Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

He used to be one the simplest Marine snipers in Vietnam. this day, 20 years later, disgruntled hero of an unheroic struggle, all Bob Lee Swagger desires to be left on my own and to depart the killing behind.

But with consummate mental ability, a shadowy army association seduces Bob into leaving his loved Arkansas hills for one final project for his state, unaware until eventually too overdue that the sport is rigged.

The assassination plot is carried out to perfection—until Bob Lee Swagger, alleged lone gunman, comes out of the operation alive, the objective of a national manhunt, his purely allies a girl he simply met and a discredited FBI agent.

Now Bob Lee Swagger is at the run, utilizing his deadly talents as soon as more—but this time to trace down the boys who set him up and to wreck a depressing conspiracy aimed toward the very middle of the USA.

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You sought after that dossier from Washington, yet they wouldn’t ship it since you weren’t cleared. ” He remembered asking her approximately it within the hallway at some point soon or different. “Yeah? ” “Well, I placed you in for the clearance. ” “You positioned me in? ” he requested, incredulously. “But that wishes a supervisor’s signature and, uh, I mean—” “Oh, Mr. Utey signed it. He wasn’t convinced what it used to be, and besides he used to be so busy I don’t imagine he cared and also you have been his right-hand guy and every little thing. ” It abruptly happened to him with a lovely flash that Sally Ellion was once so busy being the office’s favourite woman that she hadn’t stuck on particularly but to the truth that he’d gotten the sack. She smiled back. “And you were given it. The clearance. ” “Uh huh,” he stated, now not relatively yes the place this was once going. “And so that they simply approved a printout. I simply obtained it from the printing room. ” She passed him a thick sheaf of computer-printed paper. It used to be marked most sensible SECRET/SENIOR SUPERVISORY group of workers basically. Nick checked out it. It was once the RamDyne dossier. bankruptcy TWENTY-FOUR Shreck, by myself in his place of work now, used to be stunned how little elation he felt. It reminded him of ways it was once while he got here off a hill in Korea in 1953, whilst he used to be seventeen years outdated. no longer aid, now not guilt, simply easy numbness. He knew it used to be vintage postcombat pressure syndrome; depletion, emotional and actual, and as you recharged you went right into a type of lethargic kingdom. however it had basically occurred to him that one time in Korea, simply because he used to be so new to it. In all his different operations, as they wound into the triumph or bitterness yet regularly survival, he’d felt particularly lightened, charged, made complete back. This fucker Swagger had particularly gotten lower than his pores and skin; a difficult man, a perilous man, simply one of these man who might deliver all of it down. while the telephone name eventually got here, it was once whatever of an anticlimax. Dobbler had controlled to satisfy the Bureau touch effortlessly and used to be passed the particular forensic lab document, entire with X rays. From then on, Dobbler simply babbled to Shreck, couldn’t keep watch over himself, spoke too it appears that evidently, dithered and yammered an excessive amount of. however the gist obtained via. The X rays checked. every thing used to be high-quality. Bob used to be lifeless. It was once over. Shreck felt a few lightening of feeling, yet no longer a lot. He used to be now not a guy of many pleasures; in simple terms accountability and challenge have been pleasures. yet this fairly was once his best triumph. He concept perhaps he’d pass shoot wearing clays this weekend. possibly he’d purchase a brand new motor vehicle. yet commonly he desired to— The safe mobilephone rang. He checked out it for a protracted moment, ahead of making a choice on it up. “Shreck. ” It used to be Hugh Meachum. “Colonel, we've got an issue. ” LANCER CLEARANCE worthwhile while you're no longer LANCER CLEARED, instantly go back THIS dossier TO ITS JACKET, safe IT, AND go back IT TO ITS element OF beginning. you want to NOTIFY THE LANCER COMMITTEE when you have ENCOUNTERED THIS dossier IN AN UNAUTHORIZED process. Nick checked out it dumbly. In his years within the Bureau he’d ran into a couple of unusual instructions, yet he’d by no means hit this one sooner than. He blinked, however the caution wouldn't depart; there it used to be, enormous as existence, all caps, booming out at him.

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