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When I picked this book up in the shop I read the back and thought it looked like a great read, I like how sometimes that synopsis on the back of the book can suck you in and take you on a whole new story. Anyway the back of The Accident Man seemed like my kind of book so I bought it and then it lay in my house for months unread along with another pile of books gathering dust and waiting to be read!
About to go on holiday I was flicking through my pile of books trying to decide what I was going to take away with me, again the back of the book caught my eye and it made the cut into my bag. On the plane I decided to start it.
The Accident Man is written by Tom Cain and follows ex marine Samuel Carver a man who makes accidents happen to bad people. Carver decides that once and for all he wants out and takes one last hit. This story is inspired by a true event, the worldwide reaction to it and the speculation that to this day still surrounds, the author uses it to imagine what might have happened and what might have been behind it. The event in question is the death of Princess Diana and this sheds an interesting angle and twist to the book, although the princess is never mentioned by name in the book it is only alluded to. The author on the cover and in the notes is at pains to assure readers that this is a work of fiction and is only roughly based on this event.
The book cracks along at a good pace and is a real page turner and a gripping thriller with a good story that is added to with the real life mentions. After doing his supposed last hit Carver himself becomes the hit and it becomes all about survival, where he can't even trust his friends never mind his enemies! There are a lot of surprises and twists along the way and the ending was not what I was expecting. I really don't want to give anything else away as it would spoil it for any of you who are going to read it, and you should it is a good read.
So much so that at the end of the book they give you the first chapter of Tom Cain's next book (The House of War), after reading this I went out and purchased that and now can't wait to read that one. Watch out for that review coming soon.
The recommended retail price is £6.99 but you can purchase it from Amazon for £5.49.
This book was one that I got from readitswapit and I have to say was probably not one I would have chosen to buy.
I was drawn in by the description which promised an adventure, complete with James Bond style car chases and gun fights.
The basic story line revolves around a professional hitman who started out as a British Marine. Carver as he is known is an accident specialist - although he will kill people with a gun if necessary he prefers to use a helicopter crash or a car accident.
Not wanting to give too much away so just the bare bones (and no spoilers I promise!)
Carver is asked to carry out one special hit - on a middle eastern terrorist and plans the perfect car crash in Paris, in a tunnel. But he finds that he is the next target of the shadowy organisation which employs him!
And of course he realises that the target was not actually a terrorist but a well loved public figure who died in the late 1990s and has been the subject of many conspiracy theories.
Carver has to try to find out who ordered the hit and why before he is killed!
Carver - the master, slightly damaged hitman who just wants to escape from his life style and return to a normal life. Despite the fact that he is a cold blooded killer you cant help wondering what happened to make him that way and hoping that he finds some type of redemption and peace.
Alix - a sexy Russian assassin - a character that develops throughout the novel and you really cant help wanting to know more about her! I felt a genuine sympathy for Alix and I defy you not to!
THe bad guys - dont want to spoil the plot so won't name them but suffice to say there is a range of enemies from both sides of the Atlantic and the Iron Curtain! Expect twists and turns galore and horrible scenes as the truth is sought!
This book romps along like an express train. The action is fast paced and you have little time to get bored. I loved the fact that despite the action and the violence there is time for conversation and the relationship between the characters to develop.
The book is written in the third person so you are never allowed wholly under the skin of any one character which keeps you neutral as a reader.
A great holiday read - or one for a long journey! Managed to combine action with great narrative and descriptive prose. Highly recommended!
One of the great conspiricy theories of our time put into a thrilling novel!