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Dead Men's Dust (Joe Hunter #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  815 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
The electrifying debut of ex-military officer and all-around tough guy Joe Hunter, who is on the trail of his missing and estranged brother . . . and the madman who may have taken him.

Joe Hunter solves problems. Or, as he likes to put it, he's "the weapon sent in when all the planning is done and all that's left is the ass kicking." And as a former military operative and e
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by William Morrow
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Feb 08, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Joe Hunter goes right to the top of my list of someone I would want in my corner if things go wrong. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher held that spot for a long time but there is a new man in town and he’s a tough one.
Joe is ex-military and separated from his wife. When Joe learns that his sister-in-law Jennifer is in trouble he rushes to her aid. Jennifer was married to Joe’s half-brother John Telfer. John and Joe had a disagreement and have been out of touch for sometime. Now Jennifer implores Joe to f
Someone else, maybe even someone who reviewed this book, used the term brain candy in relation to a book. Now, having heard that description, I can't get it out of my head - and it fits perfectly here. It may not be a classy, intelligent read but it is chock full of action, intrigue, action, adrenaline and everything that an action junkie could want. In short, it's brain candy. Unrefined, rough brain candy. Three Stars.

Plot: Three Stars

Ex-Special Forces with a messed up life goes in search of
Kay Robinson
Aug 09, 2012 Kay Robinson rated it really liked it
At first, reading the words 'Special Forces', I thought that this book wasn't my type. Blind patriotism, superhero and drawing a line short of killing are usually associated with this description. However, I persisted and kept on reading, and was glad I did so. Joe Hunter's foes here are initially vicious criminals, but the narrative of Joe's brother's story, running parallel, throws up a character of the type I thrive on, an anti-hero that can chill the blood, that has no concience, no morals, ...more
Pamela Small
Apr 21, 2017 Pamela Small rated it it was amazing
An incredibly engrossing five star thriller! Matt Hilton's first installment in the Joe Hunter series is unequivocally the scariest high-octane novel I have ever read! This series has not gotten the press or praise it so deserves, and the reason for that eludes this reader: the storyline is original and spellbinding, the characters are authentic and bewitching ,and the non-stop action is utterly edge-of-your-seat riveting! Mr. Hilton's well-honed author's craft is outstanding, especially in his ...more
Julie Failla Earhart
Feb 04, 2009 Julie Failla Earhart rated it really liked it
Meet Joe Hunter. He’s a new kind of action hero, or maybe anti-hero, depending on your point of view. Joe claims that “some people call me a vigilante. I’d rather think of myself as a problem solver.”
In Matt Hilton’s debut thriller, Dead Men’s Dust, Joe is out to solve all the problems. His half-brother John is missing and it’s up to Joe to find him. John is known to be a bit of a scalawag. His vice is gambling. Joe and John’s estranged wife are sure that his gambling has gotten him into a lot o
Darren Sant
Aug 27, 2012 Darren Sant rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel from the very start. Matt Hilton's fast paced narrative drew me in and hooked me immediately. The banter between the main characters Joe Hunter and Jared Rington was humourous and fun. However, at times it was a little forced but never enough to turn me off.

I believe this was Matt Hilton's debut novel and for a debut it's very accomplished. The action scenes worked very well and anyone who has ever tried to write an action sequence will know that it’s tougher than the reader
The first in a new series following the adventures of Joe Hunter, ex British Forces and now working as a vigilante in the US. In this instalment he's on the trail of his wayward brother who's skipped out on his mistress after first leaving his wife and children in England. Throw in a serial killer, some lowlife ganglanders and government agents and you've got a pretty interesting mix. Oh, and naturally there are some cool gunfights and explosions. Good but not great so let's see if the next in t ...more
Aug 24, 2009 James rated it it was amazing
The running man conspiracy continues! No, not really. I am not going to discuss the cover artwork for Matt Hilton's Dead Men's Dust. The running man has already had a good run (sorry about that) in the blogosphere. I thought it was time to actually delve inside, and I am pleased to report that Dead Men's Dust is a cracking good thriller.

