A Wall Street Journal Top 10 national best seller
Number one Kindle best seller in "Mysteries & Thrillers"
Who is hunter?
Who is Prey?
Who will survive?
Award-winning true-crime author Robert Bidinotto makes his stunning fiction debut with a best-selling thriller that has earned more than 200 "5-star" rave reviews from readers.
Two people, passionately in love.
But each hides a deadly secret.
He is a crusading vigilante, on a violent quest for justice.
She is tracking this unknown assassin, sworn to stop him.
Neither realizes the truth about the other.
And neither knows that a terrifying predator is hunting them both....
From its first moments, Hunter takes you on a nonstop thrill ride: from the top floor of the CIA, to the marbled corridors of Capitol Hill...from the posh hotels of downtown Washington, to the city's mean, violent streets. It introduces a colorful new hero for our time - and a dazzling heroine every bit his equal.
A spy mystery...a crime thriller...a passionate romance: Hunter is a genre-bending novel unlike any you've read. Deviously plotted, filled with vivid characters, and propelled at a breakneck pace, it's a tale as memorable for its provocative ideas as for a rousing climax that has readers cheering.
If you enjoy the thrillers of Lee Child, Stephen Hunter, Brad Thor, and Vince Flynn, you'll love Hunter.
©2011 Robert Bidinotto (P)2012 Robert Bidinotto
"One of the best vigilante thrillers since Clancy's Without Remorse....Hunter delivers in a way few thrillers do. From the opening kill shot to the climactic showdown, Hunter strikes home with the power and pinpoint accuracy of a Barrett M99....A fantastic debut thriller....A solid five stars." (Stephen England, author, Pandora's Grave)
"A joy...one of the great romances....To say that Hunter is a well-structured novel is an understatement....Even the lesser characters are vividly realized [and] memorably etched with a few deft strokes. Bidinotto seems incapable of creating a cardboard figure....I demand a sequel....I want to return to the exhilarating moral atmosphere of Bidinotto's story." (Roger Donway, The Atlasphere)
"This book has all the elements of an exciting thriller--strong conflicts, romance, action, and characters you care about. I especially loved the concluding paragraph, and you will too. Buy it." (Larry Abrams, author, The Philosophical Practitioner)
Robert Bidinotto's "Hunter: A Thriller" is expertly crafted; integrating conflict, drama, and philosophy in a captivating story. The authors extensive background in criminal justice journalism adds intense realism and authenticity to the story. This story embodies the best of good story telling as one of an incredibly rare breed of philosophical action romances that idealizes positive rational themes. As one of these and Hunter stands, to use a metaphor from Robert's story, at Olympian heights. Thank you Robert for crafting such an excellent story, I eagerly await more Dylan Hunter stories.
Conor does a great job in the Audio rendition of this book, seamlessly transitioning from one characther to another and reading with sincerity and enthusiasm.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is an enabler.”
Taking in the story of Hunter it occurred to me that it is, perhaps by design, an almost perfect inversion of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Where Hugo exposes a bygone criminal justice system that victimized the “guilty”, all out of proportion to their crimes, Bidinotto exposes a contemporary system that actually enables fearsome criminals, and has become part of the violent crime problem in a different way.
Bidinotto is famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) for exposing the Willie Horton case that defined the failed Presidential candidacy of Michael Dukakis in 1988. Here he is, decades later, distilling the same outrage into an effective work of fiction, his first. He’s a long time admirer (devotee?) of Ayn Rand, and the influence shows, a particular scene late in the book evokes the hijacked radio address at the climax of Atlas Shrugged, though Bidinotto’s version is blessedly shorter. Above all the influence shows in the clarity of the prose, and the fact that while Hunter has the elements of a thriller, it’s ultimately a morality tale.
The narrator does a fine job, though I have a minor quibble. For most of the book, there’s little question who “the killer” is. This isn’t an Agatha Christie mystery, building to a big reveal at the end. However, early on, the grammar used to refer to the killer is strictly pronouns, I believe the author doesn’t want you to have ID’d which character it is, yet. The narrator, however, uses the same distinct timbre he used for the killer for another major character, so even if Bidinotto had employed all of Agatha Christie’s gifts for misdirection, you’d have to know who it is. It's certainly a characterful narration however, all the way down to the stubborn feline.
