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Sniper's Honor

a book by Stephen Hunter

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"For one who has been honored, dishonor is worse than death" Gita

  • Jul 27, 2014
Rating:
+4
I didn't have to read many pages before I know I'd be hooked on "Sniper's Honor." I just closed my eyes and imagined Clint Eastwood as Bob Lee Swagger.

Bob Lee Swagger is retired and he hears from a reporter friend, Kathy Reilly. She's looking into the history of a female Russian sniper during WWII. Her name is Mili Petrova and her nickname is the White Witch.

Swagger didn't need persuading to join Reilly in her search. As the story continues, we read of Petrova as her legend grows and then come to current time where Swagger and Reilly are in the Ukraine searching the history records.

Mili demonstrates her talents in a waiting game with a German sniper at Stalingrad. After her success at Stalingrad, she's ordered to the Ukraine. Her target if a German leader who has sent many Jews to their deaths. The time is 1944.

In viewing Petrova's actions, Swagger and Reilly wonder why Petrova is never heard from after this mission and there is no record of the German leader after this campaign.

A third element is added to the story as a group takes actions against Swagger and Reilly. They warn the two researches to stop searching for Petrova's history and to leave Ukraine. This warning only fires Swagger's desire to know more of Petrova and why these men want to keep her history a secret.

Our curiosity grows as Swagger gets the records of the mission and imagines her difficulty with a sniper's rifle. Then the action goes back to 1944 and we learn what happened.

There are also some very interesting characters. I enjoyed the young leader of the German Parachute Battalion assigned to Ukraine.

It's a fascinating story that becomes more involved as a member of Mossad finds that something is being produced in Ukraine that could lead to more death's of Jewish people.

I was entertained by the story but found one discrepancy where a friend of Swagger's is referred to as JT in one part of the story and later as JF.

Other than that, I enjoyed the story from beginning to its exciting conclusion.

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Michael A.Draper is a financial planner with Mass Mutual in North Haven, CT.   Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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