Point of Impact is a thriller novel by Stephen Hunter. Contents. 1 Synopsis; 2 Plot The major portion of the book details how he escapes the frame, wins. Start by marking “Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger, #1)” as Want to Read: He was one the best Marine snipers in Vietnam. Today, twenty years later, disgruntled hero of an unheroic war, all Bob Lee Swagger wants to be left alone and to leave the killing behind. Bob Lee Swagger, jungle-smart hillbilly and premier shootist, explodes as a thinking man's Rambo when Hunter's (The Day Before Midnight) canny plot.
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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Read it Forward Read it first. Pass it on! Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. He was one the best Marine snipers in Vietnam. Today, twenty years later, disgruntled hero of an unheroic war, all Bob Lee Swagger wants to be left alone and to leave the killing behind.
But with consummate psychological skill, a shadowy military organization seduces Bob into leaving his beloved Arkansas hills for one last mission for his country, unaware until too late tha He was one the best Marine snipers in Vietnam.
But with consummate psychological skill, a shadowy military organization seduces Bob into leaving his beloved Arkansas hills for one last mission for his country, unaware until too late that the game is rigged. The assassination plot is executed to perfection—until Bob Lee Swagger, alleged lone gunman, comes out of the operation alive, the target of a nationwide manhunt, his only allies a woman he just met and a discredited FBI agent. Now Bob Lee Swagger is on the run, using his lethal skills once more—but this time to track down the men who set him up and to break a dark conspiracy aimed at the very heart of America.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 6th by Arrow first published February 1st More Details Original Title. Bob Lee Swagger 1. Bob Lee Swagger , Nick Memphis. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Point of Impact , please sign up. Is it different than the movie? Alexandr Bondaruk Yes! But both awesome! See all 3 questions about Point of Impact….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 18, Mike the Paladin rated it really liked it Shelves: I like this book.
There are things in it that bug me a bit, but on the whole nothing that really requires comment. Bob Lee Swagger is a solitary man who lives alone in the Arkansas hills with his dog and his rifles. He loves to shoot though he doesn't hunt for meat anymore as since the war, he's lost his taste for the kill something I've come to share.
Maybe it's an age thing to? Bob is part of the so called gun culture. He reads gun books, he loads his own ammunition and works at accuracy. He keeps to himself since he was disabled out of the Marines. Sergeant Swagger was known as Bob the Nailer. He was one of the deadliest snipers in the theater of operations. Now, he's called back, offered a job that someone knows he won't be able to turn down.
Only things aren't what they seem. Those who've contacted him are not what or who Bob has been led to believe and he's to be the fall guy.
Only, the ones who plan to set him up, don't know Bob Lee. If you've seen the movie Shooter, it's based on this novel. There are some a few fairly major differences. For one thing the movie is set much later. Bob Lee Swagger is a Vietnam Vet, in the movie he's placed in a later era. While there are "fairly" major differences in the book and movie, I suspect anyone who likes one will like the other.
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The liberties taken with the story aren't used as so often happens to "rewrite" Bob Lee or any of the story's key points. Enjoy both as sort of "complimentary stories" or possibly two similar stories where some of the characters happen to have the same names. What can I say here? I'm a shooter and I suppose that shooters might be slightly more prone to like the book, but I truly believe anyone who likes action novels will enjoy it.
While there are some details as to ballistic performance and some detail on the rifles themselves there isn't so much as to drive away those who aren't "aficionados". Actually most of this touches directly on the plot. You'll get to know Bob Lee, as well as Nick and some others well including our villains but you won't be overwhelmed with information. You won't come away knowing what Bob's favorite food is or if he has "hang-ups" You will get to know what you need and in some of your cases, you'll have known people like Bob Lee.
The story is fast moving slowing only slightly in a couple of places and it holds interest. While there are a lot of action novels out there this one is moderately original. I've actually set out to find books like this one and while a few are close, so far I've not come up with any other than by this author that I'd say are "like it".
I suspect that readers will either like and identify with the protagonist of this one or not understand him much at all and not really like him. Maybe not I call this an action novel, it could also be called a thriller and will fit into either category.
