The Final Hour by Tom Wood - Published by Sphere in 2017 - ISBN: 978-0-7515-7014-4
Victor, a murky and anti-hero assassin, hired by the good, the bad and the ugly, resurfaces in this thriller by the bestselling author of A Time To Die and The Darkest Day.Antonio Alvarez, now a high-ranking operative in the CIA seeking the closure on Victor he was hitherto denied owing to lack of authority, is determined to clean out the Augean stables. He launches a no-holes barred hunt for Victor who evaded him during a covert operation in Paris. The only person Victor feels he can confidently turn to for help is Constance Raven, a ruthless, cold hitwoman. Once instrumental in saving her, he now wants her to reciprocate —by ‘liquidating’ him. This is the first book in the series that I’ve read so references to past incidents in the earlier books were lost on me. Anyone coming new to this may also find him/herself challenged by the volume of detail /research and the large cast of characters.The tightly told tale is interestingly bold on a number of levels and certainly action packed – like a non-stop adventure movie - punctuated with multiple threads and twists and turns; the dialogue is believable and moves the story along, although some readers may consider that the interaction between Victor and Raven relies more on physical than on oral dynamics. Tom Wood is a master of this genre and loyal fans will be salivating for more.