Victor the assassin is living a solitary, peaceful life in Iceland when he's drawn into a job for an unidentified Swiss broker. Having passed the test, he's introduced to a group of mercenaries and killers who are tasked to perform the ultimate assassination.In this group, Victor meets someone from his past, someone who recruited him to the life he now knows-someone he thought was dead. And when he wants out, it's too late-his former mentor has other plans for him...
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Victor is at it again, visiting exotic locals, clandestine meetings, and the occasional body drop, all for high stakes of course. The game has all these and more. Victor's CIA handler is down and a young protege attempts to guide Victor as he impersonates a former target. And that is where it get really dicey, because even when he is impersonating someone else, he is still Victor...which is to say better than expected. And he has to be to make it to the other side in The Game. Tom Wood does another good job putting together the details, wrapping them in suspense and dolling it out at just the right pace, at least of my tastes. Unsavory folk abound and more than a few get their comeuppance. And that is a plus in TW's writing and one of the things I like about Victor, he is intentional about what he does. From his abstaining the use of profanity to his (every day) treatment of those around him. Unfortunately Victor doesn't grow in the way I hope. That is because he is soul sick and it shows, he is not a very nice guy. But then again, sometimes you don't need a nice guy and then Victor is handy to have around. Very handy indeed.
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I loved the twist and turns. things weren't so predictable. I love a good series.
I love this series I was a little bit concerned throughout this book on where the writer was heading with our main character I am glad that the book ended as it did in showing the past character traits that I grew to love in the main character I highly recommend this series and I look forward to more to come.
I like this series. It is full of action and I like the characters. Sometimes I am not crazy about getting bogged down with describing the fight scenes. Rob Schapiro is a marvelous narrator!!
These books are so rich in detail you can listen to them multiple times and still hugely enjoy them. This was my second listen having just listened to the 4 book series in order.
I assume different people view the star rating system differently. I use it to indicate entertainment value. If I give a book five stars, it means I enjoyed it very much. Less stars means it interested me or pleased me less.
This book defintely gave me 5 star value entertainment. However, the ending of the book bothered me a bit. Almost enough to reduce the rating. The ending was not bad, nor a disappointment, but it seemed inconsistent in quality when compared to the rest of the story. The book, although action/adventure, is also intelligent. The logic and explanations related to the choices and action of the main character are fascinating. Then the final chapter came. It made sense and was okay, but it seemed the author might have either been tired of writing the book or pressured to meet a deadline. Things were wrapped up with less explanation and development than needed. I was not completely satisfied with the climax of the book and the final chapter. Not disappointed. Just that feeling of "something more should have been there."
Having said the above, I recommend the book highly. I listen to books like this to keep my mind occupied when on the elipitcal machine in the gym or while driving long distances. This story made the time fly by. Hence, even though something did not seem quite right with the ending, I give it five stars!
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The story and the delivery was good
I had read previous reviews before I bought this and read one that said it was the best of the of the series, and I AGREE. This book kept me wanting to listen more. If I had the time, I would have probably listened to it in one sitting.
Absolutely. I am in love with Victor the Assassin. As I wait for the next book I'd happily listen to this again.
I'm sure I'm not alone when I compare these books to "The Grey Man" series
I think these books are my first experience with Rob Shapiro but 2 thumbs up!
No it didn't make me laugh or cry. And I didn't want it to. I want action and suspense and this book gave it to me in spades.
Tom Wood is one of my new favorite authors. I hope this series keeps going. Victor is awesome and Rob Shapiro is an EXCELLENT narrator.
I have to agree with reviewer Wesley from CT. I don't recall hearing any content re Victor the Assassin's former mentor, either. The audio book's description on this site declared that Victor would encounter some such character in this third volume of the series. I know I didn't sleep through any relevant segment, since I find the Victor books riveting. Confusing lead-up or not, I liked this book and also Rob Shapiro's usual excellent narration. I have just finished listening to No Tomorrow, the fourth book in the series. Another great story! Go, Victor!
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