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Judgement and Wrath (Joe Hunter #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  361 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews

After barely escaping with his life while trying to save his half brother from a deranged killer, former-military-operative-turned-problem-solver Joe Hunter has a new life—and hopefully a quieter one—in Florida. But he's soon approached by a man who wants Hunter to bring his daughter, Marianne, home. He claims that her boyfriend, millionaire Bradley Jorgenson, is a twiste

Hardcover, 310 pages
Published 2009 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Oct 12, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jack Reacher fans
If you dig the larger than life male action heroes, then Judgment and Wrath should be right in your wheelhouse. On occasion, I like the escapism as I did here. Tough guy Joe Hunter and his pal Rink are a pair of ex-commando partners who're hired to do troubleshooting for their clients. This time around they take on a religious nut job who calls himself Dantalion. There are lots of chase scenes between the stuff blowing up, and the body count rises fast. At times, you may roll your eyes at Hunter ...more
Nov 28, 2014 Speesh rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, crime, thriller
He seems unlucky, that Joe Hilton. Two books in and two psychopathic serial murderers on his ass. Funny how the super-mad killers seem to be making a bee-line for Joe Hunter. How unlucky is that?! Ah, yes, but this one is actually a contract killer, or Contract Killer, I never know if these things should have caps or not. I suppose you ain’t gonna set it on your CV, or look it up as a job description in the newspaper, so maybe not, but anyway…

Joe Hunter is now seemingly established in the good o
Toni Osborne
Jan 28, 2011 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 in the Joe Hunter Thriller Series

If you are a thriller seeker and love high octane stories there is nothing like a romp through the pages with protagonist Joe Hunter. The style follows pretty much the same format as its prequel "Dead Men's Dust" providing the reader with plenty of action, lots of shooting, endless chases and testosterone at its best. The main characters are Joe Hunter and his sidekick Jared Rington (Rink), two professional investigators with an army background and one ve
Oct 11, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Judgement & Wrath is the second book in Matt Hilton’s series featuring Joe Hunter and his friend Jason Rington. Rington a/k/a Rink has his headquarters in Florida. Rink has a private investigation service and Joe is currently his partner in that business.

Joe meets with Richard Dean and accepts a retainer for what Joe and Rink figure will be an easy job. Richard wants his daughter Marianne brought home. Marianne is living with Bradley Jorgensen, a Miami playboy. Joe is shown a picture of Mari
Amy Lignor
Oct 23, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
Joe Hunter is both an interesting and very dangerous character; we are talking about a real tough guy with a serious heart of gold. In this tale, Joe and his business partner/friend, Jared Rington—who operate a private investigation business in Tampa, Florida—have been asked by a client to bring his daughter home.

The father, Richard Dean, says that Marianne is being held captive by millionaire Bradley Jorgenson. He also maintains that his daughter is being abused by said millionaire and backs h
Joe Hunter is hired by Richard Dean who wants to keep his daughter safe from her abusive boyfriend, but the truth is different and to complicate the story a fallen angel, Dantalion, intervenes.

The narration follows an usual action plot with gun fires, car chasing, and all still alive, with a lot of scratches, until the end.
The best parts of the book are the changing of point of views between Joe Hunter and Dantalion, when the same action is viewed from different angles.
The characters are just s
Jun 01, 2010 Maddy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-reads, bottoms
PROTAGONIST: Joe Hunter, former military operative
SETTING: Florida
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 2.25
WHY: Joe Hunter is hired by Richard Dean to rescue his daughter, Marianne, from her rich and abusive boyfriend. Bradley is also targeted by a contract killer who is a total psychopath using the name of a fallen angel, Dantalion. The plot was derivative; the serial killer stuff totally clichéd. The only positive was that Hilton wrote good action scenes. Credibility issues and clunky writing made this one
Amr Mokhtar
Judgement And Wrath
By Matt Hilton

The story takes place in Florida. The story starts when Joe Hunter ,the main character whose job is to protect people but he never kills, meets a worried Father ,Richard Dean, in a bar. Richard Dean is worried about his daughter ,Marianne, and wants her to go home. She is in an abusive relationship with Bradley Jorgenson. Bradley Jorgenson is watched by Danatalion ,a hired killer who is professional in killing and always changes his appearance when he kills some
Oct 17, 2010 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Judgement & Wrath is the second book in Matt Hilton’s Joe Hunter series and my third review of the action series. Having reviewed Cut and Run (Joe Hunter #4) and Dead Men’s Dust (Joe Hunter #1) I set about reading Hilton’s second captivating instalment.

Once again the narrative is written from a first person point of view (Joe Hunter) and third person narrative (Dantalion the hitman); this is without doubt Matt Hilton’s trade mark along with the non-stop action that lies within.

I didn’t find
Jan 10, 2012 Iain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A great second novel from a a writer who deserves far more recognition than he's already got. On the basis of the two I've read I'd put him up there with Stephen Leather and Lee Child - though Child *just* nudges it as the Reacher books are insanely good.

Joe Hunter is a great lead character. The background given to him in Dead Man's Dust has been fleshed out a bit in this second novel, and the addition of a character biography at the back is a little like the aforementioned Reacher novels. Other
Book Addict Shaun
Apr 08, 2013 Book Addict Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2013
This book had one of the most action packed and enjoyable openings I have ever read. I read the first 70 pages, took a five minute break and then ended up reading up to page 207. The characters and stories jump off the page and you really feel as if you are part of the action and the story. I liked Joe Hunter in Dead Men's Dust, I loved him in Judgement and Wrath. I can see Hunter becoming a favourite fictional character of mine.