The opening is a ball-tearer, with the character Joe Hunter, from the outset proving that he has the skill set to help the small people of the world. Because tha
Christian Scala
Jan 17, 2011 Christian Scala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Tiro su con il naso prima di cominciare. Chiedo scusa, ma in questa mirabolante opera letteraria, ogni circa un paio di capitoli qualche personaggio tira su con il naso, non si sa bene perchè, forse l'influenza suina ha colpito il mio libro e ne sono stato contagiato, scusate, tiro su con il naso.

Mi ricordo un'altra opera stratosferica "I libri di Luca" dove i personaggi ogni venti pagine scrocchiavano le dita, insomma sembra che ultimamente negli autori anglosassoni i tic si sprecano, che sian
Apr 01, 2013 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2013
This book proves why I should learn to just ignore other reviewers and make my own opinion. I read so many not bad but not raving reviews for this book that it put me off wanting to read it, when in actual fact it turned out to be a very enjoyable read that moved at breakneck speed. I thought the book was written very well and it wasn't the usual British author trying to write a book in America and failing, I really felt like I was there when I was reading the book and it felt very authentic.

Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 04, 2015 Jacki (Julia Flyte) rated it did not like it
I hated pretty much everything about this book. It was only sheer stubbornness that kept me going to the end. The characters are unbelievable, the storyline is totally implausible and the descriptions of violence are sickening. It's extremely formulaic and predictable, with no major twists or turns to keep the reader on their toes.

The storyline concerns Joe Hunter, a man who has spent 14 years in counter-terrorism. He's the sort of guy who spouts pearls of wisdom like "the scream of a victim sou
Joe Hunter is a problem solver. As the story opens, he arrives in Florida and helps his sister-in-law, Jennifer, who is being threatened by a criminal nicknamed "Shank." Shank was trying to intimidate Jenn into giving him money that he said her former husband owed him.

When Joe removes the threat, Jenn asks him to find his half-brother, John. John had left Jenn for another woman and she doesn't love him anymore but he is the father of her two sons and she doesn't want harm to come to him. She tel
Toni Osborne
Nov 19, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it
Book 1 in the Joe Hunter series

Take a deep breath before starting; you are in for an exciting ride. From the start you will be plunged into an intense thriller that will grab you attention and hold it till the very end.

In this first installment we follow Joe Hunter on a journey across the USA in search of his missing brother John. John is deep in trouble, he owes money to very dangerous people and has several enemies in hot pursue of his hide... Joe is a former military man, a tough and skilled
Sep 30, 2010 Miles rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
A couple of weeks ago, on the anniversary of Elvis’s death as it happens, I reviewed the fourth book in Matt Hilton’s Joe Hunter series “Cut and Run”. Thanks to the publishers at Hodder, not only had they sent me the fourth book they also included books 1, 2 and 3 (Hunter series) with the aim to get to them when time allowed.

With that in mind I made the slightly disjointed decision to read the “Cut and Run: Joe Hunter 4” and then continue the journey with “Dead Men’s Dust:Joe Hunter 1” – I would
Aug 21, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it
I have a real soft spot for the men's adventure series books of the 1970s and 1980s. You know, The Destroyer, The Executioner, The Death Merchant, etc. So I do not in any way mean it as an insult when I say that this book belongs in the stack as a better example of the genre. The action is well-written and frequent. The violence is over-the-top. And it's just plain fun as hell.

