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...
©2013 Tom Hinshelwood (P)2013 Tantor
71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
This is the series featuring Victor, the Assassin. In this book, he is working for the CIA and takes on an assignment to substitute for another assassin whom he recently killed. The story is great with Victor moving through the "job" assigned to the other assassin. He is able to do it, because the contractor has never met the man he hired, so Victor is perfectly believable. The story takes a slight twist when the contractor brings in the other assassin's estranged wife and expects a reaction from the assassin (really Victor). Victor shows he is still a really good guy when he puts the safety of the other assassin's wife and child ahead of his own, even though he had never met her before this. The author does a great job moving between multiple facets of the story until they eventually collide to create an exciting ending. Highly recommend.
Unlike book 2, I thought this book was more tightly formed. The plot was logical, and while somewhat complex, flowed much better than book 2 in this series. The tension builds almost unnoticed until the action packed end. I loved the first book but thought book 2 was too disjointed and unnecessarily complicated, this one is just right.
Great readers like Shapiro, keep characters voices interesting and consistent while moving the story along with ease.
Great read if you enjoy action, international intrigue and likable bad guys like Victor.
I have enjoyed Tom woods writing style and his character development of victor. The narrator is fantastic. I enjoyed this book more then the first. I look forward to the next one.
The plot had numerous unexpected twists. A thrill a minute ride. Great read by Rob Shapiro. Victor is such a complex character, we would really like to see his "back story".
Didn't read print.
I bought the three books from a sale. They were all good, but the second two were better than the first.
Yes I did. I will likely listen to it again.
Though I bought all three on sale, I think they were worth the credit.
Nerdy analyst, Tory Episcopalian and former Marine
Thrilling story dominated by a larger than life lead character who at times came across as too fantastic to be credible.
The author once again gives us great story about his main character-Victor. He is as deadly as ever but the
plot extends to the very end. Keeps you guessing about the direction until the final few chapters
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.
Love Crime books! Lee Child, Karen Slaughter, Mark Greaney, Greg Iles, Michael Connely, Lisa Gardner, Patricia Cornwell
I loved the twist and turns. things weren't so predictable. I love a good series.
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