Stephen Hunter Books In Order – Complete List

New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter is b popular Bob Lee Swagger military thriller series started back in 1993, a series which continues till today. Reading the Stephen Hunter books in order is a joyride for anyone who enjoys the author’s many blockbuster novels, especially his Bob Lee Swagger series.

Here are the Stephen Hunter books in order for his Bob Lee Swagger series and the rest of his fiction and non-fiction work. The books are all listed in publication order with the chronological order in brackets next to each book.

New Stephen Hunter Books

Front Sight
Front Sight, (Swagger Universe novellas), 2024

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Bob Lee Swagger Books in Publication Order

  1. Point of Impact, 1993
  2. Black Light, 1996
  3. Time to Hunt, 1998
  4. The 47th Samurai, 2007
  5. Night of Thunder, 2008
  6. I, Sniper, 2009
  7. Dead Zero, 2010
  8. The Third Bullet, 2013
  9. Sniper’s Honor, 2014
  10. G-Man, 2017
  11. Game of Snipers, 2019
  12. Targeted, 2021

Earl Swagger Books in Publication Order

  1. Hot Springs, 2000
  2. Pale Horse Coming, 2001
  3. Havana, 2003
  4. The Bullet Garden, 2023

Ray Cruz Books in Publication Order

  1. Dead Zero (Ray Cruz #1, Bob Lee Swagger #7), 2010
  2. Soft Target, 2011

Other Books / Swagger Collections in Publication Order

Bob Lee Swagger Universe in Chronological Order

The books reading order for all three generations of Swaggers

  1. Hot Springs
  2. Pale Horse Coming
  3. Havana
  4. The Bullet Garden
  5. Point of Impact
  6. Dirty White Boys
  7. Black Light
  8. Time to Hunt
  9. The 47th Samurai
  10. Night of Thunder
  11. I Sniper
  12. Dead Zero
  13. Soft Target
  14. The Third Bullet
  15. Snipers Honor
  16. G-Man
  17. Game of Snipers
  18. Targeted

Standalone Books in Publication Order

Novellas and Short Story Collections in Publication Order

Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

Bibliomysteries Books in Publication Order

  • The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen), 2012
  • Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box), 2012
  • The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman), 2012
  • The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille), 2012
  • An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver), 2012
  • Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link), 2012
  • The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner), 2013
  • Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell), 2013
  • The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor), 2013
  • The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman), 2013
  • The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson), 2014
  • What’s in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook), 2014
  • Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey), 2014
  • The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine), 2014
  • The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye), 2014
  • The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow), 2014
  • It’s in the Book (By: Mickey Spillane), 2014
  • The Scroll (By: Anne Perry), 2014
  • The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry), 2015
  • The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott), 2015
  • Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady), 2015
  • Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates), 2015
  • Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina), 2015
  • From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart), 2015
  • The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin), 2016
  • Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter), 2016
  • Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler), 2016
  • Dead Dames Don’t Sing (By: John Harvey), 2016
  • The Haze (By: James W. Hall), 2016
  • Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale), 2017
  • The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd), 2018
  • Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson), 2018
  • The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler), 2018
  • The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta), 2018
  • The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly), 2018
  • The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger), 2022

Who is Bob Lee Swagger?

Bob Lee Swagger, born in 1946 in Blue Eye, Arkansas, had an extraordinary life. Raised by his parents Earl and June Swagger, Bob Lee inherited a deep appreciation for firearms from his father, a retired Marine first sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient.

Following his father’s footsteps, Bob Lee joined the Marines and became a highly skilled sniper. In fact, he was one of the best marine snipers while stationed in Vietnam. During his three tours in Vietnam, he earned the nickname “Bob the Nailer” for his exceptional marksmanship. Despite officially being credited with 87 combat kills Bob Lee’s true count reached an astonishing 391 men.

One of his most memorable achievements occurred when he and his spotter, Lance Corporal Donny Fenn, valiantly defended a Special Forces base against a battalion of the North Vietnamese Army. They held off the enemy for two days, eliminating over 80 enemy troops before running out of ammunition.

However, Bob Lee paid a heavy price for his bravery. He was gravely wounded in the hip by a Soviet sniper named T. Solaratov, who shot him from an incredible distance of 1,400 meters. Tragically, Fenn also fell victim to enemy fire shortly after.

Retiring from the Marine Corps in 1975 due to his permanent disability, Bob Lee struggled with depression and turned to alcohol. This led to the breakdown of his second marriage to Susan. Seeking solace, he withdrew to his family’s land near Blue Eye, living a solitary life while trying to heal from his physical and emotional scars.

