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No Survivors (Samuel Carver #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  690 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
The Accident Man returns in a heart-stopping race to prevent a global holy war

Tom Cain's The Accident Man introduced Samuel Carver-a man hired to make bad things happen-to rave reviews from critics and readers alike. Now, Carver is back in a new adventure that takes him from the war rooms of Washington, D.C., and the palaces of the French Riviera to the Arctic peaks of
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Penguin Books (first published July 28th 2008)
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Neil
Jun 27, 2015 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the sequel to "The Accident Man", and it begins with a short prologue which deals with one of Carver's previous missions for the Consortium. Then the book picks up where The Accident Man left off, with Carver in a semi vegetative state in a Swiss Sanitarium. The only people who care about him are his friends Alix and Thor, and the Sanitarium's financial director, but he is more concerned with the bills being paid.
A traumatic event seems to put Carver on a possible road to recovery, but
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Dan Watts
Jun 28, 2013 Dan Watts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked this book up and couldn't put it back down; and it got increasingly hard to put down with each page turned! I hadn't read the prequel, as I found 'The Survivor' (UK title) on a bookshelf at work and wasn't aware it was part of a series. I'm reading the prequel now with equal enthusiasm.

I thought Cain's character development really have this read added interest. Each character had his or her own murky past which affected the outcome of the plot to varying degrees; similarly each character
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Diaa.
Jul 25, 2014 Diaa. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF
Got Bored :|
Jorge A.
Aug 14, 2012 Jorge A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is great book pumped with adrenaline from the get go. It also keeps the reader thinking ahead as to what might happen next.....totally enjoyed it!
Juanita
Jan 31, 2016 Juanita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: betrayal
Review: No Survivors by Tom Cain.

I got off to a slow start with this book but then I started to enjoy and follow the conspiracy that was lurking in the shadows. I didn 19t know until this review why it started out slow. There was a book before this one that I had not read. I didn 19t know, No Survivors, was a sequel to the first book, The Accident Man. Most of the time I can catch on to a story and its characters if I read out of order but this one was a little tougher. The story was suspenseful
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Ian Coates
May 10, 2016 Ian Coates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Having loved Tom Cain’s debut, the awesomely brilliant The Accident Man, I was rather disappointed by Survivor, its sequel. Both star Sam Carver, the man who “makes bad things happen to bad people”. If you’ve already read The Accident Man, skip the first 130 pages of this thriller, which serve only to summarize what befell Carver in the previous book. If you haven’t yet enjoyed The Accident Man, read that story first... and then come back and skip the first 130 pages of this one. But from that p ...more
Paul Pessolano
Feb 10, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samuel Carver is the "Accident Man". If you read Tom Cain's first novel, "The Accident Man" you would know that Carver is an assassin and he makes his assassinations look like accidents. You will also remember that at the end of the novel Carver was in a sanitarium and was a mere shadow of his former self.

"No Survivors" picks up with Carver struggling with his psychological problems he received from a severe brain washing. The woman he loves, Alix, has run out of money and can no longer afford t
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Ian Mapp
Jul 13, 2011 Ian Mapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Follow up to the morally dubious Accident Man.

