Dead Zero

Dead Zero

eBook - 2010
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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.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Simon & Schuster, 2010.
ISBN: 9781439149935
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Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Summary: 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.

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Calaben
Apr 27, 2016

Larry only

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timmorrell
Jul 13, 2015

A great read. Hunter's firearms technical accuracy that he's known for was spot on as far as I could tell, but his military accuracy needs some work. The U.S. Marine Corp does not have Apache helicopters! Still very much worth the time if you enjoyed the previous Swagger books.

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jgraham48
Jun 26, 2013

High points of this novel for me: Ray Cruz's superb escape from his trackers in the original Afghanistan mission; Bob Lee Swagger's meal and interaction with the TGIF waitress near Camp Lejeune, NC; the technical discussion of Col. Norman Chambers' gun expertise and private sniper school; Zarzi's watch collection with all the winders; the Air Force pilot seeking the villain of the piece with her drone. I could go on. How about the gunfight at the Baltimore car wash... More of the great stuff from Stephen Hunter - yay !

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deRougemont
Apr 30, 2011

Stephen Hunter does it again. A superb action thriller with memorable characters and the requisite amount of technical detail to provide a degree of verisimilitude. The writing is brilliant, though the denouement drags a bit.

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sman46
Mar 11, 2011

I like the fact that Hunter has added a new member of the sniper family into the fold. We started with Bob Lee and then read stories about his father and now meet the newest sniper in the family.

debwalker Jan 11, 2011

Dynamite plot and riveting characters.

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