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The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1 | [Tom Wood]

The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    David Sausalito, CA, United States 09-07-13
    David Sausalito, CA, United States 09-07-13
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    "Rootin' For The Bad Guy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend! This is an action packed book that moves at a blistering speed an doesn't stop until you here the very familiar phrase, "Audible hopes you've enjoyed this program" telling you the book's over. the protagonist of the story is a paid assassin but he's a very likeable paid assassin who goes by the "code' name "tesseract". Some aspects of this book might seem cliche(C.I.A. double-crosses and the like) but I feel Tom Wood's strong character development(especially Tesseract) and the story arc in general overshadow any feeling I had that I might have read something like this before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tesseract(the assassin), I was actually rootin' for this guy to survive from page 1 of this book! Tom Wood's made me feel like Tesseract was just another working stiff trying to make a living, just like you or me. So what if he's a paid assassin, everybody's got to make a living some how, right? I thought you might agree with me. He's a cold-blooded killer but he has "principles" and that's good enough for me. This isn't just a book about one guy killing people, it's much more that but out of fear of giving too much of the story away I'll hold off on getting into any details.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Shapiro’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I might have, I don't know but I can tell you he did a fantastic job with the narration on this book. I felt it was spot on and I'd definitely listen to another one of Rob Shapiro's performance again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I would have liked to listen to it in one sitting but my god, it's 15+ hours long! I couldn't do it, I'm sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great, adrenaline filled roller-coaster ride of a book and I'll be keeping an eye out for other books written by Tom Wood. I'm hoping he's not a, "one-book wonder". If you're into this kind of, um, "subject matter" give it a shot, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    brendanstallard lilburn, GA, United States 09-21-13
    brendanstallard lilburn, GA, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good start, not so good end"

    Book Review
    The Killer by Tom Hinshelwood/Tom Wood

    THIS REVIEW CONTAINS A SPOILER

    I saw this on the front page of Audible one day, and for some unknown reason, I have a bit of a thing for assassin books. I don’t really know why, perhaps because of the left over sadness of years of investigating crime while a UK copper. Perhaps reading histories of the middle and far east whence the lore of hashashin and ninja began.

    It’s the motivation for killing which always escapes me. Yeah, I get that you can get mad enough for revenge or anger purposes to put out someone’s lights. In self-defence, no question, him or me. Killing for money or ideological purpose? Dunno, less clear cut. I’m also pretty certain that it’s a difficult profession, rife with very high risk and there are many fewer hit-folk around than popular fiction would have us believe, thanks be.

    The Killer, Tom Wood’s first novel comes highly recommended by its reviewers on Amazon and Audible. Well written and performed.

    There is quite a lot of Gun-porn, the naming and delineation of qualities of various armaments is mentioned, if not labored over. Fair enough, they are the tools of those who work around guns.

    The writing is good, and the plot and narrative works well for the first half of the book. Character development proceeds apace, although we are not told a single thing about the assassin’s background.

    At about 2/3rds of the way in, a, “Hemingway Death,” occurs, which totally throws off the narrative and the plot. Up to this point, the twin fulcrum of the narrative was the softening of the assassin and a growing bond between him and another. A very humanizing and sweet element.

    The writer, by this death is painted into a corner and any mystery that the book might have had is removed and the reader now knows that we are to be left with a cataclysmic hung-up ending, which will leave us breathless for the next episode in what will be a three part series.

    There’s no question. For an assassin like this, you’ve either got to kill him, or turn his actions into reasonable ones. Otherwise he is utterly without remorse or morals, and writing THAT character is too anti-sympathetic, it won’t carry a book. Who wants to read a tale of endless murders for money? No, people don’t. There has to be a spec of humanity there, and in this book, the writer killed it with the, “Hemingway Death.”

    While I found the book readable and good work up to that point, afterwards it became mundane and the series of men chopping and fighting in Africa were boring and formulaic, the conclusion over-wrought to ridiculousness. Faugh. The direction was wrong, and the second half of the book could have done with some serious editing. There were longeurs.
    Up to 2/3rds of the way through, the book is compelling, vital and interesting. Afterwards, merely serviceable, somewhat boring fare you can read anywhere. For a writer with this talent, a poor outcome.

