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  • Published: 1 October 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099519232
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

The 47th Samurai

Bob Lee Swagger goes to Japan to avenge a friend’s death at the hands of the yakuzu. The eighth novel in one of the greatest sequences of action thrillers of our time.

Bob Lee Swagger has seen enough of war and fighting for any man: his past as a Marine Corps sniper and later as a self-appointed avenger has been a bloody one. But the hope that he is finished with combat are dashed with a visit from Colonel Philip Yano.

Yano has come to America to find a samurai sword that Bob’s father took from Yano’s dying father in the desperate battle for Iwo Jima in 1945. Yano believes the sword to be a national treasure, of huge political significance to whoever can get hold of it. Bob agrees to help and delivers the sword to Yano in Tokyo, but soon afterwards the Yano family are murdered, their house burned to the ground and the sword stolen. Dark forces are at work. With the aid of Yano’s old comrades , Bob enters not only Tokyo’s criminal underbelly, but also the violent, obsessive world of the Samurai. Once more he is on a mission of vengeance.

  • Published: 1 October 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099519232
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter is the author of eleven novels, including Hot Springs, Pale Horse Coming, Black Light, Time to Hunt and Dirty White Boys. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Praise for The 47th Samurai

This is the novel Hunter's fans have been waiting for....genius.


Compelling, exciting, and satisfying

Library Journal

Hunter is a great entertainer, one of our finest practitioners of the classic blood-soaked and propulsive American thriller. With fluid, confident prose he writes big stories of a man, mostly alone, who must go forth for us all and slay the dragon.

Daniel Woodrell, The Washington Post

Mr. Hunter writes [fight scenes] as well as, or better, than anyone in the business....I have only one major problem with Mr. Hunter: He doesn't write often enough.

Otto Penzler, The New York Sun

Bob Lee Swagger, retired marine master sniper and hero of bestseller Hunter's 1993 thriller, Point of Impact...returns in this riveting homage to the myth of the samurai....While the action builds to the inevitable climax, the joy of the journey will keep readers turning the pages.

Publishers Weekly

Moves with the unrelenting pace of a machine gun. The action sequences are written with military precision, and the mystery of the sword is compelling. Hunter keeps the action pumping, and the reader will have no problem turning pages.

Francis W. Decker, Richmond Times Dispatch

Hunter has a cinematic sense of story and combat and The 47th Samurai kept me glued to the screen until the final credits.

Steve Duin, Portland Oregonian

Put this one on your "must-read" list.


Delivers chills and thrills....Hunter, who has written such snapping books as Point of Impact and Hot Springs, is terrific with plot, action and attention to detail.

William Porter, The Denver Post

Hunter's a pro at research-in particular, of the gruesome aspects of killing. He brings that compulsion for detail to the samurai sword, its history and its place in Japanese society over the centuries.

Peter Mergendahl, Rocky Mountain News

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