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An excellent action thriller with a twist of espionage.,
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This review is from: The Game: (Victor the Assassin 3) (Paperback)
Victor is an assassin at the top of his game. After an all too simple job in Algiers, Victor is recruited for a job originally intended for his previous job - under the guise of the dead man, Victor finds himself part of a plan that will have dire consequences - his only advantage is that they underestimate him. Will Victor be able to wriggle out of this one?
What followed was one of the better written stories I have read in a while. Whilst Woods character Victor is a one-man show himself, he's the bad guy. Seemingly amoral and as close to inanimate as a human can get. We actually learn very little about Victor; but it's difficult not to root for the guy though when you see his MacGyver style skills and strict military discipline - the character is a true artisan. Woods writes very fluently in a descriptive style that is easy to follow, even the hand-to-hand fights are vivid and clear. The conspiracy element to this book means that it's not just another gung-ho novel, there is some surveillance, reconnaissance and espionage which makes for a tenser read than the character just waltzing in armed to the teeth, safe in the knowledge that the author would never kill off his main character. Most importantly; Victor is fallible and doesn't have the omnipotence gifted to every other lone-wolf character and this is very refreshing.
All in all, if you like Child, Hilton, Coben or Mariani then you are sure to love this book, but you'll come away thinking you've just read something slightly more intelligent than the novelisation of a straight-to-DVD action movie. The Game is Tom Woods third novel. Highly recommended for action-novel fans