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The 47th Samurai


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ISBN13: 9780743458009
ISBN10: 0743458001
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In The 47th Samurai, Bob Lee Swagger, the gritty hero of Stephen Hunter's bestselling novels Point of Impact and Time to Hunt, returns in Hunter's most intense and exotic thriller to date.

Bob Lee Swagger and Philip Yano are bound together by a single moment at Iwo Jima, 1945, when their fathers, two brave fighters on opposite sides, met in the bloody and chaotic battle for the island. Only Earl Swagger survived.

More than sixty years later, Yano comes to America to honor the legacy of his heroic father by recovering the sword he used in the battle. His search has led him to Crazy Horse, Idaho, where Bob Lee, ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, has settled into a restless retirement and immediately pledges himself to Yano's quest.

Bob Lee finds the sword and delivers it to Yano in Tokyo. On inspection, they discover that it is not a standard WWII blade, but a legendary shin-shinto katana, an artifact of the nation. It is priceless but worth killing for. Suddenly Bob is at the center of a series of terrible crimes he barely understands but vows to avenge. And to do so, he throws himself into the world of the samurai, Tokyo's dark, criminal yakuza underworld, and the unwritten rules of Japanese culture.

Swagger's allies, hard-as-nails, American-born Susan Okada and the brave, cocaine-dealing tabloid journalist Nick Yamamoto, help him move through this strange, glittering, and ominous world from the shady bosses of the seamy Kabukicho district to officials in the highest echelons of the Japanese government, but in the end, he is on his own and will succeed only if he can learn that to survive samurai, you must become samurai.

As the plot races and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that a ruthless conspiracy is in place, and the only thing that can be taken for granted is that money, power, and sex can drive men of all nationalities to gruesome extremes. If Swagger hopes to stop them, he must be willing not only to die but also to kill.


Bob Lee Swagger, the son of the gritty hero in Hunter's bestsellers "Point of Impact" and "Time to Hunt," avenges his father in the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's most intense and exotic thriller to date. Available in a tall Premium Edition.

About the Author

Stephen Hunter won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism as well as the 1998 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for Distinguished Writing in Criticism for his work as film critic at The Washington Post. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including Time to Hunt, Black Light, Point of Impact, and the New York Times bestsellers Havana, Pale Horse Coming, and Hot Springs. His new nonfiction book, American Gunfight, is forthcoming in hardcover from SimonandSchuster. He lives in Baltimore.

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kuoshiouchen, February 21, 2009 (view all comments by kuoshiouchen)
This novel is a perfect blend of traditional American heroism and Japanese samurai spirit,very exciting and deeply moving.Stephen Hunter's numberone masterpiece so far.
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Hunter, Stephen
Pocket Star Books
Mystery & Detective - General
Action & Adventure
General Fiction
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperback
Bob Lee Swagger Novels
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Grade Level:
7.5 x 4.125 in

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"Synopsis" by , Bob Lee Swagger, the son of the gritty hero in Hunter's bestsellers "Point of Impact" and "Time to Hunt," avenges his father in the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's most intense and exotic thriller to date. Available in a tall Premium Edition.
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