Soft Target by Stephen Hunter

74%

16 Critic Reviews

As this straightforward adventure tale builds to its fearsome climax, it’s the actions of Cruz and Oates to thwart the terrorists that captivate.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Another action-packed thriller from Stephen Hunter, this time starring Ray Cruz, the son of ex-Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, who was introduced in Hunter’s previous bestseller, Dead Zero.

Ten thousand people jam the aisles, the corridors, the elevators, and the escalators of America, the Mall—a giant Rubik’s Cube of a structure with its own amusement park located in the spacious center atrium. Of those people, 9,988 have come to shop. The other twelve have come to kill.

Ray Cruz, one of the heroes of Hunter’s last bestseller, Dead Zero, is in the mall with his fiancée and her family. The retired Marine sniper thought he was done with stalking and killing—but among the trapped thousands, he’s the only one with a plan and the guts to confront the self-proclaimed “Brigade Mumbai.” Now all he needs is a gun.
 

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 6, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 276 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Soft Target
All: 16 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Dec 01 2011

A too-abundant cast dilutes the protagonist’s presence.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Oct 31 2011

As this straightforward adventure tale builds to its fearsome climax, it’s the actions of Cruz and Oates to thwart the terrorists that captivate.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Dec 08 2011

SOFT TARGET may not be Hunter’s best book, but it’s a darn good one --- what we would have called a “ripping yarn” in days gone by

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Ray Hartwell on Dec 06 2011

“Soft Target” is a solid addition to Stephen Hunter’s sniper series, made more engaging by its invocation of current events and political posturing.

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Chron.com

Excellent
Reviewed by P. G. Koch on Dec 03 2011

Hunter’s writing is sharp, detailed and laced with enough offhand wit to keep readers from sinking into the general gore and Islam-bashing.

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The Truth About Guns

Excellent
Reviewed by William C. Montgomery on Dec 07 2011

I am pleased to see Hunter trying to tell a story that delivers greater meaning than “Die Hard at a Mall.”

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By the Book @ Rogers Memorial Library

Above average
on Feb 14 2012

Who’s the bad guy in Hunter’s action-packed, page-turner? Will Ray succeed against all the seen and unseen forces standing in his way to defuse this crisis? Readers will race through this book to find out. Fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series should try Soft Target.

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Down Range

Excellent
Reviewed by Marshal Halloway on Oct 03 2011

With unrelenting suspense and vivid scenes of violence and chaos in the center of a terror-crazed afternoon in Middle America, thriller master Stephen Hunter takes us into the belly of the softest of soft targets.

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Men Reading Books

Good
Reviewed by East Coast Don on May 17 2011

Could easily be a cover-to-cover, one sitting read.

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Buried Under Books

Good
Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton on Dec 01 2011

You have to finish this book before you realize just what Hunter has accomplished.

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The Mystery Gazette

Good
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on May 12 2012

Still paying homage to Die Hard while satirizing President Obama, Stephen Hunter provides a chilling suspense thriller.

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Pick of the Literate

Good
Reviewed by William Bentrim on Jun 23 2012

I really enjoyed the novel and the reaction of the SWAT and Cruz characters. Home grown or not, terrorists deserve their fate as it is justly dished out in this fast paced, edge of the chair, roller coaster read.

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Al Nye the Lawyer Guy

Below average
Reviewed by Al Nye on Jan 01 2012

So with a fair amount of trepidation, I dug into his latest novel: Soft Target. What a disappointment.

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Order of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Dan Malone on Jan 01 2012

Since [The Day Before Midnight], everything Hunter has put out has been very poor. Then there’s Soft Target, which is utter trash. Horrendous political agenda. Insulting, offensive muslim characters. An incredibly derivative and predictable plot.

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Marilyn's Musings

Good
Reviewed by Marilyn Meredith on Dec 13 2011

Saying too much more might take away the sheer pleasure of reading this great page-turner. Can you tell I liked it?

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AR Herring

Above average
on Jun 05 2012

I liked Soft Target. I’ll admit it probably wasn’t the greatest book Hunter has ever written but they can’t all be the best. It was a good read though and I enjoyed it.

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