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Caleb Wardell, o «Sniper de Chicago», escapa ao corredor da morte duas semanas antes da sua execução, quando a carrinha de transporte de prisioneiros onde segue é impedida de chegar ao seu destino pela máfia russa. O FBI recorre aos serviços de Carter Blake como a única forma de conseguir capturar Wardell.Blake é um homem com um passado misterioso e um talento especial parCaleb Wardell, o «Sniper de Chicago», escapa ao corredor da morte duas semanas antes da sua execução, quando a carrinha de transporte de prisioneiros onde segue é impedida de chegar ao seu destino pela máfia russa. O FBI recorre aos serviços de Carter Blake como a única forma de conseguir capturar Wardell.Blake é um homem com um passado misterioso e um talento especial para encontrar aqueles que não querem ser encontrados. Juntamente com Elaine Banner, uma ambiciosa agente do FBI, os dois irão perseguir Wardell enquanto este, por pura crueldade, começa a matar pessoas, aparentemente ao acaso, nas horas de maior tráfego das cidades.Mas nem tudo é o que parece. Atrás do assassino esconde-se uma conspiração que ameaça o país. Para Blake conseguir capturar o criminoso e travar a ameaça, ele irá ter de infringir todas as regras…...

Title : O Caçador
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ISBN : 9789898831736
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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O Caçador Reviews

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-04-18 06:57

    Publication Date 24th April 2014 from Orion.With thanks to the author/publisher for the copy via a Goodreads Giveaway.“The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake.That name no more belongs to me than the hotel room I was occupying when the call came in.”When Caleb Wardell, the infamous ‘Chicago Sniper’, escapes from death row two weeks before his execution, the FBI calls on the services of Carter Blake, a man with certain specialised talents whose skills lie in finding those who don’t want to be found.So, you know that feeling you get when you read a book, a first in a series, and that little reading tingle comes over you that says “Yep. This one is for me” and you just KNOW that there are many happy reading years ahead of you with a new favourite character? Yep. That.Meet Carter Blake. Well, we’ll call him that anyway. He finds people. Generally speaking. Of course there is much more to him than that, but for the purposes of this its probably all you need to know. When a dangerous man escapes, the powers that be call on Carter in the hope that he can catch up to him before disaster strikes. So begins a most terrific, page turning, thrilling tale with some real edge of the seat moments.You know what is even better than a Thriller? An INTELLIGENT thriller. With characters that have more than just a phoned in version of a personality, a tightly woven plot that keeps you on your toes and an actual story, not just endless action. Thats not to say there is not plenty of action – there is. But as Carter and Caleb play a deadly game of cat and mouse, it is the interaction between them and those they encounter that will have you desperately turning the pages to find out the ultimate outcome. When you have a killer who is just as, if not more, intelligent than the person who is chasing him, you will genuinely wonder who is going to come out on top. It takes a man with no limits to catch a killer with no motive…yes indeed.With a terrific supporting cast, the occasional moment that will have you hyperventilating and a magnificent final showdown – don’t you just love it when a book lives up to its initial promise and doesnt fall flat? – this was brilliantly done. Absolutely.Inevitably Mason Cross will find his protagonist compared to Jack Reacher. Its going to happen I don’t think there is any avoiding it, sadly, as I always like to treat each read entirely on its own merits. I will address it though as I am also a fan of the majority of the Reacher Novels. And in fact I wouldnt be surprised if with the closing few words of this novel, Mr Cross himself was giving a nod to Reacher. This readers opinion? Carter Blake could easily be described as “The thinking man’s Reacher” but he is entirely his own man and I fell for him completely. More please!Highly Recommended.Happy Reading Folks!

