The Killing Kind

The Killing Kind

Book - 2015
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"Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he's not so bad a guy. Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life--and beloved fiancee--and now he lives on the run, seeking to redeem himself...if he doesn't destroy himself in the process. Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts: he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he'll make sure whoever's coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living-- but a great way to make himself a target."--
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316259538
0316259535
Branch Call Number: HOLM C
Holm, C
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 25 cm

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LoveChild60
Jul 05, 2016

My 1st Holm book. It was great! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough & was sure I'd rip a few pages, luckily, I didn't. As for the comment from pj2thek...many books have "filler" reading. Stuff that really doesn't matter and I could care less about. I simply go right past it until it's on with the actual story. I hope you'll change your mind about reading it again (even though it shows you're an inactive user). It was a terrific book. Can't wait to read more of his. Read it in 1 sitting. Happy Reading!

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AlmadenAFS
Mar 07, 2016

WOW! My first read on Holm and was pleasantly surprised. A very good read, a page turner and a few "what?" you don't see coming.

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GAI1776
Feb 17, 2016

I feel like this was his first book but for whatever reasons it was not published perhaps he started his Reaper series which is excellent, can't wait for the next book. However it's readable but not as good as the Reaper books.

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jimg2000
Jan 14, 2016

Page turner that followed the actions of an assassin of mob assassins. Glad to run across this book in the same spirit as my favorite assassin novels by Thomas Perry in The Butcher’s Boy trilogy. (Looks like author's debut novel --- could be really really good with seasoned editors and publisher. See quote on samples of his style.)

pj2thek Dec 12, 2015

man, the premise is awesome. i woulda loved to read this and find out what happened. however, its sooooo friggin wordy! way too much prose that does nothing to move the story ahead. i think i got to page 74 and quit. its like dean koontz. or however u spell the name. too many words and useless details. im on mike connelly's "the crossing" now. see, THAT is a great author. so is john connolly.

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jimg2000
Jan 15, 2016

Sometimes you survived by the bullet, or by the blade. Sometimes you survive by tradecraft, spotting tails and squashing bugs, But sometimes, survival came down to nothing more than swagger -- buffing big and playing it to the hilt. ...

"Okay, then, Matlock -- what do you think happened here?" "Matlock was a lawyer, dumbass -- if you wanna play all snide, at least get your reference right."

There was only one thing in this world worth killing for -- worth dying for. The lives of those you love.

"Is this the part of the movie where you say 'We're not so different, you and I'?"

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jimg2000
Jan 15, 2016

The gig hitting hitters started out as retribution, of sorts. Hendricks figured once you agree to kill an innocent, you deserve whatever;s coming to you. That ridding the world of people who murder for a living was some kind of public service The irony of his chosen vocation wasn't lost on him.

(Spoiler Alert) It worked like this. Say the horse wearing number thirty-eight came in sixth. That meant the sixth letter ...

Once the sun was doused by the Pacific to the west, though, the tenor of the park -- and the Eastside neighborhood of Long Beach in which it sat -- changed. Families packed up and left. The indigents retreated to the sidewalks and stoops outside the park, or vanished from the neighborhood altogether. And then the gangs arrived.

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jimg2000
Jan 15, 2016

Miami was beautiful, sure, but that beauty was as garish and artificial as the siliconed women who walked its streets.

That face was neither young nr old -- oddy wise, yet unlined, as though he'd never in his life encountered a troubling thought. ... if he passed this man on the street a month from now, he probably would not recognize him.

This man, thought Englemann, was not to be trifled with. This man, whoever he was, would be an honor to square off against. This man, he would have killed for free.

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jimg2000
Jan 14, 2016

Surprised to run across this quote, but so true:
Collateral damage, the reporters back home called it, as though it were a side effect, or some minor and acceptable transgression. A sanitary term for a modern war. But war wasn't sanitary, and was wasn't modern. It was bloody and it was savage. And looking into the tear-filled eyes of those left with nothing but their grief to cling to, Hendricks had learned the lesson so few back home could grasp: no damage was collateral. Every limb lost, every hovel burned, every wife left husbandless, and every child orphaned created ripples of anger and resentment.. Create enough of them, and we'll one day wind up with a wave that will wash us off the map.

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