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The torch has been passed. First introduced in Dead Zero, Ray Cruz is the previously unknown son of aging supersniper Bob Lee Swagger. He has all of his father's deadly skills, but he has retired from the Marine Corps and wants nothing more than a peaceful life. However, when terrorists take over a giant shopping and entertainment mall (the soft target of the title), Ray is forced to take action to save the lives of his fiancee, her family, and thousands of hostages. As brave men and women try to take down the terrorists, they are compromised by powerful incompetents with political agendas. Verdict Any thriller in which Middle Eastern terrorists whack Santa on the first page is bound to be exciting. As always, Hunter has crafted a fast-paced and all-too-plausible telling of our worst nightmares coming true. Ray Cruz is a worthy successor to Swagger. Hunter's fans, along with new readers, will enjoy the violent battle between Cruz and the bad guys. [See Prepub Alert, 6/13/11.]-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"Stephen Hunter spent years reviewing movies for "The Washington Post". That work gave him a keen sense of pacing and timing. The evidence shows up in "Soft Target", which unrolls a complicated and grabby plot in just 256 tense pages. And Hunter packs in a surprise with the identity and motive of the individual behind the terrorist attack."--"St. Louis Post-Dispatch" "Hunter's writing is sharp, detailed and laced with enough offhand wit to keep readers from sinking into the general gore and Islam-bashing. . . . Hunter has produced a fast, gratifying read."--"The Houston Chronicle" "A solid addition to Stephen Hunter's sniper series, made more engaging by its invocation of current events and political posturing. I join his other fans in hoping he has another one already in the works."--"The Washington Times" "Stephen Hunter didn't invent the high-action thriller. But, as he once again demonstrates in the lightning-paced "Soft Target", he might as well have. . . . "Soft Target" is "Die Hard" with a brain and a plan. A lean, action-packed tale that begs to be read in a single sitting."--"The Providence Journal" "Fast-paced...fearsome."--"Publishers Weekly" "Any thriller in which Middle Eastern terrorists whack Santa on the first page is bound to be exciting. As always, Hunter has crafted a fast-paced and all-too-plausible telling of our worst nightmares coming true. Ray Cruz is a worthy successor to Swagger. Hunter's fans, along with new readers, will enjoy the violent battle between Cruz and the bad guys."--"Library Journal" "Combining elements of the locked-room mystery, the disaster novel, and the lock-and-load thriller, Hunter produces a remarkably gripping tale, building character (the captives, the bureaucrats, and the "terrorists" all get compelling backstories) every bit as convincingly as he drives the narrative to its High Noon-style finale."--"Booklist" (starred review) "Black Friday [is] on the cusp of becoming blood-soaked Friday. . . . Among the shoppers, albeit reluctantly, is Ray Cruz, a retired marine sniper, son of the iconic marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, whose valorous exploits Hunter has richly detailed ("Dead Zero", 2010, etc.). . . . Snipers and SWAT teams gather, but only one man is in an advantageous tactical position, behind enemy lines, as it were. Only one man, but he's Bob Lee Swagger's son, and what a good thing it is that the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree."--"Kirkus Reviews" One of the Best Books of 2012--St. Louis Post-Dispatch One of the Best Books of 2012

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