I tried really hard - honest, I did. The story line is both obvious (a cardinal sin in the 'thriller' genre) and unbelievable. The narration is corny and over-done - the characters lack-lustre. One thing I insist upon is that I have some buy in about the fate of the characters. I found myself not caring what happened to them one way or the other. Normally I am fairly tolerant. I respect the writing craft and believe its not easy to write an interesting story that has wide spread appeal. But these characters are just not real. How can a vigilante (whose obsession is to punish evil-doers of crime, including perpetrators of sexual violence) turn to his girlfriend and say that, in bed, the only word he forbids is 'No'. Purrrrlease. Makes me want to have a crack at a novel myself... I'm sure I could improve on this. Aaarrrgh! I will confess that I'm not feeling well at the moment and a tad cranky. But that's just when I want a book to distract me. Not working. Next...
Dylan Hunter is a complex, mysterious man. He is a hard hitting reporter who goes after injustice in his articles. He exposes criminals and the prosecutors, judges and psychiatrists who help them go free or get out of prison when they should have stayed behind bars. He doesn’t let people close as he has a past and secrets to protect. Then he meets Annie Woods who has secrets too and trust issues resulting from her cheating ex-husband. Not to mention her wariness due to her work with the CIA. As their relationship deepens, neither knows the past or truth about the other and Annie’s past is soon to collide with Dylan’s present in a way that is hazardous to all involved.
Annie introduces Dylan to a group of hurting crime survivors – people who have lost a loved one to brutal criminals. Dylan writes about the horrible and tragic deaths and then the vicious perpetrators begin to show up dead with copies of his articles placed at each crime scene. There are no leads to the vigilante killer and, needless to say, the police aren’t too broken-hearted about the deaths. Annie is assigned to a special task force to find the vigilante.
This story kicks off with intrigue and it continues at a steady, high pace. I liked how Mr. Bidinotto presented the stake outs and the murders with methodical detail that built the tension for each scene. The characters are well developed and it was hard not to like Dylan even though his actions are outside of the law. The ideological arguments are interesting: that misguided sympathy and well-minded idealists are enabling the criminals and making the judicial and penal system completely ineffective in fighting true criminals. This is really a great thriller that kept my attention from beginning to end as I waited for the collision of secrets to hit Annie and Dylan.
I enjoyed the narration by Conor Hall. He does a fairly good job with the different voices. Although the female voices were a bit rough, this didn't distract from the overall effect for me. Mr. Hall does a good job of conveying the sense of tension and danger and carries the intensity throughout the reading.
This title was provided to me for an honest review.
No. I don't listen to books more than once
A newspaper writer searching for justice
When Hunter was at the McBain meeting
Who deserves justice, the victim or the criminal?
I'm glad I bought this book on Audible and didn't pay retail for the CD version. The story is predictable and the narration is tenuous. Still the book deals with a pertainent subject and the Author is well informed. Overall a B-.
CONTAINS SLIGHT SPOILERS
This book was an interesting departure from what I expected. I really came to like the two main characters, albeit with some reservations. Dylan Hunter is a bit of a contradiction and it was sometimes difficult to reconcile the two sides of the protagonist. It takes some suspension of disbelief to follow along with his competing personalities. I was a little thrown by the beginning of the story with Annie looking like a kick-ass heroine, but that quickly fades as her more human side shows through and it was hard to track how the CIA really figured into the overall plot. Bidinotto takes a little too long - perhaps - to bring the vigilante and espionage linkage about. It was a nice read/listen, but not perfect. I look forward to future Hunter stories and hope that they track a little better, a little quicker in the second installment. Unfortunately it is not an Audible title, so it may take a while to get to.
It is clear that the author is disillusioned with the cracks in the US justice system and that this book must have been very cathartic for him. I don't begrudge him that, but it is glaringly obvious.I hope Annie's prowess as a CIA officer is a little more apparent in the second installment.
The most novel element of the story is the relationship between Annie and Dylan with everything else sort of built around that central story. It was a little tough to believe Annie would be able to reconcile her concerns and fears about Dylan and come back into the fold. That element of the story would have been more palatable if more foundation of an epiphany were apparent. It seemed to be a snap decision. But I digress. The book was enjoyable and I look forward to more.
The audio quality was a bit sketchy at times as volume levels seemed to changed in and out and I found myself having to adjust the volume on my device to keep the levels consistent.
I'm not much for taking the extra step to write review, but this literary work is deserving of my time. Suspenseful and thrilling from beginning to end. Excellent plot; very well narrated.
Would recommend to anyone that likes a mystery thriller
Separates the characters nicely
Could not stop listening
Slow start to get into the book, but it ended up being good. Couldn't stop listening after the a while.
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