Book review: The Final Hour by Tom Wood

The Final Hour was a fun read.  This book is a part of a series about an assassin named Victor.  I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I was able to understand what was going on in the plot and  I felt there was enough character development.  The author did a great job of creating a cold assassin that was actually likeable.

Victor’s unapologetic efficiency at his profession is part of what makes this book great.   There is a sort of honor-among-thieves mentality, but only slightly, because assassins can’t really have long-term allies.  It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes Victor likeable since he acts in his own interest, but I did like him.

I won’t give too much away, but in this book, Victor dodges both the CIA and other killers.  He teams up with Raven, another likeable assassin.  (Raven actually comes through as a bit more compassionate because she at least has family that she cares about. ) I enjoyed reading about how Victor and Raven managed sticky situations.

There isn’t anything too profound in this book.  Like its character, it is an unapologetic for what it is and I, for one, appreciate it.

I will be checking out more books in the Victor series.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from First to Read.

book review: Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey

Nothing Short of Dying is part of a series about a character named Clyde Barr.  I finished this book a long time ago, but had to wait a while to review it because the publisher requested that reviews not be posted until within 2 weeks before the release date.  I hadn’t read any Clyde Barr books before this, but I think I will.

This book is similar to the Jack Reacher books by Lee Child or the Lucas Davenport books by Jon Sanford.  I couldn’t help but like Clyde.  Clyde had a troubled childhood, but he doesn’t let that be an excuse.  In fact, he doesn’t really like excuses.  Clyde keeps his promises and is willing to do pretty much whatever it takes to come through for the people he cares about.

In this book, he receives a call from his sister asking for help and he later learns that his sister has been involved with some drug dealers.  Outnumbered and with low chances of survival, Clyde has to use his wit and make the best of his resources to save his sister.

I guess I favor books where the underdog who is trying to do the right thing wins in the end … sort of.  I liked reading about the predicaments he found himself in and how he overcame them.  I loved the survival in the wilderness bits.

This was a fun adventure/action story.  I would recommend it to Jack Reacher and Lucas Davenport fans.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary preview e-copy of this book from the publisher for review from NetGalley.