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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

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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 01-07-14

1 Review for 3 books in series

The overall was rating was a 4 because the 1st two were o.k. - But this book (The third) was definitely the best. Rob Shapiro has a great voice... Very easy to listen to - Probably why the first book was a better listen then it was to read. By the time I was 3/4ths through the 1st book - I was pretty sure I was getting the second. I like Tom Woods writing style very much. Unfortunately I compare all assassins to Mitch Rapp (Who I considered the best ever) You will be missed Vince Flynn!.... That said - This Assassin has a lot of potetial. As I said - The 1st book was o.k. - The second was definitely better & The 3rd had the best story of the three. Very glad I picked up this series & I hope the Tom Wood continues on the same path.

J

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Best Victor book yet

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

Rob Shapiro's voice is PERFECT for this character. He can be very serious or very sarcastic and cutting with just the right inflections in his voice. I have looked for other books he has narrated but unfortunately in this genre there are few. I hope there are more to come in the future.

Any additional comments?

Yes, Victor is a Superman and an assassin all rolled up into one. In comparison to others around him who are dropping like flies he remains relatively unscathed, but if he were mortally wounded it would be THE END! What is interesting in this series is finding out who will be standing at the end of the story (excluding Victor). He doesn't discriminate between men or women. The author doesn't have any problems making women the bad guy or (in previous books) having women in good guy roles getting killed. I do like that sometimes the ones your rooting for actually make it to the end alive. That's the enjoyment in these books, not who done it but who's gonna make it.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • kevin
  • PASADENA, MD, United States
  • 12-27-13

Can't wait for more, excellent series!!!

Victor is everything an assassin should be. Unparalleled skills combined with just enough paranoia to make him the perfect weapon. This book and the rest of the series are must haves. You haven't wasted your credits if this is your genre.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 01-16-16

Loved It!

Once again, heart pumping action strung together with weight bearing plot and Clancy-like tech. Victor the Assassin's gotta' be today's 007. Great escapist stuff. No literary redeeming features... but an EXPLOSION of testosterone leaves powder burns all over my imagination. There's nothing I can tell you about the plot without bringing it spoiling down around your expectations.

And Rob Shapiro? Cannot say enough so I won't try. This is my VERY favorite action team right now and I'm off to find the next in the series. You like this kind of stuff? Then start this epic from the first book "The Killer" and work your way toward "The Game".

Oh... and virtually no politics hidden badly in the narrative. Not to worry that Wood's trying to see you some sort of ideological snake oil, just... did I say escapist stuff? Yeah Dude (or Dudette) I did!

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  • Xavier
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 06-25-14

3 out of 3 wonderful Thriller

Read my review of Book 1 of 3. This writer is outstanding! Get all 3 and you will be happy. I can't wait for the next book. Same satisfaction as "Mitch Rapp" who works to protect our nation, but this character works for money as an assassin but has a conscious and "monster skills"(weapons, strategy, technology, intelligence). Fun and exciting.

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Heart and Head of Stone

Protagonist is so amoral and insensible and as he very rarely is moved by anything other than murder and the tactics related thereto, he becomes more than a little boring. Conditioned to believe that no matter how inescapable his current dilemma, the reader knows he will indeed escape, the books are missing a major element or contingency that make continuing palatable.
He needs a (near) fatal flaw.

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Another excellent installment

I'm totally hooked on the Victor series. I'm enjoying the way Victor's character is becoming more complex with each installment, and yet also staying true to who he is -- a cold-blooded assassin, but not without soul, and certainly possessing a keen intellect. The way he puzzles things out is very interesting. The second book, as much as I enjoyed it, sometimes read as if passages were being recited from a gun catalog, but The Game focuses more on the characters and plot, without sacrificing details. I'm definitely up for the next book, and worried the series will be over for me soon--I hope Mr. Wood is continuing to write more Victor books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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organized in a linear plot.

I enjoy this series. Victor is not some physical superman, rather a consistent logical processor of information with his own warped code of ethics.

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This was the best yet

Would you consider the audio edition of The Game to be better than the print version?

Didn't read print.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters.

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

I bought the three books from a sale. They were all good, but the second two were better than the first.

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

Yes I did. I will likely listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

Though I bought all three on sale, I think they were worth the credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Who better to impersonate an assassin then Victor?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful