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)
I bought this in one of the special offer deals (try the first in a series, kind of thing). this was the last one i listened to, and since all the others were some variation of crapola, i didn't expect much. i was pleasantly surprised.
i think the storyline benefits hugely from the narrator. he uses a kind of flat, staccato delivery, perfect for how an emotionless contract killer might actually think. the story is well developed, and paced well. i wish the one femail character ha had a tad more backbone and little less batted-eyelashes bs, but it wasn't so bad that it ruined her role. I'll buy book 2, so that says something.
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.
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For THE most ridiculous car chase that went on for about a half hour too long. Otherwise, kept me transfixed every waking moment.
Audio book lover with sci-fi leanings
Great story with excellent attention to details. Tom wood rivals Tom Clancy and will be sure to be a staple in my audible library.
Just missed being great so it was just good. Reader performed well at times and seemed bored at times, seems he thought some fight scenes and the car chase lasted too long. The one thing that really got me was the interaction of Victor and Rebecca but he missed on that too.
This book held my attention throughout. I did enjoy it, but I would have preferred a little less shooting and a little more character development.
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Almost all the book
Surprised at what the negative reviews said. I listen to it anyway and was not disappointed.
This is the first of 4 books. This one is good, and by book four, I am giving 5 stars.
Juvenile dialog, pretty good writing, and MASTERFUL action scenes. Unlike Ben Coes or Mark Greany, Tom Wood really knows how to write a believable and nail-biting action scene that does not take you out of the moment with cartoonish stupidity or technical inaccuracy.
Victor is a great creation, and pretty consistent in his actions and most but not all of what he says.
The writing is pretty good, with the occasional dangling participle but very smooth syntax. The silly dialog improves bit by bit in the next 3 books (yes, there are more!) and Victor becomes more sympathetic while the CIA becomes less evil. I would remind Rob Shapiro, the narrator, that the word is "prostrate", not "Prostate"-- an error he repeats in the next book in the series. Shapiro is good, but I wish he would tone down the querulous whining and let the dialog carry some of the load.
Often, when an author paints his beleaguered hero into a "how will he ever get out of this?" corner, the escape is disappointingly unbelievable. But no Deus Ex Machina here, Tom Wood comes up with some very clever solutions, stratagems, and twists.
Tom Wood is intelligent. I like that in an author. Some of what gets published today is really lowest common denominator stuff, but here we have logic and believability.
If you like this first book about Victor, you are in for a treat, as they keep getting better, and Wood gets better at keeping you guessing.
Think of Bond with no morals - Victor is a serious killer for hire. The stories within stories provide terrific excitement. I usually find chase scenes, fight scenes, etc boring and tend to skip over but these are nicely thought out like a well made, creative maze. You don't know how it will work but it does. Unpredictable and I LOVE unpredictable. And then you want the the next and the next and the next... I am so happy I bought the first 2 when audible was offering a good price for the first two in different series. Now I'll have to get the rest. Let me add that Rob Shapiro narrates so well. I really admire when individual characters' voices are instantly recognized. Audible, you are addictive!
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