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.

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book review: Poisonfeather by Matthew FitzSimmons

Poisonfeather is book 2 in the Gibson Vaughn series by Matthew FitzSimmons.  In other books like this (Jack Reacher books, Lucas Davenport books, etc.), you don’t have to read the other books in the series to understand what’s going on in this book.  While that is somewhat true of this book, there are so many allusions to what happened in Book 1 that it gets annoying if you haven’t read it.  Actually, most of the first chapters are about Gibson dealing with what happened in Book 1.  Since I hadn’t read Book 1, it was somewhat of a slow start, but once the story got going, the book was interesting.

Poisonfeather is about a billionaire investor who cheated many people and was sent to jail for 8 years.  Many people lost their life savings by investing with him.  Just before his release, he did an interview for a magazine in which he hinted that he had a lot of money stashed away somewhere.  This, of course, brought many people out of the woodwork who wanted to get a piece of the money.

Gibson gets drawn into the mess because he wants to repay a judge who lost everything by investing with the crook.  Gibson pairs up with an ex-con and a girl named Lea who is out for revenge.

I wish that the author had spent more time on the ending because it felt like there were a lot of loose plot strings.  Maybe it’s supposed to be a cliffhanger for book 3?  I hate waiting, which is why I avoid reading series books until the author has completed writing the series.

Look at the Patrick Rothfuss books.  I’ve been waiting for something like 3 years for Book 3 to come out!

I’ll have to go back to read Book 1 so that I know what happened with the former VP and his wife. If you like the Jack Reacher and the Lucas Davenport books, the Gibson Vaughn books are similar.

Side note: the author made a note that writing the second book was harder than the first book because there were so many expectations.  With the first book, there weren’t any deadlines, but with the second book, there were deadlines and more pressure.  This made me smile because there would be less pressure (from readers) if the author didn’t write cliffhanger endings.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.