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The Consultant: A Vigilante Series crime thriller by [Bouchard, Claude]
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  • File Size: 1129 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981279015
  • Publisher: Claude Bouchard (December 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J8HVNI
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By Eric S on February 25, 2012
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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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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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By Sharon on March 25, 2012
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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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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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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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I'm hooked on Claude Bouchards writing. I read "Vigilante" and loved it. I then bought the second book in the series--"The Consultant." and was not disappointed.

Being Canadian, I love that these books are situated in Canada (Yeah Canada!!)--but aside from that Bouchard's writing is masterful. I have read a lot of murder/mystery/action/adventure/ conspiracy books written by big name writers and Bouchard does not take a back seat to any of them!!

Chris Barry is a smart, creative, tough man that no one would want for an enemy--as you discover in "Vigilante". But in "The Consultant" he proved that he was willing to work on the `right' side of the law--if he wasn't pushed. But when he was, he became as lethal as he needed to be to get the job done.

I really get off on Chris and his wife, Sandy's, relationship; the understanding and support that she gives him as well as the undeniable love that they share.

Johnathan Addley was an exciting partner for Chris Barry in this book. I liked the way they interacted, even though they didn't know each other well.

Dave McCall and his wife Cathy and Chris Barry and his wife Sandy have a wonderful friendship; but Dave and his wife have no idea about the secrets that Chris and Sandy share. Could they handle it if they really knew?

I'll be reading the next book in this series with great anticipation! I'm sure Bouchard will not disappoint me.
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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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