 7. sixty two. no longer a Claymore within the camp. ” “Christ. ” “I’ve received Mayhorne allotting the belted 7. sixty two, yet we’re all the way down to 5 weapons and that i can’t conceal any process thoroughly. we will organize a unit of quickmovers with one of many weapons to leap to the attack area, but when he hits us multiple position without delay, we screw the pooch. ” “He will,” stated Puller bleakly. “That’s how he operates. The pooch is screwed. ” “You recognize, sir, a few of these ’Yards have relations the following within the compound. i used to be thinking—” “No,” stated Puller.

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