Sniper's Honor

Sniper's Honor

Book - 2014
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"Bob Lee Swagger is in love--with a woman who died 70 years ago. Ludmilla "Mili" Petrova was a great Russian sniper in World War II until she disappeared on a mission and was virtually erased from history. When Kathy Reilly of the Washington Post encounters a brief mention of Petrova in an old Russian propaganda magazine, she begins building a story around the legendary female sniper, who was once dubbed Die Weisse Hexe--The White Witch--and lauded by enemies and comrades alike. Mili's luxurious blonde hair and statuesque figure belied her fierce resolve to avenge the deaths of her husband and family by joining Stalin's Army and using her sharpshooting expertise to defeat Hitler's organization--ideally from the top down. There is very little on record for Reilly to mine for her profile, which only makes her want to dig deeper, enlisting her friend and former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger to parse out the scarce details of Mili's astonishing military service. The more Swagger learns about the circumstances of Mili's last mission, the more he reveres the beautiful Russian heroine and longs to have known a fellow sniper with such courage and skill. And the more he believes her disappearance was no accident, and that Mili Petrova, while an essential player in Stalin's master plan, was merely a pawn in some larger conspiracy. But why would the Russian government go to such great lengths to erase one of their own decorated, legendary soldiers from history? And why, when Swagger joins Kathy Reilly on a research trip to the Carpathian Mountains, is someone trying to kill them for what they might find?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2014
ISBN: 9781451640212
Branch Call Number: HUN
Characteristics: 416 p. ;,25 cm

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7626dee
Apr 12, 2017

Not an easy read but some excellent looks at what the USSR was like and may be again if Putin gets his way. Soviet female snipers and pilots were often at the top of the stack in fearlessness and naturally once the war ended were cast aside by the strap hangar politicians and beancounters. Snipers are a breed apart for good reason.

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filmfx
Jun 09, 2015

It certainly wasn't one of Hunters better books and some comments claiming it a boring and confusing I must agree. Hunters better books where always "A Pale Horse Coming", " Enemy at the Gates"
And "I Sniper" I was really disappointed ,

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charlie2911
Jan 02, 2015

I've been an avid reader of the 'Bob the Nailer' series since the first gripping story. They got better right up till his gripping 'The third bullet'. This is an anti-climax, especially the two con-current storylines. I feel this made the book convoluted and almost impossible to read. I had to leave it after the 3rd chapter as I was so confused and bored by then.
My first 'give up' for a Stephen Hunter book. - Sad.
If you feel this is a 'must read', - then try John Sandford, Stephen Leather, Vince Flynn, Michael Connoly, John Lutz or William Kent Kreuger. They all write how Hunter used to.

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AlmadenAFS
Jul 17, 2014

Very good read. Keeps you guessing. Surprise ending. All matter of German and Soviet data well researched.

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dannnn
Jul 17, 2014

Excelllent as always. Couldn't put it down.

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3dblus
Jun 09, 2014

It started out a little tedious and remained so occasionally with a lot of background material. Then suddenly the mystery emerged and continued to blossom into an almost "couldn'tputitdown".This is absolutely another Hunter must read!

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