That said, with the strengths of the genre come the weaknesses, as well. The dialogue can often be repetitive or exposit
Mark Allen
Oct 28, 2013 Mark Allen rated it liked it
Shelves: action, kindle, thriller
I didn't hate this book, didn't love it ... but the reason I didn't love I cannot pinpoint with any accuracy. It seemed like it would be right up my literary alley--a Special Forces trained assassin with a penchant for solving problems by pulling the trigger--but while I breezed through the pages in just a few days, I was never really engaged. Yes, Hunter was a cool, badass character in the Jack Reacher/Bob Lee Swagger/Mitch Rapp vein, but all the supporting personnel just seemed weakly-written. ...more
Jul 23, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Despite being the first book in the series this is the fourth book that I have read in this series and I have to say I have enjoyed them all. If you enjoy reading about Jack Reacher or John Puller I think you will enjoy this series. Joe is actually English, and ex-special forces, but all the books I have read take place in the U.S. He quite often operates alone, or with his ex-forces colleague Jared Rington, and to quote the blurb 'some may call me a vigilante. I think I've just got problems to ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
For Lee Child fans that love to read the Jack Reacher series check out Matt Hilton and his character Joe Hunter. This book is the beginning of a very promising series with a real kick ass type of character. Where Reacher tends to stumble into the most unpredictable situations Hunter charges in with guns blazing. While maybe not all that much of a real world plausible type of book this is a great escape, which is what books are for, into an action packed scenario played out by author Matt Hilton. ...more
Okay, I admit it. The reason I liked the book so much was for the awesome serial killer. Did I say awesome I mean...ah...awesome...damn. I love that he's not a one-dimensional Koontz-like character. Sometimes throughout the story I thought that he was the only one that knew what he was doing. Thinking back on this book, I forget that there is supposed to be a protagonist and I was supposed to give a crap about what he did. Because I didn't, and won't read the second book because really I just re ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Larry rated it liked it
Matt Hilton has written six Joe Hunter books. Hunter is a very tough piece of work and the plots of the novels (this one is the first) are quite serviceable. The chief villain in the first book is fairly scary. What is a weakness is the quality of the writing when compared to Mark Greaney or (especially) Lee Child.
Aug 03, 2010 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: I read a review.
Perhaps Mr. Hilton needs more experience with the US book market, but I did not think this book lived up to the reviews by Christopher Reich or Peter James.

Yes, it is a disturbing tale, but too much of the dialogue and situation Joe Hunter finds himself in does not ring true. Maybe his second book will be better.
May 01, 2010 Christian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Fairly solid writing but the similarities to Lee Child's Jack Reacher were a little bit to obvious. I might give one of the later books another try to see how Matt Hiltons development as a writer improves.
The bokk itself is a good thriller but not extraordinary.
Jan 06, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Holiday reading only! Recommended by Richard Hammond from Top Gear, who said it was "taut, thrilling and tense - I loved it!" Not enough to keep me awake at night though ...and as badly written as Patricia Cornwall.

Oct 21, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it
Excellent, I can see the similarities to Reacher, faster pace, he seems to do everything in a hurry and I think he needs some eye candy, too much of a man's man but I suspect the character will be developed so I am looking forward to his next adventure.
Sep 18, 2011 Alex rated it did not like it
Worst book I've ever read! Very badly written and full of clichés and so very predictable. Hopefully this author will learn from his mistakes and any future books are better thought out. Having said that it's horses for courses because my brother-in-law loves it!
Dee Haddrill
A lot of people touted this character (Joe Hunter) as the new Jack Reacher, and maybe that clouded my judgement. This guy is no Jack Reacher! However in saying that, this was the first novel and things change. It interested me enough to make me want to read more.
Jan 03, 2010 Peze rated it it was ok
This is most definately not in the Lee Child/Jack reacher league, which is exactly what I was promised in a review I read that prompted me to purchase it originally. I felt that the characters were less well drawn and the dialog between the various characters very superficial.
Jul 29, 2009 Victoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tried to enjoy this book but found it difficult to care about any of the characters. The only one I found interesting was Tubal Cain!

The end scenes, whilst trying to be gripping and action packed, were incredibly dull.
Jan 31, 2010 Salma added it
Its so boring i didnt like it. it doesnt get to the point. plus too much hard vocab.
Rory Costello
Aug 13, 2016 Rory Costello rated it liked it
Solid enough serial-killer thriller. Naturally, it owes a huge debt to the work of Thomas Harris. Its great strength is the fight scenes.
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Matt Hilton worked for twenty-two years in private security and the police force in Cumbria. He is a 4th Dan blackbelt and coach in Ju-Jitsu. He lives in Cumbria with his wife and son.

Matt is the author of the best-selling Joe Hunter thriller series, as well as standalone horror thrillers and short stories that have appeared in a number of collections and anthologies. Matt's first novel - Dead Men
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