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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (19 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552161454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552161459
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

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From the co-author of the new No.1 bestseller by Wilbur Smith - Predator - the thrilling third adventure to feature Sam Carver, 'The Accident Man'.

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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 July 2009
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This is the third book to feature Sam Carver - The "accident man" - a highly skilled assassin now retired and running a security business and a more 'normal' life. We find Sam slightly traumatised and a little bit paranoid but his skills have not deserted him as we find out when the past catches up with him.

In Assassin we have Carver being framed with events pointing the authorities to him with the suggestion he has taken up his old trade. This was a little convoluted with some caricature bad guys, but once Carter starts to evade and strike back, things start to whip along nicely. Can Carver stop the big event that he is being put into the frame for...?

I enjoyed this as an entertaining page turner, but the original book, The Accident Man, was quite refreshingly different but this, and the previous book, do tread familiar territory. The current most popular thriller theme is very much 'lone guy against the odds', pretty much re-hashing the Bourne formula. I recently read the latest Brett Battles and that was much the same again. Don't get me wrong, this is very readable and is a page turner, it just didn't do enough to differentiate itself from the others of a similar style
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Former hitman Sam Carver has given up killing for a living and is working as a specialized security consultant, staging mock assassinations on high profile figures in order to highlight deficiencies in their security systems. However a former enemy, Damon Tysack, is using Carver's name to commit high profile assassinations, which bear strong resemblances to his former modus operandi. Gradually Carver realises that he is under Tysacks's surveillance, but even he has no idea of exactly what Tysack is planning and the role that he wants Carver to play in those plans.

This is the third book in a series which started with The Accident Man, but it isn't necessary to have read the other books. I also felt this was the best yet - and thankfully, Carver's tedious former love interest Alix barely appears.

After a shaky start, it's a fast moving story that's hard to put down. The action moves between Dubai, the US, Norway and the UK without letting up. Cain is adept at taking his inspiration from current events and the story feels very up-to-date. The best parts of the book are when Carver starts to realise what he's up against - he's a good action hero, courageous and highly skilled, but certainly no superman.

I did feel that initially the plot borrowed a little too heavily from Robert Ludlum's novels, (right down to a high altitude parachuting sequence that felt very similar to one in The Janson Directive). It also has many of the flaws that are so common in this genre: the villain over-complicates his plot, feels the need to boast about his plans to Carver and never eliminates his foe when he's able to. Nevertheless, it's every bit as gripping as a thriller should be.
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I deliberately use the word "interesting" because, as acknowledged by the Author at the end, a good deal of fact has been included in the book. The fact represents pretty disturbing reading, but is an eye opener to what is going on out there with people smuggling and the fate so many young innocent girls suffer.
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If you you like like your thrillers set out in a paint (write) by numbers fashion, this will hit the spot. Sometimes I do if, within the book, the story unfolds reasonably and there is good character development.

In 'Assassin' you don't quite get this. When Cain writes the action scenes, the book is the cliched 'page turner', though I'm beginning to despair of Carver, the all-action loner who seems to be caught by the arch criminals as easily as a mouse in a household trap.

It's not that the hero should be invincible but rather, with Carver, the author needs the pain Carver suffers whilst in captivity to build up Carver's strength and character. Frankly, this doesn't work. In fact, it spoils the story as we all know he'll escape with one bound just before the credits roll.

And then there's the dialogue. This is definitely not Cain's strong point. It reads like school playground stuff when dealing with the males and more like a teenager's introduction to the opposite sex where Carver's female friends/lovers/squeezes are concerned. Still, easy reading, entirely forgettable, some really good passages and some quite boring pages, too. There seems to be a trend these days to fill out the chapters with historical events as to why the main protagonists do what they do and this just slows down the main story.

Lee Child has a lot to answer for but, for my money, nobody as yet comes close to this one man against the world of criminals as Jack Reacher and, regrettably, Sam Carver is not a close second.

If you're going on a journey and need a book, take this one with you, read it and then leave it for the next traveller.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Tom Cain's first book, but this new one is even better. The character and concept in Carver is great, and add this to the well researched and intricate plot lines - makes for a seriously absorbing read.
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Another fast paced read from Tom Cain. At times Carver appears almost super human, but also shows his human side in his care for his friends. Nothing stands in his way, even when the position is desperate. Despite his use of violence he still maintains a quite moral stance in his dislike for that violence.
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