The Hunter (Victor the Assassin Book 1)

Tom Wood (author)

No one knows what truly motivates the hunter. No one gets close enough to ask. When a Paris job goes spectacularly wrong, Victor finds himself running for his life across four continents, pursued by a kill squad and investigated by secret services from more than one country. With meticulous style, Victor plans his escape. In this first novel in the explosive Victor series, it's not about right and wrong - only about who lives and who dies. An Exclusive Short Story. Victor the Assassin 5. Victor the Assassin 4. Bad Luck in Berlin: A nonstop, breathless, trimmed-to-the-bone thriller with action sequences that are absolutely state-of-the-art.

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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. Thriller fans will be eager to see more from this bright new talent - Publishers Weekly, starred review. There are echoes of Jason Bourne, of course, but there's an added poignancy, a tinge of regret in the hero that gives this thriller an emotional, reflective quality which is rare today. Wood is a name we'll rightly hear much more about - Daily Mail.

Tom Wood ruthlessly dishes up an authentically brutal mid-book twist and an unapologetic killer who doesn't beg you to warm to him - Daily Telegraph. Tom Wood is a full-time writer born in Burton-on-Trent who now lives in London. Other secondary characters are serviceable, developed enough to be three-dimensional and to not be portrayed as mere pawns in service to the narrative. I liked Alvarez's character. The killer that the engineering of everything sends after Victor is pretty damn creepy.

Definitely the darker side of what Victor is. A good foil for him. Armchair travelers will appreciate the many and distinctive locations in this book. It's a mark of the researcher that they are portrayed in a way that feels authentic without being didactic. The gun play is constant, well because, that's the one of the assassins's main tools, but there are also some excellent car chases and hand-to-hand action.

A good mix of different action elements. Very good cat and mouse moments as well that made this as much a suspense book as an action book. I like that Victor is somewhat unpredictable. I was never sure exactly what Victor would do or how he would react in a situation and he kept me on my toes. He can be very brutal and that might be an issue for some readers. He reminded me of a less principled Jack Reacher in that regard.

I liked the subtle dynamic between Victor and Rebecca, although the conclusion on that front was poignant and not what I would have wished for. I think being with Rebecca helped Victor grow in an integral way, which I think will be explored in future books. He was cute how awkward he was around her. Not something you'd expect from a cold-blooded killer. The climax really kept tension high as Victor definitely finds himself facing his match and his options become extremely limited. He is fighting life and death and it's not pretty. I've never been a fan of invincible characters who never face risk, so I liked it that this was written this way.

Literally, I thought Victor was dead, but then I recalled this was a series, so I knew he had to come out of it alive. But it was a near thing. I love tough guy characters and I'm adding Victor to my list of go-to action heroes with some of the ones I mentioned above. He's very much an anti-hero, but he's not completely irredeemable.

While I didn't like that he killed some cops in this, at least he's not the kind of guy who would kill children or families or people who weren't in his way or affecting his own ability to preserve his life. I enjoyed this book very much and I'm looking forward to continuing this series. Readers who enjoyed this might like David Baldacci's Will Robie series. The first book is The Innocent. I wasn't thrilled with the book initially. I find long descriptions of gun and fist fights to be boring, not exciting.

The more of them there are, the more boring they become. When Rebecca was introduced to the storyline, it made Victor more human and that's what clicked for me. I am a little curious what happens to Victor, but I'm not sure it's enough to continue with this series. Oct 15, Andrew rated it it was amazing. This book is phenomenal. One of the best books I've read! I couldn't stop reading it. Then quickly read the rest of the Victor series. You can read just four lines of this book like "wow that's really cool. If you haven't read this. Do yourself a favor and start it ASAP!

Thank me later haha. This book is a must. Sep 03, Samuel rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Over the years, the class of protagonist has become a bit stale. In Britain, the most common protagonist is the lone Special Forces soldier, always getting the short end of the stick from the treacherous snakes in Vauxhall Cross and Whitehall. Granted, if executed well as men like Andy Mcnab and Vince Flynn have shown, using that template will work very well indeed.