  • Ann Girdharry
    2019-03-27 07:52

    This was a difficult book to rate. I give it three stars for character development but four stars for plot. The story is told in three different points of view - Elaine, who is one of the FBI officers assigned to the case, Blake, who is the man brought in from the outside and who works outside the rules, and the killer himself, Wardell. Rotating between these three people keeps the book alive and it makes compelling reading because we see each person's interpretation/misinterpretation of events. This style also means that shallow character development is less obvious and it was only once I'd finished the book that I realised I hardly knew anything about Elaine nor Blake. I knew what they did during the case, I knew their investigative skills, but I didn't have an insight into who they really were as people. Actually, the person we get to know the best is Wardell. Even so, the story is very well told and with one of the points of view being in first person, the plot has immediacy and high thrill factor. Basically, Wardell is on a killing spree having escaped from prison. He's a man with no scruples and he knows his time is running out before he's recaptured - so his aim is to kill as many people as possible before that happens. There's history between him and Blake and there's a hidden intrigue that means someone behind the scenes might be pulling everyone's strings. In all, it was a very entertaining and enjoyable read.

  • Susan
    2019-03-31 07:52

    This exciting thriller takes place over just a few, very action packed, days. The story begins with the escape from a prison transport of Caleb Wardell, a sniper who was literally a fortnight away from facing execution for the murder of nineteen people. You might think that, having gained his freedom, he would be eager to find somewhere to hide in order to live out his life in obscurity. However, then we would have no novel and, besides, serial killers do not tend to show sense in these situations (Ted Bundy escaped from prison only to then indulge in another killing spree, this time in a State which had the death penalty). On his first day of freedom Wardell kills a man and it is obvious that he has no intention of stopping until he is caught.Special Agent Elaine Banner, single mother and ambitious to further her career, is hopeful that capturing Wardell will help her gain promotion. Along with Steve Castle, who worked on the original case, they are sent to discover his whereabouts and capture him before his escape is discovered by the press . There is also another man brought in to help them- Carter Blake. Blake is a specialist in finding people who don’t want to be found, but his presence is resented, especially by Castle However, Blake has an uncanny way of anticipating Wardell’s moves, in a journey which follows them across the country. Wardell has scores to settle and his killing is becoming more personal –but as events unfold, it becomes more and more obvious that he is either being helped, or used. ..This is not really an original thriller, but it has good characters, an excellent plot and is fast paced and exciting. In some ways, it is refreshing to have an ‘old fashioned’ edge of the seat thriller, which does not pretend to be anything other than what it is – a real page turner and great storytelling. Carter Blake is a likeable hero – anonymous and without ties, but with just the hint of an interesting past . Hopefully he is going to return for more adventures, which I look forward to reading. Lastly, I received this novel from the publishers, via NetGalley, for review.

  • Maria
    2019-04-03 10:18

    Com uma ação que decorre em apenas alguns dias, O Caçador começa com a fuga do «Sniper de Chicago» conhecido por ter matado 19 pessoas com 19 tiros. Caleb Wardell escapa ao corredor da morte em circunstâncias algo estranhas quando a carrinha de transporte que o levava para outro local é intercetada pela Máfia Russa e o ajuda a libertar-se. No entanto, tudo parece estranho. Estranho até para o próprio Wardell que não entende o porquê daquela ajuda e acaba por matar toda a gente. Quando tomam conhecimento que se encontra em fugo um perigoso assassino, ex-marine, o FBI não tem outro remédio senão recorrer a uma pessoa de fora da organização para os ajudar a capturar Wardell. O nome é Carter Blake, conhecido por “encontrar pessoas”. Blake vai fazer parelha com Elaine Banner e vão formar uma dupla extraordinária.Opinião completa em:

  • Perry
    2019-03-30 14:21

    Save for the dull dialogue, the shallow stereotypical characters, an overall lack of suspense and a general implausibility of the plot and the ending, this is a good one.That's really all I can say about this book.

