CTG Reviews: The Darkest Day by Tom Wood

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What the blurb says: “He is darkness. She wants him dead. In a city starved of light, she might just succeed. She moves like a shadow; she kills silently: Raven.

This elegant assassin has been on the run for years. This time though, she has picked the wrong target. The hitman known only as ‘Victor’ is as paranoid as he is merciless, and is no stranger to being hunted. He tracks his would-be killer across the globe, aiming not only to neutralise the threat, but to discover who wants him dead. The trail leads to New York … And then the lights go out.

Over twelve hours of unremitting darkness, Manhattan dissolves into chaos. Amid looting, conspiracy and blackout, Victor and Raven play a vicious game of cat and mouse that the city will never forget.”

This series is really going from strength to strength.

Victor the assassin is a truly fascinating antihero. He’s cold, ruthless and brutal without remorse, but with it rather personable and engaging, which means that although he has no (few) morals, and a highly clinical approach to life, he is a character that I couldn’t help but want to spend time with.

In the latest book in the series – The Darkest Day – Victor finds himself the target of a talented female assassin with a flawless kill record. Rather than going into hiding after escaping her first attempt on his life, Victor vows to eliminate her as a threat. Alternately threatening or charming information from Raven’s associates, Victor discovers her background and tracks her to a safe house in New York. The clues stack up, and he has everything planned in perfect detail to neutralise her. Then the power goes out in New York City and everything he was so sure about starts to become hazy.

The pace is unrelenting, the danger ever escalating, and Victor is forced to abandon his usual preparations and safe-guards in order to keep out of his pursuers’ – both legal and criminal – way. It’s fascinating to see this character, who is always so in control, plunged into a sustained environment of chaos and having to react to a far more unpredictable set of circumstances than before. As the line between ally and enemy morphs and blurs, Victor has to rely on his own instincts and operating principles to navigate the danger. But as the true nature of the blackout and the shocking aim of the people behind it is revealed, Victor has to decide whether to get out while he can or try to avert the threat being made real within the City.

Action packed, adrenaline fuelled, thriller writing at its best – THE DARKEST DAY is a must read for all crime thriller fans.

 

You can check out my interview with author Tom Wood here

Buy the book from Amazon by following this link

And find out more about Tom Wood and the Victor the Assassin series by hopping over to his website at www.tomwoodbooks.com and following him on Twitter @TheTomWood

 

[With thanks to Sphere for my copy of THE DARKEST DAY]

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