Sniper's Honor (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

During this journey de force—part old mystery, half smooth adventure—from the New York occasions bestselling writer of I, Sniper, Bob Lee Swagger uncovers why global battle II’s maximum sniper used to be erased from history…and why her disappearance nonetheless issues today.

Ludmilla “Mili” Petrova used to be the main hunted lady in the world, having raised the fury of 2 of the main robust leaders on each side of global battle II: Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. yet Kathy Reilly of The Washington Post doesn’t comprehend any of that once she encounters a short point out of Mili in an previous Russian propaganda journal, and turns into attracted to the tale of a mythical, appealing lady sniper who turns out to have vanished from history.

Reilly enlists former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger to parse out the scarce information of Mili’s army provider. The extra Swagger learns approximately Mili’s final challenge, the extra he’s confident her disappearance used to be no accident—but why could the Russian executive visit such lengths to erase the life of 1 in their personal adorned squaddies? And why, whilst Swagger joins Kathy Reilly on a study journey, is anyone attempting to kill them sooner than they could locate out?

As Bob Lee Swagger, “one of the best sequence characters ever to grace the mystery style, now and perpetually” (Providence Journal-Bulletin), races to place the items jointly, Sniper’s Honor takes readers throughout oceans and time in an action-packed, compulsive learn.

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Let’s examine the possibilities,” acknowledged Swagger. “First: tactical betrayal. It occurred due to a common final result of strive against operations. Say, a German Storch recon airplane observed the Russian airplane that had dropped Mili take off. It was once capable of shadow the move of the column. The Storch group radios time, situation, course; back via accident there’s a Police Battalion counterbandit group close to sufficient to get manage, and the bandits simply stroll into it. ” “That’s probably not betrayal,” acknowledged Reilly. “That’s simply ‘stuff occurs. ’ ” “Fair sufficient. ok, neighborhood betrayal. one of many partisans can be a German agent. or perhaps a few SS significant has his daughter hostage so he’s pressured to show on his humans. He manages to get the inside track out ahead of they depart to choose up Mili. that provides the Germans lots of time to get the Police Battalion into play. ” “So it’s a accident of timing that this occurred whilst Mili arrived? challenging to swallow. ” “Try this. Bak himself is the Nazi agent. They’re development him as much as win loads of battles so he’ll be a hero and be taken again to Moscow, and whilst he’s again in NKVD headquarters, he can quite supply them the crown jewels. ” “But they appear to have killed him. in spite of everything, he disappears from the tale. ” “It used to be an coincidence. evening ambushes are negative issues. not anyone is aware what’s taking place. He’s attempting to blow the deal to renounce the Russian sniper to guard Obergruppenführer Groedl, and he zigs that means whilst the linchpin at the MG42 tripod vibrates loose, and the gun rotates one other few inches, and bye-bye, Bak. ” “But wouldn’t his loss of life be recorded within the operational diaries of 12th Panzer, regardless? just like the rifles, he was once booty. ” “It would,” acknowledged Swagger. “Okay,” she acknowledged. “Interesting probabilities. They’re all flawed, yet they’re very fascinating. the next day I’ll inform you who betrayed them. ” bankruptcy 12 someplace within the Carpathians MID-JULY 1944 of them. no longer Germans, certainly now not Germans. yet partisans, survivors of the Bak column, as was once she? challenging to inform. A heavy one, a mild one. within the heavy one, she famous the distinction and stolidity of the everlasting peasant. He had no partisan affectations, no babushka hat, no crossed bandoliers of ammunition, no potato mashers caught in his belt, no pink tommy gun. He wore just a shapeless black peasant smock and both shapeless trousers over the thick boots peasants had worn for hundreds of years. He moved with deliberation; you knew in a moment that persistence may by no means be an issue with this one. He may possibly outwait God or the satan if it got here to that and, as a pastime, watch dust bricks dry. He will be the person who knew much more than you notion, and if he gave you his loyalty, he was once supplying you with every thing. every thing approximately him used to be monstrous: toes, legs, palms, arms. He might installed one thousand hours in the back of a plow. He used to be the fellow who could plant and harvest the wheat her father had attempted to guard for him. He may feed the loads; he was once the loads. the opposite was once leaner, faster, a lithe guy with goatee and glasses, below a frost of upfront grey hair, wiry and tight.

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