  • Tempo de Ler
    2019-04-22 07:07

    Ultimamente tenho hesitado bastante antes de começar uma nova série, mas estou muito satisfeita por ter arriscado nesta! O Caçador é a nossa primeira aproximação a Carter, um homem com um passado misterioso cuja actividade profissional passa por encontrar pessoas que não querem ser encontradas... e é bem pago para isso.Os métodos de Carter, nem sempre legais, envolvem o estudo minucioso dos movimentos, palavras e acções daqueles que procura numa tentativa de entrar na cabeça dos mesmos e prever os seus próximos passos. Neste primeiro caso, Carter colabora com o FBI, em especial com a agente Elaine, para encontrar Wardell e travá-lo antes que mais inocentes sejam liquidados.Ex-sniper dos Marines, Wardell é um assassino muito competente: da última vez provocou 19 mortes com 19 tiros... e está de novo no activo. As motivações de Wardell são mais um ponto de interesse no livro, bem como a escolha das suas vítimas. Carter só tem hipótese de apanhar Wardell se souber de antemão quem é a próxima vítima e isso revela-se ainda mais complicado quando se torna óbvio que grande parte delas não passam de alvos aleatórios; pessoas inocentes que se encontravam no sítio errado à hora errada.Com o desenvolvimento da investigação, Carter e Elaine encaram a possibilidade de Wardell ter recebido ajuda não só para escapar da prisão mas também para andar para a frente com os seus planos homicidas, o que torna o enredo ainda mais interessante. Sempre que as coisas se complicam para Wardell, uma ajudinha providencial acaba por garantir o sucesso da sua operação, prejudicando ainda mais as investigações.Ao alternar sucessivamente entre os pontos de vista de Carter, Elaine e do próprio Wardell, Mason Cross dá-nos uma perspectiva muito abrangente sobre o progresso da história. O título do livro, O Caçador, encaixa-lhe que nem uma luva; este livro não é sobre descobrir a identidade do criminoso mas sim de encontrá-lo e travá-lo o mais depressa possível porque a cada dia que passa, Wardell colecciona vítimas.O Caçador é um livro cheio de acção e suspense; os acontecimentos sucedem-se perante os nossos olhos a um ritmo formidável e enervante. De um lado temos dois agentes muito empenhados em apanhar este criminoso, privilegiando a inteligência e evitando cometer os mesmos erros que foram cometidos da outra vez, do outro lado temos um homicida sem nada a perder - Wardell sabe que será apanhado, só quer cumprir os seus objectivos de matança antes dessa hora - que não comete erros, que se mantém sempre um passo à frente dos investigadores, que está disposto a tornar tudo ainda mais pessoal e que, como se não bastasse, parece ter alguém a ajudá-lo.Esta é uma receita para o sucesso, e é isso que o O Caçador me parece, um êxito. Neste primeiro livro pouco é efectivamente revelado sobre Carter; essa informação ficará para os próximos casos, livros que eu vou certamente ler!

  • Petra
    2019-04-06 08:15

    The Killing Season is an action-packed thriller and impressive first book by British author Mason Cross. It follows Carter Blake, a truly enigmatic character, who has dedicated himself to finding people who do not want to be found. He teams up with FBI agent and single Mum Elaine Banner to track down an escaped serial killer, Caleb Wardell.This gripping story is told from multiple perspectives; Carter’s in the first person, Elaine and Caleb’s in the third. I particularly enjoyed that the point of view of the rather disturbing villain was also included. There is more than just action and killings though. The plot is intelligent, Mason Cross’ writing is taut and his characters, including the side characters, are well developed. The interactions between them make for compulsive reading. Listening to the audiobook was just like watching a blockbuster action movie on screen. It was incredibly well visualized but devoid of long descriptive passages. Narrated perfectly by Eric Meyers, who gave each character a distinct voice, male and female voices were handled equally well and even the non-native English speakers sounded authentic. I find I quite often have to increase the speed of an audiobook narration, but there was absolutely no need her. It kept my attention all the way through so much so I became annoyed when I had to pause it because people were expecting me to pay them attention, when all I wanted to do was keep listening.Carter Blake is a very likeable hero, and I was pleased to see that the sequel “The Samaritan” has just been released.Anybody who likes Jack Reacher type of stories should definitely enjoy this, but I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to read an edge-of-your-seat thriller with great characters written by a fresh new voice.Thanks to Audio Book Reviewer for my copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-04-02 05:55

