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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and sharp
An ex-soldier turned secret-service assassin, the delightfully-named Martin Calvary is reluctantly dispatched to the Czech Republic for what his obnoxiously smug superior promises will be one last job: the revenge killing of an elderly British expatriate. Thanks to the involvement of Russian intelligence and the local mafia godfather, matters do not go according to plan;...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Over the top....
I enjoy this sort of novel usually....set in the murky world of espionage and assassinations with an anti hero fighting impossible odds to achieve his aim. This is the first nove O have read by this author and he certainly delivers in the action area. In fact this was the problem....he delivers too much. The hero is a multi talented assassin ....an expert at most things...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and sharp, 4 Mar 2013
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An ex-soldier turned secret-service assassin, the delightfully-named Martin Calvary is reluctantly dispatched to the Czech Republic for what his obnoxiously smug superior promises will be one last job: the revenge killing of an elderly British expatriate. Thanks to the involvement of Russian intelligence and the local mafia godfather, matters do not go according to plan; but then again, it all depends what the plan really is. As usual, Stevens presents a complex plot with several complicated set pieces that never become confusing, and the major characters are for the most part plausible and interesting. The hairy mafia monster with the family values is a fairly effective stock villain; but the Russian intelligence chief, not quite old enough to be old-school and not young enough to be new-school, is much more subtly drawn and, at least for the present reviewer, equals the hero in intelligence and ruthlessness and perhaps even surpasses him in pathos. Like many who drift into espionage, Calvary has suffered the traumas of war; but Calvary's trauma is a rather more complex and interesting one than the usual business of seeing a friend killed or accidental participation in collateral damage. Pacey and well written, this is a thoroughly efficient thriller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking fast paced spy novel, 11 April 2014
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somnus "somnus" (Cambes Lot et Garonne France) - See all my reviews
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Wow, what a ride. This was a hard hitting, fast, thrilling book that started galloping like a racehorse from the beginning and never let up. The synopsis has been adequately described by others I won't go into it again. This book roared along from one tense situation to another for Martin Calvary, a very reluctant ex assassin and the hero. It has all the ingredient for an exciting 'can't put it down' story. No needless long drawn out dialogue enough information about where it is set (Prague) and really gets down to the nitty gritty. Quite violent in parts but this adds real juice to the yarn. I thoroughly enjoyed it and suffice to say, I stayed up until 3am to finish it, Great book that I would recommend without hesitation. Suffice to say I have now bought the next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real action thriller, 9 Mar 2014
This review is from: Severance Kill (Martin Calvary 1) (Kindle Edition)
This is what I call a real action thriller! Lots of pace, tough gritty characters, intricate plot that keeps you thinking and guessing all the way through.
In recent years I have veered away from this genre as I started to find the books a bit predictable and not particularly original but Severance Kill has fired up my interest again!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over the top...., 29 Jan 2014
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I enjoy this sort of novel usually....set in the murky world of espionage and assassinations with an anti hero fighting impossible odds to achieve his aim. This is the first nove O have read by this author and he certainly delivers in the action area. In fact this was the problem....he delivers too much. The hero is a multi talented assassin ....an expert at most things it seems....but nevertheless gets himself injured several times along the way fighting a multitude of both Russian gangsters and Russian spies and special forces. The whole tale revolves around long car chases around Prague destroying most of the cities vehicles in the process and building up an amazingly high death count. So much, in fact, that it takes the story from being good, escapist, edge of the seat reading to a totally over the top unbelievable video game style romp.
It was OK but just too over the top making it a bit of an action farce.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Nonstop Actioner, 13 Dec 2012
This review is from: Severance Kill (Martin Calvary 1) (Kindle Edition)
This novel, about an assassin chasing quarry, starts with action that continues straight through to the end. Reading it is like watching a destruction derby, with good guys and bad guys as moving parts. The author lays on movement, action and violence, providing plenty of graphic bloody details, offering an expert's lesson in anatomy. Action hurtles forward at breakneck speed, abetted by frequent changes in viewpoint from hunter to hunted during the numerous chases.

In the first few chapters, I experienced some confusion sorting out the characters and their relationships. It soon became clear that the novel involves four separate groups of people with exotic names (e.g.,Yaroslavovna, Tamarkin, Oleg, Arkady, Blazek, Grechko) and even a Welshman named Dafyydd Llewellyn. For a while I considered the possibility the names were an inside joke I didn't get. I was relieved to find that, after I read on, everything fell into place.

The main character is Martin (AKA Calvary) who works for an ultra-secret branch of British Intelligence service (codename Chapel). He was hired from the Army after proving his talents during combat. He knows his handler but little else about Chapel. Martin is intelligent, skilled with weapons, willing to risk his life to serve his country. He has killed several men and is close to burnout, but Chapel will not release him until he performs one more job. The target is a former British diplomat named Gaines, once a double agent for the Russians.

The action starts. In a nutshell's nutshell, it goes something like this: Martin locates Gaines, pursues him, Russians join the chase and interfere, organized crime figures join the chase and interfere, underground activists join the fray on Martin's side, and the story works its way to a conclusion, with a twist at the end, and then another twist. What I left out in the framework just given is the violent action at each intersection of parties, which includes car chases, shootouts, foot chases, stabbings, scuffles, torture, grenade launching, and the like.

Steven's writing is superb, intelligent and filled with energy. The entire enterprise is tight and well-edited, without a wasted word. Overall, an impressive book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new hero, 3 Jun 2014
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An excellent read from the author of the John Purkiss series. If you like John, you will love Martin. A fast, furious read leaving you wanting more - come on Tim!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Yarn, 1 May 2014
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I liked this story,It was nothing really outstanding but it rattles along very nicely. The hero,Martin Calvary is one of those near indestructible types who has an answer to all the problems that he runs into.He is an Assassin for a section of the British Secret Service who wishes to be a retired assassin as he is sick of killing,which is odd as he kills off more than the odd bad guy through the course of the book!
A pretty good yarn especially as it is free on Kindle!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kipper, 27 April 2014
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Hmmm, not bad, a bit slow in parts hopefully the next one will be a bit faster paced, look forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non stop action, 7 April 2014
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Martin Calvary is a professional assassin working for the Chapel, which is one of these government departments that does not exist if questions are asked. He is sent to Prague as his next assignment to eliminate an old man who had previously held a certain position within the foreign office.
The action involving the Russians and local gangsters then takes you on a quite mesmerising and exhausting journey of violence and heroism. Could not happen in reality but enjoy the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new character and a new set of thrills, 2 April 2014
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This is the first in a sereies of Martin Calvary thrillers that will have you waiting for the next book.
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