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Publication Order of Bob Lee Swagger Books

Point of Impact (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Light (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time to Hunt (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 47th Samurai (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night of Thunder (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I, Sniper (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Zero (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Third Bullet (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sniper's Honor (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
G-Man (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Game of Snipers (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Targeted (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The standalone Dirty White Boys should be read prior to Black Light.After Time To Hunt you should read the Earl Swagger trilogy.

Publication Order of Earl Swagger Books

Hot Springs (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pale Horse Coming (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Havana (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bullet Garden (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Earl Swagger Books

The Bullet Garden(2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hot Springs(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pale Horse Coming(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Havana(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Earl Swagger Collections

Front Sight (2024)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ray Cruz Books

Dead Zero (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Soft Target (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Master Sniper (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Saladin (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spanish Gambit / Tapestry of Spies (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Target (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Day Before Midnight (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dirty White Boys (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I, Ripper (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Basil's War (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Stephen Longacre's Greatest Match (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Violent Screen: A Critic's 13 Years on the Front Lines of Movie Mayhem (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Now Playing at the Valencia: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Essays on Movies (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman--and the Shoot-out that Stopped It (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's in the Book (By: Mickey Spillane) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's in the Book (By: Mickey Spillane)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)(2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)(2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bob Lee Swagger (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Stephen Hunter Books In Order:

Many authors have a background that includes an inspiring story about how they suddenly discovered they had a passion for writing. It was no surprise at all when Stephen Hunter emerged as an author, as his mother, Virginia Ricker Hunter, was an author of books for children and his father, Charles Francis Hunter, was a professor for Northwestern University who taught speech, television production, and film. Although it is clear that the careers of his parents have a big influence on what Hunter would become, his relationship with his father was very strained. Charles Francis Hunter, being upstanding as a college professor, was frequently physically abusive to his wife and kids. He was an alcoholic who drank to cope with his hidden pangs of being gay. The issue with the sexuality of Hunter’s father was not something that became apparent until the man’s death, as he was pushed out of a window by two gay men. As a child, Stephen Hunter’s parents always renounced guns in their home, but he loved to draw them. Reflecting back, it is now said that his fascination with guns was part of his desire to be protected from his father’s abusive blows. Stephen Hunter grew up in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, although Kansas City, Missouri is where he had been born. In 1968, Hunter Graduated with a degree in Journalism from Medill School at Northwestern. He then did military service, becoming one of the guards honored at Arlington National Cemetery. Then, in 1971, using his journalism degree, Hunter became a writer at the Baltimore Sun.

Working at the Sun, Hunter became the paper’s first film critic by 1982. He had worked at the newspaper’s copy desk for over a decade and this new position would remain with him throughout his career, even when he left the Sun to work for Washington Post in 1997. Having found his true niche, Hunter became very successful as a film critic, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his movie criticism and a Distinguished Writing Award with ASNE.

It is not clear if Hunter’s role as a movie critic affected his style of writing as an author or whether he takes his views as a critic to craft his very popular titles, but Hunter has seen much success as a novelist, although he continues his role in film criticism. His book writing career started off with The Master Sniper in 1980. In 1993, he started a book series called Bob Lee Swagger, which contains eight titles. Hunter started another series of books in 2000 called Earl Swagger, which features three titles. He also has written two books about Ray Cruz, along with several earlier novels. In addition to his fiction novels, Hunter has also authored several non-fiction pieces, including compellations of essays that he wrote for the Sun and The Washington Post.

Stephen Hunter’s Career as a Writer:

The passion that Stephen Hunter has for guns shows through in the genre of writing he often chooses. The majority of his work as an author covers tales of war and action thrillers. Fictional titles he has written, such as Point of Impact, Master Sniper, Soft Target, The 47th Samurai, and most of his other works are stories of gun slingers. His character, Bob Swagger, that is the star of Hunter’s trilogy, is a veteran of the infamous war that took place in Vietnam. The collections of essays that Hunter released which came from his work at the Sun and Washington Post are also highly related to violent action such as his coverage on the assassination of President Truman and his articles on the conflicts in Afghanistan. He even related his movie critic career to gun assault in one of his nonfiction books, titling it Violent Screen.

Jumping Into the World of Stephen Hunter:

Hunter fans love the excitement they get from his action thrillers. In the book, Point of Impact, Hunter’s trilogy about the Vietnam veteran begins. The story is about Bob Lee Swagger, who is also called ‘The Nailer’. The character is based lightly on Carlos Hathcock, a legend of the US Marines. Bob gets caught up in a scheme crafted by corrupt officials of the US government, who uses him for the benefit of their own crooked plans and later tries to murder him several times. Instead of being captured by these dirty officials, Bob hides out in deep in Arkansas where he abides in a trailer and passes his time with his firearm hobby. Apparently, Bob does not run far enough away, because another crooked government representative tracks him down and offers him a job. After taking the position, Bob gets framed for attempted assassination and is once again forced to be on the run. With a plot that is tightly interwoven with the first novel, Black Light, the second book in the trilogy is about Bob Swagger’s father Earl. Readers get taken five years post Point of Impact to the present. Bob is now married and has a very young daughter. He lives in Arizona with is family and still working to avoid all the trouble that arose in Point of Impact. Yet again, Bob is approached by someone with a proposition accept, this time, it is a young man, Russ, who is only interested in writing the story about Bob’s father’s death. The more Russ digs into the details of the event the more startling revelations surface. It gives readers a closer look at the life of the main character, Bob Swagger.

Movies Based on Stephen Hunter Books:

Although Hunter himself is a very well-respected movie critic, only one of Stephen Hunter’s books managed to be transformed to film. In March of 2007, the movie Shooter hit the market, with Paramount Pictures as the distributor. With a budget of $88 million, the film raised about $95 million at the box office. The movie is the film adaptation of Hunter’s Point of Impact, which was the first novel in his Bob Lee Swagger Trilogy. Although the movie is only the first part of a story, no plans have been made to continue the tale through releasing movies based on the rest of the books in Hunter’s trilogy.

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One Response to “Stephen Hunter”

  1. Greg Constantino: 2 years ago

    Just read and loved Targeted. Any chance there will be another book with Delta and Niner as the characters?


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