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HUNTER: A Thriller Paperback – June 21, 2011
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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 -- bestselling author of HUNTER and its exciting sequel, BAD DEEDS -- is also an award-winning investigative journalist, magazine editor, and nonfiction author.
A former Staff Writer for Reader's Digest, Robert authored high-profile investigative pieces on crime, including "Getting Away with Murder," which stirred a national controversy in 1988 about prison furlough programs. That article was honored as a National Magazine Award finalist for "Best Magazine Article of the Year in the Public Interest Category" by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Robert also published Criminal Justice? The Legal System vs. Individual Responsibility, with a Foreword by John Walsh of "America's Most Wanted," and Freed to Kill -- a compendium of horror stories exposing failures in our legal system. Many of those hair-raising stories, as well as ones that he investigated for Reader's Digest, served as the basis for HUNTER.
Robert makes his home on the Chesapeake Bay with his musician wife, Cynthia, and their cat, Luna (who plays a supporting role in the Dylan Hunter thriller series). He now writes fiction fulltime and is at work on the further adventures of Dylan Hunter -- "the new face of justice."
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Top Customer Reviews
On one level, Hunter is about justice. Drawing on extensive journalistic experience covering judicial outrages, Vigilante Author Bidinotto describes how criminals are often protected at the expense of victims. Bidinotto's vigilante is well-motivated to set right these injustices. On another level, Hunter is a romance with two remarkable heroes who find themselves on opposite sides of a vigilante's crusade.
Hunter is an ingenious and masterfully crafted vigilante thriller that will leave you looking forward to the next installment.
The second is Hunter by Robert Bidinotto, an award-winning and highly sydnicated true crime author. This is his first foray into the realm of fiction, but I could not tell one bit as I read.
I won't spoil the plot for you, but I will run over some of the high and low points. I like to start out with the low points so that I can end on a high note.
The only real low point to Hunter is that at times, Bidinotto can come across as a bit heavy-handed in his criticism of the criminal justice system. That is not to say that his criticism is not without merit; rather that it veered into preachiness occasionally. This is understandable, given Bidinotto's background and his passion for the topic. This is also not how the entire book reads. The majority of the scenes read as point-counterpoint rather than a propaganda piece.
With other authors, I would dock the book a star. Why not here? First, as I said, it was not the tone of the whole book.
Secondly, I simply could not put the book down.
Hunter is one of the best books I have ever read in terms of sheer readability. Hunter is mysterious, brooding, intelligent, a dark cross between Mack Bolan and Michael Westen. Annie Woods, a CIA counter-intel agent who enters a relationship with Hunter, is not there for window dressing. She's got spunk, brains, and beauty, with a tender side to match Hunter's. The action scenes are mesmerizing exercises in tense action, doling out punishment in a way all can relate to when they see a scumbag walk on a technicality or serve less time than they deserve. The romance scenes paint enough of a picture to kickstart the imagination without entering erotica territory, the perfect combination. The main villain, Wulfe, immediately conjured images of Highlander's Kurgan: a menacing personification of evil.
With prose with the trajectory and impact of a Gold Saber hollowpoint and a theme that is sure to raise questions about the criminal justice system, Robert Bidinotto delivers in spades with Hunter, and has surely created a literary action hero that will become a household name.
I enjoyed this book very much and now that I HAVE ACTUALLY READ the book (a 1-star reviewer suggested that all the good reviewers had probably NOT read the book) I feel confident about my 4-star review (4 1/2 if I could). What first caught my eye as I was checking out this title was the blurb from author Stephen England: "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." Wow! That sounded pretty good to me. I did see 17 one-star reviews and about 5 two-star reviews, but to counter that there were almost 150 5 & 4-star reviews. So I took a chance and bought the book. This book builds up suspense, introduces the reader to a good cast of characters and throws in some romance with the action. The author acknowledges some of his favorite authors at the end of the book, and one of them is Stephen Hunter (Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger)). I have loved every Stephen Hunter book that I have ever read (and I have read almost all of his titles). HUNTER: A Thriller reminds me alot of the writing of Stephen Hunter, but with the author's own approach to writing.
This book has a feel of Death Wish to it, with a touch of The Bourne Identity: The Bourne Saga: Book One (Bourne 1). Yes, there is the romance angle, but thankfully most of the sex happens off-screen (so to speak). The romance just adds to the character of Hunter. He is not a killing machine from the future, but a flesh & blood human who is a tortured soul. I don't know, but the romance did not spoil anything for me, it just added to the good and bad points of Dylan Hunter.
I was looking at this title for a while, but when the price dropped to $1.99 I jumped at it. Of course now that I read it and loved it, Robert Bidinotto could charge $3.99 for the sequel and I will buy it. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose when you choose a new unknown author. In this case, I feel like I won!