The Final Hour by Tom Wood

The Final Hour

Tom Wood

There's only one person the enigmatic assassin Victor can turn to for help: a lethal female assassin whose life he once saved. And now Victor wants her to return the favor--by killing him...

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The enigmatic assassin Victor returns in an explosive thriller from the international bestselling author of A Time to Die and The Darkest Day.

SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE...

 
Victor is the ultimate predator. He surfaces to kill, then disappears into thin air. But he’s a disposable commodity for the powerful people he works for—both the good guys and the bad. And no one has his back. Especially now that doing black bag jobs for the CIA has put a target on his head...
 
...IS TO DIE.
 
Antonio Alvarez, a high-ranking US intelligence official, is determined to clean house and find the legendary killer who slipped away from him during an operation in Paris. There’s only one person Victor can turn to for help: a lethal female assassin whose life he once saved. And now Victor wants her to return the favor—by killing him.... 



 


Advance Galley Reviews

I have never read any of the books in the Victor the Assassin series until this one. This is not the book to pick up and understand the series. It appears to pick up right after the last book ended. At the beginning there was so much bouncing around that I got very confused. In fact, I’m still not sure if there was a consistent plot line through the entire book. The only part of the book I enjoyed were the sections that involved the other assassin Raven (also known as Constance and Connie). I don’t think I’ll read any other books in this series as I didn’t like the character who is the focus of the series – Victor. He’s too perfect, too under control. He doesn’t seem to have any faults or weak spots. That’s maybe why I liked Raven much better. I received an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program.

I received an ARC of 'The Final Hour' by Tom Wood from the First to Read program for free in exchange for my review. I have not read any of Tom Wood's previous works which might have impacted my enjoyment of this book. For me the story started out quite slowly and the introduction of new characters in each chapter had me re-reading sections in order to keep up. The protagonist, Victor, is not a likable character while the Assassin, Raven, 'hired to help Victor disappear by killing him is much more human in this book. Around page 75 the book seemed to take off and it was hard to put down from that point on. I found the overall premise and story-line to be intriguing which helped to keep my interest during the first few chapters. I would give this three stars out of four.

I have not read any of the previous books in this series. If I had, then perhaps I would have enjoyed The Final Hour more. The protagonist has zero personality and the plot has zero sense of urgency about it. Victor has a contract out on his head. He's hunting the people who put out the contract. He needs the help of another assassin. None of which I cared about. A lot of the plot is centered on events that happened in previous books, so perhaps that's one reason I didn't enjoy it so much. I also felt like the author could have told the same story with a hundred or so fewer pages. That definitely would have helped with the pacing. It's not a terrible book, but for me it's definitely not a page-turner either. 3/5 stars.

I'm normally not a fan of mystery books, but the intrigue & who's out to get whom sucked me right in. A story that you'll not be able to put down once you start.

Tom Woods makes you want to know Victor. There are times when everyone needs a Victor around to handle a few things for them. He captived me from book one and he is still holding my interest. In this installment, Victor finds he must do something that is hard for him. But must he do. Can his enemy become his friend? Read and join him on his new adventures.

I have never read about this "Victor" guy. MY BAD! I may go back and get the earlier novels to read more of my new favorite "antihero". I was worried when we started off with the female "Raven" being injured because these superstar/same as men assassins are for the most part ridiculous because they are not the same come on. Anyway, Victor has got me hooked, from the fist fights to the fire fights after 30+ years in the military I found it very realistic. I wish they would put this out as a box set on Kindle. Great book here that rocks.

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.

Not quite done with this book but I have found a new author! I haven't read any in this series before this on but I am looking forward to reading the rest. Interesting characters. Good action and suspense.

This just wasn't for me. I should know better than to attempt to read books featuring rogue agents because they're just one giant cliché. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

What a wonderfultale of how the lives of assassins would interweave and collide with each other! Incredibly imaginitive and full of twists, suspense and action! I highly recommend this thriller!

