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By Stephen Hunter

In The forty seventh Samurai, Bob Lee Swagger, the gritty hero of Stephen Hunter's bestselling novels Point of Impact and Time to Hunt, returns in Hunter's such a lot excessive and unique mystery thus far.

Bob Lee Swagger and Philip Yano are certain jointly by means of a unmarried second at Iwo Jima, 1945, whilst their fathers, courageous warring parties on contrary facets, met within the bloody and chaotic conflict for the island. simply Earl Swagger survived.

greater than sixty years later, Yano involves the US to honor the legacy of his heroic father by way of convalescing the sword he utilized in the conflict. His seek has led him to mad Horse, Idaho, the place Bob Lee, ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, has settled right into a stressed retirement and instantly pledges himself to Yano's quest.

Bob Lee reveals the sword and grants it to Yano in Tokyo. On inspection, they observe that it's not a regular WWII blade, yet a mythical shin-shinto katana, an artifact of the country. it really is important yet worthy killing for. unexpectedly Bob is on the middle of a chain of bad crimes he slightly knows yet vows to avenge. And to take action, he throws himself into the area of the samurai, Tokyo's darkish, felony yakuza underworld, and the unwritten ideas of eastern tradition.

Swagger's allies, hard-as-nails, American-born Susan Okada and the courageous, cocaine-dealing tabloid journalist Nick Yamamoto, aid him go through this unusual, glittering, and ominous global from the shady bosses of the seamy Kabukicho district to officers within the optimum echelons of the japanese govt, yet in spite of everything, he's on his personal and should be triumphant provided that he can research that to outlive samurai, you want to develop into samurai.

because the plot races and the violence escalates, it turns into transparent ruthless conspiracy is in position, and the one factor that may be taken with no consideration is that cash, strength, and intercourse can force males of all nationalities to grotesque extremes. If Swagger hopes to forestall them, he needs to be keen not just to die but in addition to kill.

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