    Writers, STOP killing your darlings for shock and plot movement! We readers invest in those characters, kill them at peril of losing our interest.

    Disappointing.




    brendan

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 01-11-14
    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2002

    I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.

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    "You Can't Help Pulling for the "Bad Guy""

    When Tom Wood's "The Enemy" showed up as #2 in the series as a recommended read for me on Audible, I went back and bought The Killer and listened to it first. It was an exceptional novel, as good as Mark Greaney's "The Gray Man" but far less specific about the character's back story. It starts with a bang and keeps a fast pace through the entire novel. I could not wait to listen to this book all the way to the end. And as soon as I was done, I started on book 2. I hope this author gives us much more of Victor, the assassin in this series, because I have come to really enjoy his style of writing, and the cleverness of the character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-25-14
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-25-14 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Totally enjoyable"

    I am 4 months overdue in writing this review. I have listened to all the books in this series and I just want more. We have another top writer of suspense! This author introduces us to a assassin who is as clever as Sherlock Holmes( in his deductive thinking), He only needs minimum clues to find his prey. He is as cold blooded as they come yet does not tolerate people who use swear words. Great fun! Great Listen! I listened to all the books in this series 2 times. I am late in this review because I wanted to write a outstanding review, but I don't want to wait any longer so this is short and sweet. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Portage Lake, Maine, United States 04-12-14
    Kathryn Portage Lake, Maine, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Character"

    The story almost seemed to have been written by two different people. The first part of the book was well written and thorough. Many nice touches that really helped the reader/listener connect with the character. The second part of the book Victor seemed to be a different person. The caution, adherence to protocol seemed to disappear. It was as if he was two different characters or written by two different authors. It also seemed a bit 'cartoonish' with all the players descending on the same location at the same time. I loved the first half of the book and ho hum on the second part. If the whole book was written as well as the first half it would have easily gotten 4 stars. However, listen to this book to help you with the next two (although not necessary). The next two will really hook you in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margo New Mexico 04-08-14
    Margo New Mexico 04-08-14 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "I Like Victor"

    Even though he is an assassin, the author manages to build a character that you find yourself rooting for. Of course, his skills are superhuman, yet he struggles with anything but a brief and cursory human interaction. Definitely all business all of the time.

    Lots of action in this book, extreme characters on both ends of the spectrum, and a big body count. But still, I found it well worth the credit and will probably buy the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Pacifica, CA, United States 03-12-14
    Cynthia Pacifica, CA, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "THIS IS A THREE FOR..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is hard to find good books and I have listen to all three in this series and would recommend it to anyone wanting to be entertained for hours.... When I do a review I like to name some of my favorite authors to explain the type of books I enjoy , Vince Flynn, Lee Childs, Barry Eisler, Jack Campbell, and John Ringo to name a few....


    What did you like best about this story?

    It pulls you in from the start and doesn't let you go....


    What does Rob Shapiro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rob Shapiro brings Victor and the other characters to life. I will now use his name to search and see what else might be interesting...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Summerville, SC, United States 10-07-13
    Michael Summerville, SC, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Read!"
    If you could sum up The Killer in three words, what would they be?

    Can't wait for another book by this author. Keeps you on the edge of your seat.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JHP Westlake, OH USA 02-08-14
    JHP Westlake, OH USA 02-08-14 Member Since 2004

    JHP

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    "Victor just may be my top draft pick..."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 02-05-14
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 02-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    ""He lay prostate on the floor..." Seriously?"
    What made the experience of listening to The Killer the most enjoyable?

    He's not a total sociopath. CIA over-powerful creeps get theirs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The girl because she was smart but not perfect at everything.


    What does Rob Shapiro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The hilarity of his acyrologia. Prostate, indeed!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's what I do.


    Any additional comments?

    He snuffed her just like that?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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