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Hunter brings power and poignancy to a tale that should be thought of as a great novel, not just a great thriller. Simply stated, he is one of the best novelists working today in any genre. The Providence Sunday Journal. A richly told tale driven by complex characters, strong dialogue and a unique plot. Hunter just keeps getting better. Stephen Hunter is one of this life’s little pleasures. He writes the ultimate page-turner, books that are so full of testosterone that your voice lowers an octave just reading them. More ambitious than previous Hunter thrillers, and its historical sweep breaks new ground for the author.

In the summer of 1946, the most wide-open town in America is Hot Springs, Arkansas, a city of ancient, legendary corruption.

Author: Stephen Hunter. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2000. In the summer of 1946, the most wide-open town in America is Hot Springs, Arkansas, a city of ancient, legendary corruption. While the pilgrims take the cure in the mineral-rich 142-degree water that bubbles from the earth, the brothels and casinos are the true source of the town’s prosperity

Hunter's precise descriptions of combat, hardware, and commando training are rendered in spare, uncluttered prose, and the melodrama around a key subplot-Earl's tangled, love-hate relationship with his murdered father-enhances rather than detracts from the novel's superb pacing and powerful narrative.

Hot Springs (. ISBN 978-0-671-03545-7) is a fictional work by Stephen Hunter, published in 2000. Hot Springs is a novel telling about gangsters and gambling in . city Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is the first novel in the series featuring Hunter's character Earl Swagger. It is summer 1946 and Earl Swagger, former Marine and recipient of the Medal of Honor, feels he is an angry man with nowhere to go in the post-war peace.

Earl Swagger is tough as hell.

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In the summer of 1946, the most wide-open town in America is Hot Springs, Arkansas, a city of ancient, legendary corruption. While the pilgrims take the cure in the mineral-rich 142-degree water that bubbles from the earth, the brothels and casinos are the true source of the town's prosperity. It is run by an English-born gangster named Owney Maddox, who represents the New York syndicate and rules his empire like a Saxon lord while sporting an ascot and jodhpurs. But it is all about to be challenged. A newly elected county prosecutor wants to take on the big boys and save the city's soul (he also wouldn't mind being the next governor). He begins a war on the gambling interests and, knowing the war will be long and bloody, hires an ex-Marine sergeant, Earl Swagger, who won the Medal of Honor on Iwo Jima, to run it. Swagger knows how to fight with guns as well as any man in the world. But he is haunted: the savage fighting he just barely survived and the men he left behind in the Pacific still shadow his mind, leaving a terrible melancholy. There are even darker memories: a murdered father who beat him mercilessly and drove a younger brother to suicide. And he's torn by his own impending fatherhood, as his wife, Junie, nears term. It isn't that Earl Swagger is afraid of dying; more scary still, it's possible that he yearns for it. The gangsters fight back, setting up a campaign of ambush and counterambush in the brothels, casinos and alleys of the City of the Vapors. Raids erupt into full-out combat amid screaming prostitutes and fleeing johns. The body count mounts. Meanwhile, the politics behind the war are shifting: Will the prosecuting attorney stick with his raiders or sell them out to curry favor with the state's political machine? Will Owney Maddox defeat the raiders but lose a personal battle against a cunning rival from the West who foresees a Hot Springs in the Nevada desert as the future franchise city of organized crime? But most important, will Earl Swagger survive yet another hard war, not merely with his body but also with his soul intact? Packed with page-turning action, sex, sin and crime, Stephen Hunter's Hot Springs is at once a relentlessly violent and deeply touching story.

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ISBN13: 978-0684863603

ISBN: 068486360X

Author: Stephen Hunter

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Action & Adventure

Language: English

Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (June 27, 2000)

Pages: 478 pages

ePUB size: 1725 kb

FB2 size: 1169 kb

Rating: 4.7

Votes: 711

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Cel
I found the mixture of real history and the fantasy created by the author to be superb. I knew a little bit about Hot Springs in its heyday, since one of the guys I went to college was from there - well, he had been born over in Hope, but was raised and grew up there in Hot Springs, so the stories I had heard were from my freshman year 1964-65. The first time I actually got there was 1970 when I stopped by to see my college friend, he was away at law school up North, but I had a nice visit with his mom and step-dad. The town was starting to fray at the edges since the gambling and such had been shut down for good in 1967.

So for the time frame of this book, I had to forget the Hot Springs of 1970, and remember the stories I had heard and try to place myself back in 1946. The author made it easy to do that by setting the stage well with plenty of descriptive narrative.

The plot is fast moving as one follow Earl Swagger a Medal of Honor winner in WWII as he and D.A. Parker, a former FBI agent - (probably based somewhat on the real life D.A (Jelly) Brice) take on the mob in Hot Springs using DA's FBI training and his very fast gun handling, as well as Swagger's combat abilities. The author takes into the plot Ben (Bugsy) Siegel, Virginia Hill, and others to create a very interesting story.

