The Game by Tom Wood

The Game by Tom Wood

Victor is the perfect killer.

He has no past.

He will stop at nothing.

And he can find you anywhere.

In sweltering Algiers, ultra-efficient hitman Victor executes a fellow assassin. But when the CIA comes calling, Victor must pose as his victim to identify the dead man’s next mark, a mission that takes him across Europe to the bloody streets of Rome. Working alongside a group of vicious mercenaries, Victor faces an impossible choice: to do what’s right, or to sacrifice the only thing he cares about . . . his life.

I’ve not had the pleasure of reading Tom Wood’s previous two models – The Hunter and The Enemy – but after reading the third book in the Victor series I’ll be sure to check them out.

I really enjoyed this book, very well written with a flowing and descriptive narrative that kept the action and tension going from beginning to end. Full of tantalising scenarios the book moves along at a fast and furious place, Victor taking centre stage throughout.

Given the fact that our protagonist is a ruthless assassin I didn’t expect to like him but I did. There wasn’t a scene I didn’t enjoy and the more I discovered about Victor the more I liked. Just when you think he’s going soft, bam. He cranks it up a notch and kills someone unexpectedly.

One thing the author does it marry up the various sub plots, right down to the smallest of details, and that impressed me. I don’t want to say too much in this review but something that happens in Algiers plays a small but touching part towards the end of the book. I’d totally forgotten about it but the author certainly hadn’t!

Victor’s characterisation is well thought out and developed and even though this is the third instalment in the series I didn’t feel as if I’d missed out too much in his development and history. There were a couple of things I would have enjoyed learning from books one and two but that couldn’t be helped! Without question The Game works as a standalone and as I mentioned at the top of this review, it has made me want to learn more and find out what makes Victor tick.

An excellent storyline, great characters and a narrative flow to be envied, Tom Wood has succeeded in writing a terrific thriller. More please sir!

The Game is available to buy in paperback and kindle formats.

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751549177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751549171
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