Absolutely identical sense of style, short pacy chapters, assassins, international locations, beautiful girls to the first book. Cain is obviously writing with a view to getting the film rights to the next James Bond. This doesn't shound like a great endorsement but it is.... as a no brainer, thrill a minute, can't put it down book this knocks others, Lee Child included, into a cocked hat. In fact, we need Sam Carver to take on Jack Reacher in some c
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Scott
Dec 13, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[Audiobook review] I'm new to Tom Cain's books and the spy genre in general, but I found this one interesting and well-paced from beginning to end. The characterizations, the plotting, and the writing overall are flawless. Not once did I cringe or roll my eyes (I'm recently coming off of the Deathlands novels so, much eye fatigue there). In a nutshell, the book starts out with a single fact: Russia has lost over 100 briefcase nuclear bombs hidden throughout Europe (or perhaps the world). The plo ...more
Sam
Jul 22, 2016 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
It's been around 10 years since I read the first book named TARGET by Tom Cain.
I never knew until recently that there was a continuation of Samuel Carver.
Thank goodness!
The ending of TARGET left me so speechless that I had to spend the last 10 years wondering, wtf Tom Cain was thinking! Well, turns out it was all a misunderstanding for my part.
I just finished reading NO SURVIVORS and couldn't be happier! Great story, a lot of characters to deal with, which got me a bit confused at first but
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Ian Coates
Having loved Tom Cain’s debut, the awesomely brilliant The Accident Man, I was rather disappointed by Survivor, its sequel. Both star Sam Carver, the man who “makes bad things happen to bad people”. If you’ve already read The Accident Man, skip the first 130 pages of this thriller, which serve only to summarize what befell Carver in the previous book. If you haven’t yet enjoyed The Accident Man, read that story first... and then come back and skip the first 130 pages of this one. But from that p ...more
Tom Tischler
Jan 19, 2016 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Carver makes bad accidents happen to bad people and he's very good at it. One
of his targets got away and now the world faces an age of conflict driven by religious
fanaticism. In Russia the government has admitted they no longer know the where-
abouts of one hundred small suitcase nukes. In Texas a dying billionaire plots his own
personal Armageddon. Carver can do nothing to stop them. He was beaten, tortured and
left to die but he is hard to kill. He awakes in a Swiss sanatorium after weeks of
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Kevin Allmaras
Mar 28, 2013 Kevin Allmaras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah! The Russian suitcase nukes. Samuel Carver an elite British spy/assasin has lost his mind and identity. Now in a sanitarium his girlfriend Alix a former Russian spy is trying to pay his bills not knowing where the former Carver has hidden his money. As Carver is being watched by various services a piece of secret paper with the information of where the missing suitcase nukes are planted has come into play. As each person who gets their hands on it they eventually get slaughtered as the variou ...more
T.M. Carper
It took a while to get into this one more so than "Accident Man", but it got better.



It's an international spy thriller that brings Carver back when he wakes up without Alix at his bedside. He takes off after her with some help from a wacky tech geek and ends up meeting up with her again on assignment.



It's a good thriller that touches on topics that are a big part of today's society.



I reccommend re-reading "Accident Man" or at least the last chapter or two before starting the sequel. I had a hard
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Alissa
Mar 09, 2009 Alissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, thriller, 2009
And this novel did not suffer from a sophomore slump at all. It was taut, action packed and just as suspenseful as the first one.

Samuel Carver is an assassin, who makes things look like accidents. He’s been in a sanitarium, broken and damaged since September. But when his devoted lover, the Russian Spy Alix Petrova is forced to leave Carver for the dark world of her former employers, Carver begins to emerge as his former self.

I can’t wait for the next one. . . for me Sam Carver is the new Bourne
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Bruce Scott
An exciting ending, but it starts slowly and the plot is complex. Our hero is recovering from the torture he received in the first book, and his Russian spy girlfriend can't find his money to pay for his rehab. Enter a former nemesis who has converted to an apocalyptic form of evangelicalism, a list of old Russian suitcase bombs hidden around the world, and the interest of three spy agencies and away we go. The action sequences are particularly good, but I almost lost interest half way through. ...more
Marcia
There were three characters from #1 I was quite intrigued by. All of them were presumably competent at their jobs before the events of #1. In #2, one of them turns out to be rather terrible during two separate key moments. I was disappointed by that, and disappointed in the implication that we're supposed to think less of this character.

There are a few movie-montage-ready scenes.

But the intrigue left me cold - here's a new character with another agenda! and another! and another! and the romance
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Robert
Oct 09, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book was the second in the series and a solid upper four star review. Carver is back in action after his last bit of bad luck in the first novel and now he is in it to get his woman back. And when this guy sets a mission in his head folks better get out of his way. Very good action filled thriller but not a whole lot of tension filled spots. I really don't see how the author could really build up a tension filled plot because the action just keeps the book rolling. Nice job and a great clif ...more
Maria Ange
The version I read that the title 'The survivor' so I can only presume that this had a reincarnation of some kind in the publishing world.

