Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
Lethal assassin Victor lands in the middle of a Guatemalan cartel war in the latest nonstop thriller from the international bestselling author of The Final Hour.
KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSE…
Victor is the killer who always delivers…for the right price. And Heloise Salvatierra, patron of Guatemala’s largest cartel, is ready and willing to pay him just that to eliminate the competition: her sister. Heloise has been battling Maria for control of the cartel in an endless and bloody war. Now Victor decides who survives. An easy job if it weren’t for the sudden target on his back.
…AND THEIR ENEMIES CLOSER.
Victor’s not the only one on the hunt. Someone else has Maria in the crosshairs and will do anything to get the kill. In the middle of cartel territory with enemies closing in from all sides, Victor must decide where to put the bullet before one is placed in his head….
About: Kill For Me is an espionage mystery written by Tom Wood. It was recently published on 11/6/2018 by Berkley Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 480 pages. The genres are thriller, espionage, crime, mystery, and fiction. Kill For Me is book 8 and it comes from a series called Victor the Assassin: book 1 is called The Hunter, book 2 is called The Enemy, book 3 is called The Game, book 4 is called Better Off Dead, book 5 is called The Darkest Day, book 6 is called A Time To Die, book 7 is called The Final Hour, and book 8 is called Kill For Me. According to the publisher’s website, “Known for being at the forefront of trends, Berkley continues to develop authors and acquire books on the cutting edge of genre fiction. Science fiction/fantasy imprint Ace is the oldest continuously operating science fiction publisher in the U.S., and Berkley Prime Crime was the first imprint in the country dedicated to cozy mysteries.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Kill For Me on 10/22/2018 and finished it on 11/8/2018. This book is a great read. I enjoy reading about drug cartels, especially in a city with two drug lords and the conflicts surrounding it all. It’s interesting how these tough guys are always surrounded themselves with layers of protections. Victor is a cool character. He’s confident and knows his stuffs. He’s always prepared in case someone threatens him, he has dirt on them to threaten them back. I like how he calculates the different paths to take whenever he’s stuck in a difficult situation. His quick decision to kill is a bit tough to stomach.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Victor as he meets up with Jairo to buy a black market gun in the middle of nowhere. He’s currently in Guatemala. Victor knows he’s going into a trap and calculate when things will escalate but he heads into it anyway. Then the book switch gears to 5 years earlier and readers are following Luis Lavandier, an adviser to Heloise, powerful drug cartel in Guatemala City. Heloise is looking for a good hit man to take out a rival and Victor might just be the guy to do it. There are many more views from supporting characters when their roles appear on this book. The chapters are short.
Kill For Me is truly a killing read! It’s well written. I don’t like the romance much because they are more of a quickie than anything. It comes and goes quickly. Women drug lords and women who is considered dangerous is definitely an interesting take. I like Joanna, a banker watching out for money launderer, in this book. Her crime scene deduction is fun to read. I like the twists and turns near the end. Luis’ calculating mind is interesting to follow as well at the Czech guy and Victor. All of the characters seems confident and know exactly what to do, even though the job is new. That seems unlikely because personally I struggle when I’m assigned a new job. Although this book is about the sisters, their role are more dormant than I prefer. Overall, the read is still good and I do recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: fast paced, adventures, calculating, mystery, suspense, drug cartels, foreigners, Guatemala
Con: more killing than I’m interested in, main characters seems to know what to do every step of the way
I rate it 4.5 stars!
About the Author:
Tom Wood was born and raised in Staffordshire, England, and now lives in London. http://www.tomwoodbooks.com (Photo obtained from Goodreads and info obtained from Penguin’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Berkley Publishing for inviting me to host a blog tour. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.