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HUNTER: A Thriller (Dylan Hunter Thrillers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert James Bidinotto
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Book Description



Award-winning true-crime author Robert Bidinotto makes his stunning fiction debut with a best-selling thriller that has earned more than 400 "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 gripping pages, 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.

     And follow the continuing saga of Dylan Hunter in the exciting sequel, BAD DEEDS -- on sale now at Amazon.

"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, Day of Reckoning, Lodestone

"...a terrifically paced suspense novel with a killer premise.... If you're a fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, I suspect you'll like HUNTER."
     --Randy Ingermanson, "America's Mad Professor of Fiction Writing" and author, Writing Fiction for Dummies

"Please order a copy of Robert's new thriller HUNTER if you want something that will keep you up at night turning pages."
     --Neil Russell, author, City of War, Wildcase
, Beverly Hills Is Burning

"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

"...pulse-pounding action, kick-ass characters, and a touch of romance....Bidinotto's technique is near flawless... [O]n the same level as authors Tom Clancy, John Grisham, and James Patterson."
     --Allizabeth Collins, "The Paperback Pursuer"

"...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

"I read the whole thing yesterday, to the exclusion of pretty much anything else....I LOVED the book."
     --Rose Robbins, author, In From the Cold, Continue As Jenyfer?, The Accidental Dragon

"HUNTER is one of the three best first novels I have ever read
. And one of the best, period. No smoke. A magnificent job. More, please."
     --Shawn Reynolds

"I finished reading HUNTER this afternoon and I have one word: Fabulous!!!"
     --Jeanette Traeg

"A thoroughly enjoyable read." --Frank Schulwolf

"A great story." --Sean Killian

"The characters were fleshed out beautifully, and I loved the way the two story arcs, which  seemed to be so separate, merged together as one to culminate in a spectacular action ending." --Gabrielle Suglia

"Good pacing. Great action. Great ending!" --Gregory Wall

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From the Author

All my life -- since I watched "The Lone Ranger" and read Batman comics as a little kid in the Fifties and Sixties -- I have been passionate about the principle of justice.  When I began to write nonfiction in my teens, that was the underlying principle in everything I wrote. It remained the theme of my work throughout my later career as an essayist, investigative journalist, reviewer, blogger, editor, and nonfiction book author.

Now it's become the central theme of my fiction writing, too.

Like me, the hero of my Dylan Hunter thrillers is motivated by his passion for justice. He cannot walk away when injustices are committed against those he cares about. That's why Dylan Hunter became a vigilante -- why I refer to him as "the new face of justice" -- and why I refer to myself as "The Vigilante Author."

I hope you enjoy HUNTER, BAD DEEDS, and the forthcoming books in the Dylan Hunter thriller series. And after you've checked them out, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks so much!

About the Author

Robert Bidinotto -- the bestselling author of HUNTER and its award-winning sequel, BAD DEEDS -- earned a national reputation as an authority on criminal justice while writing investigative crime articles as a former Staff Writer for Reader's Digest. His famous 1988 article "Getting Away with Murder" stirred a national controversy about crime and prison furlough programs during that year's presidential campaign. It was named a 1989 finalist for a National Magazine Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Robert is author of the acclaimed book Criminal Justice? The Legal System vs. Individual Responsibility, with a foreword by John Walsh of the "America's Most Wanted" television show, and of Freed to Kill -- a compendium of horror stories exposing the failings of the justice system. He drew upon this background and his personal experiences with crime victims to write HUNTER.

He received the Free Press Association's Mencken Award in 1985 for "Best Feature Story," and he has been honored by the National Victim Center and other victim-rights organizations for his outspoken public advocacy on behalf of crime victims. As a magazine editor, in 2007 he won the industry's top honor for editorial excellence -- the Folio Gold "Eddie" Award.

Robert makes his home on the Chesapeake with his musician wife, Cynthia, and their cat, Luna (who plays a supporting role in the Dylan Hunter thrillers series). He now writes fiction fulltime and is at work on the further adventures of Dylan Hunter -- "the new face of justice."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Avenger Books; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057CTIJA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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114 of 123 people found the following review helpful
I didn't know what to expect when I began reading this debut novel, but what I walked into stunned me as much with its depth and authenticity as its pedal-to-the-metal action.

Some of the most bestial of violent criminals, prematurely (read: criminally) released from the cages they've earned, have been turning up dead in ways and places that suggest a distinct message: "Have you misplaced this?" The police are stumped, and so are the military intelligence personnel brought in when a treasonous double agent is similarly dispatched before their eyes. Thus begins an intense search for a killer who targets killers, and who leaves not a trace of evidence behind.