A very enjoyable book.
Cel
I found the mixture of real history and the fantasy created by the author to be superb. I knew a little bit about Hot Springs in its heyday, since one of the guys I went to college was from there - well, he had been born over in Hope, but was raised and grew up there in Hot Springs, so the stories I had heard were from my freshman year 1964-65. The first time I actually got there was 1970 when I stopped by to see my college friend, he was away at law school up North, but I had a nice visit with his mom and step-dad. The town was starting to fray at the edges since the gambling and such had been shut down for good in 1967.

So for the time frame of this book, I had to forget the Hot Springs of 1970, and remember the stories I had heard and try to place myself back in 1946. The author made it easy to do that by setting the stage well with plenty of descriptive narrative.

The plot is fast moving as one follow Earl Swagger a Medal of Honor winner in WWII as he and D.A. Parker, a former FBI agent - (probably based somewhat on the real life D.A (Jelly) Brice) take on the mob in Hot Springs using DA's FBI training and his very fast gun handling, as well as Swagger's combat abilities. The author takes into the plot Ben (Bugsy) Siegel, Virginia Hill, and others to create a very interesting story.

A very enjoyable book.
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Hot Springs

6 out of 5 stars. I know you can only give 5 stars on Amazon, but this is only the second book that I’ve felt was a star better than several 5 star books I’ve read.
This is a period piece, taking place in 1946, in the very real town of Hot Springs Arkansas. Mr. Hunter taps into the Eldridge quality of that place at the time. People Like Ben Siegel, and Al Capone came to the town to relax. These were powerful people from the major metropolitan areas who came to Hot Springs under the flag of a tangible, yet etherial truce. By some unspoken agreement, violence and settled scores were put aside while in this magical place.
Mr Hunter shows us both the almost celestial beauty of an exclusive town, flush with money and movie stars, as well as the filthy underbelly that propped it up. The fact that only a few select people were truly aware of the place adds to its lore. He paints a cinematic vision to rival “The Great Gatspy," or “Gone With the Wind.” He shows us richly appointed hotels and casinos set in the most beautiful natural valley on the planet, blessed with magical healing waters from the depths of the earth. This book desperately needs to be brought to the silver screen with the most gifted cinematographer available.
It is in this incredible setting that Hunter sets his story. It is ultimately a story of redemption, or maybe salvation. While the main character starts out as “broken,” he avoids the trite cliché by turning this into a story of ultimate triumph. The cost is high, and not all of the protagonists will see the final victory. Still, at the end I found it it be a story of hope. An uplifting tale that pulled me into this world and introduced me to people I’d like to know in real life.
And so far, I’ve just covered the side dishes. The action is non-stop. Half-way through the book I thought I was coming to the end of a darn exciting story. Then I discovered that I was only at the beginning of another adventure. And then, when I thought things were winding down, we took an unexpected turn and were off again, with the excitement and tension building even higher. I lost count of the times I was blown away at a new twist. It doesn’t stop until the last page. If you’re reading this in a recliner, make sure it has seat belts.
I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but I assuredly will read them all. If you live in, or like, Hot Springs this is a must read. If you just like damn good books, this is a must read. If you read books, this is a must read.
A last lament:
I also wrote a book that takes place in Hot Springs and taps into the gangster lore of the 1920s. I think it’s a good book and thought it was the best book ever written about the area. Darn you Mr. Hunter. I didn’t realize how hight you had set the bar.
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Hot Springs

