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Creator of the Bob Lee Swagger novels wins Pulitzer
ABC News ^ | 4/7/2003

Posted on 04/07/2003 2:00:01 PM PDT by ArcLight

Stephen Hunter won the criticism Pulitzer for his "authoritative film criticism that is both intellectually rewarding and a pleasure to read."

Hunter writes excellent film criticism for the Washington Post, and also writes adventure novels about Vietnam-era master sniper Bob Lee Swagger. As I'd be willing to bet there are some Hunter fans here, I thought you'd want to know.

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TOPICS: Announcements; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: hunter; pulitzer

1 posted on 04/07/2003 2:00:02 PM PDT by ArcLight
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To: ArcLight
Gigantic Bob Lee BUMP!

Thanks Arc, I'm a huge Hunter Fan. He was also interviewed in the latest American Handgunner magazine.

2 posted on 04/07/2003 2:03:42 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ArcLight
I'm one. Indeed, in the middle of The Second Saladin right now. Good on Mr. Hunter...
3 posted on 04/07/2003 2:06:41 PM PDT by eureka! (Bless our Troops and Allies.........)
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To: ArcLight
Bump for Bob The Nailer
4 posted on 04/07/2003 2:07:40 PM PDT by Zebra
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To: ArcLight
Thanks for the info. I'm about 1/3 way through Point of Impact.
5 posted on 04/07/2003 2:12:49 PM PDT by lainie
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Ping.
6 posted on 04/07/2003 2:18:39 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (...and Freedom tastes of Reality.)
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To: ArcLight
Bob the Nailer is way cool. I've read three. Glad to hear there are more. I'll check the library.

i suppose everyone knows that Bob the Nailer was based on a real Vietnam hero.
7 posted on 04/07/2003 2:27:58 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: lainie
You're in for a treat!
8 posted on 04/07/2003 2:28:06 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: wildbill
Even though it doesn't have Bob or Earl in it, read "Dirty White Boys" too.
9 posted on 04/07/2003 2:29:27 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: DuncanWaring
As I'd be willing to bet there are some Hunter fans here, I thought you'd want to know.

Thanks for the Bob Lee Ping.

An honor well deserved.

10 posted on 04/07/2003 2:32:45 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: ArcLight; All
to new readers of hunter books try first "point of impact"
11 posted on 04/07/2003 2:36:11 PM PDT by green team 1999
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To: green team 1999; All
If anyone can read the first chapter of "Point of Impact" where Bob has been up all night "...earning Tim..." and NOT be helplessly, inextricably hooked...Wow, I don't know.

(not to mention rootin' at the end, for that poor SOB that couldn't spell in "the Day before Midnight". Man! Talk about suspense!)

12 posted on 04/07/2003 3:01:59 PM PDT by jonno
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To: green team 1999
My recommendations exactly. Thanks for posting the article.

regards,

13 posted on 04/07/2003 3:04:22 PM PDT by jonno
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Who says greatness isn't recognized?

I've read through the Bob Lee books (Point of Impact, Dirty White Boys, Black Light) twice; the Second Saladin, at least 3 times, the Spanish Gambit (renamed Tapestry of Spies) at least half a dozen times. And all his other books at least once.

Every time I'm in a book store, I go to fiction under "H."

Oh, and three years ago I met him in LA at a book-signing. He's an incredibly nice guy.
14 posted on 04/07/2003 4:51:41 PM PDT by eddiespaghetti (Cok yemek, bujuk gobek)
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To: ArcLight; BOBTHENAILER
As I'd be willing to bet there are some Hunter fans here, I thought you'd want to know.

I reckon there's one other who'd want to, at least.

BOBTHENAILER ping!

-archy-/-

15 posted on 04/07/2003 4:53:17 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: eddiespaghetti
I've read through the Bob Lee books (Point of Impact, Dirty White Boys, Black Light) twice; the Second Saladin, at least 3 times, the Spanish Gambit (renamed Tapestry of Spies) at least half a dozen times. And all his other books at least once.

My favorite is "Time to Hunt". All the others are equally as good.

16 posted on 04/07/2003 8:11:11 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: archy
reckon there's one other who'd want to, at least.

You got it Archy, my friend. Did you catch the article the other day about the Brit sniper who got the kill at 800 meters in a 30-40 mph crosswind?

What a remarkable shot.

As I said on that thread, I'd imagine a lot of leadership has been misted in downtown Badhdad by 'ol Bob Lee's counterparts in the past few days.

17 posted on 04/07/2003 8:17:58 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: jonno
Hard to pick a favorite scene, but..."Daddy's home." is
one great line in context and a dynamite underline to a
climax.
18 posted on 04/08/2003 4:16:07 AM PDT by Rifleman
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To: BOBTHENAILER
HUNTER ROCKS. It's hard to pick my favorite, but if I had to, I think it would be "Hot Springs". BTW, I just finished "Pale Horse Coming" and you were right. It was great. I read it in one sitting-didn't have a choice.
19 posted on 04/08/2003 9:57:22 AM PDT by MattinNJ
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To: BOBTHENAILER
reckon there's one other who'd want to, at least.

You got it Archy, my friend. Did you catch the article the other day about the Brit sniper who got the kill at 800 meters in a 30-40 mph crosswind?

What a remarkable shot.

As I said on that thread, I'd imagine a lot of leadership has been misted in downtown Badhdad by 'ol Bob Lee's counterparts in the past few days.

Yep. Well discussed, along with characteristics of the British AW L96A1 sniper's rifle in the FReepost and response thread *here*.