I'm not really fussed about pigeonholing it. Whatever you call it, it's not dull. I like this book, I plan to put it on my shelf with my "keepers" and have already taken steps read reserved with one of my favorite book stores or ordered where I couldn't find one in town the next 4 books in the series about this character. I recommend it. Since I wrote this I got all the Bob Lee books I have a concern and I'd like to put this out for what it's worth.
The books are sort of a mixed bag. There are two that I rated 3 stars but one I rated 5 and put on my favorites list. It occurs to me that if someone is less than thrilled with one of the books in the series before 6 they might never move on to that novel. Let me suggest that even if you have been less than thrilled with one of the other books and have pulled away from the series, you give I, Sniper a try.
With lots of action, a good cast and some great humor I think it's so far the best View all 14 comments. Oct 23, Benjamin Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had read the novel Hot Springs by Stephen Hunter several years ago and had been pleasantly suprised by the quality of the work. And then, about a year later I saw the movie, "Shooter" starring Mark Wahlberg and once again, came away pleasantly surprised.
I realized that the movie was based on the novel, "Point of Impact" also by Stephen Hunter but beyond that I discovered the two were related in a unique way. The main character in "Hot Springs" was Earl Swagger with at least three books in th I had read the novel Hot Springs by Stephen Hunter several years ago and had been pleasantly suprised by the quality of the work.
The main character in "Hot Springs" was Earl Swagger with at least three books in that series while the protagonist of "Point of Impact" is his son, Bob Lee Swagger, the lead character in a seperate series. That mix got me interested in pursuing other novels in both series to discover what happened between the two seperate time frames. I've got to tell you This book is a major tour de force, as they say, combining the best elements of action, hi-stakes crime, great settings, and noble and slimy characters alike.
This is the first of the Bob Lee Swagger novels and what a character! Trained by the marines to be the soldier's soldier, and refined to be one of the best snipers in the world, his past almost becomes a character in itself as he is forced to deal with events beyond his control.
This is a high-energy, well-plotted story that isn't always headed where you think it is; definitely one to keep you turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning. I'm so glad there are quite a few books left in this series and at least two more in Earl's series as well for me to sink my teeth into. May 26, Mike French rated it it was amazing. Make sure your seatbelts are fastened and your hands are inside the vehicle at all times!
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View 1 comment. Jul 18, Nu-Jahat-Jabin rated it it was amazing. Oct 30, Jane Stewart rated it really liked it Shelves: Last half is good action suspense. I had trouble sleeping at night. It was too much hopeless helpless victim feel because innocent man Bob Lee was framed for murder and on the run.
THEN it changed and the rest of the book was exciting and hard to put down. Bob Lee was on a mission of retribution -- revenge. The bad guys were worried. There was a happy ending for the good guys which I liked.
But I did not like one thing at the end. I did not understand why someone destroyed evidence. There are a lot of technical details about rifles and guns. Someone compared Bob Lee to Jack Reacher.
The Bob Lee story was more realistic. Reacher requires more suspending disbelief. Bob Lee Swagger was a top sniper in the Vietnam war. This story begins twenty years later. Bob lives with his dog in the Arkansas mountains.
Howard is like systemic poison. Narrative mode: Story length: Swearing language: Sexual language: Number of sex scenes: View all 4 comments. Jul 10, Tim rated it really liked it Shelves: Bob Lee Swagger is a former sniper for the military who has gone out of his way to live a quiet life in solitude until his peaceful existence is shattered by a visit from a man who claims to be military and convinces him to help them nail an elusive sniper who reportedly plans to shoot a political figure.
Anyone who's seen the "Shooter" movie or the series knows how this develops, although the movie is closer to this book than the series is. Sep 12, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: Bob Lee Swagger is a tough, unforgettable character. The biggest surprise to me was that when I tried to re-read the books maybe 5 years later, I couldn't get back into it.
I didn't think of it as a read-once book. It's better than that. Usually my memory is wors Bob Lee Swagger is a tough, unforgettable character.
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Usually my memory is worse than that. View all 3 comments. Jan 13, Tom Swift rated it really liked it. Exciting read. Oct 10, Keri rated it really liked it Shelves: Bobby Lee Swagger is a loner. He likes things simple, just him, his dog and the cold silence of the north. He also has a talent He was a sniper for Uncle Sam, one of the best in the world.
