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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (20 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751549193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751549195
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Non-stop chasing and killing, but with flashes of melancholy and regret (The Times)

Exciting...no punches pulled (Choice)

A fast mov­ing stomach-flipping slay ride about one of the coolest killers in the thriller business (Peterborough Evening News)

Electrifyingly violent and exciting (Irish Independent)

Hooking me in from the very first page, author Tom Wood has crafted a novel with terrific pace, a contemporary, gritty feel and, rather unexpected for a novel whose protagonist is an assassin, a real depth of heart (Steph Broadribb Crime Thriller Girl)

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New look Tom Wood, same five-star action as Victor finds himself morally torn between protecting a human rights lawyer and looking after number one.

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2014 has been a brilliant year for thrillers, with many great books to read. For me, one of those stories most awaited was the latest in the Victor the Assassin series from the pen of Tom Wood. The first three novels hit the jackpot and I had high hopes that this rich vein of form would continue.
I wasn't disappointed. What Wood provides is a cracking tale, full of action sequences that twist the plot this was and that. The characters are great too, with the enemy being truly nasty. Where the writer excels is in the description and detail of Victor's actions as he attempts to avoid getting caught. The storyline is good and the pace of the plot allows tension to grow, making it a joy to read.
If you enjoy Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels, you will relish these stories. Wood just gets better and better. Well Done!
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Tom wood can't write fast enough for me! THis arrived this morning and I opened it to read the first chapter whilst I was waiting for the oven to heat up and then ended up reading it in one sitting! So fast and exciting, literally couldnt put it down! Another brilliant read.
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I heard about this book on radio 2 book review it sounded like a great read and it didn't disappoint me .It isn't a great read it is a fantastic read best book I've read for ages could not put it down .5 stars are not enough there should be more with so many twists and turns keeping you guessing with every chapter . I can't wait to read the next one this is my 1st time with this author and will definitely be reading more of his work .Tom Wood a name to remember with books to match .
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A book's only worth 5 stars if you can't put it down; you take it to bed and/or toilet and/or to the shops hoping to read a chunk while you're waiting at the checkout. I promise you I've done all of those and a few more I won't talk about.

This is Tom Wood's fourth full length book about Victor the seemingly unkillable assassin. It's pacy and violent. Very. Tom Wood takes you into the mind of the world's best assassin while he deals with a rather different project (no spoilers).

There are plenty of nasty people entwined in the ultimate survival test for Victor.

Make yourself a large pot of tea, turn your phone off, and settle down undisturbed for one hell of a ride. Don't count on sleeping much.

Bravo Tom Wood, when's the next book out?
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I felt the writing was a little simplistic in that a number of the characters are very 1 dimensional. The dialogue for the Russian oligarch figure sounds like he was speaking English in a Russian accent ie rather basic! The other problem is that although it is fictional it felt like watching the film Titanic or reading a Jack Reacher story in that it was very obvious what will happen in the end. Having said all that the lengths the main character goes to avoid detection is illuminating but how he could everything he does on an hours sleep and a few snickers bars is beyond me!
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I have now read all the books in this series and cannot stress how much I have enjoyed them all. After reading through all the Jack Reacher and Mitch Rapp I think Victors got the edge! The attention to details better and more believable. Victor blends in where Reacher is a man mountain, similar to that old gag where nobody ever noticed Starsky & Hutch even though they drove around in a bright red Ford Tourino. There is no big political back story in the books unlike Mitch Rapp. Victor is his own man and the true definition of an anti hero, the story is action all the way but the intelligence and problem solving from Victor makes the story more than just a predictable shoot em up.. It is also a refreshing change that he doesn't automatically end up in bed with every woman he encounters. Top banana from Tom Wood and I can't wait for the next book.
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As usual has a number of excellent, tense, set pieces with immense detail. However I felt that the story, about protecting the life of a step-daughter of a Russian gangster, for somewhat unconvincing reasons, detracts from the pure character seen especially in the first two books.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2015
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Victor is a great character, an anti-hero by nature of the fact he is an assassin, but he only seems to kill bad guys, so that's okay then. This one was not quite up to the standards of the previous novels but was still a page turner. Victor feels obliged to protect a woman in London as a debt so is a fish out of water as he normally is the hunter, not the protector. We see lots of tradecraft (borderline OCD!) and then Victor outside of his comfort zone as he strives to protect while finding out the source of the attacks.
Lots of London based action, but a couple of frustrations. We have clearly seen how careful Victor is and this is established very early, then we see him go out of character and do some stupid and risky things. Also the big reveal about what this is all about felt a bit flat and under-whelming. So while this was okay it could have, and should have, been a lot better.
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