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The Accident Man [Paperback]

Tom Cain
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28 Jan 2008

Meet the Accident Man, Samuel Carver

Carver is a good guy who makes bad things happen to bad people. Drug-baron's helicopter develops mechanical failure mid-flight: Samuel Carver. Terrorist blown-up in his own bomb factory: Samuel Carver. Ex-SAS, now freelance mercenary he is the frontline weapon of the 'Consortium', a black-ops British government outfit, or is it?

Carver is called to do a hit at very short notice. Do this job for us and be paid very well. Refuse and you better run and hide. He believes the target to be a high-ranking Pakistani terrorist. The job is to organise a car crash in a Paris underpass.

But Carver is being set up. When he discovers the real identity of his target, and more importantly the identity of the target's female companion, he knows one thing - his life is over. This is a secret too big to let him live, unless he can track down the real villains before they get to him.

Combining the plotting of Robert Ludlum, with the pace and tension of Frederick Forsyth, Tom Cain is a major new thriller writer and The Accident Man is a classic in the making and launches Samuel Carver straight into the top rank of action heroes.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (28 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552155357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552155359
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 10.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best first thriller I have read since The Day of the Jackal, and that was a long time ago. With one mightly bound Tom Cain has vaulted over Archer and Grisham and stands close on Freddie Forsyth's tail" (Wilbur Smith)

"Audacious, authentic, full of tension and tradecraft... maybe it's true and maybe it isn't, but either way it is a great thriller read" (Lee Child)

"The most audacious and timely thriller in years" (Daily Mirror)

"Fast-moving, cleverly constructed and very readable" (Daily Mail)

"Like the Bourne movies meets Frederick Forsyth" (Guardian)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but could have been great 11 Aug 2008
Carver is the guy who makes `accidents' happen to bad people. This allows us to like him because although he is an assassin, he only kills people who deserve it.
In an interesting development, the author cleverly links in the death of Princess Diana and has Carver set up as the instigator of her `accident' who then goes on the run as he realises what he has been tricked into doing and tries to keep alive as the bad guys attempt to silence him.

This reminded me of Robert Ludlum's Bourne books - tradecraft, being on the run, not knowing who to trust etc etc and for most of the book I was really enjoying this. The Princess Di thing was clever and it was certainly fast paced. Having said that it dropped off in the second half and it felt like the author was not quite sure where to go, Carver starts a relationship far too easily with the Russian Alix and starts to get a little sloppy, Jason Bourne would never let a woman distract him! Having said that, it ended in a way I found unusual so that was refreshing.
So overall a three star but could easily have gone up to four with a little less of the doe-eyed lovey stuff. Having said that, I have found it interesting enough to buy the follow up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new Reacher? 13 Sep 2013
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This is the first in a line of books about a new hero, not an out and out "do gooder" but an assassin who kills folk for money. I've no problem with that if they deserve to be killed. If you like the Spider Sheperd or Jack Reacher series of books then you'll love this. Highly recommended, now I'm off to read the other Sam Carver adventures!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The accident man 26 Aug 2013
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Really enjoyed Tom Cain's book - have bought the next instalment which is also great

If you like Vince Flynn / Lee Child books I think you will like this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars No such thing as an accident 21 Nov 2013
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A well planed story that kept my attention throughout. An excellent read from start to finish which Tom Cain always gives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 31 Oct 2013
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A good story which kept me entertained all the way through. I would reccomend to friends and looked for other books by Tom Cain.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed 27 Mar 2008
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This novel is a fictional account, a point made very clear by the author. It is, though, set around the death of Princess Diana and provides a scenario of what could have happened to cause her death.

At the heart of the story is Samuel Carver, a highly skilled former soldier, who is misled into playing an assassin's role. He then tries to unravel what really is happening and to get even with those who had betrayed him. Russian mafia types and powerful but corrupt Brits are in the mix.

There is an awful lot of action and one can't help but side with Carver as he tries desperately to work his way out of the mess. The scenario Cain creates to explain the death is not complex, but does add a dimension to the story. The ending, while quite drawn-out and unbelievable, does set up a good sequel.

This is a fast-paced thriller, and while similar to many others, benefits by using a real historical event as the plot's core.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read 16 Jun 2014
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A hero who suffers at the hands of his enemies but comes good in the end. Tom has a weird sense of torture and some gruesome things take place but the hero survives and gets his revenge in the end. If only he was real we could get rid of a lot of nasty despots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked classic !
Put simply, if you're a reader of crime/military/action/espionage/any sort of fiction then you need this book in your collection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sons Of Odin
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable thriller
The Accident Man combines fiction with real events (as I believe all Tom Cain's books do); this gives them a strange sense of realism which I really enjoyed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Craven
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not going to tell you the plot....
....... I'm just going to tell you to read it!!!

Having read some of the reviews on here, I was glad I had already read it; otherwise I wouldn't need to!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beverley
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
An action packed possible scenario for the tragic events of 1997. A 'Conspiracy Theorists' dream. I became a Tom Cain fan.
Published 6 months ago by Mr IH TIPPETT
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'm glad to have found this (new to me) author. Well written and interesting. Having just written a review about a dire first thriller from a different author, I feel obliged to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Thriller reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed this book, however i read it in the wrong sequence, as I read the assassin first, I wish the author had stated on the cover which order they were in
Published 16 months ago by Andy Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
another brilliant book from Tom Cain... sequal to Survivor which was just as enjoyable. Read if you like this type of book
Published 16 months ago by Tara
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