Didn't like this book. Actually, quit reading after a hundred pages. Perhaps if I had read other books in the series, I might have found the story interesting.

I loved it! Very fast paced and compelling read. I haven't read the previous books in the series and didn't feel like I was missing any key pieces of the story line but am now considering seeing what I missed! Thanks First to Read for my advanced copy!

Tom Wood is a new author for me and his latest novel, The Final Hour, was a wonderful introduction to the fast paced life of spies and assassins while they raced through the capitals of Europe. Victor, the main character, is full of surprises and has as many passports as he has different personalities. We learn early on that there is a serious threat on his life that makes Victor very cautious, believing it is time to find a permanent solution to maintain his invisible persona: hire an assassin to assassinate him. Raven is his choice to execute the contract, that is, if she survives from being poisoned. There are major plots and subplots, and it all becomes a tangle that you want to solve quickly, but the author moves at his own pace, making for suspenseful reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will look forward to reading future installments in the series as well as catching up on the earlier editions.

I hate reviews with spoilers so you won't read any here. All you'll get is my humble opinion about the quality of this novel. Wow! I'm new to this author, but what an introduction! Mr. Wood knows his craft. Totally engrossing from start to finish. Rich, believable characters. Love Victor, even though he's an assassin. Every aspect of the story is appropriately detailed. Action and international intrigue. I'm a fan of the genre and this is an excellent representation. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of the First to Read program. The opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

I really liked the first couple of books in Tom Wood's series about Victor the Assassin, but for some reason, I haven't read the rest of the books in the series until getting a chance to read this one, the seventh one. I have clearly missed quite a lot of important background information from the past three or four books, but I still very much enjoyed getting back in touch with the quiet and effective hitman with both a pleasant heart and mind. This book deals almost as much with the female assassin, Raven, as with Victor, which threw me off course a couple times in the first half of the book, since I had never heard of this woman before, but I guess that she appeared in some of the books that I have missed in the series. Wood resists the temptation of going into nerdy details about weapons and other technical issues which makes the story much more readable than books by more gun crazy authors (none mentioned). Summing up, I was well entertained by revisiting Victor the Assassin, but readers will definitely get the most out of the series by reading the books in chronological order, and I don't recommend new readers of the series to begin here.

The Final Hour is the first book I have read in Wood's series. What is life like for assassins? You'll surely find out in this book. Victor is a highly accomplished killer who has worked for various international government agencies. He is a loner. Antonio Alvarez, head of a US intelligence agency, is on the hunt for Victor as he was responsible for several deaths. What is an assassin to do? He turns to another assassin whose life he saved named Raven. He wants Raven to "kill" him so he can escape or retire. The book shares the intricacies and politics within governmental agencies, the loneliness of assassins although they are well-paid and needed by agencies, and the various twists and turns of who is gunning for whom. Wood lets you become well acquainted with the characters and details their interactions, often in exciting detail. You'll have to read this book to discover what happens to Victor in his final hour!

Assassins. CIA. And an unknown contractor on the hunt. In Tom Wood’s recent thriller, The Final Hour, we meet Raven or Constance as some know her who has been poisoned by an enemy, or are they enemies? Raven and Victor are both hired assassins that kill for very important people. Prior to this installment, they had worked together but as soon as the job was done, Victor poisons Raven with an untraceable substance paralyzing her. The Consensus is out to kill Raven because she has too much information and wants to kill the entire Consensus. Back in Washington D.C., we meet Procter and Alvarez. Procter is the head of the CIA. Alvarez used to report to Procter but he has a promotion. Procter in the past, while Alvarez was an agent, hired Victor to kill for the CIA that accidentally killed a few CIA agents. The deaths have been pinned on Victor although the deed was done before he got to the hotel to do the kill. Alvarez since getting the promotion, he has set it as his goal to find out who Victor is and put him away to get revenge on the deaths of the agents. Will he find out who Victor really is?? All while this is going on, Victor not only has to avoid Alvarez but also The Phoenix, a large contractor that has a contract out to kill him. Victor gets put in a bad place multiple times and manages to escape gaining information on The Phoenix while trying to track them down. Victor comes up with the idea to fake his own death to escape under the radar and he wants Raven to help. Will they be able to fake his death? Will Alvarez catch Victor? Will Raven escape the clutch of The Consensus? This book is typically not my kind of book. It is also the 7th book in a series I have learned after reading this. If I had known it was a series I would have second guessed reading. All in all it was a good book. I really like his style of writing and the way the story unfolds. I particularly didn’t care for the content but the characters and the plot were incredible and Wood keeps you wanting to find out what happens at the end. It is a very long book for those of you that don’t like long books this isn’t for you. But, if you do like a good assasins/spy novel check this out. I would like to read some more of his work and see what I think.

