Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Hunter, Stephen "Night of Thunder"

Hunter, Stephen "Night of Thunder: a Bob Lee Swagger novel" - 2008

A friend of mine said some people had mentioned he was like Bob Swagger in this novel and would like mind reading it. I told him I am glad he is my friend and not my enemy. But I did understand why his friends saw him in this and they might be right. I haven't known this friend for very long, but I can see the resemblance.

Bob Swagger is a former soldier/FBI agent, whatever, something like the American James Bond, only married. You don't play with him and certainly not with his family. Because that means war.

I am not a big fan of thrillers because to me they are all the same and there is nothing much to talk about. So, I will just say that it was a nice novel, well written, suspension caused mainly by switching from one side of the story to the other. If you like thrillers, give Stephen Hunter a try.

From the back cover: "Talk about a ride!
Woe unto he who crosses Bob Lee Swagger, especially when his daughter's life is at stake. Forced off the road and into a crash that leaves her in a coma, clinging to life, reporter Nikki Swagger had begun to peel back the onion of a Southernfried conspiracy bubbling with all the angst, resentment, and dysfunction that Dixie gangsters can muster. An ancient, violent crime clan, a possibly corrupt law enforcement structure, gunmen of all stripes and shapes, and deranged evangelicals rear their ugly heads and will live to rue the day they targeted the wrong man's daughter. It's what you call your big-time bad career move. All of it is set against the backdrop of excitement and insanity that only a weeklong NASCAR event can bring to the backwoods of a town as seemingly sleepy as Bristol, Tennessee.
A master at the top of his game, Hunter provides a host of thrilling new reasons to read as fast as we can. When Swagger picks up peeling where his daughter left off, and his swift sword of justice is let loose, we find a true American hero in his most stunning action to date. And -- in the form of Brother Richard, a self-decreed "Sinnerman" out of the old fire-and-brimstone tradition -- Hunter offers up his most diabolical, engaging villain yet. A triumph of story, character, and style, Night of Thunder is Stephen Hunter at his very best.

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