Stephen Hunter Books

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Pulitzer winner Stephen Hunter is an American novelist, film critic, and essayist. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Evanston, Illinois. Hunter is a fireman enthusiast and his in-depth knowledge of various firearms is evident in his written works. Incidentally, he also shoots as a hobby.

Stephen Hunter is well known for his Earl Swagger and Bob Lee Swagger novel series. He has also written two novels in the Ray Cruz novel series. Apart from these fictional thrillers, Hunter has written other novels like Casey at the Bat. He has also penned a number of non-fictional works like American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shoot-Out That Stopped It.

Order of Bob Lee Swagger Series

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1Point of Impact 1993Description / Buy
2Black Light 1996Description / Buy
3Time to Hunt 1998Description / Buy
4The 47th Samurai 2007Description / Buy
5Night of Thunder 2008Description / Buy
6I, Sniper 2009Description / Buy
7Dead Zero 2010Description / Buy
8The Third Bullet 2013Description / Buy
9Sniper's Honor 2014Description / Buy
10G-Man 2017Description / Buy
11Game of Snipers 2019Description / Buy
12Targeted 2022Description / Buy

Order of Earl Swagger Series

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1Hot Springs 2000Description / Buy
2Pale Horse Coming 2001Description / Buy
3Havana 2003Description / Buy

Order of Ray Cruz Series

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1Dead Zero 2010Description / Buy
2Soft Target 2011Description / Buy

Order of Stephen Hunter Standalone Novels

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1The Master Sniper 1980Description / Buy
2The Second Saladin 1982Description / Buy
3The Spanish Gambit 1985Description / Buy
4Target 1985Description / Buy
5The Day Before Midnight 1989Description / Buy
6Dirty White Boys 1994Description / Buy
7I, Ripper 2015Description / Buy
8Basil's War 2021Description / Buy

Order of Stephen Hunter Short Stories/Novellas

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1Stephen Longacre's Greatest Match (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
2Citadel (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Stephen Hunter Non-Fiction Books

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1Violent Screen: A Critic's 13 Years on the Front Lines of Movie Mayhem 1995Description / Buy
2Now Playing at the Valencia: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Essays on Movies 2005Description / Buy
3American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman--and the Shoot-out that Stopped It 2005Description / Buy

Order of Bibliomysteries Series

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1The Book of Virtue ( By: Ken Bruen) 2012Description / Buy
2Pronghorns of the Third Reich (Short Story) ( By: C.J. Box) 2012Description / Buy
3The Book Thing ( By: Laura Lippman) 2012Description / Buy
4The Book Case ( By: Nelson DeMille) 2012Description / Buy
5An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2012Description / Buy
6Death Leaves a Bookmark (Short Story) ( By: William Link) 2012Description / Buy
7The Final Testament (Short Story) ( By: Peter Blauner) 2013Description / Buy
8Rides a Stranger (Short Story) ( By: David Bell) 2013Description / Buy
9The Long Sonata of the Dead (Short Story) ( By: Andrew Taylor) 2013Description / Buy
10The Book of Ghosts (Short Story) ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2013Description / Buy
11The Compendium of Srem (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson) 2014Description / Buy
12What's in a Name? (Short Story) ( By: Thomas H. Cook) 2014Description / Buy
13Remaindered (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey) 2014Description / Buy
14The Sequel (Short Story) ( By: R.L. Stine) 2014Description / Buy
15The Gospel of Sheba (Short Story) ( By: Lyndsay Faye) 2014Description / Buy
16The Nature of My Inheritance (Short Story) ( By: Bradford Morrow) 2014Description / Buy
17It's in the Book (Short Story) ( By: Mickey Spillane) 2014Description / Buy
18The Scroll (Short Story) ( By: Anne Perry) 2014Description / Buy
19The Book of the Lion (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry) 2015Description / Buy
20The Little Men (Short Story) ( By: Megan Abbott) 2015Description / Buy
21Condor in the Stacks (Short Story) ( By: James Grady) 2015Description / Buy
22Mystery, Inc. (Short Story) ( By: Joyce Carol Oates) 2015Description / Buy
23Every Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Denise Mina) 2015Description / Buy
24From the Queen (Short Story) ( By: Carolyn Hart) 2015Description / Buy
25The Travelling Companion ( By: Ian Rankin) 2016Description / Buy
26Citadel (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
27Reconciliation Day (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Fowler) 2016Description / Buy
28Dead Dames Don't Sing (Short Story) ( By: John Harvey) 2016Description / Buy
29The Haze (Short Story) ( By: James W. Hall) 2016Description / Buy
30Hoodoo Harry (Short Story) ( By: Joe R. Lansdale) 2017Description / Buy
31The Pretty Little Box (Short Story) ( By: Charles Todd) 2018Description / Buy
32Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Peter Robinson) 2018Description / Buy
33The Hemingway Valise ( By: Robert Olen Butler) 2018Description / Buy
34The Last Honest Horse Thief ( By: Michael Koryta) 2018Description / Buy
35The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository ( By: John Connolly) 2018Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Series