    For a first book in a series, the author Mason Cross has done a good enough job with ‘The Killing Season’. Everything readers expect today in a generic mercenary-for-hire-who-hooks-up-with-the-FBI-because-the-FBI-is-overly-pansy-from-rules storyline is here. Unfortunately, the book was a by-the-numbers plot for me.An incredibly smart serial killer goes on a killing spree, and so a hot female FBI agent who is recently divorced with a little girl meets cute with the free-lance Carter Blake, who as a private mercenary and recent Iraq military soldier is a colors-outside-the-lines guy hired by the FBI to assist.If you have been looking for a series which stars an updated and cleaned up James Bond-clone, the character Carter Blake is a satisfactory PG-15 stand-in, more or less. He is missing the unique ferocity of 007 in my opinion, but I am a very jaundiced reader of this thriller genre, having been an extreme fan of adult spy and ex-military cop thrillers in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Yes, that means I was reading such books when I was 14-17 years old. Clerks did not card kids back then, not in my neighborhood. The local drug store, two blocks from my junior high school, let me buy, one by one, the entire paperback set of a satiric adult series featuring a violent spy character who somehow found himself having sex every other chapter in between chasing down evil killers. I found the series in a regular bookstand area by the door, next to the comic books. (Hey, it was the 1960’s, the TV era of the original ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E., ‘The Wild Wild West’, and ‘Mission Impossible’). I also found the entire Ian Fleming’s James Bond series in a box of used paperbacks at my local Salvation Army store for $5 when I was fourteen years old. Some might say I was precocious, but I think I was simply a curious and neglected kid as well as a voracious reader, having run out of juvenile books to read at my local library branch.Anyway, I am absolutely sure my reviews on modern books in this classic male-romance-action genre are suspect.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-03-30 11:09

    Dual review with Swedish first and then English!SWEDISH REVIEWJag var överlycklig över att få chansen att läsa den här boken. Jag älskar att läsa böcker med huvudpersoner som har ett hemligt förflutet, FBI agenter och jakter på galna mördare och den här boken lyckas få med allt det. Carter Blake är en man som kan spåra upp människor som inte vill bli hittade och han kontaktas av FBI för att hitta Caleb Wardell, "Krypskytten från Chicago", som har rymt två veckor före sin avrättning. Blake tillsammans med agent Elaine Banner jagar Wardell över landet med Wardell skjuter folk slumpmässigt, eller är det verkligen slumpmässigt? Kan Wardell ha en dödsplan?Berättelsen i den här boken är intensivt spännande och jag fann Carter Blake fascinerande och jag vill verkligen veta mer om honom, hans förflutna och vad som gjorde honom till mannen han är idag. Jag gillade även Elaine Banner, hon är en tuff kvinna som jonglerar sitt liv som ensamstående mamma med en karriär som FBI agent. Tillsammans är de ett bra team i denna bok.Jag gillade vändningarna i boken att allting inte är som det verkar. Det verkar som om Wardell har hjälp från någon, men vem skulle hjälpa en man som Wardell? Slutet är verkligen spännande, med en konfrontation mellan huvudpersonerna och sanningar som avslöjas. Jag rekommenderar varmt denna bok och ser fram emot att läsa nästa bok i serien!Tack till Modernista för recensionsexemplaret!ENGLISH REVIEWI was thrilled to get the chance to read this book. I love main characters with a secret past, FBI agents and a hunt for some crazy killers and this book manage to have it all. Carter Blake is a man that can find anyone and he is contacted by FBI to find Caleb Wardell, the 'Chicago Sniper', who has escaped two weeks before his execution. Blake together with agent Elaine Banner is hunting Wardell over the country as the killer is shooting people at random, or is it really random? Could the man have a killing plan?I found the story in this book to be intense and thrilling and I found Carter Blake intriguing and I really want to know more about him, his past and what made him into the man he is today. I liked Blake and I also like Elaine Banner, she is a tough woman who is juggling her life as a single mother with a career as an FBI agent. Together are they a good team in this book.I liked the twists and turns the story took. It seems that Wardell could have help from someone, but who would help a man like Wardell? The ending is really thrilling, with a confrontation between the main characters and truths being revealed. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the next book in the series!Thanks to Modernista for the review copy!