"Hunter" begins as breakneck action suspense and almost immediately traverses into an engaging intellectual quest, sort of a "thinking man's 'Death Wish,'" but in which moral choices, not chance or simple physical conflict, are the plot's navigation points. Questions of guilt and innocence, justice and the proper objects of compassion, suspicion and trust, legality and morality, integrity and conflicting loyalties, are laid out before the reader as puzzles, woven ingeniously into a drama whose action is cinematic in its realism.

The elegant romance that develops simultaneously, hinges too on moral questions and choices rather than arbitrary emotions and events - something that's rare to nonexistent in contemporary fiction. The central relationship in "Hunter" is not mere embellishment, it is integral to both plot and theme. Into that romantic structure Bidinotto deftly blends mistaken assumptions, erroneous conclusions and tantalizing details of a hidden past, to achieve a stunning richness of character development.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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At the core of HUNTER lies the culmination of years of study and investigation of the criminal justice system and the correctional system in the United States.

At its heart lives an entirely different animal. A classic love story infused with joy and sorrow, trust and doubt, but most of all genuine uncontrolled passion.

Robert Bidinotto, a well known and respected voice in the arena of crime and punishment has taken these elements and blended them into a truly stunning first novel.

HUNTER A Thriller easily lives up to its title. What seemingly begins as another battle in the world of espionage quickly takes on overtones of betrayal of another sort which hits closer to home.

Annie Woods, a special CIA investigator, has discovered a traitor. But what she doesn't know is how this revelation is about to change her life in unexpected ways. Perhaps forever.

Dylan Hunter is a free-lance investigative reporter who specializes in reporting on the often times outrageous circumstances and outcomes surrounding justice system verdicts. And the even more outrageous lack of attention and respect and true justice given to the victims of crime.

A brutal attack on an unsuspecting couple becomes the catalyst for these two loners to meet. They each carry the baggage of past betrayals but incredibly to both, sparks fly , and they soon find themselves inseparable.

But when a series of unusual killings occur, Dylan and Annie suddenly find themselves unexpectedly at odds. Feelings of mistrust and doubt come to a head as they each find reasons to suspect the other is not who they seem.

And through it all, an enemy who is the embodiment of evil, has them both in his sights.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Solid Thriller! September 25, 2011
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I was introduced to Robert Bidinotto in an interview he did with fellow author Gary Ponzo and was immediately intrigued, particularly since "Hunter" was a novel about vigilantism, a concept I'm familiar with through my own writing. I was not disappointed.

A journalist by profession, Bidinotto's writing is flawless and precise. He uses words to create scenes much like an accomplished artist uses paint and brush to create a masterpiece. His characters are three dimensional; they are real, flesh and blood people with true emotions. The story itself is an intricately woven tapestry of details which all perfectly mesh together resulting in a highly believable, suspenseful read.

I thank Gary for bringing Robert and "Hunter" to my attention as this novel is the best in the crime thriller genre I've read in a while. I can only give one piece of advice to you readers out there. Buy this book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read December 3, 2011
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Hunter is simply a must read novel. I am an avid reader but I have never felt compelled to write a review. From the first chapter I was hooked and could not put the book down. I am a law enforcement officer and this book hit close to home with me. I can tell you that the authors description of the long rap sheets and the fact that criminals dont often serve enough jail time is completly accurate. Personal opinions of the justice system aside, Hunter is the best book I have read in a long time and I read often. It's a page turner that you will have difficulty putting down. Im looking forward to more Hunter, hopefully in the near future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Let's hope the second book is better.
It was predictable. Bought the second book in the series, before reading the first book. (I think that was a mistake). Let's hope the second book is better.
Published 22 hours ago by Donald Haferkamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read - Keeps You Hooked From The Start
Very entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is such a Good Read
I don't know how to write a professional review but do want you to know that I really enjoyed Hunter. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed the book and can't wait to read more of his work.
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A read rated 1 all the way, simply do not believe the higher ratings.
Published 6 days ago by markymark
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong First Novel of the Hunter series.
A strong first novel. I definitely plan on reading more of Dylan Hunter.
Published 8 days ago by Carol Golembiewski
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed!
Thoroughly enjoyed and onto book 2! Loved the characters and the action kept up throughout entire book and kept me wanting to see what happened next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've found a new favorite author!
What a great book! The good news is that this is Bidinotto's first in this series. The bad news is at this time there are only two in the series. Read more
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I like this guy! And so will you.
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Good mystery and it keeps you guessing. Nice character development.
Published 15 days ago by T. J. Herman
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More About the Author

Hello, I'm Robert Bidinotto. Thanks so much for stopping by my author page.

By way of introduction: I'm the author of the bestselling thriller "HUNTER" and its award-winning sequel, "BAD DEEDS." I've also been a widely published, award-winning investigative journalist, magazine editor, and nonfiction author.

