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Hunter: A Thriller | [Robert Bidinotto]

Hunter: A Thriller

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Michael F. Dickey CT, USA 10-02-12
    Michael F. Dickey CT, USA 10-02-12 Member Since 2012

    www.matus1976.com

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    "A great philosophical action romance..."
    What made the experience of listening to Hunter the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Conor Hall – was your favorite?

    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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D Coconut Grove, FL, United States 09-15-12
    D Coconut Grove, FL, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "An extra-judicial Javert"

    “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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    reena Bywong, Australia 10-06-12
    reena Bywong, Australia 10-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Sorry - Just Can't Finish This Book"

    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...

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MSEreads Marianna, FL 04-26-13
    MSEreads Marianna, FL 04-26-13 Member Since 2001

    mesreads

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    "Engaging and Thought Provoking Thriller"

    Rated 4.75
    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.

    Audio Notes:
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Springfield, Il, United States 02-13-13
    Michael Springfield, Il, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend to anyone that likes a mystery thriller


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great plot


    What does Conor Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Separates the characters nicely


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Could not stop listening


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Corrine LIVONIA, MI, United States 02-12-13
    Corrine LIVONIA, MI, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story,"
    If you could sum up Hunter in three words, what would they be?

    Slow start to get into the book, but it ended up being good. Couldn't stop listening after the a while.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye Napa, California, United States 01-14-13
    Kaye Napa, California, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Thriller!"
    Would you listen to Hunter again? Why?

    No. I don't listen to books more than once


    What did you like best about this story?

    A newspaper writer searching for justice


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hunter was at the McBain meeting


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who deserves justice, the victim or the criminal?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine CHATTANOOGA, TN, United States 01-14-13
    Elaine CHATTANOOGA, TN, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The title says it all--Hunter: A Thriller."
    What did you like best about Hunter? What did you like least?

    Romance was there, but did not dominate the story. You must listen closely to tell what character was talking.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Bidinotto before, how does this one compare?

    I have never listened to books by Robert Bidinotto.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Conor Hall?

    Maybe Scott Brick.


    Was Hunter worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert L. Deville 12-07-12

    Accountant

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    "Rather predictable thriller"

    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-.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 02-27-13
    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 02-27-13

    Love to exercise while listening

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    "Very predictable and annoying to listen to"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I wouldn't want to insult anyone.


    Has Hunter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It will be a while till I listen to something like this in a while.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Conor Hall’s performances?

    Not sure if the voice was making the book worse or the book was making the reading unbearable


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hunter?

    If I was reading the book, I would have just read the vigilante killings. The love scenes were annoying and hard to stomach. Hey you, hey you.


    Any additional comments?

    Many times I was just going to download something else, but thought it had to get better.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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