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The Consultant: A Vigilante Series crime thriller [Kindle Edition]

Claude Bouchard
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Book Description

Doesn't everyone fantasize a bit about vigilante justice? Haven't you ever read or heard of some despicable act of violence and secretly wished you could have the opportunity to make the predator pay? Welcome to the VIGILANTE Series, a growing collection of suspense best sellers best described as thrillers and mysteries which will have you cheering for the assassin as justice is delivered in a clandestine fashion. But remember, this is fiction so it's not a crime. Available in kindle and print books.

Book 2 of the VIGILANTE Series


"Chris Barry is back and better than ever." - Jessica Subject, Mark of the Stars

The friendly takeover of CSS Inc. leaves computer executive Chris Barry unemployed, very wealthy and pleased with the situation.

But the hiatus is short-lived...

As a result of his involvement in the recent Vigilante investigation, Barry is approached by Jonathan Addley and invited to join Discreet Activities, a government agency of the clandestine variety.

Accepting, he promptly takes on his first assignment under the guise of an IT consultant, to investigate possible links between a local import business and the murder of its MIS director.

As he discovers the firm is being used to import narcotics, his cover is blown and things get personal, spurring him to show that murderers, drug lords, biker gangs and kidnappers are no match for...

...The Consultant

"...I have no doubt that Clint Eastwood, in his prime, would have bought the rights to play the lead in movie version of The Consultant." - Dee Marie, author, Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy

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  • File Size: 1129 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981279015
  • Publisher: Claude Bouchard (December 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J8HVNI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel February 25, 2012
By Eric S
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The Consultant picks up where Vigilante leaves off. We follow the story of our hero, as he sheds his loner vigilante roots and begins a new quest with a quasi government agency. This novel is fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable to read. I breezed through the first ten chapters before I even glanced up, it held my attention so well. Mr. Bouchard is just one of those people who is a natural at story telling, and you immerse yourself easily into his plot. If you enjoyed Vigilante, then do not hesitate to read this one as well. I plan to read all six books in the series.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving Action February 10, 2012
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I had never heard of Claude Bouchard. I was surprised to read a fast action packed novel that held my attention. Although there were a great many characters Mr. Bouchard wrote in a way that allowed you to remember the players. I enjoyed his novel and look forward to reading his additional books.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improving March 25, 2012
By Sharon
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An excellent second book for this series that did solve some of the issues I had with the first book. I'm still not positive this will end up being a 'keep to re-read' series for me, which are my only 5-star ratings, but if they allowed half stars it would definitely get a 4 1/2 star rating. And I've already ordered the third book.

More character building with the main characters, with more depth. Suitably venial bad guys and the 'underground government group' scenario was handled with a light touch. Good pacing and the writing in this second book flowed better.

My only criticism of the characterization would be that the author has some difficulty writing well defined women characters, even when they are given a fairly important role in the storyline. They have the feel of a stock character to me still. I also felt that he depended on the main character dropping some of his extreme caution for the plot to work, which did not seem particularly plausible to me, after the emphasis on caution in the first book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read even out of sequence April 13, 2012
By sgl
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I unfortunately haven't read The Vigilante yet. Fortunately this did not reduce my enjoyment of the fast well paced thriller.The plot, scenes and locations were well written . Yes the female characters could use more development but it did not detract appreciable from the story. I recommend The Consultant even Stand alone book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Action December 18, 2011
After reading the Vigilante and being thoroughly entertained by Claude Bouchard's writing, I was hoping that consistency would apply to his additional novels. With The Consultant, I was not disappointed. It helps to read in order, as you can witness the growth of the characters Dave McCall and Chris Barry. Claude weaves pieces of a jigsaw puzzle into a seamless mosaic of beauty. It is an intriguing read, with plenty of action, murder conspiracies and great writing. You can count on McCall and Barry to deliver the goods. Most of all, you can count on another fast paced thriller crafted by Claude Bouchard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Barry is back and better than ever November 9, 2010
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If you have not read Vigilante, you should do so now before reading The Consultant, but that doesn't stop you from reading my review.

