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Hitman: Enemy Within

(Hitman #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  38 reviews
The clone assassin has been played long enough–
now it’s more than a game.

Bred to kill, Agent 47 is The Agency’s most valuable assassin. So when a competing murder-for-hire organization decides to destroy The Agency, the first person they target for elimination is Agent 47. Tasking someone to off the best hitman in the business is one thing; getting the job done is another.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2007)
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As a fan of the Hitman game series, I always wonder what it would be like if this turn out to be a movie? Total disappointment actually, which is why I swore to myself to never go and see it. Up until now I still haven't seen it. But, I did read the book! And this was right after the movie came out. I said to myself that if the book turns out to be bad, I thought that wasting my life reading this 300 pages wouldn't hurt much.

So I read it, and I actually liked it!

The book felt like I was actual
C.T. Phipps
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Hitman: The Enemy Within is a Expanded Universe novel of the Hitman video game franchise. Much like the movies, it attempts to add much-needed depth to the character of Agent 47, the International Contract Agency (ICA), and the universe which our anti-hero operates. As much as I've come to love the Hitman universe in the short time I've been a fan, I've got to say I was very grateful for some expansion beyond the role of killer and killed.

The premise is one of the ICA's board members, Aristotl
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hitman: Enemy Within is about Agent 47, who is on a mission for The Agency, a top-secret organization that employs only the best of the best hitmen in the world. And, of course, Agent 47 is the best of the best. Unfortunately for The Agency, there is a rival organization, called the Power Thirteen who has been able to infeltrate the company with turning one of the members. When The Agency finds out, suspicion is thrown on Agent 47's controller, Diana. Agent 47 doesn't want to believe that his on ...more
Christopher J Burgess
Hitman: Enemy Within

I think it is apparent that William C. Dietz did not understand the source material. Agent 47 is supposed to be the best assassin in The Agency, yet his covers were consistently blown throughout the entire book. This book was written as if the Hitman series is supposed to be an action packed thrill ride. The games are about being as discreet as possible, yet this book is filled to the top with wild shoot outs and explosions. This would be all fine and good except for the fact
Carlos Trevino
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
A few pages in, I quickly realized I'd actually read this book back in my high school years. A bummer because the book draws you in to the Hitman universe rather quick. I loved how the book stayed loyal to the game but was saddened by the fact that A: it's too short and B: it took five years for another Hitman book to come along. I'd have loved if this had been turned into a lengthy book series
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Captures the feel of the games very well. The unique settings, evil antagonists, and similar features combined with the welcome change of 47 having a few assistants definitely spices up the formula. A welcome addition to the Hitman universe.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a fun read for fans of the games, but honestly it's really just that, as odd sentence fragments, superfluous physical descriptions, and awkward/slightly out of place sex scenes abound. All that aside the story itself is reasonably interesting and enjoyable. It was nice to get an expanded view of the world of the Hitman games, learn more of 47's backstory, learn more about the structure etc. of the Agency, and so forth. Part of me wants to side with those that have stated that the no ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
As someone who has only dabbled in the games, but enjoys the concept, I was interested in an original story told in this universe. As a spy thriller, it's decent - Agent 47 is a man without morals, so you never really know who he might choose to spare on any given day. There are a few twists here and there to keep things interesting. I'm not in love with the author's style ("x completed the outfit" was used far too often, and what was the in depth description of a woman's breasts about?), but it ...more
Jaffer Luba
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The amount of detail the author describes in this fine piece of work is amazing, the gore, the action, the nudity, every detail is described in explicit and well picked statements. Definitely better than Damnation. Agent 47 was portrayed to show more human behavior in this story as compared to other media that portray him as a supernatural soldier. However the author should have done alittle more research on the assassin. However If you are a fan of Agent 47 and the HITMAN franchise, I definitel ...more
Hussain Ahmed
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very nice story showing different aspects of 47's life and relation with Diana.
Jap Hengky
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-the-shelf
Really great and thrilling.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-thriller
Very good read, I really enjoyed the story.
Deroo Vasghanian
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hitman: Enemy Within is about a professional hitman from the Agency that goes by the codename 47. In the story, another hitman is identified as a potential threat for the Agency, and agent 47 is assigned to take out the target. As the other hitman approaches to destroy the agency, it is 47's job to kill him before any harm can be done. With his signature silverballer pistold and fiber wire, nothing can stand in his way. Now let me get something straight: I am a huge fan of the Hitman series. Not ...more
Jamie O'Rourke
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hitman: Enemy Within is everything that I wanted it to be. It not only delivers a serviceable story that manages to keep you interested (not enthralled, sadly) and plenty of sneaking about but also has some very well written action scenes sprinkled in.

