Pale Horse Coming

Pale Horse Coming

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Pale Horse Coming , featuring Stephen Hunter's beloved sniper heroes Earl and Bob Lee Swagger, the first of eleven Swagger thrillers from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

The time is 1951. A smooth-talking Chicago lawyer comes to chat with Sam Vincent, the former prosecutor of Polk County, Arkansas, about a dangerous subject--a big prison for violent black convicts near Thebes, Mississippi, up the Yaxahatchee River from Pasagoula. Thebes seems to have dropped out of the Union--letters and phone calls go unanswered, and the lawyer has questions that need answers. Would Sam--an ex-lawman, a white man and a Southerner--agree to go up there and find out what he can?

The ex-prosecutor takes on the job, but first he goes to see his old friend Earl Swagger, and tells him that if he isn't back in a week, Earl is to come looking for him. When Sam vanishes into the mists and swamps around Thebes, Mississippi, Earl packs his gun, explains to a distraught Junie that duty is duty and a promise is a promise, and sets off for Thebes, Mississippi to track his friend down.

Soon enough, Earl--who approaches Thebes and its sinister prison with the stealth of a good Marine on a recon mission--realizes that something very strange indeed is going on there, that the prison is more than just a place that chills the blood of even the most hardened convict, that in fact the whole town of Thebes is hiding a secret--and it's a place where people disappear all too easily, particularly inquisitive strangers, for whom burial in the swamps follows torture.
Publisher: Pocket Star Books
ISBN: 9780671035464


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May 11, 2016

The storyline was so boringly predictable & not very well written. Had to force myself to finish it.

May 01, 2016

Pale Horse Coming is the second novel in Hunter’s Earl Swagger trilogy. This one has Earl Swagger incarcerated illegally in a vile southern prison reserved for blacks. Swagger survives brutal torture to escape and return as the Biblical Pale Horse Coming to take down the evil institution. As always with Hunter novels there’s detailed description of the guns used. The section where Swagger is tortured is brutal. I had to skip over the section where he was confined in the coffin. The next section where Swagger pulls together a team to take the prison down is more fun as it features characters who were modeled on real-life people. For example, Audie Ryan is not even a thinly disguised Audie Murphy. There are twists and turns along with the gun play. The novel is a fun, escapist read if the reader can forget that prisons for black people circa 1951 were brutal.

wagner4 Feb 16, 2012

This was the first book of his that I read. Wow...great story and a real page turner. Good plot. However a little too many pages wasted on gun types and such. A little like Lee Childs. They do love their guns. But, I will read more of his books. I like the adventure and humor.

May 08, 2009

Just fabulous! 10 of 10 stars

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