The Master Sniper

The Master Sniper

by Stephen Hunter

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Overview

In the death throes of World War II, one man is still at war, and he’s got got the world’s deadliest weapon in his hands . . . 

With a sniper’s rifle he has calmly executed hundreds of enemy soldiers in a single battle, and gunned down thousands of innocent civilians in a single day, waiting patiently for the barrel of his gun to cool before resuming his craft . . . 

It is the spring of 1945. And Repp, the master sniper, is about to carry out his final mission—even as Germay’s enemies overrun it, even while a tired, disorganized team of American and British agents tries everything in its power to stop him. Because for Repp, this is the one job at which he cannot fail. For this time, he possesses the ultimate killing tool. And with it, he will commit the ultimate crime. . . .

Praise for The Master Sniper

“Mesmerizing suspense.”Kirkus Reviews

“Hunter is a deft craftsman with a sure sense of pace and scene. He also knows about irony and sprinkles just a bit over every corpse.”The Washington Post

“Stephen Hunter is the best writer of straight-out thrillers working today.”Rocky Mountain News

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440221876
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/1996
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 204,879
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.81(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Stephen Hunter is the author of 20 novels and the retired chief film critic for the Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. His novels include The Third Bullet; Sniper's Honor; I, Sniper; I, Ripper; and Point of Impact, which was adapted for film and TV as Shooter. Hunter lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The Master Sniper 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
SavageBS More than 1 year ago
A very good action book, especially if you like WWII stories & snipers! The story starts a little slow, flipping back and worth between the German sniper Repp and the American officer Leets and his British counterpart Outhwaithe, but kicks into high gear and never lets up a few chapters in. This novel was Stephen Hunter's 1st book, written in 1980. For a 1st novel, its excellent. The story / plot of this book is amazing,once you find out what Repp's mission is, it will blow you away, this book should have been a movie long, long ago. The Germans have a new weapon "Vampir (Vampire)", a highly sophisticated nightvision apparatus that attaches to a rifle, allowing the shooter to work at night and "Vampir" shoots a special 100 % lead round that makes very little sound when fired. Their is only one "Vampir" and the Germans have got their best man for the job, a German named Repp "der Meisterschutze (The Master Sniper)" as fellow Germans and the Jews know him. Germany is losing the war and its almost over, but Repp has one more mission to complete, a mission that could change the world. An American officer named Leets has a hunch that something big is about to happen, he just doesnt know what or who it is, yet! Good action, great characters and great storytelling from Stephen Hunter! "Dirty White Boys" by Stephen Hunter was entertaining, I think "The Master Sniper" was a little better. Can't wait to read "Point of Impact" next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
a good thriller, the writer really knows his stuff. a lot more to sniping than just lining someone up in the crosshairs. great ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read many books in my life, but this is at the top of that short list. It is a thrilling story with fantastic plot twist and a ruthless villian.
RCCnLA More than 1 year ago
Not quite ready for Bob Lee Swagger? Star your adventures in Steven Hunter's shooter's world with this one. An excellent tale of WW II secret ops.
mycroftholmesl4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
excellent book by Hunter, on par with Point of Impact!
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this better than the last book of his I read, "Havana" but not as well as the first Bob Lee Swagger book. This has nothing to do with the Swagger characters that I could see. Just a straight WWII yarn. The narrative is 3d person & from basically 2 separate POV's; a German sniper's & an American Intelligence man who is tracking him. I found the sniper's thought processes pretty well done - scarily so. His dedication, hatred & motivations seemed very real. Surprisingly, I didn't feel that way about the 'good guys'. I don't think they were as well portrayed. Hemingway makes another caricature appearance. Hunter doesn't seem to like him much. There was a lot of good action, some of it surprising, some sickening, all of it fairly realistic. It portrays the last days of the war pretty well, I think. I'm no expert, but it seemed right to me. All in all, it was an OK read, but I don't think I'll bother again. I'd give it 2.5 stars.
Neilsantos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really weird sniper story. Weird mission, very weird kit. No likeable characters. I'll try another of his.
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