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Heart Of The Hunter [Paperback]

Deon Meyer
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16 Aug 2012

The big man known as 'Tiny' has a past littered with violence and death. An assassin's past that he hopes never to face again.

But when his best friend is kidnapped, Tiny suddenly finds himself on the back of a stolen motorbike, speeding away from his child and the woman he loves.

Tiny has only 72 hours in which to deliver a computer disk that one group of people would kill to possess, and another would kill to destroy. If he fails, his best friend dies.

HEART OF THE HUNTER is the tale of one man's struggle for survival against a corrupt government, a group of bloodthirsty killers and most of all, against his past.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (16 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444730738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444730739
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deon Meyer lives near Cape Town in South Africa. His big passions are motorcycling, music, reading, cooking and rugby. In January 2008 he retired from his day job as a consultant on brand strategy for BMW Motorrad, and is now a full time author. Deon Meyer's books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fanbase. Originally written in Afrikaans, they have now been translated into twenty-eight languages.

THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and won the Boeke Prize in South Africa - the first time in the prize's 16 year history that a South African book has won. His novels have also won literary prizes in France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, and the film rights to seven of his novels have been optioned or sold.

Deon has also written two television series and several screenplays for movies. In 2013 he directed one of his original scripts for the feature film 'The Last Tango'.

Visit the author's website at www.deonmeyer.com and follow him on Twitter @MeyerDeon

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This guy is really good. Deon Meyer hooked me with this one right from the start. HEART OF THE HUNTER is a thriller with some weight attached, and that is a rare find. (Michael Connelly)

A new book by Deon Meyer is a cause for celebration. HEART OF THE HUNTER is not just an exciting story of a pursuit; it paints a thought-provoking picture of today's South Africa. (Sunday Telegraph)

A rip-roaring adventure, a portrait of spy-world duplicity and a look at South Africa's post-apartheid politics. (Washington Post)

Out of post-apartheid South Africa comes a thriller good enough to nip at the heels of le Carré . . . Wonderful setting; rich, colourful cast, headed by a valiant/vulnerable protagonist who make empathy easy. (Kirkus Review )

So authentic is Thobela Mpayipheli that South African thriller junkies, who have been waiting a long time for an enthralling read to come out of this country, will fall in love with the gentle Xhosa giant. (South African Sunday Times)

HEART OF THE HUNTER is a brilliant book. Deon Meyer does an excellent job of developing a whole range of characters who are affected by the changes in South Africa in different ways. And Thobela, a giant of a man in search of redemption, is a wonderful hero. (Michael Ridpath)

Like John le Carré's The Tailor of Panama, this novel examines the rippling horrors too often caused by so-called intelligence agents working for foreign masters in backwater nations. With simmering racial tensions, a bounty of natural resources, and a government whose members worked both sides of the cold-war fence, South Africa should prove fertile ground for many fine spy thrillers to come. Don't be surprised if quite a few of them are written by Meyer. (Booklist)

Despite the complexity of its tightly woven plot . . . [it] moves at a breathtaking pace that will carry readers away. A sympathetic protagonist and the landscape of South Africa add colour to the story. Highly recommended. (Library Journal)

An exciting and oddly hopeful look into what feels, smells and sounds very much like life in today's South Africa . . . dark, explosive . . . full of love for the vast beauty of the country but also riddled by the anger of South Africa's recent racial and political struggles. (Chicago Tribune)

A terrific thriller of the first order and highly recommended. (Shots magazine)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Once the cycle began it couldn't be stopped..." 29 Dec 2004
Thobela Mpayipheli is an African giant, ex-spy, who is now living with his fiancé and her son in a small town in South Africa, called Guguletu. He has vowed never to go back to his old life, but his peaceful existence is broken when Monica Kleintjes, the daughter of one of his dear friends from the past, asks for his help. Johnny Kleintjes has been kidnapped and will only be released upon the delivery of a disk containing information that is crucial to national security. Kleintjes gathered this information when working in an integration project in an effort to document the real history relating to the events that took place in the dark era of the Apartheid.
Thobela, or Tiny as his friends call him, is a mysterious man that shows great kindness at moments, and cold-blooded violence at others. In a world when everyone wants to see things white or black, he presents a solid gray. This can be clearly appreciated by the reaction of the people as he goes on his quest, mounted on a powerful motorbike. Some see him as a hero, while others regard him as a dangerous man who cannot be good because he used to work as a "collector" for a drug baron. There is one reporter for the Cape Times, Allison Healy, who tries to answer the question: Is Tiny good or bad? This will provide us with valuable insight regarding the main character, but: can the question be answered with certainty?
One would thing that helping a friend that has been kidnapped would be hard enough, but Thobela has other problems too. Janina Metz, a high ranked officer in one of the intelligence agencies, had a wire that allowed her to listen to the conversation between the kidnappers and Monica. Therefore, she activated a special forces group led by a violent and vicious captain named Mazibuko.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but enjoyable 9 July 2004
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
Not quite up to the standard of Meyer's previous two novels featuring Zatopek Van Meerden. Here he is relegated to a supporting role, something of a disappointment, with his replacement Tiny Thobela a less winning creation. Though the plot is often schematic and the central narrative stretches credibility, this remains a stark indictment of the corruption and ineptitude of post-Apartheid South Africa.
An interesting novel from a gifted author, this remains a flawed but enjoyable thriller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Action Thriller 26 Jan 2011
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This is the first Deon Meyer novel I have read. What a brilliant writer he is, with such a perceptive touch in peeling away the multiple layers of modern South African society, for good or ill, where all who lived through the history of recent decades are present day victims of the past in one form or another. Conspiracy, deception and cover-up in which no holds are barred and no-one is quite whom he or she seems to be are laced through the story from the highest level of government down. The hero is fit to stand on the page of any major thriller and to be compared with the very best. A central theme of the book pits him against the forces of the state in a man hunt conducted against the backdrop of the magnificent South African landscape. His loyalty to his friends and the sheer humanity of his character shine through his actions. If a six-star rating was possible I would give it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars South Africa today 6 Sep 2012
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Very Good thriller but more important a picture of the confused racial politics tensions and corruption of Meyer's South Africa.
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Brilliant. Translation works and the evocation of the Cape Town environment is excellent. A real thriller that deals sensitively with the many problems the Rainbow Nation still faces as a legacy from the past.

Exciting and riveting story telling
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 8 Dec 2013
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This is my third book by this author and I read it without a break. Deon Meyer is a master story teller. The story is infused with the history, cultural mix and the languages of South Africa. The plot is excellent. Characters are portrayed with great skill and subtlety. A real tour de force.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart of the hunter 19 Nov 2013
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I good read worth the time keeps you interested look forward to reading more Deon Meyer stories what makes interesting for me was I have lived in CT
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 27 Aug 2013
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Another gripping story from Deon Meyer who never fails to enthrall the reader. Very evocative descriptions of South Africa and the story grips you from beginning to end. A South African assassin who works for the Russians, retires but his past life catches up with him. I can thoroughly recommend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
rubbish. cliche after cliche
Published 24 days ago by Adele Yaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny Mpayipheli is perhaps my favourite DM character
Tiny Mpayipheli is perhaps my favourite DM character, perhaps the people who didn't rate HOTH would if they read Dead Before Dawn and Devil's Peak too...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent read and very well structured, def a page turner.
Published 2 months ago by Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I really enjoyed the authors first 2 books and was pleased to have found a new writer. However I just couldnt get into this book, either the characters or the plot and gave it up... Read more
Published 16 months ago by dixie dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart of the hunter - luke warm?
I am a Meyer fan, so I bought this book with great anticipation. It was a good read, however there were a few niggles.
At some places it felt as if the author tried to hard... Read more
Published 17 months ago by G. A. Du Plessis
5.0 out of 5 stars my view
Find deon myer books very exciting and cant wait to read the next page,has great charceters. Having spent a great of time in south africa can relate to all the places he writes... Read more
Published 18 months ago by marilyn martin-strachan
5.0 out of 5 stars Action from start to finish
I finished reading this book and within a week I started reading it again
Must read Dead at daybreak first to really appreciate the plot.
Published 18 months ago by E. Edmunds
5.0 out of 5 stars Bwfc46
Unputdownable.....written well , great central characters. Gave in insight into S Africa as it is and the difficulties it faces .....African joe pike the central character
Published 19 months ago by MR A MCILROY
5.0 out of 5 stars Meyer - nails it again!
When Johnny K is kidnapped and held to ransom, his daughter turns to his old friend Tiny. Read more
Published 20 months ago by col2910
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