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1The Book of Virtue ( By: Ken Bruen)2012Description / Buy
2The Scroll (Short Story) ( By: Anne Perry)2014Description / Buy
3Pronghorns of the Third Reich (Short Story) ( By: C.J. Box)2012Description / Buy
4An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver)2012Description / Buy
5Death Leaves a Bookmark (Short Story) ( By: William Link)2012Description / Buy
6Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Peter Robinson)2018Description / Buy
7The Book Thing ( By: Laura Lippman)2012Description / Buy
8The Book of Ghosts (Short Story) ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman)2013Description / Buy
9The Long Sonata of the Dead (Short Story) ( By: Andrew Taylor)2013Description / Buy
10The Final Testament (Short Story) ( By: Peter Blauner)2013Description / Buy
11Rides a Stranger (Short Story) ( By: David Bell)2013Description / Buy
12What's in a Name? (Short Story) ( By: Thomas H. Cook)2014Description / Buy
13It's in the Book (Short Story) ( By: Mickey Spillane)2014Description / Buy
14The Nature of My Inheritance (Short Story) ( By: Bradford Morrow)2014Description / Buy
15Remaindered (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey)2014Description / Buy
16The Compendium of Srem (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson)2014Description / Buy
17The Gospel of Sheba (Short Story) ( By: Lyndsay Faye)2014Description / Buy
18The Sequel (Short Story) ( By: R.L. Stine)2014Description / Buy
19The Book of the Lion (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry)2015Description / Buy
20The Little Men (Short Story) ( By: Megan Abbott)2015Description / Buy
21From the Queen (Short Story) ( By: Carolyn Hart)2015Description / Buy
22Every Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Denise Mina)2015Description / Buy
23Citadel (Short Story)2016Description / Buy
24Condor in the Stacks (Short Story) ( By: James Grady)2015Description / Buy
25Mystery, Inc. (Short Story) ( By: Joyce Carol Oates)2015Description / Buy
26The Travelling Companion ( By: Ian Rankin)2016Description / Buy
27The Haze (Short Story) ( By: James W. Hall)2016Description / Buy
28Dead Dames Don't Sing (Short Story) ( By: John Harvey)2016Description / Buy
29Reconciliation Day (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Fowler)2016Description / Buy
30Hoodoo Harry (Short Story) ( By: Joe R. Lansdale)2017Description / Buy
31The Pretty Little Box (Short Story) ( By: Charles Todd)2018Description / Buy
32The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository ( By: John Connolly)2018Description / Buy
33The Hemingway Valise ( By: Robert Olen Butler)2018Description / Buy
34The Last Honest Horse Thief ( By: Michael Koryta)2018Description / Buy
35The Book Case ( By: Nelson DeMille)2012Description / Buy
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STEPHEN HUNTER AWARDS

In 1998, Stephen Hunter, in the criticism category, was awarded the American Society of Newspapers Editors Distinguished Writing Award. Hunter managed to clinch the 2003 Pulitzer Award for criticism. He was able to bag these awards partly due to his work at the Washington Post as a dedicated film critic.