But when the government comes calling and presses on Bobby Lee's I love my country button, he must heed the call. But thanks to his daddy's teachings and how Uncle Sam has treated Bobby in the past, he takes no chances and takes steps to ensure that he is protecte Bobby Lee Swagger is a loner.
But thanks to his daddy's teachings and how Uncle Sam has treated Bobby in the past, he takes no chances and takes steps to ensure that he is protected.
He has been asked to line up a shot at the President, not to actually take him out, you see, just to see if it can be done. So of course he does as he asks and tells them how, when and where it can be done. When an actual shot is fired and the President goes down, the clock starts ticking on Bobby's life. After all, it was his gun, his bullets and the shot that he himself lined out to the security detail, so he must have done it.
Only Bobby Lee knew he hadn't committed the crime and was prepared to give his life in order to prove his innocence.
Along the way, he manages to pick up a low level FBI agent and a pretty little nurse. Not much of a team against the huge crushing weight of injustice. But Bobby has an ace up his sleeve. Now he just has to stay alive long enough to play it. The movie Shooter with Mark Wahlberg was based on this book. The book was better than the movie and ended differently.
Nov 22, David Graham rated it it was amazing. I have only read one of the later books in the series and they seem to be more straight-forward action-thrillers but the first three books had the most wonderful plots and some of the best twists I have ever read.
Hunter took what could have been a very one-dimensional character in Marine sniper Swagger and made him intensely interesting. Time to Hunt was subsequently made into the movie Shooter but as is often the case the movie did not even capture a small piece of the complexity of the book. Nor did the movie build the suspense of the wonderful final courtroom scene which Hunter masterfully built.
There seemed no way out of the predicament for Bob Lee when the prosecution presented their case. Beyond the great action, plot and final twist, the courtroom scenes alone stand against any of the best legal thrillers in my opinion.
Oct 14, Sandy rated it it was amazing. At the suggestion of a friend, I picked up a 5x7 paperback not expecting too much but I became so engrossed in this character and the clear writing that I ended up reading this book in a day.
The author is just as skilled as Bob Lee Swagger Suddenly you're hit by a story that tells you everything you want to know but still feel mystified by the protagonist.
Very, very good read. Never fel At the suggestion of a friend, I picked up a 5x7 paperback not expecting too much but I became so engrossed in this character and the clear writing that I ended up reading this book in a day.
Never felt I was being left out nor bored. Paced perfectly. Aug 21, Lucas rated it did not like it. I finally gave up reading this book on page Which honestly was hard for me to do because I've never given up on a book before.
Anyway, reading this book was an uphill battle only because Hollywood had recently turned it into a movie --a bad movie and although I never saw it, the mere thought of it shied me away from reading it. However, I decided to put my best foot forward and read the book and then see the movie and then dra I finally gave up reading this book on page However, I decided to put my best foot forward and read the book and then see the movie and then draw my own conclusion as to what went wrong.
But you see, in the very beginning of the book, I already had problems with the initial setup. Basically, Mr. Hunter paints himself into a corner because the character he creates of "Bob Lee 'The Nailer' Swagger"is so supremely almighty powerful and awesome that it's impossible for the reader to download for one second that the bad guys would be able to convince Bob to work for them.
Absolutely impossible. So, I overlooked this, thinking that Mr. Hunter's writing would carry me through the holes and blemishes and bestow upon me a sense of genuine enjoyment as I discovered how Bob exacts his revenge but alas, I just couldn't ignore my instincts, which were: And when the clay feet crack --the statue comes down next.
This is the second novel by Stephen Hunter that I've read, and while it doesn't quite hit the cartoonishly hypertrophic heights of Dirty White Boys , it's more tightly focused and plotted. This is both good and bad, since after the first or pages it feels as if the characters are all slaves to the plot, which is unfortunate, since they actually had the potential to be pretty interesting people.
On the plus side, the technical details of marksmanship and rifles are all pretty interesting This is the second novel by Stephen Hunter that I've read, and while it doesn't quite hit the cartoonishly hypertrophic heights of Dirty White Boys , it's more tightly focused and plotted. On the plus side, the technical details of marksmanship and rifles are all pretty interesting, and--unlike so many overwritten thrillers--integral to the story. Dec 25, Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing. This is one of the THE best thrillers ever.
