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The 47th Samurai: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel
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Binding: Hardcover
Dewey Decimal Number: 813.54
EAN: 9780743238090
ISBN: 0743238095
Label: Simon & Schuster
Manufacturer: Simon & Schuster
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 2007-09-11
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Studio: Simon & Schuster

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Editorial Reviews:

In The 47th Samurai, Bob Lee Swagger, the gritty hero of Stephen Hunter's bestselling novels Point of Impact and Time to Hunt, returns in Hunter's most intense and exotic thriller to date.

Bob Lee Swagger and Philip Yano are bound together by a single moment at Iwo Jima, 1945, when their fathers, two brave fighters on opposite sides, met in the bloody and chaotic battle for the island. Only Earl Swagger survived.

More than sixty years later, Yano comes to America to honor the legacy of his heroic father by recovering the sword he used in the battle. His search has led him to Crazy Horse, Idaho, where Bob Lee, ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, has settled into a restless retirement and immediately pledges himself to Yano's quest.

Bob Lee finds the sword and delivers it to Yano in Tokyo. On inspection, they discover that it is not a standard WWII blade, but a legendary shin-shinto katana, an artifact of the nation. It is priceless but worth killing for. Suddenly Bob is at the center of a series of terrible crimes he barely understands but vows to avenge. And to do so, he throws himself into the world of the samurai, Tokyo's dark, criminal yakuza underworld, and the unwritten rules of Japanese culture.

Swagger's allies, hard-as-nails, American-born Susan Okada and the brave, cocaine-dealing tabloid journalist Nick Yamamoto, help him move through this strange, glittering, and ominous world from the shady bosses of the seamy Kabukicho district to officials in the highest echelons of the Japanese government, but in the end, he is on his own and will succeed only if he can learn that to survive samurai, you must become samurai.

As the plot races and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that a ruthless conspiracy is in place, and the only thing that can be taken for granted is that money, power, and sex can drive men of all nationalities to gruesome extremes. If Swagger hopes to stop them, he must be willing not only to die but also to kill.


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Summary: really good
Comment: I really liked it. It was my second Hunter book after POI. Another great American novel. Some of the other reviews talk about some parts being unbelievable; I thought that most of this was explained by the spiritual help his father was giving him from above. I am on to my next Hunter novel.

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Summary: Overreaching a bit
Comment: I'm a fan of his previous works in the series,which maintained the younger mr. Swagger as a salt of the earth guy whose past kept reintroducing itself, but fasttracking Bob Lee into an unstoppable kendo master is just too much. Can we expect him to be a pirate or a starship captain next?

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Summary: I Like Bob Lee Swagger
Comment: I've read all of Stephen Hunter's books and Bob Lee Swagger is one of my favorite protagonists. "The 47th Samurai" takes Swagger to Japan and though the Japanese words and terminology are rather confusing, it's still a great read. Mr. Hunter must have spent a lot of time and effort learning the details and traditions of the sword in Japanses culture. I recommend all of Mr. Hunter's books.

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Summary: James Bond joins "The Seven Samurai"
Comment: Stephen Hunter ascribes the origins of this book as a catharsis from a professional film critic's personal depression brought on by the "morass of mediocrity" in American movies. He seems to have succeeded in adding to the morass by writing a screenplay, rather than a book, begging for it to be "... ripped from the pages of a Stephen Hunter novel and brought to the silver screen...". A disappointment for those who wait for each new Hunter book release. Bob Lee, master sniper, becomes after a week's intense schooling a master swordsman taking on six experienced swordsmen at a time. Bob Lee's butt is saved, following enough hints through out the book to make it obvious, in the final battle against the greatest swordsman in all Japan. Not a surprising final scene in what is a trite plot for yet another mediocre American movie.

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Summary: ON THE CUTTING EDGE SO TO SPEAK
Comment: Well, the jury is in. If Bob Lee had to face up to James Bond, Bond is toast.
My first impression was that a book delving into Japanese culture would be difficult as I would be a historical novice. That did not particularly change but this book is a page turner.
Granted some of it is not plausible but what the heck. Bad Bob gets it done with no baloney. Other than the ultimate hero you have to like the fact that Swagger takes no prisoners, but does not a conscience, and always cuts to the chase.
Read this book, lots of fun. Hunter did a great job in my opinion.


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