6 out of 5 stars. I know you can only give 5 stars on Amazon, but this is only the second book that I’ve felt was a star better than several 5 star books I’ve read.
This is a period piece, taking place in 1946, in the very real town of Hot Springs Arkansas. Mr. Hunter taps into the Eldridge quality of that place at the time. People Like Ben Siegel, and Al Capone came to the town to relax. These were powerful people from the major metropolitan areas who came to Hot Springs under the flag of a tangible, yet etherial truce. By some unspoken agreement, violence and settled scores were put aside while in this magical place.
Mr Hunter shows us both the almost celestial beauty of an exclusive town, flush with money and movie stars, as well as the filthy underbelly that propped it up. The fact that only a few select people were truly aware of the place adds to its lore. He paints a cinematic vision to rival “The Great Gatspy," or “Gone With the Wind.” He shows us richly appointed hotels and casinos set in the most beautiful natural valley on the planet, blessed with magical healing waters from the depths of the earth. This book desperately needs to be brought to the silver screen with the most gifted cinematographer available.
It is in this incredible setting that Hunter sets his story. It is ultimately a story of redemption, or maybe salvation. While the main character starts out as “broken,” he avoids the trite cliché by turning this into a story of ultimate triumph. The cost is high, and not all of the protagonists will see the final victory. Still, at the end I found it it be a story of hope. An uplifting tale that pulled me into this world and introduced me to people I’d like to know in real life.
And so far, I’ve just covered the side dishes. The action is non-stop. Half-way through the book I thought I was coming to the end of a darn exciting story. Then I discovered that I was only at the beginning of another adventure. And then, when I thought things were winding down, we took an unexpected turn and were off again, with the excitement and tension building even higher. I lost count of the times I was blown away at a new twist. It doesn’t stop until the last page. If you’re reading this in a recliner, make sure it has seat belts.
I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but I assuredly will read them all. If you live in, or like, Hot Springs this is a must read. If you just like damn good books, this is a must read. If you read books, this is a must read.
A last lament:
I also wrote a book that takes place in Hot Springs and taps into the gangster lore of the 1920s. I think it’s a good book and thought it was the best book ever written about the area. Darn you Mr. Hunter. I didn’t realize how hight you had set the bar.
Musical Aura Island
I'm reading the whole Bob Lee/Earl Swagger series from Stephen Hunter back-to-back (and have read four books beyond this one) and this by far is the best book in the series. That's not to say the others aren't worth reading - they are. It's just that Hot Springs is a cut above the rest. This is actually the 5th book (I think) in chronological release order and whether you start with Point Of Impact or start here with the first complete book about Earl Swagger - you will not be disappointed. This is one of the best books I've ever read and the fictional story tied in with the true life events surrounding Hot Springs, Arkansas is a jolt of stunning, non-stop action. If you've read the 4 books leading up to this one - this one will kick you in the pants like no other and compel you to read the next book in the series. If this is the first book Swagger book you've read - you'll suffer sleep deprivation staying up late nights to finish this masterful read - and then hurry to your computer bleary-eyed to find the chronology of the series to order them from the start. And once you've read the first 4, you'll probably read this one again. I was shocked by how much I loved this book. Earl Swagger is a deeply complex character. The book stands on its own as a action/thriller and I rank it with James Ellroy's, The Black Dahlia, and with Raymond Chandler's, The Long Good-bye. Don't make the mistake of passing this by. This is a MUST READ! Hope this review helps you make an informed decision about your next purchase. If it does - please give me a Helpful Review CLICK below :)
Musical Aura Island
I'm reading the whole Bob Lee/Earl Swagger series from Stephen Hunter back-to-back (and have read four books beyond this one) and this by far is the best book in the series. That's not to say the others aren't worth reading - they are. It's just that Hot Springs is a cut above the rest. This is actually the 5th book (I think) in chronological release order and whether you start with Point Of Impact or start here with the first complete book about Earl Swagger - you will not be disappointed. This is one of the best books I've ever read and the fictional story tied in with the true life events surrounding Hot Springs, Arkansas is a jolt of stunning, non-stop action. If you've read the 4 books leading up to this one - this one will kick you in the pants like no other and compel you to read the next book in the series. If this is the first book Swagger book you've read - you'll suffer sleep deprivation staying up late nights to finish this masterful read - and then hurry to your computer bleary-eyed to find the chronology of the series to order them from the start. And once you've read the first 4, you'll probably read this one again. I was shocked by how much I loved this book. Earl Swagger is a deeply complex character. The book stands on its own as a action/thriller and I rank it with James Ellroy's, The Black Dahlia, and with Raymond Chandler's, The Long Good-bye. Don't make the mistake of passing this by. This is a MUST READ! Hope this review helps you make an informed decision about your next purchase. If it does - please give me a Helpful Review CLICK below :)
Qiahmagha
Seriously. I started to like Earl even more than Bobby Lee. And he is a dead man who was murdered in '56. And Mr. Hunter keeps tempting me to try new guns at the range. Well, not new by definition, they are just "new" to me as my appreciation for older, battle hardened, war-winning weapons is raised by every book I read by him. I didn't much care for the old Thompson, but now will try to keep a tighter group with a fully automatic Tommy M1A just like Ear, or Johnie Spanish, and try the "walk and shoot" with the BAR. That is, if I find one to try. Not promising to switch my Springfield XD-M for the 1911. When I go smooth, yeah, okay, but when I go for speed like Frenchy or Earl, I'll probably disengage the safety in the holster and shoot the ground in front of me (as I have) , or the foot. Sorry. There is a story in this book as well. Researched to kingdom come, mind you. I loved every second of it.
Qiahmagha
Seriously. I started to like Earl even more than Bobby Lee. And he is a dead man who was murdered in '56. And Mr. Hunter keeps tempting me to try new guns at the range. Well, not new by definition, they are just "new" to me as my appreciation for older, battle hardened, war-winning weapons is raised by every book I read by him. I didn't much care for the old Thompson, but now will try to keep a tighter group with a fully automatic Tommy M1A just like Ear, or Johnie Spanish, and try the "walk and shoot" with the BAR. That is, if I find one to try. Not promising to switch my Springfield XD-M for the 1911. When I go smooth, yeah, okay, but when I go for speed like Frenchy or Earl, I'll probably disengage the safety in the holster and shoot the ground in front of me (as I have) , or the foot. Sorry. There is a story in this book as well. Researched to kingdom come, mind you. I loved every second of it.