I enjoyed the story in this book and the action did not let up unt
Aug 08, 2011 Vicious rated it really liked it
This was my first encounter with Joe Hunter, and I know it won't be my last!

The story in "Judgement and Wrath" grabs the reader right from the start, and takes them at a breakneck pace as the "Fixer" with his modified SIG Sauer races against the clock to protect the innocent, and make sure the bad guys get their due.

I enjoyed the hard-headed ethic of Joe, sticking to his "results by any means necessary", even when that means showing a somewhat ugly side. In one way, there's a lust for violence o
Apr 05, 2015 Julia rated it it was ok
Joe Hunter is asked by Richard Dean to rescue his daughter Marianne from her boyfriend Bradley, who has been abusing her. However it transpires that Bradley is a man with several enemies, at least one of whom badly wants him dead and has hired a particularly nasty assassin to kill him.

The first half of this book is reasonably enjoyable as it cuts between Hunter's story and that of the assassin, Dantalion. The plot unfolds without any major surprises and the villian is a totally unbelievable char
Oct 19, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hunter is asked to protect a young woman from a supposed abusive boyfriend and finds himself entangled in a case involving a deluded hitman who thinks he's Dantalion, a Fallen Angel. Very exciting page turner and I'm glad to see that my faith in the author from his first book has been confirmed as this is a definite improvement from Dead Men's Dust. Hilton is a writer to watch.
Sep 12, 2011 Andy rated it it was amazing
The second in the series of Joe Hunter novels.
A fantastic read if you like thrillers as is very hard to put down once you pick it up.
There are comparisons with Jack Reacher, but in my opinion, Joe Hunter is much better.
This book is my particular favourite of Matt`s along with Blood and Ashes.
I am looking forward to Dead Mens Harvest, the latest addition to the series.
Tyson Adams
Mar 13, 2011 Tyson Adams rated it really liked it
I took a chance on this book, I knew nothing of Matt Hilton when I bought this. I have been rewarded with a really well written thriller that kept the pace up nicely. I literally plowed through the pages.

If you like your thrillers then you will love this book.
Eleanor Jones
Mar 23, 2014 Eleanor Jones rated it it was amazing
This second Joe Hunter book was as good as the first, if not better, not an easy thing for an author--so I am told. As with the first one, I happily read it in one long sitting. Really terrific Florida-based plot with Joe and Rink along for the ride. I thought the victims in the book started out a bit unbelievable, but grew to like and care about them very much. And I simply hate the villain, which is as it should be. I find Joe's own unique moral code and motivations to be an interesting part o ...more
Oct 13, 2010 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This my 2nd in this series...the hero, Joe Hilton is a low-rent Jack Reacher in comparison to a series I await breathlessly...entertaining and fulfilling enough to be a stop-gap between Child's books...I will continue the series
Aug 05, 2011 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like Lee Child and his character Jack Reacher try UK Author Matt Hilton and meet his character Joe Hunter! Great Read...
Aug 13, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Typically fast and furious from this author, very enjoyable.
Jul 21, 2011 Nina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another amazing page turner from Matt.
Apr 30, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
better than the first book by far.
Feb 09, 2012 Bec rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Judgement and Wrath by Matt Hilton was a quick, excitable read. I found it very interesting and am planning on reading all of the other books in the Joe Hunter series.

The plot resembled the first book in the series, Dead Men’s Dust, in which Hunter is on a job and a serial killer is targeting the people he is trying to protect. However, I found Judgement and Wrath to be just a cut above the first in the story, the killer that Hilton created in Dantalion was particularly creepy.

Joe Hunter is a
Sep 08, 2014 Otter rated it did not like it
gave up on it after the killer survived the car crash off a cliff into the ocean. At least make it a little believable. I'll try the next one and hopefully it's better
Mar 15, 2015 Betty rated it it was ok
I don't know why I finished was a shoot 'em kill 'em story. Not at all something I would usually read.
David Irving
Oct 07, 2014 David Irving rated it it was ok
Second instalment of the underwhelming series that claims to be a Reacher beater. Oh dear. It doesn't even come close. It's just mehhh. That's it.
Apr 11, 2013 Ed rated it liked it
#2 in the Joe Hunter series. This entry was a comedown from #1 - Dead Men's Dust (2009). I read them back to back, but have not revisited the series. Serviceable action novels but they don't add anything to longer running series in the genre.

Joe Hunter is hired by Richard Dean to extricate his 17-year-old daughter, Marianne, from the clutches of Miami playboy Bradley Jorgenson. Richard has a police photo of Marianne taken after Bradley beat her up. Complicating the job is a talented hit man, Jea
Nov 19, 2014 Rach rated it it was amazing
outstanding, thoroughly enjoyed this and can't wait to read the next offering :-):-)
Aug 31, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
Good Hunter story, I'm impressed with the quality of this one over the first in the series.
Apr 02, 2016 Art rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A British Jack Reacher? A new series to catch up on? Count me in!!!
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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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Other Books in the Series

Joe Hunter (10 books)
  • Dead Men's Dust (Joe Hunter, #1)
  • Slash and Burn (Joe Hunter, #3)
  • Cut and Run (Joe Hunter, #4)
  • Blood and Ashes (Joe Hunter, #5)
  • Dead Men's Harvest (Joe Hunter, #6)
  • No Going Back (Joe Hunter, #7)
  • Rules of Honour (Joe Hunter, #8)
  • The Lawless Kind (Joe Hunter, #9)
  • The Devil's Anvil (Joe Hunter, #10)

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