Barry Eisler of the John Rain series came close, his creation being one of the most creative killers in fiction, but one who would turn into an awkward teenager on his first date at the sight of female company. Now to the review, what happens when the best assassin in the world has a bad day on the job The novel begins in Paris France. The protagonist, Victor, is in the process of completing a simple mission. With a suppressed FN Five-SeveN he shoots a man carrying a memory stick with unknown contents and quietly returns to his hotel. Unfortunately, he detects a hit squad looking for him.

What follows is a killing spree of memorable proportions as Victor efficiently outwits and removes the killers sent after him, the icing on the cake being what he does with a radio and SIGER. Leaving France, Victor stops to send a threatening message to the intermediary for the job and returns to his secluded property in Geneva. Unbeknown to Victor, he was hired as part of a private black op whose objective was to recover the location of a Russian Frigate with a special cargo which would give the US Navy a serious edge.

Unfortunately, the location which was about to be sold by a defector, to the CIA was contained on the memory stick Victor acquired on that night in Paris. Realizing that a separate unauthorized operation was being run in order to acquire the memory stick, the director of the National Clandestine Service begins to smell a rat.

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Confounding this problem are the plans being made by the directors subordinates who see this jeopardized operation as an opportunity to fulfill their own agendas. Back in Switzerland, Victor is attacked in his property by an American sniper and its location is compromised with the arrival of the Swiss police. The writing style is highly vivid and has been filed down to a fine point which makes this first novel almost seem written by a seasoned pro. Surprisingly Mr Wood seems to have done his research on tradecraft, nomenclature, weapons and technology, almost to the level of Fredrick Forsyth.

For many first books, authors sometimes screw up on the little details that can make connoisseurs of the genre throw fits of rage. The sniper who even attacks Victor's house uses an actual trick common in the US military to compensate his shots at a running Victor. Unlike certain established authors who believe they need to hit the reader over the head with their own political agenda which may come at expense of action and plot, the author intentionally kept his personal political preferences out of the book, knowing the feeling of those who suffer from boring lectures about why one side of the aisle is right in other books by established names.

For that I applaud him and as a result of his move, "The Hunter" is better as a result. Many protagonists in the genre sugar coat their deeds under the banners of patriotism, making the world a better place and constantly over time self-justify to themselves as they begin to get trapped in a loop. Most protagonists in the genre sometimes suffer from machismo, make idiotic mistakes which their training should have ironed out of them, fall for their desires for emotional contact and even fantasize about resigning.

He's also no superhuman, reacting like any trained person would to getting their arm impaled. But the final thing which sets him apart from the chaff is his characterization.

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Victor is a phantom. No one knows his real name, personal history or where he received his training. But during this story, the mask starts to break; he develops a sardonic sense of humour for starters. We also get insights into his life from his taste in art and classical music, a flashback when he was younger and much more vulnerable when on a hunting trip with his uncle and the gradual mellowing of his character. Masquerading as a charming British gentleman, he slowly begins to become a lot more unnerving when his true sadistic and gleeful personality begins to appear.

With his customized combat knife, he genuinely gives Victor a run for his money, and in their confrontation, he draws blood and almost guts our man like a fish. With his USMC past and idealistic motivations, in a Vince Flynn type novel, he would be the main character, running round the world, killing threats to freedom and democracy. But instead, he becomes something of a spiritual successor to Claude Lebel from Day Of The Jackal, at the start, doggedly hunting Victor but ends up saving the day in a unexpected fashion. I have only one small complaint. Throughout the book, the author constantly makes references to the testicles as a verbal tic for the antagonists.

I'm not a prude but there are times in parts of the book where it begins to become a touch ridiculous and even comedic due to the regularity. Apart from that problem, I loved "The Hunter. This genre has had very few morally ambiguous stories. Tom Wood and his creation Victor join this exclusive club above the rest of the pack.

