Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter

This is a complete list of Stephen Hunter books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category.

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List of Bob Lee Swagger Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.7
Point of Impact
1993
2
8.4
Black Light
1996
3
8.9
Time to Hunt
1998
4
6.3
The 47th Samurai
2007
5
6.3
Night of Thunder
2008
6
6.6
I, Sniper
2009
7
6
Dead Zero
2010
8
8.5
The Third Bullet
2013
9
8
Sniper's Honor
2014
10
5.5
G-Man
2017
11
7.3
Game of Snipers
2019
12
8
Targeted
2022

The standalone Dirty White Boys should be read prior to Black Light. After Time To Hunt you should read the Earl Swagger trilogy.

List of Earl Swagger Books in Publication Order

List of Earl Swagger Series in Chronological Order

List of Swagger Collections in Publication Order

List of Ray Cruz Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Bibliomysteries Books in Publication Order

A collection of short stories and novellas centered around the theme of books. Each story combines elements of mystery, crime, and suspense with a focus on books, libraries, bookstores, or the world of literature, involving various authors contributing to this intriguing and literary-focused series.

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)
2012
2
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)
2012
3
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)
2012
4
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)
2012
5
An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver)
2012
6
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)
2012
7
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)
2013
8
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)
2013
9
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)
2013
10
The Book of Ghosts ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman)
2013
11
10
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)
2014
12
What's in a Name? ( By: Thomas H. Cook)
2014
13
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)
2014
14
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)
2014
15
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)
2014
16
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)
2014
17
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)
2014
18
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane)
2014
19
10
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)
2014
20
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)
2015
21
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)
2015
22
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)
2015
23
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)
2015
24
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)
2015
25
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)
2015
26
8
The Travelling Companion ( By: Ian Rankin)
2016
27
9
Citadel
2016
28
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)
2016
29
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)
2016
30
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)
2016
31
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)
2017
32
The Pretty Little Box ( By: Charles Todd)
2018
33
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)
2018
34
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Butler)
2018
35
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)
2018
36
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)
2018
37
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)
2020
38
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)
2022
39
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)
2022
40
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)
2022
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List of Bibliomysteries Series in Chronological Order

#ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)
2012
2
10
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)
2014
3
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)
2012
4
An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver)
2012
5
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)
2012
6
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)
2018
7
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)
2012
8
The Book of Ghosts ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman)
2013
9
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)
2014
10
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)
2013
11
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)
2013
12
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)
2013
13
What's in a Name? ( By: Thomas H. Cook)
2014
14
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane)
2014
15
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)
2014
16
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)
2014
17
10
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)
2014
18
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)
2014
19
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)
2014
20
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)
2015
21
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)
2015
23
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)
2015
24
9
Citadel
2016
25
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)
2015
26
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)
2015
27
8
The Travelling Companion ( By: Ian Rankin)
2016
28
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)
2016
29
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)
2016
30
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)
2016
31
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)
2017
32
The Pretty Little Box ( By: Charles Todd)
2018
33
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)
2018
34
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Butler)
2018
35
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)
2018
36
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)
2012
37
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)
2015
38
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)
2020
39
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)
2022
40
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)
2022
41
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)
2022
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List of Mysterious Profiles Books in Publication Order

The Mysterious Profiles series offers brief biographies of iconic mystery writers, providing insights into their lives, works, and the creation of their most famous characters.

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.5
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais)
2022
2
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen)
2022
3
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child)
2022
4
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly)
2022
5
9
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly)
2022
6
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver)
2022
7
10
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman)
2022
8
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman)
2022
9
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey)
2022
10
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman)
2022
11
10
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter)
2022
12
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart)
2022
13
Bob Lee Swagger
2022
14
10
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston)
2022
15
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson)
2022
16
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker)
2022
17
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry)
2022
18
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin)
2022
19
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell)
2022
20
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry)
2022
21
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile ( By: Charles Todd)
2022
22
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman)
2022
23
10
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith)
2022
24
8.1
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear)
2022
25
8.3
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly)
2022
26
Ben Kincaid ( By: William Bernhardt)
2023
27
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson)
2023
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Stephen Hunter: Biography

Stephen Hunter was born on March 25th, 1946 and is currently 78 years old. Stephen Hunter was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Hunter attended Northwestern University where he received a degree in journalism.

Stephen Hunter is the author of the Bob Lee Swagger series which currently consists of 12 novels. The Bob Lee Swagger series started in 1993 with the novel Point of Impact. The most recently released novel in the Bob Lee Swagger series was Targeted which was released in 2022. There are no upcoming novels for the Bob Lee Swagger series.

Stephen Hunter has made the Kono Mystery ga Sugoi list in Japan a few times. The first time was for The Day Before Midnight in 1989, which made #2 on the list. In 1998, Dirty White Boys was listed at #8. Black Light made 1999's list at #3. Point of Impact topped the list at #1 in 2000.

