Hunter : Dylan Hunter

  • by Robert Bidinotto
  • Narrated by Conor Hall
  • Series: Dylan Hunter
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Wall Street Journal Top 10 national best seller
Number one Kindle best seller in "Mysteries & Thrillers"
Who is hunter?
Who is prey?
Who will survive?
Award-winning true-crime author Robert Bidinotto makes his stunning fiction debut with a best-selling thriller that has earned more than 200 "5-star" rave reviews from readers.
Two people, passionately in love.
But each hides a deadly secret.
He is a crusading vigilante, on a violent quest for justice.
She is tracking this unknown assassin, sworn to stop him.
Neither realizes the truth about the other.
And neither knows that a terrifying predator is hunting them both....

From its first moments, Hunter takes you on a nonstop thrill ride: from the top floor of the CIA, to the marbled corridors of Capitol Hill...from the posh hotels of downtown Washington, to the city's mean, violent streets. It introduces a colorful new hero for our time - and a dazzling heroine every bit his equal.
A spy mystery...a crime thriller...a passionate romance: Hunter is a genre-bending novel unlike any you've read. Deviously plotted, filled with vivid characters, and propelled at a breakneck pace, it's a tale as memorable for its provocative ideas as for a rousing climax that has readers cheering.
If you enjoy the thrillers of Lee Child, Stephen Hunter, Brad Thor, and Vince Flynn, you'll love Hunter.


What the Critics Say

"One of the best vigilante thrillers since Clancy's Without Remorse....Hunter delivers in a way few thrillers do. From the opening kill shot to the climactic showdown, Hunter strikes home with the power and pinpoint accuracy of a Barrett M99....A fantastic debut thriller....A solid five stars." (Stephen England, author, Pandora's Grave)
"A of the great romances....To say that Hunter is a well-structured novel is an understatement....Even the lesser characters are vividly realized [and] memorably etched with a few deft strokes. Bidinotto seems incapable of creating a cardboard figure....I demand a sequel....I want to return to the exhilarating moral atmosphere of Bidinotto's story." (Roger Donway, The Atlasphere)
"This book has all the elements of an exciting thriller--strong conflicts, romance, action, and characters you care about. I especially loved the concluding paragraph, and you will too. Buy it." (Larry Abrams, author, The Philosophical Practitioner)


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An extra-judicial Javert

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is an enabler.”

Taking in the story of Hunter it occurred to me that it is, perhaps by design, an almost perfect inversion of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Where Hugo exposes a bygone criminal justice system that victimized the “guilty”, all out of proportion to their crimes, Bidinotto exposes a contemporary system that actually enables fearsome criminals, and has become part of the violent crime problem in a different way.

Bidinotto is famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) for exposing the Willie Horton case that defined the failed Presidential candidacy of Michael Dukakis in 1988. Here he is, decades later, distilling the same outrage into an effective work of fiction, his first. He’s a long time admirer (devotee?) of Ayn Rand, and the influence shows, a particular scene late in the book evokes the hijacked radio address at the climax of Atlas Shrugged, though Bidinotto’s version is blessedly shorter. Above all the influence shows in the clarity of the prose, and the fact that while Hunter has the elements of a thriller, it’s ultimately a morality tale.

The narrator does a fine job, though I have a minor quibble. For most of the book, there’s little question who “the killer” is. This isn’t an Agatha Christie mystery, building to a big reveal at the end. However, early on, the grammar used to refer to the killer is strictly pronouns, I believe the author doesn’t want you to have ID’d which character it is, yet. The narrator, however, uses the same distinct timbre he used for the killer for another major character, so even if Bidinotto had employed all of Agatha Christie’s gifts for misdirection, you’d have to know who it is. It's certainly a characterful narration however, all the way down to the stubborn feline.

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- D

Best Vigilante Story since Without Remorse

Any additional comments?

The story opens with a joint CIA and FBI operation that targets the capture of a rogue CIA agent trying to flee the United States.after one of the main characters, Annie Woods, discovered his nafarious activities. After an event that I will not spoil for you, Annie finds herself working directly with a highly placed individual with the Central Intelligence Agency, looking for an elusive sniper.

Meanwhile, Annie will cross paths with the other central character of this book, freelancer journalist Dylan Lee Hunter as they both come to support a dear friend in her moment of need and weakness. Dylan and Annie start to meet and fall in love in no time, but, little did they know that their relationship will get very complicated as each of them will fight with their fears and with dangerous secrets.

Dylan’s investigative reporting targets the US judicial system, pointing harsh accusing fingers at the criminals that are released from prison without serving their time and to those that don’t even get arrested as the charges are dropped by multiple prosecuting atterneys as a consequence to the flawed legal system in the U.S. He writes with passion, describing their crimes in gory details and asks that someone will do something to get these scumbags of the streets for the sake of the victims and to prevent them from harming others.

Somebody takes note of Hunter’s articles and gets to work, bodies start piling up all over Washington with each inflammatory expose that Dylan writes and the Police forms a taskforce to find The Vigilante Killers, although they are really grateful that someone is taking out the good for nothing criminals and sexual predators. Here I’ll stop talking about the story and I’ll let you discover the rest on your own, adding just that it’s a great one, filled with tense moments, interesting facts, ideas and the right amount of romance. Oh, yeah, and the ending is very satisfying as well.

After finishing Hunter: A Thriller I found myself thinking about the following four lifelike characters: Dylan Lee Hunter, a man with a troubled past, Annie Woods and her secrets, Detective Cronin, one of the good guys who felt to me like an old friendly ”Sherlock” from some great mystery story, and the cat, Luna, was just one of those masterful touches that made the book even better. I hope to reconnect with all of them in the next book, which I’ll start to listen to, hopefully, sometime next week.

Another thing I liked very much in Hunter is the ever evolving love story that takes place between Dylan and Annie. I think that Robert nailed the perfect balance and knew where to start and where to stop. Besides being a great thriller, Hunter brings together aspects from romance, mystery, police procedurals and espionage. Well done sir!

Robert Bidinotto writes thrillers like a pro! The vibe that Hunter left me with was thought provoking and I was very pleasantly surprised by this fresh take on the vigilante idea. I haven’t read something this good on this topic since Without Remorse by Tom Clancy, which, by the way, is one of my all time favorites.

Conor Hall gives an almost perfect performance with the audiobook, bringing all the characters to life, even Luna the cat. His narration becomes mesmerizing at times and the different voices and subtle accents keeps everyone differentiated in the listeners mind. I think he is the right actor to record this new amazing series of thrillers and I’m looking forward to listen to him again.

So, as a conclusion, Hunter: A Thriller is a great book with a very compelling story, filled with characters that feel alive and real. Robert Bidinotto delivers one of the most interesting and thought provoking thrillers released in recent history. His experience as an investigative journalist makes large parts of Hunter feel like a non fiction work, but the acts of vengeance perpetrated by the Vigilante Killers are to good to be a true fact :).

Robert is a great writer and I’m honored to have been asked to write a review for such a special book and with this occasion I want to thank him for the opportunity. Really glad to discover his works and from now on I’ll keep an eye out for any new release.

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- Victor @ theAudiobookBlog

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2012
  • Publisher: Robert J. Bidinotto