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Blood and Ashes: Joe Hunter: Book Five

Blood and Ashes: Joe Hunter: Book Five [Kindle Edition]

Matt Hilton
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Description


Explosive and deadly . . . the prolific penman strikes gold again. (crimesquad)

Packs the pace and action to make it a highly relishable read (Sport)

A thrill-a-thon book that packs in more action than all three hit Bourne films rolled into one. This is Hilton's fifth Hunter adventure and he's motoring so fast he's coming up on the tail of Lee Child and stellar creation Jack Reacher. . . It's a wham, bam, bone-crunching treat! (Alex Gordon, Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

Matt Hilton has become known for his super-charged thrillers, and his latest Joe Hunter novel, BLOOD AND ASHES, is no exception. A nigh-on-constant hail of bullets, car chases and bone-crunching violence, the action starts on the first page and never really lets up . . . It's exhilarating, completely breathless and wildly enjoyable entertainment that flies off the page . . . Another brutally fast and brutally addictive novel from Matt Hilton. Ne'er-do-wells beware, Joe Hunter is coming for you! (crimeandpublishingcom)

Praise for CUT AND RUN:

'Matt Hilton delivers a thrill a minute. Awesome!'

(Chris Ryan)

Book Description

Joe Hunter is on countdown: can he stop the plotters before they reduce the free world to ashes?

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340978333
  • Publisher: Hodder (3 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340978333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340978337
  • ASIN: B004GHN2X0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer with Cumbria Constabulary to pursue his love of writing tight, cinematic American-style thrillers. He is the author of the Joe Hunter thriller series, including 'Dead Men's Dust', 'Judgement and Wrath', 'Slash and Burn','Cut and Run', 'Blood and Ashes', 'Dead Men's Harvest', 'No Going Back' and 'Rules of Honour' with further books due in the series. He also has short stories in a number of collections including 'Even More Tonto Short Stories', 'Holiday of the Dead' (under a pen name), the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 9, Drunk on the Moon 2, Uncommon Assassins, Brit Grit Too, Off The Record 2, Grand Central Noir, and a Joe Hunter short story has been featured in The Strand Magazine. Joe Hunter also features in eBook originals called 'Six of the Best', 'Dead Fall' and 'Red Stripes'.

In addition Matt has self published two horror/action novels 'Darkest Hour' and 'Dominion', a collection of his short stories 'One Twisted Voice - traversing genres', and collected, edited and contributed to ACTION: Pulse Pounding Tales Volumes 1 and 2.

Matt is a high ranking martial artist, and in his day fought in the fledgling MMA scene in the UK, and was Northern Ju-Jitsu Champion 2000. He has been a cop, a detective and a private security specialist, all of which lend an authenticity to the action scenes in his books.

He has been writing since he was a small child, and is also an avid reader of crime, horror and thriller books, all of which inspire his writing style. Although seen as crime thrillers, Matt's Joe Hunter series combine elements from all of those genres, so is slightly different in flavour than many others in the same category. He is a huge fan of the pulp masters, and hopes to emulate their fast pace and derring do. Matt is the first to say that his books will never win a literary prize, but they're not intended to: they're there for pure entertainment.

Saying that Matt's first novel, Dead Men's Dust, was shortlisted for Debut Thriller of the Year 2009 by the International Thriller Writers' Organisation (ITW) and was named as a Daily Telegraph Thriller of the Year 2009, and in 2013 was a Kindle UK top ten best seller.

His books have been translated into German, Italian, Romanian and Bulgarian, and are published throughout the UK (and territories) by Hodder and Stoughton, and in the USA (and territories) by William Morrow and Co.

Matt's Joe Hunter character is an amalgam of many of his influences that include Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan, George G Gillman's Joshua 'Edge' Hedges, and David Morrell's Saul Grisman to name a few. But he's also his own man.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt does it again 3 April 2011
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Matt Hilton has done it again with his latest Hunter adventure. OK, in places it is a touch unbelievable and Hunter leads a charmed life but if you are simply seeking some escapist adventure then you will be glued to this book. If, however, you want to 'nit pick' then you will probably give it a lower rating than the maximum. I have already got the next Hunter adventure "Dead Men's Harvest" on my wish list and look forward to receiving it in August.
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By Rita
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Very mediocre story and not very well written. I have read a few of the 'Joe Hunter' series and will not bother with any more, he is too self righteous and the story is very repetitive. In my opinion, not a patch on Lee Child's 'Jack Reacher' character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GOOD READ 14 April 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars So Bad 23 Dec 2013
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I read the first four books of the Joe Hunter series and I thought they were a decent read, (although nowhere as good as Lee Child's Jack Reacher) however "Blood and Ashes" pushes the boundaries much too far, and is further let down by a totally ridiculous plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Joe Hunter 15 Nov 2013
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To be honest, this is an okay book. This is the fifth novel and lacks a little in the grand scheme of things. It's an easy read though and you get what you expect having read the other four. I am a fan of Hunter, I have just read better recently. We are at an age now where there are some really good authors out there all with strong, likeable characters. Amazon gives us the opportunity to find books of the same genre with ease and so I think that authors like Matt Hilton need to step it up a little bit to stay ahead of the pack. Don't let this put you off though; still a good read for the beach or a day at the pool on holiday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed, the best so far... 3 Jun 2013
Read in April/May 2013

