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The Hunter Audiobook

The Hunter: Victor the Assassin, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

The suspenseful new release action thriller audiobook The Hunter is the first installment in the tantalising series Victor the Assassin, written by Tom Wood and narrated by acclaimed voice actor Daniel Philpott. Trained assassin Victor is on the run from powerful enemies that want him dead. The job in Paris was a set-up. Now he's been thrown into their sights and has never been so close to danger. Victor is charming, elusive and entirely irresistible. The ladies that flock to him are beyond beautiful. This story is one that will lure you in and keep you captive. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Forget James Bond. Forget Jason Bourne. Forget Jack Bauer. Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. But when a Paris job goes spectacularly wrong, Victor finds himself running for his life across four continents, accompanied by a woman too beautiful to trust, pursued by enemies too powerful to escape.

©2011 Tom Wood (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Jack Reacher meets Thomas Crown in this electrifying thriller." (Simon Kernick)

"A nonstop, breathless, trimmed-to-the-bone thriller with action sequences that are absolutely state-of-the-art. It's the best chase novel I've read in years." (Joseph Finder)

"An impressively intricate thriller.... The scenes are vivid and the plot revelations parcelled out at expert intervals.... Exciting." (New Yorker)

"A superlative debut... Thriller fans will be eager to see more from this bright new talent." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mark Hereford, United Kingdom 31/07/2014
    Mark Hereford, United Kingdom 31/07/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Overkill"
    Would you try another book written by Tom Wood or narrated by Daniel Philpott?

    Probably would not try another book by this author, but the narrator was good overall.


    Would you recommend The Hunter to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. Whilst the writing is good and the plot reasonable, if not startlingly original, I felt that there is just too much action and not enough intrigue to maintain interest. In fact, the almost constant gun battles and chases are unrelenting and, eventually, terribly tedious. I gave up completely about an hour out from the end when yet another fight and chase broke out in exhaustive and exhausting detail and I lost interest in the outcome of the story and the fate of the main character.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Philpott – was your favourite?

    The narrator played the various parts without overdoing the accents, but the characters were hardly engaging enough to choose any favourite performance from Mr Philpott.


    Did The Hunter inspire you to do anything?

    Luckily, I'm not given to indulging in murderous rampages with automatic weapons, so no.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a good action story - Frederick Forsyth, Gerald Seymour etc. - and the action scenes in this book were certainly well written and finely detailed, but for me (an ex-Army Officer) it was just a bit too wearing in the end.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 19/06/2014
    Janet 19/06/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Really good page turner keeps you interested"
    Where does The Hunter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Certainly up within the top few


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Good story very well weaved together plenty of action good characters well worth a credit

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    DAVID BRENTFORD, United Kingdom 17/12/2014
    DAVID BRENTFORD, United Kingdom 17/12/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Victor what a character !!"
    Where does The Hunter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Love this book and the both the writing and narration.
    Was sorry it had to finish but went straight on to book 2
    Please release book 3 asap


    What does Daniel Philpott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His narration is excellent, puts across the character in a way that is both believable and interesting. Many a good book can be spoiled by poor narration but this choice was spot on


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Point ClareAustralia 09/08/2014
    Peter Point ClareAustralia 09/08/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "The Hunter Kept me on edge from page 1"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunter to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunter?

    The action started from page 1


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Many


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Kept me on tenterhooks the whole time


    Any additional comments?

    great book, loved it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brixtonian London, United Kingdom 07/07/2015
    Brixtonian London, United Kingdom 07/07/2015 Member Since 2010

    Brixtonian

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    "Bourne Rip-off"

    The plot was pedestrian, the characters two-dimensional, the writing cliche-ridden and the narration woeful. In particular it would be a good idea to get a narrator who can manage an American accent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hale England 04/06/2015
    D. Hale England 04/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing to like here"

    I've read many assassin series, this is the first one where there isn't a single character with any appeal or interest. There are no characters you can support or like. None have any depth at all. The story just trundles along, but I can't care what happens next. The narrator is good, but he's fighting a losing battle. I won't be trying the rest of the series. This book is purposeless.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Hereford, United Kingdom 03/06/2015
    Benjamin Hereford, United Kingdom 03/06/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"

    Liked it Fast moving. Action. Twists. What's not to like, Five stars from me on this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie 15/03/2015
    Charlie 15/03/2015
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    "Tom Wood delivers a great story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunter to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the paper version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunter?

    Great description of a stake out scene in a Swiss Chalet and the associated firefight.


    What three words best describe Daniel Philpott’s voice?

    Easy, Appropriate, Interesting


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Will Victor Make It?


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 04/03/2015
    David 04/03/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Fast paced and well written"

    A excellent holiday read - easy to fall straight into and not put down until finished. Narration was perfect for the character. All in all - excellent book and Well recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Dent 28/02/2015
    Anthony Dent 28/02/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Really engaging adventure!"

    A perfectly paced narrative peppered with interesting characters and sub-plots. I've enjoyed many of Lee Childs' books and feel that in Victor, I've found the next Reacher!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • J Roberts
    01/07/14
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    "Incredible first story from this author."
    What did you love best about The Hunter?

    The dark side. There is no hero, he is no hero.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The British assassin. Because he is a slightly twisted fellow.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce
    Perth, Australia
    27/01/16
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    "Loved it"

    Fast paced right from the go and kept me on the edge of my seat.

    Will definitely buy the next one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Luciow
    23/07/14
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    "Hunter and Hunted. Good action story."
    Have you listened to any of Daniel Philpott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first one. His accents and characters are very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Though its not all that this book is about, but Tom Wood has a good grasp of depicting hand to hand combat, he either researched well or has experience - either way the story is richer for it. Looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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