It was mostly boring, and a obviously written by someone who had no experience as a soldier or a spy. It didn't have the 'boots on the ground' feel essential in making this book enjoyable. The third section of the book came alive a little but not enough to lift it.

Not my cup of tea.
Brad
Oct 25, 2016 Brad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot has some promise, as far as action/thriller work goes. But Sam Carter has got to be the most uninteresting, useless protagonist around. He's borderline incompetent at what he does, and basically flounders around from one mistake to the next, as things sort of happen all *around* him. But he's essentially pointless and irrelevant to the story - he could be written out of the book, and it would still survive largely intact, and possibly the better off for it
Jp
Sep 24, 2009 Jp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worth successor to Tom Cain's Accident Man. Another solid thriller about Sam Carver. It picks up seamlessly where the previous book ended and follows through in the high stakes world of espionage and intrigue.
Steve
Apr 30, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
The first Accident Man book was more of a straightforward (albeit action-packed) thriller. This sequel is equally exciting, but follows a different path. Much of the book describes how our protagonists attempt to return to full strength and power, and is powerful because of this storyline. Though I enjoyed this book, I do not feel it transcends the thriller genre in any way. But it sure was fun to read.
Jeroen
Aug 18, 2012 Jeroen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goedgeschreven boek, Cain weet de spanning lang erin te houden en zet een plot neer dat, hoewel niet altijd geheel geloofwaardig, redelijk origineel (in hoeverre dat tegenwoordig nog bestaat) is. Ik heb niet de eerdere boeken over de hoofdpersoon gelezen maar vond dat persoonlijk geen gemis bij het lezen van dit boek.

Normaliter geef ik de voorkeur om de boek ofwel in de originele taal te lezen of in het Engels maar ik kreeg deze vertaling cadeau. Aanrader, ook deze Nederlandse verise
Any Length
Sep 17, 2013 Any Length rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me on the edge of my seat. I didn't want to let go for just a few more minutes.
It's no 2 in a series and does start where book no 1 leaves off, but it is a stand alone book, nevertheless. There are a number of different players involved in this book, but I found it easy to keep them apart and not loose track of who is who and what they are up to. The story was gripping and one can easily imagine that something like it could happen. Am on the hunt for no 3 in the series now.
PepsiGirl
Mar 04, 2012 PepsiGirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those stories that makes you rethink everything that you know. Especially events that to place in your lifetime, that seemed to appear as a tragic accident but more nefarious forces were at work. Carver is one of these people that makes things happen and when h is services are requested things happen and they happen quite by accident....
Robert Colquhoun
A good thriller. A little corny and far fetched in places but overall a good read.
It seemed like Cain had had enough by the end because he wrapped it up so quickly. I would have preferred some further detail getting to the conclusion.
I didn't read The Accident Man but I think I'll pick it up from the library and see what happened with Carver and Alix beforehand.
Wendy
Read Accident Man, and was impressed. This one, No Survivers is just as violent and almost as good. Carver battles several unknown enemies, and is dealing with murky waters of who is a good guy and who is bad. Well researched, written I somehow cannot give it a full 5 stars I do not know if it was the character i am beginning to Dislike or the writing.
Andronicus Kok
Finished reading Tom Cain - Survivor. When an ex secret ops awakes realising he cant remember a thing he sets out to find his past and his one love that has kept him strong and living all this while. He will stop at nothing to get her back only to realise she's married to a man he once was paid to kill. How will he handle it when he meets them? :)
Sarah
Vielleicht noch 2.5 Sterne.
Eher enttäuschender zweiter Teil. Das Tempo war viel zu langsam, das Ende dafür heruntergehudelt und die Charaktere sind mir total fremd geblieben.
(Eine längere Rezension gibt's irgendwann.)
E.R. Yatscoff
Plenty of action combined with a pulp fiction hero Samuel Carver, also known as the accident man. This time though he's really on the offensive and doesn't have to hide his tracks as he searches for his woman and runs into a nuclear plot. A page turner.
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Tom Cain is the pseudonym of David Thomas, an award-winning journalist with twenty-five years experience working at Fleet Street newspapers, as well as for major magazines in Britain and the US.

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