He is darkness. She wants him dead. In a city starved of light, she might just succeed. She moves like a shadow; she kills silently: Raven.
This elegant assassin has been on the run for years. This time, though, she has picked the wrong target.
The hitman known only as "Victor" is as paranoid as he is merciless and is no stranger to being hunted. He tracks his would-be killer across the globe, aiming not only to neutralise the threat but to discover who wants him dead.
The trail leads to New York...and then the lights go out. Over 12 hours of unremitting darkness, Manhattan dissolves into chaos. Amid looting, conspiracy and blackout, Victor and Raven play a vicious game of cat and mouse that the city will never forget.
©2015 Tom Hinshelwood (P)2015 Oakhill Publishing
"Authentically brutal." (The Telegraph on The Enemy)
"Echoes of Jason Bourne...each plot twist is unexpected and well-timed." (Daily Mail on The Enemy)
"An impressively intricate thriller...expert.... Exciting." (New Yorker on The Hunter)
I've really enjoyed this series, but this last one seemed to get lost at times. The chase in New York went on for too long and all seemed a bit farcical with police and other agents appearing to intercept the couple at every turn. Manhattan is a big place!
On balance though, Tom Woods character is very believable and a brought to life by Daniel Philpott who does a great job.
It wouldn't be my first recommendation. The earlier books in the "Victor" series are better in my opinion.
I'm not sure whether a) I've just become a little desensitised to the format as this is the 5th, or b) whether the prolonged journey/chase in NY was just too long (too big a proportion of the whole storyline) but for whatever reason I did not find this one as enjoyable as the earlier books in the series. It's not a bad book ... but I wouldn't give it the very high ratings of the earlier ones.
Once again, Philpott does an excellent job with the narration.
Yes - I've enjoyed the full series of Victor the Assassin.
Well paced to suit the twists and turns of the story.
The many chapters covering the chase seemed to blend into one another.
"Great story with fantastic narration"
Another great instalment of the series, brought to life perfectly by the excellent narration of Daniel Philpott. Looking forward to the next book, fingers crossed with the same narrator!
"Fast Paced Thriller"
I've really started to like Tom Wood's Victor the assassin books with 'Better off Dead' being a real highlight for me. Although this is not the best in the series in my opinion, the author has still worked up a solid thriller. If you have enjoyed any of Tom Wood's earlier works, this will no doubt be a welcome addition to your library.
A superb continuation of the series
Fast paced and a must listen.
Can't wait for the next installment, hopefully a little longer
"Another great book in series"
Great listen in this book series and would definitely recommend. Look forward to next book.
I loved the fact 'Victor' got to work with someone else and the story line was left open so 'Ravan' could return
The book as usual was brilliantly written and narrated, do not ever use anyone else but Daniel to read your books
Can't wait for his next book which I'm sure will be a long wait but well worth it
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT
"Sorry but Victor's lost his edge!"
Victor has to do much better. Very predictable, slow moving and far too much unnecessary detail, particularly during his fights.
Lacks good content.
"Another killer story!"
the way this plot unfolds makes me think the author has been in the mists of killers and government spooks!
"Victors Back yet again"
The series just keeps getting better and better. Please Tom can we have some more
"Great job Vic"
As with my other reviews in this fantastic Tom Wood series, I have nothing but good things to say about it. Victor the assassin does it again, much like a modern day James Bond. Though it may not be shaken, the story is stirred up into a concussion of cool killings and savage cool headedness.
This guy is so cool. Buy it!
"Great suspense with precise brilliant narration."
No. The narration draws you into Victor's character and his world. The whole series has a wonderful consistency of creating unexpected outcomes in the different situations and dangers Victor cleverly overcomes. This is a great listen.
All of Victor's action scenes where he somehow manages to stay alive even if he is caught and things look dire!! In particular where he works with Raven but neither trust each other.
The end point where the final outcome of Raven is uncertain, and Victor moves on.
Can't wait for the next in the series along as you keep the same narrator.
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