A real one. Joyous to read from start to finish It's an absolute shame that it is not more well known. Character of Swagger is A celebration of Hunter's skills. Aug 31, Bicky rated it it was amazing Shelves: Point of impact Almost perfect. Definitely more than my normal 5 stars. For those, who like me, came to this book because they liked or loved the movie Shooter, the book is better, much better. This is a book first published in about a sniper and guns and it is not surprising that people involved with gun culture like it.
This makes me conclude that the novel is authentic in its depictions and details. However, I think it is even more enjoyable for people who have never been involved with gu Point of impact Almost perfect. However, I think it is even more enjoyable for people who have never been involved with guns. I have never even held a handgun, a rifle or a shotgun.
But here the details about guns and shooting and the culture associated with them is presented in a manner which, while detailed is never boring and is told so fascinatingly, lovingly and with so much impact that it even made a person like me appreciate how others can be in love with a culture I am never going to be part of.
Is this not what a good novel does? Guns everywhere, of every shape and form and description, for every taste and wallet. They could be so cheap and so expensive, so demure and so awesome, so ridiculous and so sublime. He wondered about the men who worshiped them with such ardency, whose lives were bounded by their complexities or liberated by their possibilities. What was there to see in all this? Well, passion for order for one thing.
So much of gun culture was about parts, units, systems, things fitting together. There were whole institutions that existed merely to sell parts of obsolete weapons. So there was a puzzle aspect to it, a sense of bringing order to chaos. The damned things were so absolute in their meaning that yes, there had to be the lure of power. But beauty also. Some of them, he was stunned to discover, were strangely beautiful. He especially liked one called a Luger and another called a New Frontier single action….
And then again: To him a gun was just a gun, but to some of these people it was obviously an endless font of information -- a history, a set of specifications, an involvement with a company, usually a corporate entity, a connection to certain traditions, a whole hierarchy of meanings that yielded yet some more meanings and had to be deciphered like some runic code.
To shoot wasn't enough: Thought he might be interested. He himself was a Marine in the Vietnam War and when his ability to shoot was discovered, he became a sniper with the second highest number of confirmed kills — eighty seven and is also known as Bob the Nailer. He did three tours of duty till he and his friend and spotter Fenn were shot by an enemy sniper.
Fenn died while Swagger was discharged as gunnery sergeant with a whole host of medals. Swagger is unhappy with the way Vietnam veterans are treated by American society and after a bout of alcoholism and divorce has retreated to the hills with his dog as company and a few friends. However, he is not ashamed of who he is and what he has done: I'm a soldier. You're only a murderer. Most men care about life.
In the end, most men always act out of self-preservation. But these two don't care and won't act that way. It's a function of self-hatred so passionately held that it's off the charts. Then Bob said, "You know, …, you must come from some pretty soft places to find that so remarkable.
You could be describing one half of the world's professional soldiers and both halves of its professional criminals. Truth is, I used to be one of those boys.
Didn't give two hairs about surviving. Now I have something to live for. Now I'm scared to hell I'll die. Will it cost me my edge? But it is different in a war, where a sniper is as honourable a service as any other and maybe more difficult. Above all, Swagger is an honourable man one of his opponents describes him as sick with honor. After the war, he retains his passion for guns but no longer kills even for meat. He spends his time practising his skills or shooting bucks with bullets made by himself which only stun them while Swagger is able to cut their antlers so that they will not be targets for trophy hunters.
At this point Swagger is recruited to help prevent the shooting of the American President. Of course, this is a conspiracy with Swagger as the fall guy. The conspirators succeed though it is not the President who is killed to the extent that he is thought to be the actual sniper by virtually the whole nation but Swagger manages to escape.Thought he might be interested. Nick, you've just got to believe in Bob Lee, do you hear me?
In truth, the assassin is a bitter paraplegic named Lon Scott. May 26, Mike French rated it it was amazing. Enlarge cover. Try the site edition and experience these great reading features: Tag 'em like wild animals and track them. Hachette Digital, Inc.
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