But of course, that doesn't tell you the important things about me. You know: what makes me tick, why I write the things I write.

Ever since I watched "The Lone Ranger" and read Batman comics as a little kid in the Fifties and Sixties, I have been deeply moved by the moral concept of justice. I thrilled to fictional and real-life examples of heroes who stood up for justice against great odds and opposition. The pursuit of justice became a life-long passion.

When, in my teens, I began to write nonfiction, justice was the underlying principle in almost everything I wrote about. It's been my theme throughout a career as an essayist, investigative journalist, reviewer, blogger, columnist, and writer of nonfiction books about crime and the criminal justice system.

These days, the quest for justice has become the central theme of my fiction-writing, too.

I have built the Dylan Hunter thriller series on that principle. Like me, the hero is motivated by a passion for justice, and he finds that he just cannot walk away when there's an injustice against people he cares about. Too often, those injustices occur because the institutions of the law are too inept to do anything on behalf of victims; and sometimes, those in power are themselves responsible for perpetrating the injustices.

That's why Dylan Hunter felt compelled to become a vigilante. It's why I refer to him as "the new face of justice." And it's why I refer to myself as "The Vigilante Author."

If tales of justice are your thing, then like thousands of other readers you may enjoy my Dylan Hunter thrillers.

The first book in the series, "HUNTER," was published in late June 2011. Bridging and blending the crime and spy-fiction genres, and with a powerful love story at its heart, "HUNTER" draws upon my background as an investigative journalist writing "true crime" books and articles. It's available in ebook, audiobook, and trade paperback editions.

On November 27, 2011, "HUNTER" was selected as the #1 Kindle "Editors' Pick" and immediately skyrocketed onto the Kindle Store Bestseller List. By December 3, it had peaked at #4 overall, simultaneously becoming the #1 bestselling Kindle ebook in "Mysteries & Thrillers," "Thrillers," "Romantic Suspense," and "Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue." "HUNTER" also landed on the Wall Street Journal's "Top 10 Fiction Ebooks" bestseller list. To date, it has attracted over 400 "5-star" Amazon customer reviews.

In May 2014, I released the first sequel in the Dylan Hunter thriller series, "BAD DEEDS." It takes place during the weeks immediately following the events in "HUNTER." Dylan and his lover, Annie Woods, are recuperating from their injuries -- physical and emotional -- in a cabin in the woods. But when the locals are threatened by a conspiracy of political elites and ideological zealots, Dylan once again finds that he just cannot walk away...

"BAD DEEDS" has won rave reviews from readers, as well as the "Book of the Year 2014 Award" from the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance.

"HUNTER" and "BAD DEEDS" grew out of my background as a freelance investigative journalist for Reader's Digest. There I authored high-profile investigative pieces on crime and other public controversies. I'm perhaps best known for my article "Getting Away with Murder" in the July 1988 issue of the Digest. It stirred a national controversy about crime and prison furlough programs during the 1988 presidential election campaign, and is widely credited with having affected the outcome of the election. That article was honored as a 1989 National Magazine Award finalist for "Best Magazine Article of the Year in the Public Interest Category" by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

As for my previous nonfiction books: I was editor of and chief contributor to the widely acclaimed "Criminal Justice? The Legal System vs. Individual Responsibility," with a Foreword by John Walsh of "America's Most Wanted." I also wrote "Freed to Kill," a compendium of horror stories that exposed the terrible injustices in our legal system. Many of those hair-raising stories, as well as ones that I investigated for Reader's Digest, served as the basis for my fiction thriller "HUNTER."

My articles, essays, columns, book and film reviews have appeared in Success, Writer's Digest, The Boston Herald, The American Spectator, and other journals. I've appeared on scores of major radio and television talk shows, and I've lectured before campus, civic, business, and public affairs organizations throughout North America and in Europe.

From 2005-2008, I also served as editor of The New Individualist magazine, where I was a 2007 Gold Winner of Folio's prestigious "Eddie" Award for editorial excellence -- the magazine industry's highest honor. I also received the Free Press Association's Mencken Award for "Best Feature Story," as well as other awards and honors from the National Victim Center and victim rights organizations, for my outspoken public advocacy on behalf of crime victims.

Today, with my talented musician wife, Cynthia, and our stridently individualistic cat, Luna, I make my home on the Chesapeake Bay. I enjoy communicating with my readers. So please feel free to contact me through my blog, "The Vigilante Author, at; my Facebook page at; and my Twitter account at @RobertBidinotto.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy "HUNTER," "BAD DEEDS," and the continuing adventures of Dylan Hunter: "the new face of justice."

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