I, Sniper is the sixth entry into the series of ex-marine sniper and Vietnam veteran Bob Lee Swagger. After a couple of lukewarm efforts in 47th Samurai (2007) and Night of Thunder (2008), be rest assured that I, Sniper is Hunter back to form and at the top of his game.
The story opens up with the assassination of four prominent aging anti-Vietnam War prostestors. The first, Joan Flanders (in the Jane Fonda mold) is killed within a couple of pages, and the rest quickly follow suit. The FBI thinks that the culprit is one the most world-renowned snipers, Carl Hitchcock. Their theory is that Carl lost his marbles and wanted to up his total number of kills. But, once Swagger is on the case, he realizes that Hitchcock - a fellow Vietnam vet - is innocent, or more correctly, he was set up to be the patsy. Through his expertise in ammunition, Swagger realizes that the real killer is utilizing high-tech electronic sniper gear being used in the war in Iraq.
This abridged five-disc set from Brilliance Audio runs in the neighborhood of five hours. The production is flawless - no bad overdubs or any garbled dialogue. The narration by Buck Schirner (who’s also lent his vocal talents to the works of Dean Koontz and Terry Goodkind) is excellent. His voice fits this character like a glove, which makes for a very thrilling and enjoyable listening experience.
I, Sniper is one of those audio books so riveting that you turn off the cell phone and listen straight through – no stopping for food or drink. Perhaps the only thing that could stop you is if your batteries die and you need to run to the store to pick up a pack. Luckily, I had my rechargeables on hand. If you were left disappointed and started to sour on Hunter after his last few outings, I, Sniper will bring you back on board.