Yet again another fantastic read from Matt Hilton. If ever there was a series of books that should be made into movies then this is that series. Once again the action kicks off a few pages into the book and does not let up until the final page. What this means is the book is a fast paced, unputdownable read. Joe Hunter is fast becoming a favourite fictional character of mine, definitely up there with Ryan Lock. I would like the two to join forces one day! Together they would be unstoppable. That said however Lock and Hunter both have fantastic partners in Ty and Rink, both of whom I like.

The story in this book concerns an old associate of Hunter's who needs his help as he believes his family is in danger. I loved the opening of this book, probably one of my favourite openings in the series so far. This time Hunter questions his morals more and whether what he is doing is right or wrong. There are some nice twists throughout the book that I didn't see coming and I liked that we also learnt more about Hunter's past. I think a book set in Hunter's past would be fantastic or even just longer 'flashback' scenes to enhance whatever story he is involved in in the present day.

The one thing about this book was how real is could be. In the past I've found the Hunter series to verge on the unrealistic but I don't say that in a negative way, they are just so jam packed and action filled that it's hard to imagine scenarios like that actually happening, but to me the more action packed the better. It is fiction after all. But this time the idea of terrorists wanting to destroy a city is all too imaginable, especially in the world we live in now. There are some great characters in this book as well all of whom I found believable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A great read if you like fast paced action 8 July 2012
By Ianski
I've read all Matt Hilton's books and as long as you suspend a little bit of reality they're a great read, carrying you along at a stonking, difficult to put down pace with a mixture of action and suspense (as key characters are put at risk).

Compared to other authors mentioned in other reviews:

- Personally I prefer Matt Hilton to Lee Child's Jack Reacher series as it feels slightly more human. At least Joe Hunter feels pain, seems vulnerable and has some limitations against a superhuman Jack Reacher who never gets hurt and can do almost anything.

- Andy McNab's more realistic and gritty, but can also be quite depressing as key characters often get killed off at the end (but that's not to say there's not the occassional twist at the end of a Matt Hilton novel). Matt Hilton's got a more feelgood factor, but depends on your preference.

- None of the above authors compares to Robert Ludlum (Jason Bourne) for me. The Bourne Identity (NOT the film) still ranks as one of my top ten books, but is dated now as it was written ~20 years ago. If you enjoyed the Jason Bourne films though, you'll enjoy Matt Hilton as there's a similar approach.

This isn't his best book (my favourite was his first novel with Tubal Cain - Dead Men's Dust: The First Joe Hunter Thriller which I can still only rate a four star), but is still a great read hence the three star.

Overall there are two types of books for me. Books you own and read several times, getting a little bit more every time (eg. Terry Pratchett) and books you get from the local library and reading once is enough. Matt Hilton is definitely a library book for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good product!
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Published 5 days ago by CnoE
1.0 out of 5 stars Not on my retain list
If you enjoy gratuitous violence, overt sexual references, deaths and maiming on nearly every page then by all means read Matt Hilton's Blood and Ashes. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Martin A. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Joe Hunter series never fails to hold your attention. Matt Hilton is a great writer of action thrillers. In the same class as Lee Childs
Published 22 months ago by Ms. Susan Heslop
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Entertaining
If the object of a book is to entertain, the author did his job. He also does nicely in setting the scene and permits the reader to get a good vivid picture of the action. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2012 by Daisy Duke
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking pace and drama
Matt Hilton writes the kind of fast-paced, electric prose that makes for the perfect escapist read. I loved this novel and the nail biting denouement inside the Statue of Liberty. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by jamie james
2.0 out of 5 stars What?
I was lulled into buying this based on favourable comparisons to Lee Child. Not a chance. The writing and the hero seemed laboured from the beginning. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Mav617
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrill a minute!
Definately a thrill a minute following Joe Hunter in his 'mission' - Blood and Ashes took me a few days to read, because not a word should be missed in this excellent work by Matt... Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by M. Wilson
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