For this book, the author had to be competent, but not overly ambitious. Dietz was the right man for the job, he knows what he is good at and makes the most of that, even if he isn't the best writer in the world, he can do action. The action set pi
Sep 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Matthias by: Hitmanforum
Shelves: my-reviews
"Agent 47 laughed"

When you read that, and you're a fan of the Hitman video games like I am, you know the author doesn't really know his source material.

Aside from some name droppings of Vittorio and Ort-Meyer, probably fed to the author by an Eidos employee, Dietz had no clue who he was writing about and was probably basing it off a one-time viewing of someone playing the game. As a result, he takes too many liberties and it no longer feels as if he's writing about the 47 we know from the games
A fictional scenario where the world's greatest assasins are created by an organization who has no name but a single logo which is located on everything they use to kill? Maybe not in the real world, but definitely in this book. This is professional action, careful steps and procedures, and an execution created perfectly. Agent 47 is brilliant at what he does, but what makes him different from the other cloned assasins? He realizes the evil that he is forced to do, and he wants a way out. Howeve ...more
Ian Reay
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really do recomend reading this book, it has everything that a fan of the game would want. William C. Dietz captured 47's emotions very well and sends you whirling into the assassins thoughts. This book also explains some of 47's childhood where the game explaind his past but never really touched his childhood and I liked that. I hope that there will be more Hitman books to come.

I loved the games and am really looking forward to the upcoming movie. This book was well written and if you've play
Jonathan Wamser
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal, hitman, crime
I probably should have gave it 3 stars, but since I am such a fanboy of the video game series of Hitman I have to give it a tad bit more. I can't help but want continued success in whatever media they tell stories for this series. It was pretty easy read, with lots of action, murder and intrigue. You get to read the details of the inner mind of agent 47 which is unlike the video games. A few criticisms was the ending was rushed and abrupt i was looking for more after thoughts and a epilogue, but ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read this book being a fan of the Hitman video game series. The plot of the book is that Agent 47 is hired to accomplish a set of tasks laid out for him. However, he finds something out that could threaten the state of the agency. I liked the author's writing style and point of view because it portrayed agent 47 is a man not a superhuman. Agent 47's physical attributes may be superior to any normal man but his mental state is the same of any man. I would recommend this book to anyone ...more
Jonathan Gentry
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hitman Enemy Within is a tie-in for the popular video game series, and takes place between Hitman 2 Silent Assassin and Hitman Blood Money. It is told through the perspective of Agent 47, a genetically engineered clone created to assassinate for hire. The author, William C. Dietz obviously has played the games due to him adding a mix of stealth and action oriented scenes to please both types of fans as well as avid readers who will most likely want to check out the games after they finish this v ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very easy read but also a great read. I’m a huge fan of the video games series so decided to pick this book up. I’m a very slow reader so the fact I finished it in 4 days says a lot.

The story was unique and added to the Hitman universe. It was well written and reflected upon Agent 47 very well.

I would highly recommend for those who like the video games and want to read more Hitman content.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Video game lovers and conspiracy theorists
I simply loved this book. At the beginning we see our favorite hitman taking down a target, which is already a good move in my opinion by the author. There is a whole conspiracy theory going on, and I loved every minute of it. It doesn't quite compare to the Halo books, but if you are in need for a good and easy to follow book, this is the one to buy or borrow.
Dawn Ashley
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book solely because I am a fan of the video games. I wasn't expecting it to be great, but I was completely surprised. Dietz gave you a look from 47's eyes, in a way that seems completely plausible. And the plot was good, and characters were good. And since first reading this novel I have re-read it another three times.
Nathan Hurst
This book starts well and is full of real promise. A hitman doing assassin type things, and some real nasty, slime-ball baddies to take down. Having said that, the finale of the book just fizzles out. No bangs or crashes - a real damp squib. The author tries to be a little too clever, which I believe, over eggs the end a little too much.
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book in my opinion that has a good story and many humorous moments. It gives you a look at what 47 does in between his contracts which is very interesting. I wouldn't mind taking 47 out in game to a restaurant and order a delicious breakfast or take 47 through his morning routine.
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
The prose is unsurprisingly appalling, but the plot is game-like enough and 47 is mostly in-character. Overall, not too bad for a quick, fluffy read, though the climax and denouement are rushed and lackluster.
Anthony Kitcher
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
really good. takes a deeper inisght into Agent 47 and we learn alot more about him that the games never told us. Would recommend to anyone
Oct 03, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: readers who don't want to think
Perfect book for a mindless 12 hour flight to Japan. Aside from that, if you're looking for a great plot, great writing or intriguing characters, read something else.
Joseph H
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
It was a awesome book but it was very very long.
Avinash Messi
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
as a fan of hitman game series iam very very eager to read this book
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William Corey Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a corpsman, graduated from the University of Washington and worked as a surgical technician, college instructor, and news writer. Later he worked for US West in a number of different marketing communications and public relations related positions, before leaving to accept a job as Director of Public Relat ...more

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