Sniper's Honor (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

During this journey de force—part historic mystery, half smooth adventure—from the New York occasions bestselling writer of I, Sniper, Bob Lee Swagger uncovers why global struggle II’s maximum sniper was once erased from history…and why her disappearance nonetheless concerns today.

Ludmilla “Mili” Petrova was the main hunted girl on the earth, having raised the fury of 2 of the main robust leaders on each side of global warfare II: Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. yet Kathy Reilly of The Washington Post doesn’t be aware of any of that after she encounters a quick point out of Mili in an outdated Russian propaganda journal, and turns into drawn to the tale of a mythical, appealing woman sniper who turns out to have vanished from history.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 might the Russian executive visit such lengths to erase the life of 1 in their personal embellished infantrymen? And why, whilst Swagger joins Kathy Reilly on a study journey, is a person 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 without end” (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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What used to be left of Battlegroup Von Drehle healthy into the only aircraft, although it used to be tight in the corrugated tin fuselage, the entire boys knee to knee, dealing with one another within the cramped area. All wore the clipped Fallschirmjäger helmet, its flaring Teutonic rim got rid of in order that it appeared whatever just like the leather-based hat the ridiculous americans clapped to their heads after they performed a video game they insisted on calling soccer. All wore the pale “splinter” forest-pattern camo smocks, which the guys sportingly referred to as “bone bags,” knee pads, and lace-up boots, the latter needed when you didn’t wish your sneakers falling off once you floated down. All had wrestle harnesses and their FG-42s or STG-44s strapped throughout their our bodies. All wore a suite of journal pouches suspended horizontally on each side in their chests, on a type of horse-collar shoulder harness, and in every one pouch nested a field of twenty 7. 92s or thirty 7. ninety two Kurzs. All wore RZ-20 parachutes, which made all uncomfortable, notwithstanding when you have been going to leap out of an aircraft, you'll submit with a bit soreness. All wore their parachute infantry trademarks, a stylized plunging eagle in gold upon a silver wreath. All wore their seventy-five-engagement badges. All wore bread baggage on slings, even though loaded with M-24 grenades. All weighed a ton with all of the junk on. a few smoked, a few simply regarded out disconsolately into the gap. tough to learn expressions, as all had smeared their faces with burnt cork, in order that they gave the look of a really undesirable minstrel convey approximately to damage right into a lackadaisical “Old guy River. ” It wasn’t relatively a gaggle anymore, within the grand army that means of that time period, which conjured divisions and regiments and battalions, and was once known as one nowadays in simple terms as an administrative comfort. It was once extra of a squad, one officer, one noncommissioned officer, and 13 males. yet you couldn’t say “battlesquad,” as that sounded ridiculous, and those parachutists cared completely an excessive amount of approximately their damned dignity. They have been lean younger males with the serious faces of mummies. such a lot had jumped into Crete with Von Drehle 4 years past. such a lot had served with him in Italy for a 12 months. so much were with him in Russia now for 2. so much have been hit and are available again, so much had killed dozens if no longer hundreds and hundreds of enemy infantrymen, blown up all kinds of constitution that you can imagine, destroyed tanks and different armored automobiles, such a lot may perhaps fieldstrip their FG-42s blindfolded in seven seconds, or throw an M24 throughout the door of a racing railway motor vehicle 40 yards away, or lower a man’s throat with a yank from the blade of a gravity knife, or rescue a dictator from mountaintop imprisonment. They have been very, first-class; they have been the easiest, in truth, they usually have been all that was once left of the twenty first Parachute Battalion of 2-Fallschirmjäger, one of many storied airborne divisions of the Reich. They have been additionally in poor health to demise of all this shit. fairly, 3 and a part not easy years of struggle, who wouldn’t be? One were wounded six instances, such a lot among 4 and 5.

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