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Victor is the ultimate predator. He surfaces to kill, then disappears into thin air. But he's a disposable commodity for the powerful people he works for - both the good guys and the bad. And no one has his back. Especially now that doing black bag jobs for the CIA has put a target on his head....

Antonio Alvarez, a high-ranking US intelligence official, is determined to clean house and find the legendary killer who slipped away from him during an operation in Paris. There's only one person Victor can turn to for help: a lethal female assassin whose life he once saved. And now Victor wants her to return the favor - by killing him....

©2017 Tom Hinshelwood (P)2017 Tantor

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Victor - my favorite bad boy assassin!

Victor - he's the best of the bad boys.
Raven is a woman who is almost as bad.
So, this book picks up where the last book left off. For anyone who doesn't remember or you've never listened to the last book, Victor had been working with someone. In the end he realized she was going to kill him and he poisoned her instead. She convinced him that she was worth saving and he tells her that if she is very fast and gets to a hospital ASAP she can be saved.
This book picks up with someone trying to kill Victor and someone trying to kill Raven while she is weak and still in the hospital.
Anyway, both Victor and Raven are very analytical assassins who need favors from each other. The circumstances are complex and the stakes are their lives. Can you guess who will be hmmmm... Victor-ious?
Although each of the Victor books can be read as a stand alone, I would recommend reading them in order because of the progression of this character.
Rob Shapiro is as always an OUTSTANDING narrator. I sincerely hope he and Victor continue to be a team.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!!!
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14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 08-30-17

Victor the Assassin never disappoints!

The Victor the Assassin series has an antihero rather than a hero as protagonist. The Final Hour is book 7 in this very popular espionage series. In Victor British author Tom Wood has developed a unique protagonist who treats killing for money as just as job. US and UK intelligence agencies hire him to kill their targets as they hire other assassins to kill him.

In The First Hour Victor is exhausted by the need to always be vigilant and would like to either retire of at the least get some time to rest. His idea is to stage his own death with the help of a female assassin.

For action and intense, sustained suspense the Victor series is as good as any of the novels of the espionage thriller genre. Fans of the genre are sure to enjoy the novels as the books also create ethical dilemmas for the reader or listener. I've often wondered why a British author like Wood would select an American like Rob Shapiro to narrates his novels. I suspect he expects the US to be the major market for his audio books. In any case Shapiro does a great job.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann
  • United States
  • 09-10-17

Cabernet and Almonds ...

This audiobook combines a fast-paced, very well-written tale of murder and suspense with one of the best narrators in the business. I had never before heard of Tom Wood or Rob Shapiro; I just took a chance because I needed to quickly select an audiobook for a trip. Wow, what a pair: Woods and Shapiro! Like a good cabernet and dark-chocolate almonds, I'm going in for seconds on these two!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not the best in the series...

This was definitely my least liked book in the series. Pretty bland. The story felt thrown together. Hopefully it sets us up to an incredible book 8.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Better than The Darkest Day, but not the best

This is book 7, picking up where book 5 left off--Victor left rival Raven dying of some unknown poison. As he goes off to work in book 6, she is recuperating in the hospital. This book is half about her. And someone is out to get them both. And she, like any good Bond girl falls in love with him, but Victor is a sociopath and cannot love anyone. The only reason we keep coming back, is that he does have some principles, some values. If not for those, he would be utterly despicable.

The story is, nevertheless, exciting and engaging, with Rob Shapiro doing his usual fantastic job of providing voices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

YES! I have always been a fan, and this book does not disappoint. Great writing, great story, it flows well, and doesn't leave you wanting anything but more from the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Always delivers!!

The attention to details is so enjoyable! Can you really pop a zip tie like that?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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very thrilling Amazing Story the relationship

love it took my time finishing did not want to finish the book I wish I could go forever the relationship between Raven and Victor are amazing the last book let us into this one it was very very good dinner either voice amazing very true talmud you knocked it out of the park

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Another home run!

I love this series and will never get enough. Of the whole genre, it's the best series in my opinion. The writing is very clever and witty. If you love the Gray Man or Orphan X, then try this, but you should read the others first, especially A Time to Die to understand some of the background for this one. Enjoy.

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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 09-08-17

Come down to earth people with your 5 star reviews

It was better than the last book - But that's not a very big reach..

The drama between Victor and Raven is a little much to listen to. Also - I hope the fight scenes between a Middleweight bad-A male assassin and a fly weight female assassin are done..

Anyway - I liked the first 3 books overall in this series - But I haven't been a big fan since...

3 of 5 people found this review helpful