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The Consultant (Vigilante #2)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  369 ratings  ·  62 reviews
The friendly takeover of CSS Inc. leaves computer executive Chris Barry unemployed, very wealthy and pleased with the situation.

But the hiatus is short-lived...

As a result of his involvement in the recent Vigilante investigation, Barry is approached by Jonathan Addley and invited to join Discreet Activities, a government agency of the clandestine variety,

Accepting, he prom
ebook, 236 pages
Published May 9th 2009 by Claude Bouchard
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I took a gamble on this book and it paid off, this is the first book I have read by Claude Bouchard. I will certainly continue with the series.

Chris Barry is a soon to be retired ultra-wealthy IT guy. He is approached to help solve a case by infiltrating a company suspecting of smuggling drugs. The consultant position he takes with the company looks at the business operations, which he finds quite interesting, seeing that he could stand to gain himself. The cat and mouse game is very clever and
Jessica Subject
If you have not read Vigilante, you should do so now before reading The Consultant, but that doesn’t stop you from reading my review.

In The Consultant, Chris Barry is back and better than ever. He has shucked his high-salaried position with CSS Inc., anxious to live out his early retirement. Before he can enjoy the perks though, Chris is approached with the offer of a contract position with a top secret government organization within the Ministry of Defense. Their leader, Jonathan Adley knows of
Gloria Antypowich

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. Chris Barry has become my favorite good/bad guy charactor!

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
I made it a habit to not read authors that spew hate and vitriol. (Source)

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I learned of your pirating site by chance on Facebook and was dismayed to not that you have eight of my books up. Eight! I will not fill out your fucking forms to have them removed, you goddamned, motherfuckers! You are fucking thieves who are robbing me and many other authors who are trying to earn a living with their har
This is not as good as 'The Vigilante' forerunner. The strain on belief is sometimes too great. For example, in the prologue George has to prize open the case to get a SECOND look at the cocaine. Would anyone do that? This is too much. If he has to be in the warehouse for a dramatic beginning why couldn't he merely have remembered that he'd left the crowbar on top of the box after his first peek? Or some similar believable reason to be there.
I felt that rather too much sloppy storytelling ran th
Sharon Michael
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
Not a bad story, you'll have to appreciate cars to enjoy the book. It's a pretty standard mystery/thriller book, formulaic, but the characters are believable.

If you love the mystery genre and cars, I'd recommend this book. If other genres are more your style maybe stay away from this one. It has a market, and it's clearly aimed at it.

I liked it, but there were moments of awkward wording that were a little troublesome. From reading I would guess there was an editor involved, but they may not ha
Got to think about it a bit!
OK, 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 looki
Gracey Castro
Oct 12, 2011 Gracey Castro rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone that loves a fast paced, thrilling read
Recommended to Gracey by: Twitter buzz
I just love this series. Barry and McCall are just great.

Not your ordinary cop, alone and miserable doing a job. But a family man with great guts and true heart and he's paired with Chris Barry. If you haven't read Vigilante don't fret Claude Bouchard makes sure you are up to speed on who is who. would be missing out by not reading it.

The Consultant puts Barry in a job that sounds right up his alley. Although retired young he still has an itch for the life he had and the side job he cr
The Consultant (Claude Bouchard)

Chris Barry is back in this second (Vigilante) series. He is unemployed and very wealthy. Not sure what he is going to do with all his free time, he is approached by Jonathan Addley (A Government worker). He is asked to go undercover as an IT guy to help to see if there is a connection in the murder of an MIS director.

Soon he finds out that a the firm is a cover for a big drug smuggling ring, and Chris is right in the middle, his life is in danger. It is a race fo
Richard Louden
The Consultant is the first Claude Bouchard novel I've read. It won't be the last.
Bouchard is a strong, fluent writer who hooks you and doesn't let go. The story moves at a vibrant pace, rarely pausing for breath. Once you get used to the idea that you're expected to be on the side of Chris Barry, the millionaire vigilante who often kills (but only real baddies), it's pretty hard to put this book down.
The Consultant isn't a deep psychological thriller. The baddies are irredeemably bad and the he
Steve Canipe
nice story

This was interesting and really spoke about vigilante justice in Canada. Not being familiar with police woke there, I don't know if it is accurately portrayed or not. It was an easy read but the premise is not a good one but is similar to the US west in the middle 1800s after the Civil War. I do like westerns and the good guys usually win. Read to see if this happens In this story.
Jim A
Second book of the Vigilante series by Bouchard.

What action series junkie doesn't like a novel about a vigilante taking out the trash?

If this is something you think you want to read, I seriously suggest a new reader of this series read Vigilante first. Way too much background of Chris Barry in that novel to skip.

