The Darkest Day : Victor the Assassin

  • by Tom Wood
  • Narrated by Rob Shapiro
  • Series: Victor the Assassin
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

While carrying out a hit on a terrorist financier, Victor finds himself the target of an assassin who proves to be just as deadly as he is. Never one to let such a thing go, Victor sets about hunting down his attacker and those who sent her. She is Raven - a freelance assassin with a dark past and hidden agenda. If Victor wants to stay alive, he must find out who Raven really is and what she is truly after. Does she really want him dead, or does someone else want them to kill each other?
With the stakes growing higher by the minute - as a city-wide blackout plunges Manhattan into darkness - Victor and Raven must decide who is friend and who is foe before a deadly terrorist plot threatens to consume the city and them along with it.

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VICTOR - The Thinking Man's Assassin...

Would you listen to The Darkest Day again? Why?

Maybe, if I had nothing else to listen to. It certainly is good enough for a repeat performance.


Have you listened to any of Rob Shapiro’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Rob Shapiro is Victor. I have listened to the previous 4 in the series and this one is right up there.


Any additional comments?

I think this has got to be the BEST Victor book yet! I don't think there is as much action as in some of the others but... there is a whole lot of tactical planning and scenarios that require life and death strategizing. Don't get me wrong, this is Victor the Assassin and he does his assassin thing but he is also very intelligent and although that's been established in previous books I think this one exemplifies this to the smallest degree.
The story is a good one and I think would work as a stand alone but is better as part of the series. Victor is now doing contract work for the CIA as an independent contractor. He's sent on a job and is ambushed. There is another assassin there trying to kill him. Neither is killed and Victor is determined to get her befor she can come after him again. There are many twists and turns and his enemy becomes his ally. Together they go after who hired her and WHY he hired her. Meanwhile by the time you hit the end - WOW! Totally unexpected, but I cannot spoil this for anyone.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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- shelley

Where'd the Fizz Go?

Okay, even paranoid schizophrenics have enemies. See, the thing was in the last four novels in this series that maybe Victor could escape the gunsights of skilled killers surrounding him. That was then when I believed he could and wanted to know how. In “The Darkest Day” I know he can, but… but… somehow I no longer care.

It’s as if Tom Wood’s left the cap off of a pop bottle and the fizz escaped.

Okay, Wood’s always found plot to be a pesky necessity to justify his mastery of action moments. But in those earlier novels he invented plotlets … mini segments of clever justifications for the next spurt of superman explosions. Which is what’s led to twin problems with “The Darkest Day”. Those plot points have become thinner than a Hollywood starlet. And Superman-Victor’s explosions are predictably dull. Andrew Miller stated that "a novel is a collection of anxieties held together, more or less well, more or less interestingly, by the chicken wire of plot". Victor is a knotted fist of paranoid anxieties but he needs that chicken wire and a cunning villain to string it.

Did Tom Wood get paid by the word? Fat segments of tedious car and foot chases didn’t need an editor so much as a liposuctionist! Wood got lost in pointless action that smothered me in boredom. And this time both the villain and his motives are so dumb they need to be watered twice a day.

I hope that Wood can recover this series and rebuild Victor away from his nasty edge as just an embittered, paranoid, crank. William Boroughs wrote that, “A paranoid is a guy who really knows what is going on.” I’m worried that neither Victor the assassin, nor Tom Wood any longer do.

Rob Shapiro does the best he can to brighten “The Darkest Day” but sadly endless action scenes are subject to the law of diminishing returns. There are only so many ways Shapiro can read the word “crunch”, y’know?

Start this series from the beginning then pass this one up.
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- Ted "Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio