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The Killer Audiobook

The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

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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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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 11-28-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 11-28-15 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "More Action Than An Uzi On Auto!"

    I'm cleaning off blood splatter and fumigating away the stink of GSR! This book rattles action at you without stopping to reload. Oh, here and there it pause to fit in a sliver of plot, then - WUPPA-DUH! WAP!, STAB!, FWUMP!, TOSS!, HEAVE!, HEAD-BUTT!, and FWAK!

    I'm exhausted but smirking. If you're after non-stop action acted potently by Rob Shapira and written to the top... Here it is. 15 stars! And I cannot imagine how Wood will maintain this pitch in the next Assassin novel... Well, I'm going to find out soon as I wipe the gore outta' my earphones.

    Not for the squeamish, but if you've got a teenage boy whose not reading because his teachers have numbed him with "Great Expectations" and "Little Women" type girly-stuff... Give the guy this in print.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff P. Westlake, OH USA 02-08-14
    Jeff P. Westlake, OH USA 02-08-14 Member Since 2017

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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Julius 03-26-15
    Julius 03-26-15

    A straight-tailed slick-Hog knuckle dragging mouth breather; and proud of it!

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    "Victor is a bad guy, but a good read"
    Would you listen to The Killer again? Why?

    I enjoyed The Killer so much that I've listened to it three times already...and I am sure I will again. Although he is not a good guy, Victor lives by rules, a lot of rules. And they are geared to keeping him alive in a world and profession that is unforgiving of mistakes. Why do I keep going back for a fresh listen? It's because Tom Wood gets the little things right. He researches the equipment and his character motivation is nothing but spot-on. Everything is believable and unpredictable. All of that makes for a good story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 04-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Just missed being really good"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cartec Charlotte, North Carolina 02-02-17
    Cartec Charlotte, North Carolina 02-02-17 Member Since 2015

    Cheryl Carter

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    "He's no hero but you like him away"

    I enjoyed this book. I gave this story four stars because although the story was engrossing and the characters believable some of their actions were a little difficult to comprehend. The first character introduced in the book was described as a mild-mannered man with a loving wife at home. We were led to believe he was an analyst type but by the end of the book we were asked to believe he was capable of things that really did not flow with his initial character. It would not have been so disturbing if it had not been a pivotal part of the story.

    Victor is no hero but I was constantly seeing him as such. I rallied around him and wanted him to succeed although it left a guilty feeling in the pit of my stomach that I was cheering on a 'killer, someone who does nothing else with his life but kill people. Victor is portrayed with very little humanity but the author makes it work and the story is very entertaining.

    The narrator is very accomplished and I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. I will look for him in other works as he brought this book to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John P. 01-06-17
    John P. 01-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book for travel"

    This is a easy good listen for travel on planes and cars. Even if things get loud around you keeps your attention without being crazy detailed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J and M 12-16-16
    J and M 12-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "10 Stars"

    Victor is like a one man army. He assassinates the assassins. This whole series keeps you on the edge of your seat. Fast moving and action packed. Tom would clearly puts you in the scene. You smell the cordite. You can taste the blood in the air. And, Rob Shapiro is just awesome! J.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Adams Sherman, TX 10-14-16
    Terry Adams Sherman, TX 10-14-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Hard to review"
    What did you like best about The Killer? What did you like least?

    Very well written and very well performed. What I like least was there was not a single person in the book I liked. I like to find someone, not always the main character, who I can identify with and follow. I did not like anybody. In fact, it would not have bothered me if everybody died at the end.


    What could Tom Wood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't know. I knew what the story was about but I thought there might be something good in the main character. I was a big fan of Mitch Rapp when Vince Flynn was alive. But there is nothing good. Very simply, give him enough money and he will kill someone.


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

    First time, I think. To be honest, I don't keep track of who the performer is.


    Did The Killer inspire you to do anything?

    It is impossible for me to think even less of big government but I do think I'll spend some more time at the range keeping my skills at an acceptable level.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll see what else Mr. Wood has written but I'm done with this character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chapmx 01-25-16
    Chapmx 01-25-16
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    "Decent listen"

    Predictable story. Was decent book but do not believe I would purchase other books as was not overly gripping.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abby 11-19-15
    Abby 11-19-15 Member Since 2014

    A-book-a-day Audio listener, mother, grandmother, citizen of the world, dog lover, kayaker, windsurfer, eccentric, eclectic semi- recluse...

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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