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Encyclopedia > Point of Impact
Point of Impact
Cover to the US paperback
Author Stephen Hunter
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Thriller Novel
Publisher Bantam Dell
Publication date March 1993
ISBN ISBN 0-553-07139-4 (hardback edition)

Point of Impact is a 1993 thriller novel by award-winning author Stephen Hunter. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Stephen Hunter (born March 25, 1946) is an American novelist, essayist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... ISBN redirects here. ... Point of Impact can refer to one of the following in Literature Point of Impact – the John Nichol novel Point of Impact – the 1993 novel by Stephen Hunter Point of Impact – the Tom Clancys Net Force (Paperback) by Steve Perry Point of Impact – the novel by Jack Curtis Point... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... Stephen Hunter (born March 25, 1946) is an American novelist, essayist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic. ...

Contents

Plot introduction

The plot revolves around a former Vietnam sniper named Bob Lee Swagger or Bob 'the Nailer'. This character is loosely based upon the real Vietnam sniper and Marine Corps legend Carlos Hathcock. He is referred to directly under a slightly changed pseudonym as "Carl Hitchcock". He is also likely the subject of the book's dedication. For other uses, see Sniper (disambiguation). ... Bob Lee Swagger (commonly known as Bob the Nailer) is a fictional character created by Stephen Hunter. ... Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Norman Hathcock II (May 20, 1942 – February 23, 1999) was a United States Marine Corps sniper with a service record of 93 confirmed kills and more than 300 probable kills during the Vietnam War. ...


Plot summary

Bob 'the Nailer' becomes involved in a plot by dirty big-government types and the story is about how he is first approached and used by them, and their subsequent attempts to end his life.


Inspiration

In the 2007 film adaptation DVD special features short titled "Survival of the Fittest: The Making of Shooter", the author states Shooter is a 2007 action/conspiracy thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua. ...

I wanted to write a novel about a sniper. I'd read a biography of Carlos Hathcock, a Marine sniper. It's a very provocative book. It struck me that he was kind of the Faustian intellectual of war, in the sense that he learned things that no man ever learned, but at great cost. And the cost was his exile and his bitterness and his grief.


Carlos Hathcock lost a spotter in Vietnam. So, I had Bob lose a spotter in Vietnam. Of course, the movie has been updated, so Vietnam hasn't figured in it. But there's still - I love that sense of grief. The sniper is a man of grief, with something that I don't think anybody had ever gotten before. Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Norman Hathcock II (May 20, 1942 – February 23, 1999) was a United States Marine Corps sniper with a service record of 93 confirmed kills and more than 300 probable kills during the Vietnam War. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. ... A work of fiction, or a fictional character, may be cited as being Faustian if it involves a literal or proverbial deal with the devil, such as that portrayed in the story of Faust. ...

Film adaptation

A film adaption of the novel was produced by Paramount Pictures in 2006, titled Shooter, starring Mark Wahlberg as Bob Lee Swagger, and was released on March 23, 2007. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shooter is a 2007 action/conspiracy thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... Bob Lee Swagger (commonly known as Bob the Nailer) is a fictional character created by Stephen Hunter. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


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