Forget James Bond. Forget Jason Bourne. Forget Jack Bauer.
Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer.
Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life. Pursued by determined enemies, a woman too beautiful to be safe, and intelligence agencies from both sides of the Atlantic, Victor will soon discover there is nowhere left for him to hide...and no one he can trust. But he is every bit as ruthless as those hunting him. And Victor will find out who wants him dead and why - one corpse at a time.
©2010 Tom Hinshelwood (P)2013 Tantor
"A superlative fiction debut.... Nonstop action that veers and twists from one ferocious gun battle, double cross, and betrayal to the next.... Thriller fans will be eager to see more from this bright new talent." (Publishers Weekly)
Victor just may be my top draft pick in my fantasy paintball tournament. Rapp, Hawke, Reacher, Wells, Allon, Ryan, Harvath, Malone. If you know these guys, you will like this book. Engaging from the start.
BUBBA HE'S A LAB/PITBULL MIX 4YRS OLD
...in anticipation for book#2. What I love best about this book is I have nothing negative to say about it. The action never stops and has me wishing I was there. I must admit perhaps the reason I loved the book so much was because my hopes were not very high that it would be on par with Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Mark Greaney or Ben Coes. I cant help but feel Tom Wood is on his way. If this is your genre and you cant like if not love this book, then this isnt your genre!
I love a story that can make me wish for nothing but good fortune for a really bad person.
There was nothing not to like. His performance was beyond adequate.
Indeed, thinking of changing career.....
Cant wait for book#2 in what I hope to be a long series.
The pace of the storyline. I really enjoy stories with a lot of movement/action, and this story delivered. Every event, action, and conversation was linked together in a way that made sense and moved the story forward quickly. The characters were strong and easily distinguishable from each other so it was easy to quickly figure out who you liked and who you didn't. Even though the story is about a man we should despise, it was still easy to relate to him, his thoughts and feelings. In a world where he's typically the hunter, he had to deal with the fact that he was being hunted. The author takes you along for the ride, making you feel as if you're in the midst of chaos with him. You're there with the assassin, as he has to figure out how to get out of a number of bad situations that could result in his demise with one bad decision.
The assassin, Victor. He was cool, calm, collected, and very lethal. Despite his occupation, you still saw a glimpse of his compassion which made you wonder what led him to the life he led. He wasn't perfect, but he was cool.
There were so many, but one that stands out is when he thought he could take a moment to relax only to discover that a pretty good trap had been set to kill him. His ability to discern what isn't obvious, to find the trap and come up with a great way to get himself out of it, was good.
When he had to make a decision -- try to save the life of his unintended "companion" -- which could result in his own death, or leave the "difficult" individual on their own. His choice gave you a glimpse into who the man really is.
Before I finished reading the book, I searched for and found -- to my relief, there are other books in this series. I already bought book 2. This author is good.
If you like extraordinary detail of minutia, particularly arms related, this is the book for you. if you like endless descriptions of battle scenes this is the book for you. If you like plots as complex as TV shows this is the book for you.
What a waste of a talented narrator. I would love to listen to him in other books.
Nonstop action! Kept me engaged and guessing right up until the end. A very intelligent story with great characters who will stay with me for a long time
I did enjoy this book. It starts with great action and continues throughout. I could not help but see the close similarity to the Jason Bourne stories. The narration was great (kudos to Shapiro). The story structure was excellent until we neared the end. While there was tremendous activity, it became hard to follow and did not always make that sense. I enjoyed listening to the book and will have to think hard about another Tom Wood adventure.
The majority of the book was well written and then, all of a sudden, it was like a 12 year old on LSD was given the reigns.
I might, and that is a big "might" try reading one more of his novels. But if it goes off like a flash-bang grenade in a fireworks factory like this one did, i will put him on the "no read' List.
Some variance in voices. Build a little tension with his voice.
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