The 47th Samurai

The 47th Samurai

Book - 2007
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New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hunter combines the raw grittiness of 1945 Iwo Jima with the mystique of the samurai culture to create his best thriller to date.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780743238090
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Swagger, Earl (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Swagger, Bob Lee (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Tokyo (Japan) -- Fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Alternative Title: Forty-seventh samurai


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Aug 03, 2015

Master Sniper Bob Lee Swagger returns on a mission to return a sword to the son of a man that his father had killed on Iwo Jima. After dutifully taking on the task, travelling to Japan, and returning the sword, Swagger hears that the man and his family have been brutally murdered and the sword stolen. Swagger decides to investigate and mayhem follows. In the process learns how to handle a samurai sword and zero in on the bad guys. Of all the Swagger novels 4th Samurai is the most far-fetched and that’s saying a lot. Swagger conveniently falls off the wagon at the most opportune/inopportune time after being sober for years. Then he’s able to go to Japan on a fake passport, track down the killers without knowing the language or the culture, and learn to sword fight in a week. The willing suspension of disbelief is way too high. The funny thing is that the novel is still engrossing. The ending was even touching. Good fun!

May 25, 2014

Hunter fused the ancient samurai and good old American soldier heroics into an exotic thriller. Love the connection made from a bloody war scene on Iwo Jima to present days.

ChristchurchLib Aug 12, 2013

"With a high opinion of loyalty as well as a need to bring about justice - by any means necessary - Bob Lee Swagger is a former Marine whose skills are frequently required as he rights wrongs and clears conspiracies. The 47th Samurai is his 4th of eight (so far) appearances, and it takes him to Japan to return to the son of the rightful owner a samurai sword that his father had acquired during World War II. But after he does so, someone slaughters the entire family in order to get the historic sword. Vowing to avenge their murders and retrieve the sword, Bob Lee is drawn into the world of the samurai. Fans of Stephen Hunter's series featuring Bob Lee's father, Earl, will enjoy his role here." Thrillers and Suspense August 2013 newsletter

Jun 26, 2013

Not so many guns in this Stephen Hunter novel. That's because it features Japanese samurai culture which emphasizes swordplay. Good Tokyo local color, including cuisine. As usual, Hunter presents extensive historical detail from both World War II and 1800's Japanese tribal warfare. I like the new female characters introduced here, Susan Odaka and Miko Yano. Bob Lee Swagger has a lot of grit for an old guy !


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May 26, 2014

“The moon in the cold stream like a mirror.”

Musashi said it four hundred years ago, why did it suddenly appear in his mind?

Suddenly he knew the answer.

What is the difference between the moon in the sky and the moon in the water?

There is no difference.

They have become one.

You must become one with your enemy.

You must not hate him, for in anger is sloppiness. You must become him. And when you are him, you can control him.


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