With the thrills of Ludlum and the ruthlessness and research of Forsyth, Mr Wood has blasted onto the big leagues of thriller writing with the force of a 7.

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The Hunter has ratings and reviews. Alex is The Romance Fox said: The Hunter is the debut book and the 1st in Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin Se. Some books in the series have alternate titles, they are: 1. The Hunter ()aka The Killer4. Better Off Dead ()aka No Tomorrow The Hunter (Vi.

View all 7 comments. Truer words have never been spoken! I'd even go as far as to say it's time for John Rain Barry Eisler to move over. There is a new sheriff in town. Mind you, the sheriff being a freelance killer. However, make no mistake - you'll be rooting for the bad guy! A Paris job gone wrong leaves Victor running for his life. How often have I used the words suspenseful or action-packed in a review?

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It must have been lots of times. So Forget James Bond. Somehow they wouldn't do The Hunter justice. Tom Wood Hinshelwood took it one step further and not only kept me on the edge of my seat, but also on the verge of a heart attack. This book is mind-blowing, exhilarating, thrilling and puts you squarely in the middle of a moral conflict. After all, Victor is a killer a man with no past and no surname. Still, one can't help but take his side.

Wood has got major skills!

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A bloody fantastic read that had me wringing my hands in anticipation of the protagonists next move. An expertly crafted storyline, characters with depth, great settings and most importantly it leaves you with the urge to look over your shoulder hours after having read the last page.

It's almost frightening how well he described Victor's thoughts and emotions and therefore gave his actions credibility. I couldn't put it down. The main character is a elite killer for hire, so he's not your typical protagonist, but human enough you can still root for him. Taut story line and fast pace throughout.. As with a number of series I have started recently, I began reading The Hunter and asked myself why the hell I hadn't read it sooner. People talk about fast-paced books but I don't think the pace of this book let up once.

Did Victor even sleep during this book because I can't even remember.

I was addicted to The Hunter whilst I was reading it. It became one of those books that was on my mind the whole time I was and wasn't reading it. I was picking my Kindle up at every available opportunity. Th As with a number of series I have started recently, I began reading The Hunter and asked myself why the hell I hadn't read it sooner.

The book is packed with so much story and a huge cast of characters and whereas normally I would probably lose track of some of the things that were going on, Tom Wood brings the whole plot together masterfully that rather than become confused, I just couldn't read quick enough to see how things would turn out. Victor is a truly intriguing and fantastic character and I loved reading about him and following him around the world as he attempted to stay alive. Despite being a hitman and despite being a somewhat cold character, we do get to see a human side to him as the book progresses and I was constantly wondering about his past and what led him to lead the life that he does.

His thought processes and his overall behaviour was so intriguing and honestly, he was probably one of the best characters that I read about in I can't wait to continue with the series. The storyline itself was also one of my favourites of because of just how much happened and how multi-layered it was. To describe what went on in the story to somebody would take hours. Put simply Victor is hired to kill somebody, obtain a flash drive and leave the flash drive for the person that hired him to find. Well, that doesn't happen and when Victor manages to kill a whole group of assassins hunting him down, it's a chase across multiple continents as he tries to hunt down those responsible whilst being hunted himself.

This is such an adrenaline-fueled read that moves at an incredible pace. You cannot pause for breath whilst reading this book it is so good. With so many unsavoury characters hunting him down I was constantly left guessing just where the next threat would come from. Also, with the constant changing of settings around the world, I felt that Tom Wood did a great job in capturing each setting and putting it across to the reader. Sometimes an author will write a book set in multiple countries but write in a way that they could all be set within the same country, that is not the case with The Hunter and I finished it feeling like I had travelled the world myself.

It's hard to elaborate without spoilers but I was glad that Tom Wood didn't go down the predictable route of having our main character have sex with the female companion accompanying him throughout the story. That being the ultimate predictable cliche of most action thrillers. Instead what we got was a very intriguing partnership, both characters having to be wary of each other and as the book progresses it is this pairing that allows us to see further into Victor's mind and is what humanises him rather him just being a cold blooded killer.

