While carrying out a hit on a terrorist financier, Victor finds himself the target of an assassin who proves to be just as deadly as he is. Never one to let such a thing go, Victor sets about hunting down his attacker and those who sent her. She is Raven - a freelance assassin with a dark past and hidden agenda. If Victor wants to stay alive, he must find out who Raven really is and what she is truly after. Does she really want him dead, or does someone else want them to kill each other?
With the stakes growing higher by the minute - as a city-wide blackout plunges Manhattan into darkness - Victor and Raven must decide who is friend and who is foe before a deadly terrorist plot threatens to consume the city and them along with it.
©2015 Tom Hinshelwood (P)2015 Tantor
I've enjoyed all the prior Victor the Assassin books and loved them. The author must be getting tired, because this one is different.
In the first place, Victor has stopped being a scary assassin and started being a smarty-pants. Perhaps more important, this book is very low on plot development, being comprised mainly of boring foot chases and car chases.These don't advance the story at all and only serve as filler to meet some word-count target.
I hope the author gets a second wind, but after this lame effort I'm not optimistic.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
All five Victor the Assassin novels are in my Audible library. I gave the first four 4 stars each. The Darkest Day gets only two stars. Let's cover narration first. There are many fine narrators who are consistently superb. Rob Shapiro is likely among the 25 best. Also, his voice is right for this novel.
In my view what keeps Tom Wood from being the top tier of international espionage writers is his decision to have a main character who is more like an heartless alien than a human. Victor is offended by "bad" language (swearing) but takes human lives without mercy for pay. He is totally narcissistic and soulless. The plots of the novels have all of the excitement and suspense of the best of the genre, but hey lack the humanity.
When I compare Wood's Victor the Assassin to the more credible heroes of the genre, the difference becomes apparent. Whether it be Ian Fleming's James Bond, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon, Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, Brad Taylor's Pike Logan, Brad Thor's Scott Harvath, Ben Coes' Dewey Andras, Brett Battles' Jonathan Quinn, Mark Dawson's Jon Milton, Marc Cameron's Jericho Quinn or any of several others Wood's Victor the Assassin novels come up lacking.
Before I write Tom Wood's novels off totally I'll purchase his next novel to read and see if he does a better job of developing his main character into someone who seems at least a bit human.
I was hooked on this series in the first book. While Victor is a cold blooded assassin, in the first book we glimpsed pieces of his humanity. The result, we like him and root for him - he is a 'likable' assassin. We saw glimpses of his humanity in the other books along with humor. This novel lacks much of both. The result is a less likable Victor and a guy I didn't necessarily root for. If this were my first foray into the series I am not sure I would like or cheer for Victor. Victor is his usual paranoid, attention to detail, focus on survival, but as Raven says at one point - a robot or more accurately an Automaton . The story is rather sterile. The most fun character is Raven. The plot is rather convoluted and sorta works. As another reviewer said, lots of chase scenes both on foot and in the car. A little is ok but I think this went a bit too far. Overall, the story is just ok and could be skipped.
Maybe, if I had nothing else to listen to. It certainly is good enough for a repeat performance.
Rob Shapiro is Victor. I have listened to the previous 4 in the series and this one is right up there.
I think this has got to be the BEST Victor book yet! I don't think there is as much action as in some of the others but... there is a whole lot of tactical planning and scenarios that require life and death strategizing. Don't get me wrong, this is Victor the Assassin and he does his assassin thing but he is also very intelligent and although that's been established in previous books I think this one exemplifies this to the smallest degree.
The story is a good one and I think would work as a stand alone but is better as part of the series. Victor is now doing contract work for the CIA as an independent contractor. He's sent on a job and is ambushed. There is another assassin there trying to kill him. Neither is killed and Victor is determined to get her befor she can come after him again. There are many twists and turns and his enemy becomes his ally. Together they go after who hired her and WHY he hired her. Meanwhile by the time you hit the end - WOW! Totally unexpected, but I cannot spoil this for anyone.
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Chase sequence unreal, most of story threads strain credulity and then falls back on the old saw of its the military industrial complexes fault. yea, right. Waste of a book credit.
I wish the author would have focused more on an actual plot line and less on trying to force a story by having multiple gun battles. I immensely enjoyed the previous books in the Victory the Assassin series and was looking forward to this one. However, I was very disappointed. Had this been the first book that I read in the series I would not have read any of the others.
Absolutely. I will assume that this poorly written book was just a fluke in the series.
Yes. His performance was good. I like that the publisher/producer keeps the same narrator throughout the series. One of the only things I enjoyed about this book was the continuity that existed by having the same narrator.
I would cut the entire book. I love that a new character with long-term potential was introduced in this story. However, the majority of this book was nothing more than Victor trying to get out of one city or Victor trying to get out of one location or another. There was minimal plot.
Not only was our hero bested throughout the book, making several uncharacteristic mistakes, his behavior at the end went against the core logic of his character.
It actually felt as if this book was somewhat rushed out... Could that be so?
This was nowhere near as satisfying as the previous Victor books. Mistake after mistake, Victor almost gets killed by a rival assassin and has to flee. This rival then manages to get the drop on him again and again. Then the cops and the CIA are after him and he is almost caught time after time, and each time runs away. There is so much running in this book, I became exhausted. He can't think, he can't shoot, he can't drive, he can't escape.
The premise for the conflict is a bit weak, and all too tidily explained by the bad guy at the end--not a strong literary technique. In previous volumes, Victor earned our respect, and even admiration, despite his conscience-less ability to torture or kill, because he seemed to retain some code of ethics. Although here he still does not just kill indiscriminately and concerns himself with collateral damage, those ethics just don't seem to be as strong. He is not likable nor worthy of much respect.
All in all, this is not a comparable book for the Victor series. If this had been the first book, I doubt I would have read the rest.
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