Slash and Burn (Joe Hunter) Paperback – 22 Jul 2010
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If you like the Jack Reacher books, you'll love Hilton's series . . . Action-packed from start to finish (Heat)
A hell-for-leather tale that spins your head around like a mad fairground Waltzer ride. Eat your heat out, Jason Bourne. (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)
Matt Hilton delivers another hardcore, action-packed gritfest featuring a cold-blooded killer with a heart of gold. (Daily Record)
Joe Hunter is fast becoming a serious rival to Jack Reacher in the action stakes . . . SLASH AND BURN is the kind of novel that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drags you along at breakneck pace before finally throwing you down exhilarated, breathless and screaming for more. The prose is sparse and so tightly wound it is impossible to turn the pages fast enough, making it a definite read-in-one-sitting novel . . . [Hunter] is an excellent character who is developing more and more as Hilton's confidence as an author grows. (crimesquad.com)
The third action-packed thriller in the compelling series featuring Joe Hunter, rival to Lee Child's Jack Reacher.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I haven't started this novel yet but expect it will be equally as good a the first two in the series.
The action kicks off after a couple of pages and does not relent until the Epilogue. It reads like a Hollywood script and your heart will be in your mouth throughout the whole book. This book finds Joe helping out the sister of an old friend, she is looking for her sister but she isn't the only one. Robert Huffman, a 'player in the murky world of organised crime' is also looking for Kate's sister too.
This book moved at such a quick pace, in real time for most of it so it was hard to put it down because you just wanted to keep reading. Joe Hunter is a fantastic creation and one that I enjoy reading about a lot. I haven't read Lee Child's Reacher series so can't compare the two but I would always be comparing Hunter with Tom Cruise and for that reason I have no intention of reading the Reacher novels if that is the man I would be picturing. What I did note was that the death toll in this book was massive, I wonder how long Hunter can keep getting away with it. He does kill for the good of others, and always the bad guys but there was so much bloodshed here. I did draw comparisons in earlier books with Ryan Lock from Sean Black's fantastic series of books however I don't think Lock is quite as trigger happy.
Matt Hilton however is a fantastic author and tells a damn good story. Some people might find the book has too much action (I often see reviews stating this) but to me there can never be enough action.Read more ›
This is a gung-ho, brand-name-dropping action pulp read with little plot other than "Get the bad guys and save the woman" - but it's a light & easy read that is highly entertaining despite this. Matt Hilton is never going to win the Pullitzer with his Joe Hunter character but then he's not really trying to, he knows exactly what his target audience are looking to read and that is a page-turning action extravanganza filled with explosions, car chases and the names of more pistols than you can shake a Desert Eagle Mark XIX .50 AE at...
Weighing in at 377 A5 pages (after you have cut away the excerpt of his next book "Cut and Run" included at the end of this one) of wide-spaced text, this shouldn't prove too much of a daunting tome for anyone.
Does exactly what you might expect, doesn't make you think too hard, a lot of fun along the way and makes for great holiday reading. If you're a fan of Lee Child & Jack Reacher, this book isn't quite upto the same mark, but is very much in the same vein. Recommended for a spot of light-reading.
Compared to other authors mentioned in other reviews:
- Personally I prefer Matt Hilton to Lee Child's Jack Reacher series as it feels slightly more human. At least Joe Hunter feels pain, seems vulnerable and has some limitations against a superhuman Jack Reacher who never gets hurt and can do almost anything.
- Andy McNab's more realistic and gritty, but can also be quite depressing as key characters often get killed off at the end (but that's not to say there's not the occassional twist at the end of a Matt Hilton novel). Matt Hilton's got a more feelgood factor, but depends on your preference.
- None of the above authors compares to Robert Ludlum (Jason Bourne) for me. The Bourne Identity (NOT the film) still ranks as one of my top ten books, but is dated now as it was written ~20 years ago. If you enjoyed the Jason Bourne films though, you'll enjoy Matt Hilton as there's a similar approach.
This isn't his best book (my favourite was his first novel with Tubal Cain - Dead Men's Dust: The First Joe Hunter Thriller which still rated a four star), but is still a great read hence the three star.
Overall there are two types of books for me. Books you own and read several times, getting a little bit more every time (eg. Terry Pratchett) and books you get from the local library and reading once is enough. Matt Hilton is definitely a library book for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast paced which is the norm for Matt Hilton I've read three of his books now time for book 4Published 16 months ago by Mrs. S. K. Hughes