Victor, a former assassin-for-hire, has joined forces with a CIA special unit. His first assignment: Three strangers. Three hits. Fast and clean. Victor's a natural for this.It should have been simple. But with each hit Victor is plunged deeper into an unimaginable conspiracy where no one, least of all the people he knows, can be trusted.With the stakes growing higher by the minute, Victor realizes he's been forced into playing a game he never expected. Because he's the next target. And there's no way out.
©2012 Tom Hinshelwood (P)2013 Tantor
I.M.H.O. this is by far the BEST action/thriller series out there! I'm sure you guys have read the summary so I won't get into describing the plot. I will tell you that the writer(Tom Hinshlewood) is extremely under-rated and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with all the other "household names" in the A/T genre. I will say that this is a very well written action-packed book 2 in the not-to-well-known "Victor The Assassin" series. Some reviewers have mentioned that they wanted more "character growth" from the protagonist and I respect their opinions however I feel as a character "Victor's" developing quite nicely so far and he definitely has more personality in this installment than he did in book 1. He's an assassin after all, how much character is the guy suppose to have? Some of you might strongly disagree with me on this but I think this series is even BETTER than the "Gray Man" series. There's definitely no "sophomore slump" here! I cannot recommend this series enough. Check it out!
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
A Time to Die, Victor the Assassin Book 6, is scheduled for release on August 2, 2016. I'm confident that the audiobook will be released on the same day. The audiobook is not available to preorder at Audible yet.
This is part of my attempt to review some espionage thrillers that I listened to prior to writing reviews at Audible. Like Ben Coes and Mark Greaney, British author Tom Wood began publishing espionage novels in 2010, but I do not consider Tom Wood to be in the same class as Coes, Greaney, or even Brad Taylor who published his first espionage thriller very early in 2011. The reasons include the fact that Victor the Assassin novels are not as well researched for geographic authenticity. More importantly Victor has not developed; he remains a cold blooded killer without a hint of humanity or remorse. I explain more completely in my 10/16/2015 two star review of Wood's The Darkest Day.
The Enemy is Book 2 of the Victor series. I believe it is the best of the first five books in the series and it is a solid 5 star listen. Rob Shapiro narrates the Victor series wonderfully well.
I'm currently on my fourth listen in the last year or so.
Victor is the only answer to this question.
Rob Shapiro is very dry and calculated, and I mean that in a good way. He is the perfect voice to portray the slightly bleak world view that exists in this book.
I certainly could listen to the entirety of this book in one long car ride if I ever found myself in that situation.
I have listened to a hundred books in this genre over the past few years and simply put, this is a shining example of what a modern thriller should be. The whole series is fantastic, but this book in particular is flawless. Believable plot and characters without sacrificing drama, this book manages to be epic in scale and local at the same time. Bravo.
I enjoyed the first book of this series so much that I bought book 2 and book 3. I wasn't as enamored of book 2. It was action packed, the story line was just a bit off and Victor wasn't acting as much like the Victor of book 1. And spoiler alert…book 3 put me off the series.
No wasted credit here, just not what I had hoped for given the strength of book 1.
Yes. Super story, moves right along. There are no dull moments, lots of high tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Never listened to Rob Shapiro before "The Killer", the first in this series. He reminds me alot of Scott Brick. His performance was excellent.
I've listened to two in a row and my next will be the third. I sure hope Tom Wood will write another one soon. Victor is an assassin with morals, he's smart and cunning and even if some scenes are a little far reaching this is fiction and thoroughly enjoyable. If you like Court Gentry, Jake Pendleton or Dewey Andreas then this book is the perfect addition to your collection.
If you liked The Killer, you'll love the Enemy. It's a tight tale, with lots of twists and turns, and with some really excellent plotting. Set in Europe, it provides descriptions and settings in places that I can only hope of getting to someday. I have really enjoyed the series, and the highest compliment I can pay a writer is "WHERE IS BOOK 3?" And that's what I want to know: when will I get to read the next of Tom Wood's Victor stories.
I've enjoyed several of the Victor the Assassin series, but this was just plain bad writing. The author's idea of suspense consists mainly of having Victor keep dropping his gun. Moreover, the author had initiated several storyline threads in this over-long tale but mostly didn't wind them up. In the end, the author drifted off into the sunset while the Israeli killers went off to lick their wounds. Disappointing and Boring.
The author's attention to detail is the most enjoyable aspect of this series. The assassin doesn't just pick up a gun and shoot. We learn the type of gun, type of ammo, characteristics of both and the reasons for using both. If you're not into that level of detail, this book isn't for you. I also love the details of the counterespionage Victor uses at all times.
The narrator was flawless given the multiple accents required although Victor sounded a little flip at times which goes against my perception of a lethal assassin.
Mr. Wood does such a great job of writing his characters that you are suck into the story. I like that he seemed to give a conscious and a soul to his handler at the CIA, something few authors do. He also does a nice job of moving the story along with lots of action but it doesn't feel like it is forced or contrived but flows naturally. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next but also didn't want the book to end. Mr. Shapiro does a great job with voices, inflection and speed.
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
Set in Bucharest to start, luv the settings used in these stories. Can't wait to wade into the rest of this series.
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