Have not read this series before, but enjoyed the book. Some editing, might be helpful, though interesting,some of the fight scenes are a bit over written. Liked how the author introduced characters and then tied them in later in the story. One pet peeve, use I and me and she and her correctly. The little grammatical errors are off putting. All in all, enjoyed the characters and would read more of this author.

I've read all the books in the series. It's getting better with each book. I especially like this book. There are so many twists and turns to the story. The lethal dance between Victor and Raven is intriguing. Looking forward to reading the next one.

This is the first Tom Wood book I've read but now it won't be the last. I really enjoyed reading about Victor and Raven, elite assassins. They work for the CIA, MI6 or freelance, as long as they get paid. This book was thrilling to read with lots of action. I am new to the character of Victor but enjoyed reading all about him and his interaction with Raven. Although this was my first Victor book I had no problem jumping right into the action and following the story. But now I am hooked and need to go back and read the first six books.

The Final Hour is the next chapter in the continuing saga of Victor the enigmatic paid assassin, he of few words and precise actions as he plies his trade. In this book Victor joins forces with Raven, another paid assassin, in order to evade a price on his head. Very cinematic. You can easily envision who might play these characters on the big screen - to packed audiences

I've read every book in this series and to read the latest before its release date was great and the story did not disappoint. The main character is an anti-hero which manages to not be typical in that regard which makes for an interesting read especially if you have read the previous entries. If you like exciting but thoughtful actions of an assassin who views his world and those around him in a unique and always tactical way I highly recommend this book.

I love a good mystery/thriller novel and I have to say that Tom Wood's The Final Hour encompasses all that should come in a mystery/thriller title. To me, the book read as a great movie in a novel style written with intense suspense, immersive action, and tons of interesting information about weapons. I really liked the 2 main characters but also found that the main antagonist, a covert government agent didn't act like the typical government agent either. "Tesseract" or Victor, the main male character was both an antagonist to the agents out there hunting him down while also as a protagonist in evading the hunt and eventually helping out the other main character, a female rogue operative. Victor and Raven were neither inherently good or bad, they simply did their jobs for money and for a living. Perfect hired assassins with no family or background these two characters were so skilled in their jobs that it was their life. Their livelihood. Their way of living. Since this is the 7th book of the Victor series I'm not sure how much of his past has been revealed in the preceding books but I will definitely pick up the other ones in the series to get a better idea of Victor and his past. I would also love to read more about Raven - her character was witty, insightful, and endearing. She didn't enjoy her job so much as Victor did (I surmised) but she did it rather as a way of living since she was an orphan and was dealt an unfortunate life before becoming a secret agent. What I loved about the book - Every word in the book was cleverly written and thought out. Every step in the book peels back layers of the characters (both main and supporting) to reveal truths and insights of their lives and their thoughts. The book was very fast paced and very easy to read. It read like a movie - reminded me of the modern Mission Impossible movies starring Tom Cruise. Each scene had separate stories that eventually led to the climax at the end. The scenes all pulled well together creatively and the author was quite genius in how everything tied up towards the end. I would definitely recommend this to mystery/crime/thriller fans.

 


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