The 47th SamuraiBook - 2007
Reclaiming a lost military sword for a Japanese war veteran, Bob Lee Swagger is forced to postpone his retirement when a self-proclaimed samurai brutally murders the veteran's family, a crime Swagger vows to avenge. By the author of Havana. Reprint.
After reclaiming a lost military sword for a Japanese war veteran, Bob Lee Swagger is forced to postpone his retirement when a self-proclaimed samurai brutally murders the veteran's family, a crime Swagger vows to avenge.
Simon and Schuster
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.
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“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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