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- Print Length: 222 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 8, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 8, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UXX5CTI
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Crisp, lean prose with assault-rifle impact zips the reader across international borders and delineates quirky, engaging characters. The plot is worthy of the best British spymasters, making Wignall an author to watch.” —Publishers Weekly
“The action sequences are terse and commanding, the writing is often elegiac, and the dialogue intriguing.” —The Boston Globe
”Kevin Wignall kicks in contemporary coolness, detachment, and humor.” —St. Petersburg Times
“Wignall grips the reader with empathy for the guilty of conscience.” —The Scotsman
“A superbly executed thriller.” —The Mirror
”Lean and stylish prose which any literary writer would be proud of and which cranks up the tension enough for the most demanding of mystery readers. While Wignall’s beautifully drawn hit man struggles to find his own identity, those searching for gripping and grown-up mystery writing should look no further.” —Mark Billingham, author of Time of Death
“Kevin Wignall has done it again. The master of the thoughtful crime thriller presents us here with yet another high-octane scenario…” —Paul Finch, bestselling author of Strangers
About the Author
Kevin Wignall is a British writer, born in Brussels in 1967. He spent many years as an army child in different parts of Europe, and went on to study politics and international relations at Lancaster University. He became a full-time writer after the publication of his first book, People Die (2001). His other novels are Among the Dead (2002); Who Is Conrad Hirst? (2007), shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Barry Award; and Dark Flag (2010). The Hunter’s Prayer was originally titled For the Dogs in the USA. The film The Hunter’s Prayer, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush, will be released worldwide in 2015.
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Ella was interesting in the beginning but in the middle of the story her personality did a 180. She became detestable, killing innocent people, Including children.
The only enjoyable character came at the end of the story with the introduction of Dan Borowski.
For me, I wish I hadn't plowed through it. There will never be enough time to read all of the good books we have to choose from.
I thought THE HUNTER’S PRAYER was slightly better than the other four novels. The ending was completely different than I expected. It was so different that I had to re-read the last few pages to make sure that I read what I had read.
THE HUNTER’S PRAYER is a novel that I would consider re-reading again in 10+ years. That to me is a sign that the book is worthy of five stars.
The plot becomes an inverse relationship between the professional killer who seeks redemption and the young girl whose normal life becomes one of obsession for bloody revenge,This is a twisted tale in which a stunning number of people incur violent deaths. Behind and between the killings, a few characters are introduced and developed, but in the end it is a tale of sound and fury signifying little. Its possibly redeeming value is that it is an "entertaining" story for those who like their mysteries bloody
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"Unbelievable" is another accusation. The story is, in summary about a young woman whose family is killed and her resolve to find the killers and extract revenge in type. She changes from the usual young college student with a boyfriend, over the course of the book into, for want of a better simile a revenging angel. Juxtaposed against that is a man, initially employed to "mind" her, who is a hit man, who is making the exact opposite journey, from being a professional killer to family man. I suppose you could make an argument for the unbelievable claim. But what the story is, is fascinating. You don't really know where it's going and you are consequently compelled to read on.
I obviously don't want to expand further on the plot, but, comparing it with Mr Wignall's other book above, I can say that I found it strangely not as satisfying. I can't actually put my finger on why, but again, I think that this feeling is exactly what Mr Wignall wants us to feel at the end of this story. The main character, right at the end of the book seems to have passed on the baton elsewhere and perhaps that's why I felt as I did.
What this book is, though, is fascinating and compelling. So ignore the naysayers and read it. Not perhaps a classic, but eminently readable. Certainly enough for me to seek another of Kevin Wignall's works to read.
A poacher turned gamekeeper, as a hitman turns protector before agreeing to assist in Ella's quest for vengeance after her family is assassinated. Lucas reluctantly gets back into the life he turned his back on for Ella.
Short at a tad over 200 pages long. Fast-paced, economical prose, a story that grips and an intriguing character study as two individuals undergo an almost 180 degree volte face personality change. Well one definitely, the other was already in the process of metamorphosis before a return to old ways, before a flip-flop back again.
Locations - Tuscany, Switzerland, London, Budapest, Paris, the Caribbean and Australia. And probably a few other as well.
Action, violence, cold-blooded murder, bereavement, bewilderment, books, business, secrets, police, protection, flight, investigation, planning, revenge, lost family x 2, retirement, teenage love, re-connection, a final settlement.
A violent book - yes in places, but never gratuitous, more matter-of-fact with several scenes laced with humour and some tenderness.
Totally believable? Maybe not, but never less than fascinating.
Loved it - almost tempted to pick it up and start reading it again as soon as I had finished.
5 from 5
I have a few books from Kevin Wignall on the pile, most of them bought back in 2008 when I became aware of his work. A bit of a shame this one sat on the TBR pile for 10 years!
Looking forward to Among the Dead, Who is Conrad Hirst? and People Die at some point in the future.
Read in September, 2018
Published - 2004
Page count - 228
Source - purchased copy
Format - hardback
* subsequently re-published as The Hunter's Prayer
I hope his next novel has more plot and more rounded characters.
She then changes from a cute teenager to a woman bent on revenge and uses her rich families money to find there killers.
Recommended for those wanting a fast read
If you are looking for a simple all action, superficial book, then this probably is not for you. However, if you like thought provoking, beautifully written prose, then I urge you to read it. This is the type of book that explores the actions, motivations and morality of someone who kills for a living.
A beautifully written page turner.