  • Trev Twinem
    2019-04-06 12:02

    Having read and enjoyed The Samaritan and A time to kill (Winterlong) by Mason Cross I was eager to read "The Killing Season" the first book in the series that introduced Carter Blake (not his real name) to the reader. Unfortunately what initially starts out in a fast and addictive manner quickly turns into a predictive cat and mouse narrative in which Blake aided by the beautiful FBI agent Elaine Banner (will he or will he not manage to convince her to share his bed!) travel, at a furious pace,throughout a number of US states in an attempt to bring to justice No 1 out of control sniper killer Caleb Wardell.There are parallels in this story with Lee Child's One Shot and comparisons can easily be drawn with such notorieties as John Allen Muhammad The Beltway Sniper, and Charles Whitman who killed 16 people on August 1st 1966 using his sniper skills from the top of the clock tower at the University of Texas. The story is solid and fast moving leaving little time for the reader to become too disinterested and there is a nice little unexpected twist in the final chapters as the sniper's intentions become clear. The FBI personnel are the usual buzz cut grunts and the character of Banner is a stereotypical career driven lady attempting unsuccessfully (is there any other way?) to achieve a home and work life balance.Mason Cross as an author is very easy to read and in Carter Blake has created a likeable hero with a complex past who now occupies his time searching for the missing...."And who are your clients?...Anyone who wants somebody found" A solid read but not his best.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-13 08:54

    Okay....Carter Blake is an interesting guy and his book is a read I can endorse. I mean in a way we've been here before if "we've" read many of the action type reads out there. The first thing he tells us is that his name isn't really carter Blake. he's a "finder of people", that would be "people who don't want to be found". This time the person he's called on to find is a raving psychopathic sniper...The book is well constructed and I'd like to have given it a 5 star rating. I couldn't because of one thing. I've mentioned before that I understand that recycled plot points aren't necessarily a problem. I mean with thousands of years of story-telling leaves very few "totally new" plot points. The thing here is I've read one of the plot points used here in several books recently, and I saw it coming almost as soon as a certain character was mentioned.Be aware...major spoiler below tag.(view spoiler)[ We have a female FBI agent who's crushed with guilt over neglecting her lovely young daughter...who the psychopath finds out about and promptly goes after her ending the book in a hostage situation where "mom has to save her daughter". sigh.I believe that if thriller novels are to be believed upward of 90% of FBI agents are single mothers wracked with guilty over neglecting their children.(hide spoiler)]Anyway, in spite of that problem it's an excellent read and I can recommend it.Enjoy.

  • Tracey Walsh
    2019-03-31 13:09

    "It takes a man with no limits to catch a killer with no motive"This book has been lurking near the top of my to-be-read pile for some time and all the good things I've been hearing about it have made me impatient to get started. I certainly wasn't disappointed - I devoured The Killing Season over a couple of days and I'm just about getting my breath back.The plot revolves around a manhunt for a serial killer sniper and takes place over the course of several days. The enigmatic character of Carter Blake and the FBI's Elaine Banner team up against a formidable opponent's seemingly unstoppable killing spree.I found The Killing Season reminiscent of early Alex Cross books by James Patterson, but with the action ramped up to the maximum. There's a fair amount of graphic violence which can sometimes turn me off a book, but the quality of the writing kept me on board. I lost count of the clever plot twists and the action built to a gobsmacking conclusion. I'm hoping this is the start of a series and if so I'll look forward eagerly to the next instalment.With thanks to the author and publisher for the advance review copy e-book via Netgalley.Highly recommended

  • John Johnstone
    2019-03-25 13:10

    The Chicago sniper one of the most notorious of serial killers, has just escaped from custody on the way to his execution. The hunt for this vicious killer is on and the FBI call in Carter Blake for help. This start had all the hallmarks of an exciting fast paced thriller, I was not disappointed. Set only over a few days the action is very intense but compulsive reading. It is what it seems, a manhunt, but it has more making it even more thrilling. Carter Blake is not the only hero in the story, he is teamed with special agent Elaine Banner of the FBI. Together they track the killer Caleb Wardell to try and capture him before the body count increases. Mason Cross has written an excellent first novel, I have no hesitation in recommending it, and look forward to the next Carter Blake story.

  • Xana
    2019-04-17 08:08

    Acabei e ainda não sei bem o que dizer dele.Foi um livro que não me custou a ler em momento nenhum, mas fico com a sensação que lhe faltou qualquer coisa. As personagens não têm profundidade, não me "agarrei" a ninguém e isso acabou por resultar contra a apreciação final.No entanto é um livro interessante e que se lê num instantinho.