I have to say Tom knocked me for six with one of the developments in the story regarding this pairing, I didn't see it coming and it left me speechless and desperate to read on. I cannot recommend The Hunter enough and, whilst I imagine most thriller fans will have read it by now, I can't stress enough to those who haven't how much of a fantastic read it is and how much you should all go and read it.

I have a number of series on the go at the minute that I have wanted to start for ages quitting blogging was the best thing I ever did for allowing me to finally read the books I truly want to read and will be about reading as many of those as possible. I cannot wait to continue with this series.

This is one of the best thrillers I've ever read. I can't wait to read the next one! View all 5 comments. Jan 05, Janet rated it really liked it. As someone who has read crime fiction for nigh on 20 years I can honestly say this is my first foray into a proper 'action thriller' and quite a good one it is too. Victor is an assassin. A man we never really get to know anything about, apart from a rough outline of visual characteristics, personality traits and his abilities.

He's cold, hard and gives nothing away, attributes required to be a 'hitman' that can slide in and out of situations with ease. After a job goes horribly wrong in Paris, As someone who has read crime fiction for nigh on 20 years I can honestly say this is my first foray into a proper 'action thriller' and quite a good one it is too. After a job goes horribly wrong in Paris, Victor is a man on the run as he becomes the hunted one. What ensues is a rollercoaster ride of thrills and spills with espionage, shootings galore and interesting characters popping up all over the place.

For me, however, at times it veered between over descriptive in parts and pacy at other times and it was the faster chapters I enjoyed the most. What has become clear to me in reading this is that action thrillers really aren't my thing. Don't get me wrong this was an enjoyable read, well written and plotted at a pace to keep most enthusiasts satisfied.

It's just a personal thing. I love to watch movies that fall within this category but reading thrillers of this kind would never be my first choice. That said, I can see this translating with ease onto the big screen, it's certainly begging to be so and I would watch happily. Victor has really drawn me in. How did that happen?!! Probably because the whole thing was wrapped up well and with enough intrigue to keep even me thinking 'what is Victor going to do next?

To wrap up, if the The Hunter can take me out of my comfort zone and draw me in Dec 07, Barry rated it it was amazing. The Hunter was a first class book about an assassin.

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The basic plot premise is imaginable, the chase sequences are exciting, but it is the insight and the view into the life of an assasin that scores Tom Wood an additional star from me. An expertly crafted storyline, characters with depth, great settings and most importantly it leaves you with the urge to look over your shoulder hours after having read the last page. I don't - like some readers- care too much that we don't get a lot of character detail on him. YES I have read and consent to Hachette Australia using my personal information or data as set out in its Privacy Policy and I understand I have the right to withdraw my consent at any time. The Woman in the Woods John Connolly.

Wood succeeded where so many have failed, in my experience, in creating a realistic chronicle of a portion of an international killer for hire. This was, by some margin, the best book of its sort that I have read in some time. It has certain things in common with The Day of the Jackal, perhaps the best assassin chronicle ever written, but is not quite in that five star category.

Victor is a incredibly well-trained and disciplined man. His behav The Hunter was a first class book about an assassin. His behavior is incredibly consistent as he pursues his career and maintains his anonymity. The assignment in question takes a sharp, unexpected turn when another team of killers turn up and our hero, Victor, isn't sure what to make of that development. The bulk of the story follows him as he tries to untangle the developments that follow.

He goes back to his roots, makes a friend, which is a real rarity for a guy in his profession and kills lots of people. In a parallel story, bit by bit, we learn the background of the "unexpected turn" mentioned earlier. This introduces some unexpected twists which make the story more fun to read.

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Oct 23, Linda rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm usually a sucker for a good killer-for-hire story. And Rob Shapiro's narration on the audio book was great, one of the reasons I bought it after listening to the sample. I just didn't care for the writing style. Hard for me to explain, but it felt like he overexplained everything. He wanted to make it very clear each point he wanted to make, whether it was Victor's remarkable skills and lack of emotional connection, or that his contempt for another character was evolving into something differ I'm usually a sucker for a good killer-for-hire story.

