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Sniper's Honor: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel [Format Kindle]

Stephen Hunter

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Revue de presse

“Absorbing . . . You don’t have to be a fan of military action fiction to enjoy this.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Hunter knows his hero like a brother: righteous character firmly set, crafty intelligence thoroughly hidden, stone-cold willing to take the shot if a bad actor must die. . . . Swagger displays mighty tradecraft [and] Hunter loads up a whole magazine of action, double-dealing and gun porn.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A remarkably textured novel. . . . Hunter does a wonderful job of jumping between and connecting his multiple story lines, and he peoples the stage with at least a dozen memorable characters, from Mili and her cohorts through the Nazis that hunt them, and, of course, to Swagger himself, an ever-more-complex character as he ages. Perhaps most memorable of all, though, is Hunter’s vivid re-creation of the carnage on the Eastern Front, where, as Mili notes, the Russians’ only advantage over the Germans was numbers: ‘If they kill us five to one, we bring six to one . . . we shall prevail because, all things being equal, we can outbleed them.’” (Booklist)

Présentation de l'éditeur

In this tour de force—part historical thriller, part modern adventure—from the New York Times bestselling author of I, Sniper, Bob Lee Swagger uncovers why WWII’s greatest sniper was erased from history…and why her disappearance still matters today.

Ludmilla “Mili” Petrova was once the most hunted woman on earth, having raised the fury of two of the most powerful leaders on either side of World War II: Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

But Kathy Reilly of The Washington Post doesn’t know any of that when she encounters a brief mention of Mili in an old Russian propaganda magazine, and becomes interested in the story of a legendary, beautiful female sniper who seems to have vanished from history.

Reilly enlists former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger to parse out the scarce details of Mili’s military service. The more Swagger learns about Mili’s last mission, the more he’s convinced her disappearance was no accident—but why would the Russian government go to such lengths to erase the existence of one of their own decorated soldiers? And why, when Swagger joins Kathy Reilly on a research trip to the Carpathian Mountains, is someone trying to kill them before they can find out?

As Bob Lee Swagger, “one of the finest series characters ever to grace the thriller genre, now and forever” (Providence Journal-Bulletin), races to put the pieces together, Sniper's Honor takes readers across oceans and time in an action-packed, compulsive read.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 432 pages
  • Editeur : Simon & Schuster (20 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FCAWA4W
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 SNIPER'S HONOR - "the war was hungry" 24 mai 2014
Par dch822 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A quick note: I'm writing this review from the perspective of a Stephen Hunter fan and someone who has read all the books in the Bob Lee Swagger series.

For readers already familiar with Bob Lee Swagger's violent gun world I'd rate this book on par with I, SNIPER or THE THIRD BULLET, far better than NIGHT OF THUNDER or THE 47th SAMURAI, but not as good as the old classics POINT OF IMPACT or TIME TO HUNT.

In other words, among Hunter's recent books it's a very good read. If you've never read a Bob Lee Swagger book that's okay - there's no need for having done so in order to enjoy this book.

About the plot: Swagger is bored and grumpy, as usual, prompting his wife to suggest he needs to "find a new war" to fight. And of course he does just that after receiving an email from Kathy Reilly, an American reporter in Russia who teamed up with Swagger in an earlier adventure in Russia. Reilly is writing a story about a Russian female sniper whose legendary war record against the Germans has mysteriously been erased from seemingly all official accounting of World War II.

Swagger flies to Russia and begins assisting Reilly in her research, and soon enough everything "goes to guns" as he is fond of saying ... but that's okay, because we all know Swagger lives for these moments.

So here's what I really liked about this book:

MILI PETROVA - she's the sniper, and her character is written beautifully. The book weaves the story of her final wartime mission in 1944 with Swagger's dogged present-day pursuit to find out what happened to her. I kept turning the pages because I was immersed in her story and wanted to find out what happened to her.

THE TEACHER, PEASANT and VON DREHLE - one Russian, one Ukrainian and one German ... Swagger laments the lack of heroes in his search for the truth about Petrova, but ultimately we find that heroes abound and they come in the form of three superbly nuanced characters whose varied perspectives adds immeasurable depth to the story.

THE PACING - it's a fast read, with events racing seamlessly from the past to the present; and as the story progresses we meet an enigmatic Mossad analyst in Israel and a soon-to-be appointed trade minister in Russia whose stories bring into focus how events in the past still have repercussions in the present.