In The Consultant, Chris Barry is back and better than ever. He has shucked his high-salaried position with CSS Inc., anxious to live out his early retirement. Before he can enjoy the perks though, Chris is approached with the offer of a contract position with a top secret government organization within the Ministry of Defense. Their leader, Jonathan Adley knows of Chris' past, but leaves the decision of whether to accept the position up to Chris. Of course, Chris accepts and delves right in to his new position and uses his special skills to reveal the mystery behind the death of one of the chief officers at Quality Imports.

The Consultant is a quick-read with some great new characters and the wonderful old ones. Without overwhelming the reader with description, Claude easily pulls the reader into Chris Barry's life. The short chapters help to build suspense, and made it easy for me to say, "okay, I'll read just one more chapter," over and over.

If you enjoy reading thrillers, check out The Consultant, but be sure to read Vigilante first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Improvement September 10, 2012
By ppsphil
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I think this is a much better book than the first in the series, The Vigilante. The writing style is improved and the story moves along much more fluently and an appropriate number of the characters are Canadiens (French that is!) making the Montreal setting much more believable! The whole plot is so far out and wild though, that it makes McGyver and Reacher look like Bugs Bunny but it sure makes for great escape literature, which, of course, is what one is looking for in this genre.
As I had figured out at the ending of first novel the actual identity of the Vigilante, it leaves me with the question of if it is OK to have a serial killer, probably known to the police, as the "Hero" regardless of his motives and the actions and the lifestyles of his victims.
I also question why this book is listed as in the "Barry/McCall" series. McCall is only a very minor character in this book and really has nothing to do with investigating or solving any crimes at all.
Technically the book is much better edited than the first one with only a couple of minor typos that didn't interfere with the reading but the same horrible formatting problems exist with the Kindle eBook edition as did in the first one. For some reason it took until the third Kindle eBook in Tom Lowe's Sean O'Brien series to straighten out the formatting so we'll have to wait and see what happens with the third one in this series!
And I most definitely intend to read "Mind Games" and probably the rest of the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time to read
Way too much "telling" about the the characters - none of whom were especially likable or worth investing reading time with
Published 15 days ago by Reader123
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting adventure
Couldn't put the book down. Loved how we can save money by using this form of justice. Characters are perfect for the story
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Big surprise revealed
Loved the big reveal in the beginning. Also enjoyed the character development. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Shirl L Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars nice story
This was interesting and really spoke about vigilante justice in Canada. Not being familiar with police woke there, I don't know if it is accurately portrayed or not. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Traveler46
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cannot put it down
Published 2 months ago by Albert Goettle
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
trite and boring
Published 2 months ago by spudboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action a fun read
This was a great read, couldn't really put it down. Good character development and lots of action. Will certainly be checking out more of his books.
Published 2 months ago by go4par
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too predictable.
Published 2 months ago by noel m. hupp
5.0 out of 5 stars quick read
Loved it. I love to be entertained. Very entertaining and well written. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Published 3 months ago by Linda D Love
5.0 out of 5 stars action and suspense as promised
The Vigilante strikes again. A very well written series and I am waiting patiently, patiently waiting ..... patiently for the next in the series.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Cunningham
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Claude was born in Montreal, Canada, at a very young age, where he still resides with his spouse, Joanne, under the watchful eye of Krystalle and Midnight, two black females of the feline persuasion. In a former life, he completed his studies at McGill University and worked in various management capacities for a handful of firms over countless years. From there, considering his extensive background in human resources and finance, it was a logical leap in his career path to stay home and write crime thrillers.

His first stab at writing fiction was actually in 1995, the result being his first novel, Vigilante. Two others of the same series followed by 1997 but all three remained dormant until publication in 2009. Since, besides writing ASYLUM, a stand-alone, the VIGILANTE series has grown to eleven thrilling installments including his imminent release, Sins in the Sun. Two of his novels were included in the pair of blockbuster Killer Thriller anthologies, the second of which made the USA Today Bestsellers list in March 2014. Claude has also penned Something's Cooking, a faux-erotica parody and cookbook under the pseudonyms Réal E. Hotte and Dasha Sugah.

Other interests, besides writing and subtly persuading people to buy his books, include reading, making noise with his six guitars, painting in oil and watercolour, creating gastronomical delights in the kitchen and on the grill, traveling and planning to exercise. He has also recently developed an increased interest in remote control quad-copter flying and sleeping though never simultaneously.

You can visit his website at which has often been described as comparable to DisneyLand without the rides.

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