He wanted to make it very clear each point he wanted to make, whether it was Victor's remarkable skills and lack of emotional connection, or that his contempt for another character was evolving into something different. No nuance, nothing left to my imagination. It was a rare book that I struggled to finish, but never quite gave up on.

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In fact, I bought two in this series during a sale, and I may even give the second book a shot. But not right away. Dec 10, Gopal rated it really liked it. The basic plot premise is imaginable, the chase sequences are exciting, but it is the insight and the view into the life of an assasin that scores Tom Wood an additional star from me. I liked the book and am looking forward the read the follow-up short story and the next book set in the series.

Dec 31, Rachel Amphlett rated it really liked it. A great introduction to what I've heard is a fantastic series. There were a few moments where I felt the detail intruded on the story a little too much, however this didn't detract from what is, essentially, an awesome read. One of those books were the potential purchaser needs to be careful.

The Killer, written by Tom Hinshelwood is again the same book. Feb 06, James rated it liked it.

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This is a book that as I was reading it I knew that I would enjoy it more on any other reading - but for some reason this time around just didn't seem to click as well as it could have. How I know I don't know, but it is one of those feelings you get about books; this is a good one. Howeve This is a book that as I was reading it I knew that I would enjoy it more on any other reading - but for some reason this time around just didn't seem to click as well as it could have. However, Wood worked with what he had really well.

Really pushing the envelope of a character type that has pretty much been pinned down for decades and turning what could have been another stagnant, mass-produced copy of all that's gone before into an entertaining, enthralling tale. His characters were quite impressive too.

Really helping to make a overused plot idea into a tale in which you cared, and lived with, the characters involved. Victor was amazingly done, and when he 'softened' it wasn't a dramatic 'ta-da! In fact, this is one of the parts that really impressed me - he stayed true to his character where a lesser man would have pandered to tradition and have him change himself completely because of 'love'. Which was another thing I liked - and despised at the same time.

The way that Victor was played off of the broker - which is what he calls her all the time, really adding to the tale I thought - and the way that this 'relationship' which, while the term may suggest it, never had that blaze of passion developed realistically. Although, having said that I was a bit surprised at how easily she got over his career choice. But what really sets this guy up and above his contemporaries in this deflated genre, is his bravery.

He takes a stand and sticks to it; I've mentioned his refusal to change the core of victor for a cheap 'love plot' and was particularly impressed with his choice in the direction of the relationship between the two - if you've read it, you will know what I mean, and I think that what he did was a brave, and ultimately correct choice. Oh, and I usually mention the writing now don't I? What more can you say. Yeah, I just noticed it too; I haven't actually talked about the 'plot' plot. There is a lot more to this than just the aforementioned relationship.

The way that it spans continents and countries is so deftly done that you are swept away in a torrent of adrenaline and action. The intrigue is all realistic, the action amazing and the pace making it un-put-down-able. So should you read this? I will be re-reading it before the year is out as I want to come back to it when I am not feeling to stuffy and crummy and can really appreciate it.

Jul 30, Jacki Julia Flyte rated it really liked it. If you like fast paced thrillers that offer non-stop action, this one is for you. It takes off from the very first page and barely lets up until the end. There is negligible character development, the array of exotic backdrops all seem fairly interchangeable and the plot itself contains several well worn cliches. Nevertheless the rapid pace allows you to disregard a lot of these flaws. The book's first quarter is one of the best I've read in this genre, and while it falls away slightly after tha If you like fast paced thrillers that offer non-stop action, this one is for you.

The book's first quarter is one of the best I've read in this genre, and while it falls away slightly after that by the ending it's all getting a bit too silly , it remains a very good thriller, reminiscent of the Bourne movies. The "hero" is Victor, an assassin for hire.