Stephen Hunter - A Literary Legend

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Stephen Hunter would be the most suitable author to become a scriptwriter for action movies. If words could make an audience move, his writing would make a reader jump. In all ten of his novels, the film critic and former member of the U.S. Army writes everything you could ask for in a book. He writes a finely detailed story, while keeping you on the edge of your seat as if you were watching it happen live. He creates stories that excite readers everywhere. He perceives writing not just as words, but as something alive, something real. Stephen Hunter is perhaps the most likely literary legend; his knowledge of weapons, his suspenseful writing style and his common theme of cruelty between humans make his work any reader's favourite. He is subtle in his depiction of a corrupt government in both his works Black Light and Point of Impact.

Hunter's two-year experience in the U.S.

Army is evident throughout his descriptive writing about weaponry in both of his works. This adds realism and tension to the stories. In Black Light, he outlines the steps on reloading a gun in great detail: "...he managed to pull back the cylinder latch and shake the cylinder out. Turning the gun upward, he shook and shook until one at a time all six shells fell out. He wedged the gun between his knees and, again one by one, picked shells out of his cartridge loops and threaded them into the cylinder. Big .357 soft points. With a snap of the wrist, he flicked the cylinder shut" (Hunter, 1996, 162). Detailed descriptions such as this paint pictures for the readers. The use of the appropriate terminology demonstrates that he is knowledgeable about weapons. Furthermore, he goes into just the right amount of detail so...