Dead Zero by Stephen Hunter
A Bob Lee Swagger Novel (Bob Lee Swagger Novels)

65%

6 Critic Reviews

A premise that had a chance to be compelling is diffused by a momentum-killing willingness to digress. Hunter has done much better.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter comes a thriller that pits former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger against the only man who might be able to outshoot him.

A marine sniper team on a mission in tribal territories on the Afghan-Pakistan border, Whiskey 2-2 is ambushed by professionals using the latest high-tech shooting gear. Badly wounded, the team’s sole survivor, Gunnery Sergeant Ray Cruz, aka “the Cruise Missile,” is determined to finish his job. He almost succeeds when a mystery blast terminates his enterprise, leaving a thirty-foot crater where a building used to be—and where Sergeant Cruz was meant to be hiding.

Months pass. Ray’s target, an Afghan warlord named Ibrahim Zarzi, sometimes called “The Beheader,” becomes an American asset in the region and beyond, beloved by State, the Administration, and the Agency. He arrives in Washington for consecration as Our Man in Kabul.

And that brings Ray Cruz out of hiding.

Swagger, the legendary hero of seven of Hunter’s novels from Point of Impact to last year’s bestselling I, Sniper, is recruited by the FBI to stop the Cruise Missile from reaching his target. The problem is that the more Swagger learns about what happened in Zabol, the more he questions the US government’s support of Zarzi and the more he identifies with Cruz as hunter instead of prey.
 

About Stephen Hunter

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Stephen Hunter is the author of eighteen novels, including I, Sniper and Point of Impact. In 2003 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism for his work at The Washington Post, where he retired as chief film critic. He has also published two collections of film criticism and a nonfiction work about the attempted assassination of Harry Truman, American Gunfight.
 
Published December 28, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 529 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War, Crime, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dead Zero
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average

A premise that had a chance to be compelling is diffused by a momentum-killing willingness to digress. Hunter has done much better.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Nov 29 2010

Solid characterization complements the tight, fast-moving plot.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Mar 28 2011

DEAD ZERO is constructed with dark and brilliant writing, shot through with the rough thoughts and colorful colloquialisms of dangerous men who are all too well aware of their own mortality, skills and limitations.

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Oregon Live

Below average
on Jan 14 2011

I can only hope it's the novel that finally convinces Hunter to flesh out the history of a new sniper and allow Bob the Nailer the retirement he so richly deserves.

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The Truth About Guns

Good
on Feb 01 2011

The tempo of the book is brisk and the action sequences are well done.

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Down Range

Above average
on Oct 12 2010

Hunter’s style of writing reveals an excellent knowledge regarding firearms and especially about the the tools of the sniper.

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