THE THEME - yes, it actually has one beyond seeing how many guys Swagger can outsmart and gun down ... or at least I think it does. It's actually a ... love story. No kidding. Swagger's in love with this female sniper from the past, but really that's a pretext for showing the bond between soldiers past, present and future. You see the Sniper's Honor (now I understand why the original She, Sniper title was changed...) is Petrova's commitment to serving her country regardless of the corrupt officials running it; it's her commitment to her fellow soldier's she's defending; it's the way she honors the memory of her family by her perseverance; and it's her willingness to complete a mission even after she's been betrayed, sent to die, and left with no hope for a future even if she's successful; but beyond all that, it's Swagger's own perseverance to honor this heroic female sniper by assuring her story is never completely erased.

A few things that might annoy some readers:

Look, it's fiction - we all need to check our disbelief at the door and just accept that Swagger is one bad dude and really is capable of deducing what happened in a gun battle seventy years in the past by noticing the color of present-day tree branches on a hillside in the Carpathian mountains ... and if you're not good at suspending disbelief, then my guess is you'd have a hard time enjoying this or similar books in this genre.

However ... (trying not to write any spoilers here) there are two specific incidents of this where I believe the author really took a risk that might distract some readers to the point of irritation.

The first is the idea that Petrova was betrayed yet somehow she's the only person outside of the bad guys who is capable of deducing not only that she was betrayed but also who it was that betrayed her. That really just doesn't make sense - especially when Swagger can figure it out in one afternoon without any of the knowledge the Russians had seventy years ago; and when the motive for the betrayal is discovered by Swagger, it's something that absolutely there's no way the Russian spymasters would have missed in 1944. The reason this is so annoying is that protecting the person who betrayed Petrova is a critical link from the past events to the attempts on Swagger's and Reilly's lives in the present day.

The second is probably worse ... and that's when you find out who it is trying to kill Swagger. Won't write a spoiler, but I honestly felt the story would have been much better if Hunter had just gone with the most obvious group rather than trying to stun and surprise the readers with the big reveal that's followed by an impassioned speech about duty and honor by Swagger that pretty much falls flat because of who it is he's talking with.

I don't know ... I still enjoyed the book very much.

There are some very poignant moments during the war scenes - in particular, when Swagger describes the violence by writing "the war was hungry." In a lot of ways, I felt Hunter was crafting the story as he did with the intent of honoring soldier's past and present - be it intentional or not, he certainly succeeded.

My overall rating is 4 out of 5 stars, again that's coming from someone who has very high expectations when reading Stephen Hunter - and especially when it's a new Bob Lee Swagger novel.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Swagger takes a long look at the sniper war on the Eastern Front 28 mai 2014
Par Daniel Berger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
There’s a lot I like about this book. The sniper war on the Eastern Front is a great place to insert Swagger – Hunter’s sniper series would be incomplete without it. The woman-sniper angle is also irresistible as a subject. I liked the main character, a gorgeous woman sniper sent to a Ukraine partisan group to take out an SS leader. I liked the evil technocratic SS leader Groedl and his Muslim deputy Salid, a Jew-hating cousin of the Grand Mufti, a movie-star handsome Palestinian Arab who is expert in fine wine even though he doesn’t drink. I liked the noble German paratroop leader Von Drehle and his sergeant and sidekick Wili, veterans of countless actions, deliverers of the best buddy-film banter, and now detailed to blow a key pass slowing the Russian advance.

I liked the surprise insertion of one of Hunter’s best characters, who crosses paths with Earl Swagger in “Havana”. I liked the allusion to “The Dirty Dozen” in the final action sequence, where Swagger gets to emulate Jim Brown notable grenade-dropping run, and to the opening line from “Gravity’s Rainbow”: “A screaming comes across the sky” – this time not about German V2 rockets, but Russian Katyushas.

The plot was clever, if unlikely, as most Swagger novels are, both sniper Mili Petrova being sent to the Carpathian mountains, the plot behind the mission, and the tie to a current-day terror plot sniffed out by a Mossad analyst who’s the Swagger of numbers crunchers, as it were.

The setting lets Hunter explore lots of different aspects of World War II, particularly on the not-written-enough-about-in-English Eastern Front. There’s the whole Soviet woman sniper thing and World War II era sniping in general. There is the legendary tank battle at Kursk, which I often hear alluded to but have never read an actual description of.

There is the German retreat during 1944, after Stalingrad, as the Russians push the Germans steadily back to the west, and the German plans to fall back out of the Soviet Union across the redoubt of the Carpathian mountains.

There is the role of the partisans, and the uncertain status of the Ukrainians, who when they resist the Nazis are suspected of planning same against the Communists postwar.

There is the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and the hideous reprisals against the occupied population in general.. There’s the use of Muslim SS battalions from places like Yugoslavia. There’s the SS focus on their genocidal killing even as the Germans are in full retreat and losing the war.

I like the fact that Petrova being a woman doesn’t figure much in the plot, either the reason she’s sent on the mission or the nefarious motive lurking behind it. The Soviet woman snipers were major contributors to the war effort, sent out to do the same work as the men and doing it just as well. Swagger is taken by her legend because she was a sniper - a real good one

I like the completely unlikely fairy tale ending.

There are things I don’t like, though. It was unclear to me how the modern-day bad guy is taken out at the end. Hunter cannot seem to keep Swagger’s wife’s name straight: in “Night of Thunder” it was Julie (she had a major role in that one, which was why I checked it for comparison), but now it’s Jen. I don’t like that the Russian SVR is referred to at one point as the SRV, and no one caught it.

And – this is incredibly sloppy – there’s a major scene in which a character is killed off, only to reappear unscathed some chapters later. I kept thinking I’d missed something, and reread passages several times -but no. This isn’t a review copy I was reading, with occasional errors to be later corrected before publication; this was the final published version, for which I paid cash money.

Hunter has acknowledged and joked about massive continuity problems and inconsistencies in his series (his ballistics, on the other hand, being recognized as detailed and accurate down to the last thousandth of an inch), but this was an egregious error by any measure. He really should do better. I’m docking him a star for that.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Too much trivia, not enough story 22 mai 2014
Par Bruce from LA - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
While only partly through the book it's a slog as much as a joy to read so far. In some ways it reminds me of how Tom Clancy seemed to devolve from a master story teller who could inject a good dose of history and technology to a pedantic political historian and theorist with the action story becoming just a subplot.

I don't want to learn obscure history in detail from reading a Stephen Hunter book. For one thing it is too hard to separate fact from fiction in a novel so why make the effort and for another there are much better sources for factual historical accounts for those who are interested. I am not. I just want a good story that moves along without slogging thru a lot of old German and Russian lore and names and details from 70 years ago.

It's still a good book, but in my opinion it is not one of his best.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything I Ever Wanted In A Historic Thriller 30 mai 2014
Par Roger F. Shepherd - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Stephen Hunter bagged me with his first book THE MASTER SNIPER a long time ago. I have read every thing he has written since. I can't remember how many times I've seen THE SHOOTER. But this book had every thing I ever wanted in a novel. My hero, Bob Lee Swagger, Not one but two nasty antagonists ( the Germans and The Russians), World War II,The Carpathian Mountains in Ukrane, A beautiful female sniper, "Mili" Petrova, and a modern terrorist sub-plot spawned by the war.

No sense in rehashing the contents of the book. The editorial reviews and descriptions give a pretty good outline. So I will focus on why I believe this book to be one of Hunter's best efforts. FIRST: the subject matter. The mystery of what happened to one of Russia's 4,000 female snipers is intriguing.
Hunter had his friend in Moscow, a reporter, Kathy Reilly do some research on Ludmilla Petrova because nothing was known about her after she was sent to Ukrane in 1944. What became of "Mili?"

Next, Who was the double agent known only to "Mili" who wanted her killed because she knew his secret?

And in modern times Why was a company Named Nordyne buying up large quantities of PLATINUM , refining it and getting ready to ship it to the middle east?

Hunter, as always, solves a shooting problem by coming up with a rare weapon that becomes available to the perfect sniper at just the right time and place. His research is impeccable. All the weapons, tanks, aircraft, trucks, uniforms, autos, communications equipment and even wine (years, labels,taste)
and fish were described in serious detail.

The characters are developed, given accurate dialogue, dressed according to the scene, and came easily to my imagination. The horrors of war- especially tank and flamethrower casualties are described to the cringing point. Atrocities from both armies are revealed.. War isn't pretty. We get the picture.

Were the mysteries solved? Did our heroes survive? Reading is the fun part. Once you start you may have to change your plans for the next few hours. This is one of those kind of books--the kind I love.

Reviewed by Roger Shepherd
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Did not like this story 21 juillet 2014
Par Jesse D Sargent - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Did not like this story. I want to read about Bob Less Swagger when I buy a Sniper book written by Stephen Hunter. I do not care about reading a story about a sniper in WW2, bea. utiful or whatever. I am a Swagger fan and that is why I buy the book not necessarily a sniper fan. The best story I have read is the 44th Ninja Warrior and Bob Swagger used a sword to do his work. Its the persona of the man Swagger that I love to read about not really stories about investigative work so much as the actualy sniper physical exploits of the Swaggers.
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