Freddie Makin is a spy for hire. For a year he’s been watching Jiang Cheng, an academic whose life seems suspiciously normal. To Freddie it’s just a job: he never asks who’s paying him and why—until the day someone is sent to kill him, and suddenly the watcher becomes the watched.
On the run from whoever wants him dead, Freddie knows he must have seen something incriminating. The only trouble is, he has no idea what. Is the CIA behind all this—or does it go higher than that? Have his trackers uncovered his own murky past?
As he’s forced into a lethal dance across Vienna, Freddie knows one thing for sure: his only hope for survival is keeping the truth from the other side, and making sure the secrets from his past stay hidden.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
I read the blurb for this book and was immediately intrigued – I knew it was definitely a book for me and I couldn’t wait to get started – the first chapter had me hooked and I needed to know more!
I had expected the pace on this one to be quick, being a spy/espionage thriller but when I found that it was more sedate than expected it actually pleasantly surprised me as it really suited the story.
Freddie is a great character and it was him alone for me that made the book such an entertaining read, he was a normal, genuine bloke and a really strong character that could hold his own – that really made the book standout from some of the others in the same genre.
Four stars for this one from me – a really enjoyable story!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kevin Wignall is a British writer, born in Brussels in 1967.
He spent many years as an army child in different parts of Europe, and went on to study politics and international relations at Lancaster University.
He became a full-time writer after the publication of his first book, People Die (2001). His other novels are Among the Dead (2002); Who Is Conrad Hirst? (2007), shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Barry Award; and Dark Flag (2010).
The Hunter’s Prayer was originally titled For the Dogs in the USA. The film The Hunter’s Prayer, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush, will be released worldwide in 2015.