  • Janet Robel
    2019-04-03 09:16

    Overall, well-written and suspenseful. Carter Blake is one of those characters that I'm looking forward to finding out more about him. The hunt for a killer is on in this fast-paced thriller.

  • John Wiltshire
    2019-04-13 07:21

    I don't know where this book came from or why I ended up reading it. It's a gem and well worth reading if you like Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say this book is better than some of the latter Reacher. What makes a good thriller? Plot, characters you care about, pace, and good writing. This book is simple, but it manages to have all those and so it's a really, really good read. Plot--FBI trying to catch a sniper who randomly kills people. It's so simple but incredibly effective. To be honest there is more horror in this sniper's dispassionate selection of victims than in some of visceral slasher serial killer novels I've read. Less is more.Characters--I really like the main character here, Carter Blake. He's a man who finds people and he's co-opted by the FBI to help in this hunt. He's enigmatic, highly trained and beyond competent, but he's fallible and human. The pace is excellent. No extraneous bullshit of the author showing off his research about everything but definitely enough to get even the smell of the places, how the sun looks, just those few really well written lines to capture spirit of place. And that then is the final ingredient--good writing. This book is just well written. It shows on every page. I suspect having those four ingredients this book will never win the Booker Prize, but I highly recommend it and will be looking out for the the next in the series. I'll update this when I've finished. At the moment I'd rate this five starts, but if it pulls a The Three on me it'll be going down! Finished, so with no is a 5-star book. The ending was genuinely tense and very satisfying in that it kept in character. One little example of how well this book is written struck me in a fight scene. Usually my eyes glaze over a little in scenes like that--too much information, or very hard to follow. This one captured every move superbly well. I was there, in the moment. Highly recommend this book if you like thrillers.

  • Ed
    2019-04-08 12:06

    Carter Blake is an enigmatic Sherlock "Holmsian" guy living off the grid in government sanctioned anonymity. Blake's specialty is finding people who don't want to be found and he is both incredibly successful and relentless in his pursuit. He agrees to assist the FBI in finding Caleb Wardell; a death row psychotic ex Marine sniper who escapes his prison van and launches a brutal killing spree. Problems in the manhunt develop quickly due to Blake's independent approach vs the FBI's more rigid protocols and he and his FBI partner are soon bounced from the FBI's reactive task force. Wardell proves to be a brilliant tactician in evading his pursuers while pursuing his homicidal agenda and challenges Blake and the FBI in ways that will surely make you late for work. More than just a routine manhunt for a killer, hidden agenda's and motivations lead to a stunning conclusion that you won't see coming.One of my great pleasures in life is finding new authors and reading Mason Cross's debut thriller is what I was most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day 2016 (in addition of course, to the birth of my first grandchild November 16th). This book is why we so much enjoy reading brilliant crime fiction.

  • Kim Kaso
    2019-04-05 12:06

    Above-average thriller, chasing a psychopathic serial killer throughout the Midwest, instilling fear in the populace, like a mad minion sent out by the law-and-order crowd to increase the need for a police state so we can all feel safer. Fits right in with the mood of the country. Mr T & the RWNJs could be characters in the book. Fast read, done in a little over a day with time for socializing to spare. Solid 3.5 rounded to a 4.

  • Tamara De Cubber
    2019-03-30 10:13

    Voor wie van spannende actie thrillers houdt een echte aanrader. Dezelfde stijl als de boeken van Lee Child (Jack Reacher).

  • Bruno
    2019-04-10 08:58

    Nada mau, um bom thriller, gostei.

  • Monika
    2019-03-27 12:03

    Den här boken hade väldigt mycket som talade för sig, bland annat debut, thriller, första delen i en serie och en hemlighetsfull ensamvarg. Det är precis min typ av bok. Dessutom är författaren från Skottland. Läs mer på min blogg