*Misting* Iraqi leadership is okay, it's *missing* them that seems somehow wasteful- and I doubt there's much of that going on.

Doping wind is a little easier with the MilDot reticle in the 6x or 10x scopes usually found on the L96A1s than with the old L42A1 they replaced, But there was a Royal Marine who managed an 1100-meter headshot during the Falklands episode that was also taken under windy conditions. Of course it's entirely possible that it's the same guy, just with a little better and newer rifle and some of that nice 175-grain National Match Long Range ammo they got from the Yanks....


20 posted on 04/08/2003 10:01:30 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: jonno
(not to mention rootin' at the end, for that poor SOB that couldn't spell in "the Day before Midnight". Man! Talk about suspense!)

That was a great touch...

And it was great how he'd alluded to the guy not being able to read during the story.

The think-tank guy who fast-roped into the fray was good, too.

21 posted on 04/08/2003 10:05:20 AM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
If you want another outstanding sniper novel, try David Mason's Shadow Over Babylon.
22 posted on 04/08/2003 10:06:09 AM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Rifleman
Hard to pick a favorite scene, but..."Daddy's home." is one great line in context and a dynamite underline to a climax.

There's no moss growing on Hunter. But for two masterful examples of a slamming end to a story that doesn't reach the full climax until the final paragraf's punchline, check out Freddy Forsyth's most recent collection of short stories, entitled The Veteran and give the title story, first one offered in the book, a straightthrough read. [First six pages available as free teaser *here.*

And he manages just as masterfully to repeat that neat trick in one of the other four stories within, The Miracle.

If Forsyth and Hunter were ever to corroberate....

-archy-/-


23 posted on 04/08/2003 10:14:50 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Poohbah
I'm almost finished my second amendment novel "Enemies Foreign And Domestic." I'm down to the last few chapters, and then printing.

The first half is already posted on the website. There's lots of sniping in it, but not the usual run of the mill variety.

24 posted on 04/08/2003 10:16:01 AM PDT by Travis McGee (***PACIFISTS ARE THE PARASITES OF FREEDOM***)
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To: Poohbah
If you want another outstanding sniper novel, try David Mason's Shadow Over Babylon.

Or the Late Donald Hamilton's [yes, the author of the Matt Helm spy yarns] obscure but outstanding Line of Fire

25 posted on 04/08/2003 10:16:22 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: ArcLight
Congratulations to Hunter, who is an absolutely great writer, both in his reviews and his wonderful Bob the Nailer series. He's one of the best novelists going right now.
26 posted on 04/08/2003 10:17:43 AM PDT by Mr.Clark (From the darkness....I shall come)
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To: Poohbah
If you want another outstanding sniper novel, try David Mason's Shadow Over Babylon.

If that is the one where the Brits find an extraordinary deerhunter/marksman, and then go after Saddam, I think I've read it and you're right. It was superb. All the ones about Gunny Hathcote were great as well.

27 posted on 04/08/2003 10:19:26 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: archy
My favorite Forsyth short was in his No Comebacks collection, titled "Money With Menaces."
28 posted on 04/08/2003 10:21:33 AM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: archy
Another good, and timely, sniper novel is "Holding the Zero"
by Gerald Seymour. Action takes place in Iraq. Mild mannered Brit gets the call to go there and help the Kurds after our letting them down in GW1.
29 posted on 04/08/2003 10:23:03 AM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: ArcLight
Big Stephen Hunter fan. As good as the Bob Lee novels are, his movie reviews are right there too. Always like to listen to him on Kornheiser Friday at noon.

Congratulations Stephen Hunter!

30 posted on 04/08/2003 10:24:38 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan; MattinNJ
Stephen Hunter fan checking in. Also loved Hot Springs.
31 posted on 04/08/2003 12:10:29 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Poohbah
My favorite Forsyth short was in his No Comebacks collection, titled "Money With Menaces."

Check out The Veteran, it'll very much remind you of No Comebacks.

You at all familiar with the minor action involving the SAS at Mirbat in the Oman in 1972, involving in particular a Fijian SAS trooper named Sgt. Talaiasi Labalaba? He makes an appearance.

In the opinion of a good many folks aware of what happened at that place on 19 July 1972, Labalaba deserved no less than a V.C.

Th word is that a couple might be announced for the actions of a couple of SASmen for recent activities in Afghanistan, and that might be a particularly fitting time for such an award to be made. It's been an odd sort of SAS tradition that they never really needed a V.C. awarded to their lot, as they knew best what the others who hadn't beaten the clock had been about.

-archy-/-


32 posted on 04/08/2003 2:55:14 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: archy
Have you read "Money with Menaces?"
33 posted on 04/08/2003 2:56:37 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Poohbah
Have you read "Money with Menaces?"

The fella blackmailed after a luncheon with a hooker? I believe so.

*Duty* is the one I best recall of the lot, and is said to be the only one of the collection not a work of fiction.

Ever read Forsyth's short story The Shepherd?

That's another, though not in any collection of his of which I'm aware.

-archy-/-

34 posted on 04/08/2003 6:28:46 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Read it. Didn't know it was his, but didn't think it was great.

I read a lot and seldom pay much attention to the author.
35 posted on 04/08/2003 7:30:24 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: ArcLight
Congrats Mr. Hunter!

My first Hunter book was Point of Impact, and I read Hot Springs recently. Guess I'll have to track down the others now... So much for sleep...
36 posted on 04/08/2003 11:15:13 PM PDT by gbunch (God bless our President and our troops.)
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