- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; First paperback printing edition (7 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099519232
- ISBN-13: 978-0099519232
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The 47th Samurai Paperback – 7 Aug 2008
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"This is the novel Hunter's fans have been waiting for....genius." (Booklist)
"Compelling, exciting, and satisfying" (Library Journal)
"Hunter is a great entertainer, one of our finest practitioners of the classic blood-soaked and propulsive American thriller. With fluid, confident prose he writes big stories of a man, mostly alone, who must go forth for us all and slay the dragon." (Daniel Woodrell, The Washington Post)
"Mr. Hunter writes [fight scenes] as well as, or better, than anyone in the business....I have only one major problem with Mr. Hunter: He doesn't write often enough." (Otto Penzler, The New York Sun)
"Bob Lee Swagger, retired marine master sniper and hero of bestseller Hunter's 1993 thriller, Point of Impact...returns in this riveting homage to the myth of the samurai....While the action builds to the inevitable climax, the joy of the journey will keep readers turning the pages." (Publishers Weekly)
Bob Lee Swagger goes to Japan to avenge a friend's death at the hands of the yakuzu. The eighth novel in one of the greatest sequences of action thrillers of our time.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This was a book made as a script, this usually means that the book will not be a very good book, and the film will be probably worst. In this case the author tries to make a typical American action B-movie script where the good semi-retired American Hero defeats, single handed, several Martial Arts experts saving the life of a small orphan child.
Following the old style of the American Super-Hero, an old retired soldier, with few days of lessons given by a Kendo Master is able to defeat single handed, a lifetime Master in a sword fight.
This is, undoubtedly, the worst novel that I've ever read......complete rubbish and I feel like asking my money back to the author and publisher.
The originals of the Swagger saga are held very dear to those of us who happily discovered Bob and Earl, and not in any small part due to the essence of the hero being a flawed everyman, with talents and guts enough to raise him to being extraordinary when needs demanded.
When that essence is over exploited, as is the case in The 47th Samurai, it takes something away from the saga as a whole.
Swagger readers are going to buy it and read it, just as I have, and are more than likely going to feel a little let down. If there is a literary equivalent of "jumping the shark", then I'm afraid I've just read it.
The story develops well and provides an interesting insight into Japanese society. Hunter has the gift that you can easily build a picture in your mind of what happening in the story.
The story swtiches between the past and present and is interwoven with japanese saga's and culture. The main character, Bob Lee Swagger, is a man of little words but plenty of honour and action.
I imagined him being like the lone rider that Clint Eastwood depicted so well in many of the spaghetti westerns in the 70s.
I found it a good read and will definately buy more books from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ordered on Friday, delivered on Saturday, book as described, what more could I ask for.....Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having just read this for a second time, I feel that this book has possibly been unfairly received. it may not be the very best thatMr Hunter has written, but it is enjoyable and... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2011 by A. Platt
I don't think many people are reading this book properly as Stephen Hunter goes through great pains to to explain and show that Swagger does not become a 'world class swordsman in... Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2008 by Calliope
Previous Stephen Hunter books have been favourite reads of mine. the phrase 'Does for the sniper rifle what Clancy did for Submarines' is a good summary. Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2007 by Sir Sidney Ruff Diamond
A major return to form for Hunter following the relative disappointment of 'Havana'. Tough, pacy and endlessly fascinating, Hunter gets to indulge his love for samurai and yakuza... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2007 by Mr. Warren M. Fisher