It's not how long you'll live....
Now that professional assassin Victor is indentured to British Intelligence, he is tasked with eliminating the worst of the worst. One such man is Milan Rados, a former Serbian paramilitary commander wanted for war crimes and now head of an organized criminal network in Belgrade. He has escaped justice once already, so it's Victor's job to take the justice to him.
It's how soon they'll die.
Victor might be the best in the business, but with powerful friends and an entire crew to protect him, Rados is a hard man to corner and even harder to kill. To get close to his target, Victor will need more than his deadly skills. An unlikely ally can provide him with the edge he seeks, but there's a price on Victor's head - and a killer who won't quit knows just how to find him....
©2016 Tom Hinshelwood (P)2016 Tantor
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The recently released A Time to Die is book 6 in the in the Victor the Assassin series by British writer Tom Wood. If one wants an espionage thriller novel with great suspense, this is it.
I continue to have issues with Victor who is an assassin for hire with remarkable skills. Killing to him is a business and any wrong or blame involved should be directed toward the people who hire him. His total amorality concerns me when he is the hero of the novels.
Rob Shapiro is the perfect narrator for this series.
Rob Shapiro had narrated all of the Victor books and does an excellent job. His voice is PERFECT for this character.
Victor, he's intelligent, versatile and very knowledgeable on many topics. He knows music, art, antiques, historical events, jewelry, leaders of nations (past and present), guns, ammunition and combat strategies. He's observant down to the most minute minutiae.
He's also a loner who places no real value on life except his own. He doesn't curse or litter. He appears normal on the outside but his mind is always going as he plans his next move, his future and how the people around him can benefit him. Always in a custom suit, he's tall, dark and handsome. His word means something to him and in a strange way he is an honorable man. There's that something about him that makes you want to root for him even though you know he's not a good guy.
In this book he's been hired by MI6 (British Intelligence) to execute a ruthless drug lord only to find out he's been given poor intelligence and to make things more exciting someone has taken out a contract on him. Victor gets himself into the organization, the remainder of the book deals with his fulfilling his obligations and getting himself out alive.
There's plenty of action and a lot of listening to his thought processes.
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Victor gets back to doing the things he does best in this book. Like many others I was disappointed in the previous installment "The Darkest Day." The plot of that story was ridiculous and it read like the author was trying to write a movie script not a thriller. "A Time To Die" is reminiscent of the the first three books in the series and that is great news.
Victor is best when he is fighting battles that are large in scale but local in scope. He also does best in Europe where the author has a unique talent for describing bleak old world city-scapes that suit Victors personality perfectly. I devoured this book over the course of a couple days and rank it right at the top with the first two books in this series as my favorite thrillers.
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I don't think I'll ever get tired of reading about Victor and I hope Tom isn't tired of writing about him. This book was just as awesome as the rest. I want to know Victor's background story but I also love that I don't know. Great book great narrator great purchase.
This was, by far, the best Victor the Assassin book to date. It moved well and made it difficult to put down.
love audio books - Anglophile
Great narration! I love this series. Tom Wood writes action scenes that come alive. I feel like I'm there. The characters are interesting and the twists and turns are unexpected. I can't wait for the next one!
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Everything I've enjoyed about Victor The Assassin is here. While Wood lost his way a tad in Book 5: The Darkest Day (don't waste the credit - I wrote in review)... Well, here's everything I've listened for in this series. You want useful action, amoral logic, um, blood... and spattering GSR? You want it tied up precariously at the end so you'll yearn for the next book?
Here it is.... Wood's back and he's brought Victor back to teeter in the edge of daily doom. Great escapist stuff for adults.
An excellent listen. This entire series is a highly recommended one to listen to.
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