The 47th Samurai

The 47th Samurai

A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743458009
0743458001
9780743238090
Branch Call Number: HUNT
Characteristics: 372 p
Alternative Title: Forty-seventh samurai

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billmacrotarian
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!

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jimg2000
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 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=664508

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jgraham48
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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