Not too long ago, my wife received a Kindle Paperwhite as a prize from a company she deals with. Since she has an iPad, she much see the point of owning the device, so she passed it on to me. I had a couple of things I could put on it, but largely I had nothing to read. For better or ill, you can shop directly from your Kindle‘s interface, so I noodled around and selected Stephen Hunter’s Point of Impact as my first Kindle purchase. I’d tried to read the book before, checking it out of the library, but I thought maybe having my own copy would spur me to finish it this time. It did.
With my current work tending toward series fiction, specifically the Camaro Espinoza novels, I’ve grown more and more interested in how successful authors deal with their own series characters. I’ve already started reading my way through the eighteen-volume Jack Reacher series, and I recently dipped into the well of bestselling self-publisher Russell Blake’s JET books. You’ve read my John Rain reviews already, I assume. I’m not quite done with those yet.
That’s a lot of series to read and some of them are pretty darned long — Jack Reacher, I’m looking at you — so I’ll be busy knocking these books out over the next year or so. It might even be a little crazy of me to add still more books onto this pile, but now I’m reading the Bob Lee Swagger novels and won’t stop until I’ve consumed them all.
Point of Impact is a little different than the first volumes of those other series, largely because it reads as though Stephen Hunter, the author, only had a one-and-done story in mind. Point of Impact is entirely complete unto itself and invites no sequels, which is probably why Hunter hasn’t been as prolific as some of his contemporaries. His hero, Bob Lee Swagger, is not one who lends himself well to episodic adventures, and I’m extremely curious to know how things proceed from here.