I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter

I think I’ve read every book Stephen Hunter has written and his latest is I, Sniper. It is just released today so I haven’t read it, but it looks to be a good one. It’s available on Kindle also.

Hunter is fascinated by “the secret physics of gunfights.” His American Gunfight is a 384-page book devoted to the 38-second gunfight that stopped the plot to assassinate President Truman while he was staying in the Blair House on November 1, 1950. Actually, the book covers the entire history of the plot and the two hapless plotters.

I, Sniper is another Bob Lee Swagger novel but apparently has Swagger acting more as a forensics investigator than a sniper. It also, according to an account of the novel by Hunter supplied to the Powerline Blog, is a study of American journalism and the liberal mindset that inflicts nearly all of its current practitioners.

Hunter’s message to Powerline is recommended reading for anyone interested in Hunter’s books. This is what Hunter says about a character in the novel, an aggressive young reporter for The New York Times:

What he doesn’t realize, and the book documents, is that his mindset makes him vulnerable to manipulation. This is what so many young reporters don’t get. Their commitment to an agenda, subconsciously or not , distorts the way they see reality. Thus when they say “We are not biased,” they honestly believe that. They are reporting what they see, but are oblivious to the fact that they are viewing it from a platform that they take for granted.

Hunter claims to have the reputation of being the “Fyodor Dostoyevsky of the sniper novel.” I’m not sure what that would mean, but Nietzsche is reputed to have said that Dostoyevsky’s Notes From the Underground “cried truth from the blood.”

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