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Victor is Losing his Mojo.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 30, 2018
To whoever wrote this book, I would like to know what you did with Tom Wood. I have loved Victor the assassin since he was introduced - interesting plots, trade craft and a wonderfully developed character. This book bears no resemblance to the prior volumes. The characteristics that make Victor so interesting are included only in passing, the story is unbelievable both in setting and actions and there are long, philosophical ramblings that make it seem like the author is trying desperately to fill enough pages to complete the book. I understand the pressures of writing to meet the commitments of a publishing contract, but better not to publish than to degrade the quality of the product. In one scene five people are shot with a revolver. The authorities come to investigate and find one bullet left in the gun and five shell casings on the floor. Big problem -- a revolver does not eject shell casings like an automatic pistol does when it is fired. Either Tom Wood has a major writer's block problem or this book was ghost written by someone who was unqualified and overpaid. One can only hope that since Mark Greaney appears no longer to be writing Jack Ryan/Tom Clancy books that the Gray Man does not suffer a similar decline in quality.