Time to Hunt (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

He's the main harmful guy alive.  He basically desires to dwell in peace along with his relations, and omit 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 hundreds of thousands of readers to Bob Lee Swagger, referred to as "Bob the Nailer," a heroic yet incorrect Vietnam battle veteran compelled two times to take advantage of his talents as a grasp sniper to guard his lifestyles and his honor.  Now, in his grandest, so much 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 warfare, deep in-country, a tender idealistic Marine named Donny Fenn was once shrink by means 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 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 go away his violent prior in the back of and dwell quietly along with his family--seems to have come true.

Then one idyllic day, a guy, a lady, and a woman set out from the ranch on horseback.  High on a ridge above a mountain go, 1000 yards far away, a peaceful, cold-eyed shooter, one of many world's maximum marksmen, friends via a telescopic sight on the 3 forthcoming figures.

Out of his tortured earlier, a mortal enemy has once more chanced on Bob the Nailer.  Time to Hunt proves anew why such a lot of examine Stephen Hunter to be our greatest dwelling 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 global order, Hunter promises the entire advanced, stay-up-all-night motion his fanatics call for in a masterful story of family members heartbreak and overseas intrigue--and exhibits why, for Bob Lee Swagger, it truly is once more time to hunt.

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No gentle, no shoot. They have been going to get shut sufficient to level an attack at midnight, and the entire snipers on this planet wouldn’t make a spit’s worthy of distinction. “Shit,” he stated. yet Bob’s brain was once so fogged with delirium, adrenaline and fatigue it wasn’t processing correctly. He had the obscure experience of lacking anything, as though he’d left his IQ issues up there on that gruesome little hill. It was once Donny who pulled one other sack from round his waist, opened it, and out got here what gave the impression of a small tubular popgun and a handful of White famous person illumination flares; the bag was once heavy with the cartridges. “Flares! ” he acknowledged. “Can you shoot by means of flares? ” “If i will be able to see it, i will hit it,” Bob stated. They moved rapidly in the course of the gloom, amid small hills, within the elephant grass, ever aware they have been paralleling the flow of the enemy major strength within the valley, ever conscious that there have been nonetheless scouting devices out within the quarter. If and whilst the NVA stumbled on their useless recon group, they may ship nonetheless different males after them. They moved on the half-jog, via a fog of fatigue and ache. Bob’s arm damage desperately and he didn’t have any painkillers, now not even aspirin. His head ached and his legs felt withered and shaky. They a compass heading, reshooting it at any time when they moved round a hill. The elephant grass was once tall and concealing, however it minimize at them mercilessly. There wasn’t a lot water left or even within the falling darkish, Bob might see that the clouds hadn’t damaged, nonetheless hung low and shut. A depraved, pelting rain began, supplying syringes of chilly the place it struck them. quickly the journey grew to become natural blind distress, hungry, dead-tired, filthy males operating on religion and wish towards a vacation spot that may no longer even exist. Bob’s brain slipped out and in; he attempted to be aware of the activity forward however it wouldn't remain. At one aspect, he known as a halt. “I acquired to rest,” he acknowledged. “We been pushing lovely hard,” Donny acknowledged. Bob slipped down into the grass. “You’ve misplaced loads of blood. ” “I’m ok. I in simple terms want a little relaxation. ” “I received a few water. right here, take a few water. ” “Then what’ll you drink? ” “I don’t have to shoot. I simply fireplace flares. you must shoot. you would like the water. ” “You’d imagine, all this fucking rain, the very last thing we’d be is thirsty. ” “I believe like I simply performed soccer video games with out quarters or halftimes. simply video games instantly via. ” “Oh, man,” Bob stated, taking an enormous swig of Donny’s water, feeling its coolness rush down his flaming throat. “After this, I’m going to sleep for a month,” stated Donny. “No, after this,” acknowledged Bob, “you are happening R&R to be together with your spouse, if i need to visit the goddamned normal and ass-kick him myself. ” It was once virtually complete darkish. someplace birds have been commencing to name; the jungle used to be shut, simply past the hill line. there has been, even if, not anything alive in view; once more, they appeared by myself on the planet, misplaced within the hills, caught in a panorama of desolation. without warning Bob’s brain sped to different probabilities. “I acquired a idea,” he stated. “You bought tape? Don’t you hold tape?

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