A fun, quick read.
A little known agency of Canadian security takes on an individual as a consultant who was previously known to be a vigilante. He goes into an importing company to see whether or not they are involved in drug smuggling. The more his investigation proceeds, the more action takes place. His real 'boss' is concerned that he may have some sociopathic tendencies but gradually becomes convinced that he is over his vigilante past and that he only did these things because the victims had harmed his famil ...more
Kathi Defranc
Great thriller!

this book certainly kept my attention,could not put it down!Super story of a clandestine operation,the characters are interesting and the storyline keeps you turning to the next page. I am very happy to continue reading this 'Vigap
Chris Barry was a part owner of a computer firm when he and his partner sold out and retired. The head of a Canadian off the books operation to handle crimes and individuals whom the law can’t touch hires Chris who he believes is the “Vigilante” who had been dispatching some not so nice guys on his own. Chris is hired as a “Consultant” to help an import company when their MIS manager is killed. While working there Chris discovers that some of the officers and employees of the company are importi ...more
Seldom do I give 5 stars but I can't give 4 1/2 so 5 it is. This book grabbed my interest from the first page and held it until the last. I had read the first book in the series and enjoyed it but this one allowed the "hero" to be fallible, more human and introduced an interesting new character in Jonathan who coaxes our "hero" out of retirement. I have already downloaded the third book in the series. (Side note: somewhat confusing that in here This book was cited as the second in the McCall/Bar ...more
Another great read by Bouchard. I have to admit, I did get a bit bored in the middle. That is probably my fault--there is something about drug smuggler books that flip the switch in my brain. That is the reason for a 4 star instead of the 5 star for me. That part seemed to drag a little. Other than that, the whole consultant thing with Chris and Jonathan was a wonderful twist and there was plenty of blow ups and murders to keep the story flowing along. I have fallen for the characters and they a ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Dave rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Rated 4 stars. Book #2 and another page turner. # 3 on my list. Starting to see some similarities in stories, but not enough to deter me from reading the next book. Light and enjoyable reading.
John R. Hoffman
The Consultant is the second in Bouchard "Vigilante" series. In this novel, computer specialist Chris Barry is somewhat retired, rich, and bored. Already identified as a potential resource because his help in ending the vigilante killings (in book 1 of this series), Chris is recruited to use his skills and assist a clandestine government organization. This is more than the typical "anyone can become a spy" theme, as Chris has some additional skills that come in handy in a tight situation. He is ...more
Carole D Hutchison
Exciting adventure

Couldn't put the book down. Loved how we can save money by using this form of justice. Characters are perfect for the story
Lynda Kelly
I loved the first book in this series and wasn't as keen on this one for some reason. It was still good will be interesting to see how the third one goes.
I'm still a great fan of Mr Barry, though, but I did prefer his actions in the first book.
In this one there were a lot of annoying mistakes too where small words like a or to or it were missed out. No rhyme nor reason for it but it was aggravating. Something else too was the repeated use of safe instead of save. So these litt
Jeff Benham
The bad guys came out on the short end of the stick. All is well. Oh, wait, was that a SPOILER?
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 hesit ...more
Paul Penney
The book was short but plenty of action & fun to read.
Denise Whelan
I enjoyed every minute of this book! Claude Bouchard is very talented in his writing!
Will Decker
Few grammatical errors, Nice transition from the first Vigilante book in the series. I wasn't sure what to expect from the Vigilante's contact in the ultra secret government agency, but I wasn't disappointed. The man wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty, so to speak. A good read even if a little light on the dialogue at times. I definitely recommend reading this series in order, or at least the first in the series before any of the others so you are clued into the background.
Deanna Johnson
This book was even more fast-paced than the first, the plot was even more in depth, but the author pulled everything together at the end. There were a lot of characters to keep up with. Very impressed with the author's ability to intertwine so many different stories and lives, the author squeezes tons of action into just a few days which keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the very end. Onward to book three...
Larry B Gray
“The Consultant” by Claude Bouchard is a fast paced, high action adventure which will keep you on the edge of your seats. The storyline is well thought-out and the twist and turns in the plot are easy to follow. The characters are well developed and believable. It is easy to put yourself into the story. I enjoyed reading this book.

I recommend “The Consultant” by Claude Bouchard.
Marco Morissette
Claude Bouchard really surprise me with this second book of his Vigilante series! I am now totally attached to Chris Barry and really anxious to start the reading of the third book! Recommend to all the action-police books lover.
Je suis vraiment surpris par l'écriture de Claude Bouchard et maintenant attaché à la série Vigilante et son héros principal Chris Barry!
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I was born in Montreal, Canada, at a very young age, where I still live with my spouse, Joanne, under the watchful eye of Krystalle and Midnight, two black females of the feline persuasion. In a former life, I completed my studies at McGill University and worked in various management capacities for a handful of firms for countless years. From there, considering my ext
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Vigilante (8 books)
  • Vigilante (Vigilante, #1)
  • Mind Games (Vigilante, #3)
  • The Homeless Killer (Vigilante, #4)
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