  • Mihir
    2019-04-21 07:55

    Overall Rating = 4 & 1/2 stars Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: The Killing Season is Mason Cross’ debut and the opening volume in the Carter Blake series. It’s a book that I had high hopes from after I read the book blurb and the first chapter. After finishing it, I can safely say this debut is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read in the past few years and promises a glorious writing future for Mason Cross.The story begins when Caleb Wardell, a sniper of ill repute escapes on way between prison transportation. Once free Caleb begins his plans anew and begins his sniper spree again. However his methods and victims seem to be random and are frustrating to predict. Enter Carter Blake, a pseudonymous young man who is best known for finding things and people who are hidden or don’t want to be found. He’s teamed up with the FBI to track down Wardell, and his partner is Elaine Banner. She comes with a history of her own and it will be interesting to see how these two collaborate to capture Caleb Wardell.First off with most thriller stories, what captivates the readers are the twists and pace of the story. In this regard The Killing Season scores top-notch points. The overall story is set within a span of less than a week and the readers are constantly kept on the edge with a set of POV chapters alternating between Carter, Elaine and Caleb. This way we get to see the story from all sides and are forced to think about all the angles. The story begins in a very linear fashion but after that splinters up conveniently and the reader will have to keep track of what’s happening and where. The timeframe for the story is set at six days and with each chapter beginning at a certain time in the day or night, gives it a very 24-esque feel.For me usually when it comes to thriller writers, Jeffrey Deaver, Robert Crais and Lee Child stand out as the best who combine characterization, plot twists and pacy storylines to have readers come back for more with every book release. Mason Cross of course isn’t on par with these greats right now but he showing enough potential for me to keep an eye on him and his Carter Blake books. With thrillers there’s always some place wherein you have to let go of certain worldly realities, the best thriller writers however manage to downplay this angle to the maximum. It’s to Mason’s credit that with his debut that there’s almost next to none in the "suspension of disbelief" section.Lastly to talk about characterization, in his debut the author manages to show a distinct flair for creating three-dimensional personas both antagonistic and otherwise. Our protagonist Carter Blake is an enigma but there’s enough of a glimpse in to his past to show there’s a reason for his current state. As to Caleb and Elaine, they are fleshed out distinctly and I do hope that those who survive this ordeal make an appearance in the sequel.CONCLUSION: The Killing Season by Mason Cross is one of those terrific debuts that you almost often never hear about. I loved it for all the aforementioned qualities and if you happen to be a fan of thriller stories by Robert Crais, Lee Child and Jeffrey Deaver, then the first Carter Blake volume is a book you absolutely shouldn’t miss.

  • Tad
    2019-04-21 13:59

    The Killing Season is a great first novel and a great summer thriller. The action starts out fast with a prison break during a prisoner transfer. When convicted serial killer/sniper Caleb Wardell is freed, the bodies start to pile up fast.Mason Cross does just about everything right with this book. Both the killer and the man tasked to chase him down are intelligent, which makes it exciting to follow the chase and watch them try to anticipate each other. Carter Blake is a bit of a cypher but his status as an outsider leads to wariness from the FBI team he’s assigned to help. It also frees him from bureaucratic entanglements in hunting for the killer. The nice touch here is that the FBI is not portrayed as a bunch of bumbling idiots, but as what it is; a bureaucratic organization with skilled people but one that has to answer to multiple masters and try to accomplish multiple goals. They have to anticipate and cover several possible striking spots for the sniper and track down every lead. Blake is able to follow his instincts. His skill earns him respect and some degree of trust, but it doesn’t free the FBI from the responsibility to cover all contingencies. Agent Banner learns to trust Blake’s skills and instincts but at the risk of her own FBI career.The scenes of the kills by Caleb Wardell are tense in their buildup and exciting when they explode into action. The gunfights are intense and will have you turning the page as fast as you can read. Cross does a great job of conveying the panic that is felt with a sniper on the loose, especially when no one is sure of his next target.The added level of complexity in this book is when it becomes clear that there is another agenda at work here beyond Caleb Wardell’s own twisted one. This secondary hurdle for Blake to overcome adds to the enjoyment and satisfaction as the book races to its conclusion.The Killing Season is a great start to a new action series and Mason Cross is an author to keep an eye on. Highly recommended.I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book.

