By Stephen Hunter
In The forty seventh Samurai, Bob Lee Swagger, the gritty hero of Stephen Hunter's bestselling novels Point of Impact and Time to Hunt, returns in Hunter's such a lot excessive and unique mystery thus far.
Bob Lee Swagger and Philip Yano are sure jointly via a unmarried second at Iwo Jima, 1945, while their fathers, courageous warring parties on contrary aspects, met within the bloody and chaotic conflict for the island. simply Earl Swagger survived.
greater than sixty years later, Yano involves the United States to honor the legacy of his heroic father by way of recuperating the sword he utilized in the conflict. His seek has led him to silly Horse, Idaho, the place Bob Lee, ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, has settled right into a stressed retirement and instantly pledges himself to Yano's quest.
Bob Lee reveals the sword and promises it to Yano in Tokyo. On inspection, they realize that it's not a customary WWII blade, yet a mythical shin-shinto katana, an artifact of the kingdom. it's important yet worthy killing for. all of sudden Bob is on the middle of a sequence of negative crimes he slightly knows yet vows to avenge. And to take action, he throws himself into the area of the samurai, Tokyo's darkish, legal yakuza underworld, and the unwritten ideas of eastern tradition.
Swagger's allies, hard-as-nails, American-born Susan Okada and the courageous, cocaine-dealing tabloid journalist Nick Yamamoto, support him go through this unusual, glittering, and ominous international from the shady bosses of the seamy Kabukicho district to officers within the maximum echelons of the japanese executive, yet in any case, he's on his personal and may prevail provided that he can examine that to outlive samurai, you need to turn into samurai.
because the plot races and the violence escalates, it turns into transparent ruthless conspiracy is in position, and the one factor that may be taken without any consideration is that cash, strength, and intercourse can force males of all nationalities to ugly extremes. If Swagger hopes to prevent them, he needs to be keen not just to die but in addition to kill.
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I do know you’ve acquired a coarse day. ” “No, no, I’ll choose you up. ” She used to be nonetheless the main attractive girl he’d ever noticeable, nonetheless straw-blond with a few grey in her hair and probably in her eyes. She used to be a nurse and now administered a medical institution in East Boise, a role she enjoyed and gave herself to. the mum of his merely baby, she’d taken him in years in the past and given him an opportunity at lifestyles while the full international had appeared set on destroying him. however it used to be an previous marriage by way of now, a little burnished, edging extra to friendship and partnership than ardour. “Okay, I’ll—” “Bob, this isn’t changing into one among your issues? ” She knew him so good it used to be a bit scary. “Well, I don’t imagine so. ” “I understand you. You’re relatively happiest out within the bush with Donnie Fenn, looking different males and being hunted via different males. ” She knew Donnie Fenn good; she’d been married to him while he used to be KIA Vietnam whereas going to rescue his sniper group chief, who lay with a shattered hip. That workforce chief was once Bob. “I’m simply searching for a sword for this eastern gentleman. He gave the impression of a truly good man, I’d prefer to aid him. that's all. ” “Yes, yet i do know your obsessions. You get anything on your brain and it will get higher and larger and lovely quickly you’ve talked your self into Vietnam back. ” It had occurred a couple of times. “Sometimes you can’t support it. a person comes for you and also you needs to reply. No guy on the earth responds larger or more true. ” “Sometimes I do ok. ” “But no one is coming for you currently. this is often what I don’t comprehend. What you’re doing for this guy, it’s very respectable. yet it’s rather a lot. What’s happening? Why do you're feeling this legal responsibility so intensely? Why is it so significant to you? This isn’t a few dry under the influence of alcohol factor, a few excuse to move off on a campaign and get loopy? ” “No. It’s anything i believe I owe my father. And the japanese father. ” “Your father’s been useless for the reason that nineteen fifty-five. And his because nineteen forty-five. It’s all goodbye in the past. How can a duty stay to males lifeless part a century in the past? ” “It don’t even make feel to me, honey. i must do that one. I do exactly. ” “Just don’t have the option to visit battle, very well? the great existence is right here. You’ve earned it. take pleasure in it. ” “I’m too previous for war,” he acknowledged. “I simply are looking to drink and sleep and also you won’t allow me drink, so i assume I simply are looking to sleep. ” “That’ll be the day,” she stated. 6 the large WHITE condominium He neglected it at the first run via Kenilworth, which yet a mile or goodbye at the fringe of Lake Michigan approximately fifteen miles north of Chicago. the homes have been significant, mansions relatively, and obviously this Kenilworth was once a place the place the wealthy lived, and in the event that they lived overlooking the lake, they need to be even richer. yet then he came across it: the explanation he had overlooked it used to be that there has been no apartment in any respect, just a gateway, sheathed in vines and buried within the shadows of elms. You needed to glance not easy for the numbers 1 five 6 at the pillar. He became in, guided the rented Prizm a number of hundred toes down what appeared a tunnel within the bushes, after which eventually burst into mild at a round driveway and an enormous, advantageous white condo, a type of mythical locations with a couple of hundred rooms and tile flooring and a six-car storage.