STEPHEN HUNTER BOOKS INTO MOVIES

Point Of Impact, the first novel in the popular Bob Lee Swagger forms the basis of the latest USA Network silver screen series named Shooter. The starring role of the marksman character, Bob Lee Swagger was played by Ryan Phillippee. Apart from playing the lead role, Phillippee will also produce the series.

The book was also made into a movie years prior starring Mark Wahlberg.

BEST STEPHEN HUNTER BOOKS

Three of the most highly acclaimed novels by Stephen Hunter include:

Point Of Impact: This is the first novel in the Bob Lee Swagger novel series by Hunter. The novel centers on Bob Lee Swagger, the best Marine sniper in the Vietnam War. Two decades later, Swagger wants to leave all the wanton killings behind and be left all alone.

A dark, shadowy military organization with questionable intent lures Bob into one last mission for his country. They cleverly trick and convince him and Swagger realizes when it is too late that he has been set up.

The mission is an assassination that Bob executes perfectly and comes out alive. He becomes the sole target of a manhunt on a national scale. His only allies are an FBI agent discredited by the agency and a woman he just met. Bob becomes a man on the run. He makes use of his lethal military skills to break up the dark conspiracy of mammoth proportions and track down the men who set him up.

Hot Springs: Hot Springs is the first installment in the Earl Swagger novel series by Stephen Hunter. Earl Swagger, the central character is a highly decorated ex-Marine with high moral and professional integrity. Despite his tough façade, Earl has skeletons in his cupboard. He is constantly disturbed by his childhood memories which feature an abusive paternal figure. At the same time, he is worried about his impending role as a father.

The gripping tale by Stephen Hunter is set in the summer of 1946 when organized crime ran the show and American justice had gone south. Arkansas happens to be the capital of corruption and crime.

When the District Attorney vows to bring organized crime in the capital down, Earl Swagger is recruited for the job. The novel is punctuated by raids on casinos marked by fights, fleeing johns, screaming women of the night and an ever-increasing body count.

Pale Horse Coming: The second novel in the three book Earl Swagger series by Stephen Hunter is Pale Horse Coming. The novel is set in 1951 Mississippi, specifically in Thebes State Penal Farm, the last place where anyone in their right mind would want to visit. There are very few people who make it there. Even the few who manage to make it to Thebes, there are even fewer who return from the penal state farm.

Former Marine, Sergeant Earl Swagger, an Arkansas State Police Sergeant is the central character in the Stephen Hunter novel. When an old friend of his disappears in the bowels of Thebes, Swagger takes it upon himself to find out how and why. When Earl infiltrates the dark penal farm, the experience challenges his tough guy constitution. He plunges head-on into a dark world that is defined by evil savagery. Earl manages to barely escape with his life and sanity intact. Swagger does not intend to stay away. As he plans his vengeance and return to Thebes, he recruits six of the toughest, best and deadliest gunmen in town.

When Does The Next Stephen Hunter book come out?

The next book by Stephen Hunter is Targeted and will be released on January, 18th 2022. It is the newest book in the Bob Lee Swagger Series.

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  1. Huge fan of the Bob Lee Swagger series. Swagger is a veteran living in the remote Arkansas wilderness. Stephen Hunter captures this perfectly and doesn’t make Swagger sound like a paranoid weirdo; rather, you end up rooting for Swagger almost instantly. I recommend the movie “Shooter” as it captures the book quite well, but I haven’t tried the television show of the same name. I’m skeptical but might watch one of these days. Start with the Bob Lee Swagger series if you’re just getting into Hunter’s work.

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