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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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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.

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  • Nathan
  • SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States
  • 12-03-15

Don't mess with Victor

I have to say, that it's always funny to me when the protagonist of a story is the "bad guy", Haha....but this is a fantastic book. The Victor character is such a great one. This book has such great action sequences. The overall story was a bit of a stretch, but the action sequences were first rate. I did not love Rob Shapiro's narration. I thought it was good, just not great. Not my style, I guess. A great book, and I look forward to the next one!

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Drove extra miles

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I found myself driving extra miles in my car to my destinations in order to be able to listen to more of the book.

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As good as Tom Clancy!

Great story with excellent attention to details. Tom wood rivals Tom Clancy and will be sure to be a staple in my audible library.

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  • Js
  • 11-21-14

Lee Child Move Over

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.

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Outrageously Good!

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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  • Michael
  • Summerville, SC, United States
  • 10-07-13

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.

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  • kevin
  • PASADENA, MD, United States
  • 09-11-13

Wow, the "view series" icon has me drooling....

What did you love best about The Killer?

...in anticipation for book#2. What I love best about this book is I have nothing negative to say about it. The action never stops and has me wishing I was there. I must admit perhaps the reason I loved the book so much was because my hopes were not very high that it would be on par with Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Mark Greaney or Ben Coes. I cant help but feel Tom Wood is on his way. If this is your genre and you cant like if not love this book, then this isnt your genre!

What did you like best about this story?

I love a story that can make me wish for nothing but good fortune for a really bad person.

What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

There was nothing not to like. His performance was beyond adequate.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Indeed, thinking of changing career.....

Any additional comments?

Cant wait for book#2 in what I hope to be a long series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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?

4 of 7 people found this review helpful