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  • The Hunter

  • Victor the Assassin, Book 1
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (381 ratings)

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The Hunter

By: Tom Wood
Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
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The suspenseful new release action thriller audiobook The Hunter is the first installment in the tantalising series Victor the Assassin, written by Tom Wood and narrated by acclaimed voice actor Daniel Philpott. Trained assassin Victor is on the run from powerful enemies that want him dead. The job in Paris was a set-up. Now he’s been thrown into their sights and has never been so close to danger. Victor is charming, elusive and entirely irresistible. The ladies that flock to him are beyond beautiful. This story is one that will lure you in and keep you captive. Available now from Audible.

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. 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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Great detail, great story: couldn't stop listening

What made the experience of listening to The Hunter the most enjoyable?

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!

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Listening to a story should help one sleep

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

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Improbable fantasy badly written.

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.

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Great Introduction

This was a great story, introducing our main character and the lifestyle of his "work".
Looking forward to the following books in the series.

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Surprised and pleased

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) ..

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Fun listening for big boys

Narrator made the book fun and interesting .
The hero Victor is over the top but entertaining.
Reading it would probably be a pain.

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Over dramatic

Over dramatic language used detracts fron the storyline and the narrator fades in and out of various accents seemingly at random

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Great story, Great narration.

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.

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Great story read by a great narrator

What did you like most about The Hunter?

Very detailed but maintained the intrigue and fast pace

Have you listened to any of Daniel Philpott’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No first one ... but very well narrated

Any additional comments?

First Tom Wood book I've read (listened to) and I will definitely pick another

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Sorry, wrong choice of narrator

This really is a great story with great characters. Diaspponted with the narrator mostly due to this an American story although mixed with others but the US accents didn't work from a British narrator and sometimes he tried to put on an american accent when he was narrating rather than taking on the voice of the character. I hope Reid is not dead....as a recurring character he'd be good as a nemesis and sorry to see the end of Rebecca just when her character was becoming interesting. However, first time with Tom Wood and loved it areal page....I mean ear turner ;) Good stuff!!

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