47th Samurai (new Stephen Hunter novel)

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  1. Riverwarrior

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    For those interested, I just saw where Amazon.com is now selling the new Stephen Hunter book "47th Samurai" which is a Bob Lee Swagger novel.

    I thought "Point of Impact" and "Time to Hunt" were exceptional books, so if anyone out there has read, or is reading the new book, let me know your thoughts on how this one compares.

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    I don't think the book has been released yet. Maybe Tuesday the 4th or 11th.
     

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    I jumped on my local library web site to reserve this book as soon as I read the original post. I am number 17 in the queue. :sad:
     
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    There'll probably have several copies, you won't have to wait too long.
     
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    I just put it on hold at my library, and I am number 1.:banana:
     
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    I'll order it thanks> BTW i wonder if thats a take on the 47 ronin.
    masterless samurai famous in Japan.
     
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    I'm about 1/3 of the way through this book and so far it is fantastic! :)
     
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    I can't afford it right now 26 bucks new...so I got a another James hunter novel I haven't read Black Light.... will get the 47th when they start selling used copies on amazon, which should be soon...
     
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    I'll probably be putting my copy in the for sale section pretty cheap in the next few days when I'm done reading it.
     
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    I picked it up the other day, but haven't got to it yet.
     
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    My reserved copy arrived at my local library and I picked it up late in the week. I'm a real Stephen Hunter fan as it applies to the Bob Lee Swagger novels. I am within 30 pages of the end. No spoilers, I promise. You may have already assumed that there is a Japanese theme from the title, so there's no surprise there.

    I was somewhat disappointed in the book as a whole. Barry Eisler in his John Rain series rendered similar themes and cultural aspects better than Hunter does. It's almost as if moving Bob Lee from his usual haunts left Hunter no choice but to cover ground already well covered by Eisler. When others have read and chimed in, maybe that will be the time for specifics.

    Still, it's a Bob Lee Swagger tale and worth reading.
     
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    I just love Hunter's books, its just the way he writes, style is everything and knowing how to paint a picture in your mind.
    I'm about three quarters of the way through Black light and I love it.
    Some of the descriptions of things in the fifties really touch me with a sense of nostalgia. Maybe because we were born in the same year 46 he captures it so well.
     
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    I have been thinking the exact same thing! Reading Eisler and then Hunter is retreading some of the same ground. It feels weird with Bob out of his element (no spoiler) but I am about 3/5 through and the story is picking up.
     
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    I'm part way through it now, and so far am liking it.

    I tried to read one of the John Rain books a while ago, and couldn't finish it. It was boring, and just plain sucked.
     
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    I've turned into a big Eisler fan and really enjoy his stuff. I just finished 47th Samurai and did not really get into until about halfway through.

    I got used to the Earl Swagger character and took awhile to warm back to Bob Swagger. I also had to stop comparing Hunter versus Eisler on Japan.
     
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    On a scale of one to ten, I'd give this book a 6. This was not the type of Swagger book I like. I can either go with Bob or Earl, it doesn't matter much. They are both the same, only one has a MOH. The last two books Hunter has put out kind of stunk. Hot Springs was the last good one.
     
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    I can't wait to see Marky Mark turn into Toshiro.




















    Did anyone else feel like ol' Bob Lee's name was plugged into someone else's book?
     
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    In the afterword Hunter writes about how he became interested in samurai and swords and got started on a book.
     
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    I keep trying to picture in my mind who would play the Swaggers.
    The new actors leave a lot to be desired. I could see Tommy lee Jones real easy, as Earl or Bob. He would have to be a little younger to fit the 45 year old, because he is the same age as me. I think he was born in 46. What actor is 45 right now that would fit that Tommy Lee kind of Texas, southern, whatever. Lets face it they don't make actors like they used to. Although I liked De Caprio in The Departed, and I like Damon in the Bourne series. I keep seeing earl as a guy like Gary Cooper face wise. A young Ben Johnson would have been good too as Bob or earl
     
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    I got this book sitting by my bed waiting til I finish "The Weapon". I haven't read a bad S. Hunter book. All of 'em have been good reads and alot of fun. Can't wait to start this one. Guess I'll stay away from this thread in case of spoilers.