Bob Lee Swagger’s story is one of sacrifice, resilience, and exceptional skill as a Marine sniper. Despite enduring challenges both on and off the battlefield, his unwavering determination and outstanding marksmanship have left an indelible mark on his legacy.

It is known that Bob Lee Swagger is loosely based on Carlos Hathcock, a real-life, legend, US Marine.

Bob Lee Swagger’s father, Earl, has his own series of four books.

Who is Earl Swagger?

Earl is Bob Lee’s father. He is a WWII hero, hired to destroy all gambling corruption in a small town, Hot Springs, in Arkansas, the state he lives in. He is a highly skilled and decorated former Marine sniper, known for his exceptional marksmanship and combat skills, who won the Medal of Honor on Iwo Jima. He is often portrayed as a tough and resilient hero, navigating dangerous situations and uncovering hidden truths.

The series begins in 1946, right after the end of WWII, at a time when organized crime was flourishing.

Who is Ray Cruz?

Ray Cruz is Bob Lee’s son. His mother was a Vietnamese woman who had married a GI (our Swagger) and was killed during the Tet Offensive. He is also a Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and later a retired marine sniper who was almost killed during a mission along the Afghan-Pakistan border. While working, he was probably the most skilled highly-trained sniper around.

During the mission, he was the only survivor, and when he returned home, he seemed very different. Initially, Bob Lee was asked to bring Ray in, but the more the two got along with each other, the more Swagger started to doubt the man’s guilt. Also, it took quite a while until it was discovered that the two men were related.

Cruz was “one of those rare men with a personality of hard metal-unmalleable, impenetrable, unstoppable. Back at battalion, he was called the Cruise Missile.” (Dead Zero)

Stephen Hunter Biography – About the Author

Stephen Hunter

Born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri, Stephen Hunter grew up in Evanston, Illinois.

He always wanted to be a writer. In school, he was never a good athlete and would not excel at most topics except for creative writing, where the teacher would always pick his assignments to read in class.

This formed Stephen in a way that he would become a best-selling author a few years from then. It would give him an identity and a purpose for his later work.

He went to the Northwestern University – Medill School of Journalism, from where in 1968 he graduated with a journalism degree. Incidentally, this is the same university where his dad used to teach speech before he was killed in 1975.

After his graduation, he went to the army being drafted for 2 years and served as a ceremonial soldier in Washington, D.C., where he, later on, worked as a journalist for Pentagon News, a military newspaper.

In 1971 Stephen Hunter got a job as a journalist at the Baltimore Sun, where he worked at the copy desk for the next 10 years. In 1982 he became a chief film critic for the same magazine, staying in this position for the following 16 years.

In 1997 he moved to Washington Post working again as a movie critic, where he remained for 11 years the Chief Film Critic. During his work at the WP, in 2003 Stephen Leather won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, a category that was in the Pulitzer since around 1975.

While working as a journalist, Stephen Hunter also started writing his first books. His debut novel is a standalone novel titled The Master Sniper, which he published in 1980. He then followed up with several other standalone books until Point of Impact, the first novel in the Bob Lee Swagger military thriller series was published in 1993.

Knowing about Bob Lee Swagger’s love for firearms, it is not surprising to learn that Stephen Hunter loves firearms as well. He is, in fact, a hobbyist shooter.

In 2008 Stephen Hunter retired from his movie critic job, after having worked in the newspaper business for 38 years, and is now writing full-time. So far there are over 30 of Stephen Hunter’s books published to date, including his series, short stories, novellas, standalone novels, and nonfiction books. Most of Stephen Hunter’s novels in the series focus on the Swagger Universe.

The Bob Lee Swagger series led to two additional spin-off series, one written about Bob’s father Earl, formerly titled the Earl Swagger trilogy, which includes 4 books, and one about his son, Ray Cruz. The Ray Cruz books are part of the Swagger universe as well, but with Ray as the main character.

Dirty White Boys, a standalone novel, is part of the Swagger universe and loosely based on a real-life rampage by Oklahoma prison inmates.

In addition to his thriller novels, the author has also written three non-fiction books, all on political and military topics.

His latest Swagger family book, Front Sight, includes stories of three generations of Swaggers: Charles Swagger in 1934 in The Night Train, Earl Swagger in 1947 in Johnny Tuesday, and current times Bob Lee Swagger in Five Dolls for the Gut Hook.

Stephen Hunter Books Adaptations

Point of Impact was adapted into the 2007 action thriller film Shooter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Michael Peña as Nick Memphis.

Point of Impact was also made into a TV series in 2016 titled Shooter with Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger.

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