  • Trev Twinem
    2019-04-03 11:13

    A little disappointing Having read and enjoyed The Samaritan and A time to kill (Winterlong) by Mason Cross I was eager to read "The Killing Season" the first book in the series that introduced Carter Blake (not his real name) to the reader. Unfortunately what initially starts out in a fast and addictive manner quickly turns into a predictive cat and mouse narrative in which Blake aided by the beautiful FBI agent Elaine Banner (will he or will he not manage to convince her to share his bed!) travel, at a furious pace,throughout a number of US states in an attempt to bring to justice No 1 out of control sniper killer Caleb Wardell. There are parallels in this story with Lee Child's One Shot and comparisons can easily be drawn with such notorieties as John Allen Muhammad The Beltway Sniper, and Charles Whitman who killed 16 people on August 1st 1966 using his sniper skills from the top of the clock tower at the University of Texas. The story is solid and fast moving leaving little time for the reader to become too disinterested and there is a nice little unexpected twist in the final chapters as the sniper's intentions become clear. The FBI personnel are the usual buzz cut grunts and the character of Banner is a stereotypical career driven lady attempting unsuccessfully (is there any other way?) to achieve a home and work life balance. Mason Cross as an author is very easy to read and in Carter Blake has created a likeable hero with a complex past who now occupies his time searching for the missing...."And who are your clients?...Anyone who wants somebody found" A solid read but not his best.   

  • Sophie
    2019-04-21 09:09

    Review also posted on my blog Killing Season had me intrigued right from the first line and the rest of the book did not disappoint. Action packed and with a clever plot, this thriller was fantastic and flawless.This book was full of great characters. I loved the protagonist, Blake, and The Killing Season worked so well for me because I could really root for him. Blake was an interesting character but he wasn’t the only one. Wardell was a brilliant villain and every other character introduced had been developed well too.The interaction and pacing in this book was spot on but what really stood out for me was that none of the writing felt like it was from a debut novel. It felt effortless and assured – something you’d read from the best-selling authors who’ve been releasing excellent thrillers for decades. Not ones I’m going to name-drop because for an excellent novel like this, Mason Cross should be recognised for his own name and not the other authors that came before him.The Killing Season was a riveting, edge-of-your-seat book, impressive throughout and I loved it. The whole story was executed brilliantly and whilst I think the author deserves to bask in the glory of a great debut novel, I’d much rather him hurry up with another one, respectfully. 5/5.*Book gifted for honest review.

  • Steve
    2019-04-09 07:11

    This is a seriously impressive debut novel. A gripping thriller that is incredibly fast paced and tense and leaves you guessing the whole way through. The pacing is perfect and we learn more about the enigmatic protagonist Carter Blake piece by piece until by the finale we still are left with countless questions about him leaving me at least wanting more. This is a series of novels I will keep reading if only to find out more about Blake.Mason Cross writes a good story and delivers it perfectly allowing the reader to know just enough that any revelations work perfectly and the story is truly edge of the seat reading. I will force a copy of this book into the hands of friends and family secure in the knowledge that they will all appreciate it.

  • ElaineY
    2019-04-14 11:18

    The alternating POVs threw me off and ruined my concentration. It's not that I dislike this, but it's usually stated beforehand that whose 1st Person POV it is. In print format, there are section dividers and section headers to let me know. Not so in an audiobook so I spent much of the time wondering if the author forgot he had started the book in 1st Person POV.Sorry, it was a jumbled mess in audio because of this. I will try the next book, The Samaritan, and if it's also in alternate POVs, at least I'm now forewarned.

  • Chuck
    2019-04-22 09:54

    3.75 stars If you like reading mystery and crime fiction, you won't want to miss this. An elite ex-marine sniper plays cat-and-mouse games with the FBI. However, as good as it was, it could have been better. I felt the author unjustifiably upped the pace 3/4 of the way through and rushed the climax. It's almost as if, knowing he was nearing his page limit, he decided to quickly wrap it all up, which caused the story to lose its balance. Nevertheless, it's worth reading, as it's a pretty decent novel that will undoubtedly make a worthwhile movie.

  • Colette Lamberth
    2019-04-10 09:54

    This is the first book in the Carter Blake series and I'm happy to say that it wasn't spoiled by my having read book 2 first. While I'm not usually a fan of first person narrative, I really like how the chapters flip back and forth between first and third person. It's fast paced and gripping and pretty much everything you want from a crime thriller. I am a little concerned that I'm developing a crush on Carter Blake and now have to wait for book 3 to be published.