The legendary Stephen Hunter introduced the world to Marine Corps Sniper, Bob Lee Swagger in 1993’s Point of Impact. After I read it, I quickly tracked down everything written by Stephen Hunter up to that point and haven’t missed a book or article since. A novelist and Pulitzer Prize winning film critic, Stephen Hunter also served in the 3rd U.S. Army Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard. Time to Hunt arrived in 1998 when I was “new guy” at my first SEAL Team. I could not read it fast enough.
In the days following 9/11, I printed calling cards for the snipers of my platoon right out of the pages of Point of Impact, pirating Steve McQueen’s famous line from The Magnificent Seven: “We deal in lead, friend.” I still have a few boxed up with other memories from my time in uniform.
I am honored and humbled that Stephen was kind enough to read and blurb my first novel, The Terminal List. These days we are friends who enjoy catching up over a shared love of wine and bourbon. Stephen’s upcoming Bob Lee Swagger novel, Targeted, will be out in January when you can expect to hear him on the DANGER CLOSE Podcast.