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One by One (Robert Hunter 5) Hardcover – 15 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857203053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857203052
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Carter received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Oxford. He is the author of Science and Psychic Phenomena and Science and the Near-Death Experience. Originally from Canada, Carter currently teaches internationally.


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I really like Chris Carter's Robert Hunter books and this is no exception. I am a real fan and downloaded this as soon as as I saw it. This is a great book, taut, thrilling and grisly. Robert Hunter is the perfect genius cop (literally).

However, and this review would otherwise have been five stars, I was really let down in that that the central premise/plot of the book has already been done. The 2008 film "Untraceable", with Diane Lane and Colin Hanks, has a virtually identical central plot line and the fact I've seen "Untraceable" (good film btw) really diminished the reading of the book. To make it worse, one of the deaths in the book, involving a tank of water, is extraordinarily similar to the way in which Colin Hanks is murdered in "Untraceable". I'm not making allegations of plagiarism, as the idea is a staple of all "cruel" reality shows and I honestly don't think a writer of Chris Carter's stature needs help from Hollywood. BUT, be warned, if you've seen "Untraceable", the central idea of this book will seem very familiar. It's still a fanatastic and compulsive read.

I hate to criticise as I love Chris Carter's Robert Hunter books but the similarities are just too obvious. In fact and if anything, the central idea of "Untraceable" is better, as the method of death says more about on-line voyeurism that the methods of death in this book.

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When it comes to crime and thrillers it makes sense to grab a reader's attention from the very first page. One by One certainly achieves this as it hits the ground running. Within a handful of pages, the main character, Detective Robert Hunter, is already going toe to toe with a deranged psychopath.

Hunter is a solid protagonist. Intelligent, driven and inquisitive, he is exactly what you would look for in an investigator. As the plot unfolds you quickly realise his partnership with Detective Carlos Garcia has a nice air of familiarity about it, you get a sense that these two men would always be there to back one another up. The author takes the time to establish realistic reactions and genuine motivations to drive the pair forward.

Hardly a surprise, but I'll say it anyway, the crimes in One by One are pretty damn gruesome. I wouldn't dream of spoiling anything for any potential reader all I will say is Euuuuwwww! Seriously though, those with a squeamish/nervous disposition be warned that things do get quite graphic. Personally though, I liked the diabolical methods and torture devices that the killer employs. Yes, they are perhaps a bit Pit and the Pendulum crossed with Saw, but once you discover the reasoning behind what is going on they make perfect sense.

Carter has a direct, punchy writing style and the chapters just whizz by. Each chapter tends only to be between three or four pages long. The entire novel is around five hundred pages in length so there are over one hundred chapters. I've come across this sort of structure in novels before, mostly thrillers. The short, sharp shock approach lends itself well to a story that is essentially a race against time. It ramps up the sense of urgency and keeps you guessing what's going to happen next.
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This was a great twisty-turny psychological thriller and as soon as I finished I wanted to turn it over and start again! The novel begins with a sadistic killing broadcast live over the internet with Detective Robert Hunter watching on and trying to determine if this event is real or hoax. When the body turns up the reality of the situation becomes apparent. The pace doesn't let up holding your attention throughout!

Hunter and his partner Garcia embark on a hunt for the killer who is a computer genius, even outfoxing the FBI high flyers. The killer raises the stakes by allowing viewers over the internet to vote on the death method of his next victim and this provides an interesting thinking point. If you thought someone was about to be killed, would you vote on the method used? Would you watch? This novel as well as being an accomplished thriller which shows the murders from the killer, victim, onlooker and agent points of view makes you think about the implication of actions.

The novel talks about choices and the outcome as it builds is intense and surprising! The end of the novel is both satisfying and in keeping with the rest of the story not tamely tailing off and the murders are gory and unusual, if you've seen the SAW films expect something similar! If you are of a nervous disposition you may find yourself feeling uncomfortable. I wanted to get to the end to see how it would all happen, short chapters and just the right amount of technical information kept the novel moving along at a swift pace with enough characterisation that I felt I was getting to know them.

I would definitely recommend this book as a high quality novel but also as one that is thought provoking read it and you'll see - would you be part of the pack and vote, absolving yourself of responsibility because everyone else is doing it, or would you be disgusted and pretend you had never come across pickadeath.com?
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Aug. 2014
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I have read all the books in the series and loved them but I found One By One a little drab in comparison. Don't get me wrong this is still a great read which held my attention all the way through but I just felt it lacked something and was a bit lacklustre in comparison with its predecessors. Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia are great protagonists who work very effectively as a team and are a pleasure to read. The plotting (covered by the synopsis) is intricate, gruesome and definitely not for the faint hearted but compulsive. What I liked the most about this book was the sense of helplessness the detectives felt when they were outmanoeuvred by the protagonist as I think this is more realistic of police work than many authors would like. Ok, the sudden breakthrough was a bit corny but it moved the plot on. What the book has to say about reality television is truly revolting but sadly believable and makes me glad I gave up watching years ago.
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