Forget James Bond. Forget Jason Bourne. Forget Jack Bauer. Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. But when a Paris job goes spectacularly wrong, Victor finds himself running for his life across four continents, accompanied by a woman too beautiful to trust, pursued by enemies too powerful to escape.
©2011 Tom Wood (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing
"Jack Reacher meets Thomas Crown in this electrifying thriller." (Simon Kernick)
"A nonstop, breathless, trimmed-to-the-bone thriller with action sequences that are absolutely state-of-the-art. It's the best chase novel I've read in years." (Joseph Finder)
"An impressively intricate thriller.... The scenes are vivid and the plot revelations parcelled out at expert intervals.... Exciting." (New Yorker)
"A superlative debut... Thriller fans will be eager to see more from this bright new talent." (Publishers Weekly)
Tom Wood appears to have struck the perfect balance between detail, realism and story. This is a superbly written novel. The story is a little Dexter-like: you can't help but loving the bad guy. I have already downloaded the next book in the series, I just hope Tom keeps them coming!
Listening to stories at night has helped me deal with chronic pain, not this one! It was so compelling I had to listen to the whole story. The ending, the last half a chapter was disappointing but overall a brilliant story read expertly. Thanks
The story is riveting to say the least, the characters are well distinguished by the narrator and I found myself clued to the earpiece. Highly recommend this book.
Very detailed but maintained the intrigue and fast pace
No first one ... but very well narrated
First Tom Wood book I've read (listened to) and I will definitely pick another
This novel is totally unbelievable on every level. Russia have mounted a massive effort to salvage the missiles. There is no way the CIA would not have known about this kind of operation. No one survives seven or more gunfights with professional killers. This novel is a teenage boys comic book.
I gave been enjoying David Baldacci and Vince Flynn novels.
Protagonist is a good guy.. You want him to win.
This has the main character as an assassin out for No 1..
So my thoughts were of Day of the Jackal .. (didn't like the assassin in the movie.) and a little reluctance .
However reasonable quickly found it an enjoyable and fast paced action book
Just ordered the next one in the series .
Great narrator. Good variation of pace during action/suspense parts ..
Accents not overdone but distinguish well the different character .
(helps that there are various nationalities in play) ..
"Incredible first story from this author."
The dark side. There is no hero, he is no hero.
The British assassin. Because he is a slightly twisted fellow.
Fast paced right from the go and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Will definitely buy the next one in the series.
"Hunter and Hunted. Good action story."
This was the first one. His accents and characters are very good.
Though its not all that this book is about, but Tom Wood has a good grasp of depicting hand to hand combat, he either researched well or has experience - either way the story is richer for it. Looking forward to the next book.
Probably would not try another book by this author, but the narrator was good overall.
Not really. Whilst the writing is good and the plot reasonable, if not startlingly original, I felt that there is just too much action and not enough intrigue to maintain interest. In fact, the almost constant gun battles and chases are unrelenting and, eventually, terribly tedious. I gave up completely about an hour out from the end when yet another fight and chase broke out in exhaustive and exhausting detail and I lost interest in the outcome of the story and the fate of the main character.
The narrator played the various parts without overdoing the accents, but the characters were hardly engaging enough to choose any favourite performance from Mr Philpott.
Luckily, I'm not given to indulging in murderous rampages with automatic weapons, so no.
I love a good action story - Frederick Forsyth, Gerald Seymour etc. - and the action scenes in this book were certainly well written and finely detailed, but for me (an ex-Army Officer) it was just a bit too wearing in the end.
"Really good page turner keeps you interested"
Certainly up within the top few
Good story very well weaved together plenty of action good characters well worth a credit
"Victor what a character !!"
Love this book and the both the writing and narration.
Was sorry it had to finish but went straight on to book 2
Please release book 3 asap
His narration is excellent, puts across the character in a way that is both believable and interesting. Many a good book can be spoiled by poor narration but this choice was spot on
"The Hunter Kept me on edge from page 1"
The action started from page 1
Kept me on tenterhooks the whole time
great book, loved it.
The plot was pedestrian, the characters two-dimensional, the writing cliche-ridden and the narration woeful. In particular it would be a good idea to get a narrator who can manage an American accent.
"Nothing to like here"
I've read many assassin series, this is the first one where there isn't a single character with any appeal or interest. There are no characters you can support or like. None have any depth at all. The story just trundles along, but I can't care what happens next. The narrator is good, but he's fighting a losing battle. I won't be trying the rest of the series. This book is purposeless.
Liked it Fast moving. Action. Twists. What's not to like, Five stars from me on this
"Tom Wood delivers a great story"
Haven't read the paper version
Great description of a stake out scene in a Swiss Chalet and the associated firefight.
Easy, Appropriate, Interesting
Will Victor Make It?
Well worth a listen. Recommended.
"Fast paced and well written"
A excellent holiday read - easy to fall straight into and not put down until finished. Narration was perfect for the character. All in all - excellent book and Well recommended
"Really engaging adventure!"
A perfectly paced narrative peppered with interesting characters and sub-plots. I've enjoyed many of Lee Childs' books and feel that in Victor, I've found the next Reacher!
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