Stephen Hunter began his career as a journalist. He has written for The Pentagon News, The Balitmore Sun and The Washington Post. He worked as a film critic for both the Sun and Post, and in 1998, was the winner of the Distinguished Writing Award, given by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Stephen's mother was an author. Her name was Virginia Ricker Hunter, and she wrote books for children.

Hunter had said in an interview with Outdoor Life that old-time gun magazines were his inspiration as a writer, growing up. Storytellers such as Bill Jordan and Charles Askin really helped inspire him.

Stephen Hunter: Awards & Accolades

Stephen Hunter won the Pulitzer Prize, Criticism, in 2003.

Stephen Hunter books have been nominated for multiple awards, Hot Springs was nominated for the Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel, in 2000. Pale Horse Coming was nominated for the Audie Award, Best Male Narrator, in 2003. Night of Thunder was nominated for the Barry Award, Best Thriller, in 2009.

Stephen Hunter: TV/Movies Based on Books

The book Point of Impact was made into a movie in 2007. It was titled Shooter and it starred Mark Wahlberg as Bob Lee Swagger and Michael Peña as Nick Memphis. On Goodreads, Hunter said that he was happy with Marks portrayal although missed the fact that Bob being a name vet, and his complex family past weren't part of the story.

In 2016, there was a TV show made based on Point of Impact. It was called Shooter, the same name as the 2007 movie based on the same book. It starred Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger. It aired on the USA network and lasted three seasons. Season 3 had strong influences from the novel Time to Hunt.

Stephen Hunter: Author Insights

The highest rated book by Stephen Hunter on Book Notification is Pale Horse Coming, the 2nd novel in the Earl Swagger series.

The most read book by Stephen Hunter on Book Notification is Point of Impact, the 1st novel in the Bob Lee Swagger series.

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Stephen Hunter are:

  1. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  2. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  3. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  4. John Sandford, author of the Prey/Lucas Davenport Series.
  5. Harlan Coben, author of the Myron Bolitar Series.

Stephen Hunter: F.A.Q

When was Stephen Hunter Born? How old is Stephen Hunter?

Stephen Hunter was born on March 25th, 1946. Stephen Hunter is currently 78 years old.

Where was Stephen Hunter Born?

Stephen Hunter was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA and is American.

What awards has Stephen Hunter won?

Stephen Hunter has won the following awards: Criticism at the Pulitzer Prize (2003).

What was the first book Stephen Hunter wrote?

The first novel written by Stephen Hunter was The Master Sniper, published in 1980.

What was the most recent book Stephen Hunter wrote?

His most recently released work was Front Sight on January 23rd, 2024.

Will there be any more books by Stephen Hunter?

Stephen Hunter does not have any upcoming novels with a set publication date within the next few months at this time.

How many books has Stephen Hunter written?

Stephen Hunter has written 32 books. 12 books in the Bob Lee Swagger Series, 4 books in the Earl Swagger Series, 1 book in the Swagger Collections, 2 books in the Ray Cruz Series, 8 Standalone Novels, 2 Short Stories/Novellas, 3 books in the Non-Fiction Books, 1 book in the Bibliomysteries Series, 1 book in the Mysterious Profiles Series.

Is the novel Dirty White Boys part of the Bob Lee Swagger original trilogy?

No it is not, however it does take place in the same universe as it. It's advised that you read Dirty White Boys prior to Black Light as it is essentially a prequel to it.

What is the chronological order of Stephen Hunter novels?

You would read the Earl Swagger series first chronologically, meaning The Bullet Garden first. Then you would read the Bob Lee Swagger series, also reading the standalone novel Dirty White Boys prior to Black Light.
Also after Dead Zero, be sure to read Soft Target prior to The Third Bullet just for completeness.

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    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    Stephen Hunter is one of the top-tier thriller writers I know. I like how he incorporates real-life figures in most of his stories. Earl Swagger series and Bobby lee books are all thrilling and fascinating.
    The action and suspense in Earl Swagger just kept me flipping pages to know what happens next.
    Bobby Lee Swagger is my all-time favorite character, thanks to his tough and unforgettable nature. The action, plot, and settings in the entire series are plausible.
    The Shooter movie based on the Bob Lee Swagger series is just as thrilling as the book. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Kate Mara. Thanks to this book list, I’ve discovered more books by Stephen Hunter.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    1 year ago

    Bob Lee Swagger is not Jack Reacher. That is the first comparison I made when a friend described him as a war Veteran that went around killing bad guys for various reasons.

    These days, it feels like every other action thriller is a Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne clone. The publishing arena has too many vigilantes with military backgrounds wandering the US.

    But Swagger is different. He feels more grounded, which I like. Someone told me that Hunter’s books wouldn’t appeal to me unless I were a gun enthusiast. But they were wrong. The gun talk did not bore me quite as much as I expected. In fact, I learned a lot.

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