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The Accident Man

(Samuel Carver #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,725 ratings  ·  164 reviews
For a certain sum of money, Samuel Carver will arrange a death. A ruptured gas line, an automobile crash, a fall from a window; anything can look like an accident. But when Carver is to carry out a job below a bridge in Paris, and when the job goes wrong for him, and when he is pursued by the very forces that hired him, Carver must execute his most daring feat yet. With th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 457 pages
Published 2009 by Penguin Canada (first published January 1st 2007)
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Book Addict Shaun
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Accident Man has been on my TBR for the longest time and I am so glad that I have finally read it. Samuel Carver is another great character to add to my list of favourite assassins and I can’t wait to read about him again. This book is a thriller in every sense of the word and I have not been able to get enough of it whilst reading it today.

The Accident Man takes one of the world’s most memorable events, the death of Princess Diana and looks at the hypothetical question of what if? What if
Ben Starling
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very detailed and precise. Tightly written. Gripping. Enjoyed every page. Some day I'll read it again, so I'm keeping it on my bookshelf.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, thriller, spies
This is a well written thriller about a former British special forces soldier that specializes in accidental deaths for serious bad people. He gets a job to kill a suspected terrorist in Paris, it has to look like an accident. And when he finishes his job he finds out that he is marked for death. His Client has decided to leave no loose ends. And as he escapes a formidable Russian killer and goes on the run in Europe he finds he has been misled and has killed somebody else, a job he would never ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author has taken an internationally known event, in this case the death of the Princess of Wales, and has skillfully woven a tale around the commonly accepted 'facts'. As a debut thriller, from a previously unknown author, I have to say that I was totally engrossed in the book. The pace never really lets up, and kept me turning page after page.
The main character is Samuel Carver, an ex Royal Marine, and one time member of the Special Boat Service. The SBS being less well known than the SAS.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samuel Carver is a former British SBS Marine specializing in staging accidental deaths for a clandestine government entity. Working on the assumption he was assassinating a dangerous middle Eastern terrorist in Paris, Carver's actual target is Princess Diana, the world's most popular woman. Shortly after engineering the fatal tunnel crash, Carver quickly becomes a dangerous loose end. He forms a shaky alliance with a beautiful Russian woman with questionable motives and together, they work to su ...more
Ian Mapp
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read reviews of this and seen it in the shops and tried to stay away from it. It just seemed a little bit too exploitational - basing such a story on real events, to which there are already too many conspiracy theories. It almost seems irresponsible to add more.

As a thriller, it is utterley absorbing and breathless. Very shorty chapters, double and triple crosses and many set piece action scenes.

Told in classic thriller/cinematic style. A header showing our ace assasain Samual Carver taking
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Brown
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ebook
Fictional stories that spin off of historical events are always fascinating. I don't mean fictional accounts of the lives of historical people...although those are fascinating as well. I mean novels that take a historical event and ask, "what if?" That is what Tom Cain does with The Accident Man, and he chooses a particularly sensitive subject historically: the death of Princess Diana. Specifically, Cain uses the fictional premise (although he specifically denies attempting to set forth or suppo ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dude-thrillers
First rate. At first, I was riveted. This guy writes like Tom Wood--and I can't get enough of those . . .

I had to take it down a notch because the book was ruined as soon as the protagonist, Carver, hooked up with a woman--then it seemed all about her. Also, the author over-used the word Carver and I consider that very poor writing.
Simon Taylor
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The debut thriller of an accomplished writer. A fiction based on a real death. Already the book is unique before you even open the cover.

Samuel Carver is the an assassin for hire, but only kills bad guys. He’s duped into causing the death of Princess Diana and is subsequently hunted by both his bosses as a lose end, and MI6 as a murderer. Joined with a glamorous Russian girl, he zips round the globe trying to stay alive.

Although riddled with cliché, Cain made a serious effort to keep the plot as
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samuel Carver gets paid to make accidents happen. He can be classified as a hit man. His jobs usually involve him eliminating bad people like terrorists and human traffickers. Sam’s boss, Max gives Sam his latest orders to take out Ramzi Hakim Narwaz a terrorist. This mission just may be his last as it will have him running for his life. Sam accomplishes his mission. He makes Ramzi’s car crash into a cement wall at the Alma Tunnel. The date is August 31, 1997. What Sam doesn’t know is that the c ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, spy-novel
Tom Cain takes a look behind a piece of recent history, the accident that killed Princess Diana and asks, What if?.... Cain’s protaganist , Sam Carver is a former member of the British Special Boat Service. He is now a paid killer, but still a man with a conscience, who is able to justify what he does by his belief that he is eliminating evil men who have no conscience at all. Eliminating criminals who think they are above the law. His life takes a dramatic turn when he accepts and carries out a ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A new character is introduced in this book, Samuel Carver, or The Accident Man. A former British special forces soldier that decides to do some off the books type of jobs. Specifically arranging very unfortunate accidents, with deadly results, for some very nasty folks. Given a job and double crossed by his handlers Carver is looking to figure out who screwed him over. And unfortunately for them Carver is very good at his job. I found this book to be a fantastic thriller that cracks along at a v ...more
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tom Cain brings his experience as an investigative reporter into the world of fictional thrillers and creates Sam Carver, a morally conflicted ex-soldier and current black ops specialist.

Tom Cain writes a solid thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat in a fast-paced adventure. It keeps with some of the standards of the genre with bigger than life heroes and villains, but at times grounded deeply in the real world.

I recommend it highly and I'm looking forward to his next book.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea why I keep doing this; I don't like thrillers. I never have. Here, we have a pretty predictable, formulaic story where everything that happens could be seen from a mile away. Except in this book, the story has the backdrop of Princess Diana's death and yet another conspiracy theory of how and why she died. I hate this kind of use of real world events; it feels cheap and exploitive. Wally Lamb does this same kind of thing, and I didn't like it then, and I certainly don't like it no ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This thriller is based on the hypothesis that Princess Diana's accident in 1997 was murder and the killer who was hired to do the deed did not know that she was the one targeted.

It takes a while for him to figure out who ordered the killing and why and, in the meantime, he needs to dodge the multiple attempts to silence him so he will not tell.

An interesting premise, based on the multiple conspiracy theories that circulate around her death. The dialogues are a bit trite and of course, a love int
Wow. Just Wow. I literally read this book in less than two days. It is brutal, painfully violent and non-stop thrill.
What If Princess Diana's death was actually a "Hit"? And who would have done it, why was it done? I just cannot WAIT to read the second installment. If this book did not receive Literary Awards the Powers That Be are simply insane.
Dominic McConnon
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A non-stop action novel that is, in places, far too improbable - but this what makes the book so interesting. A resourceful central character thrown into a series of intriguing situations. A veritable page-turner. A very enjoyable read.
I thought that it started out with great promise. It reminded me of the Bourne Identity series and I thought that I had found another great series. However, it had some raunchy moments and those themes continued to persist throughout. Alas, I just decided to put it down and walk away.
Jorge A.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome read! It was high pace and suspenseful from start to finish! It was hard to put down!
Roger Scherping
This book had a strange opening. The assassination plot was laid out, and this character Sam Carver was introduced with absolutely no background or history. Nothing to make us interested in him. In fact, knowing what he had done, I thought for a long time that he was the antagonist, and I was hoping the authorities caught him. Even by the end of the book we know nothing about him as a person.

More importantly, Carver may be the dumbest assassin there has ever been. I've read all of the Mitch Rapp
Catherine Nelson
Jun 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. I may not finish this one. The writing is bad. The editing is bad. The storytelling is bad. And the premise . . . Other reviewers have questioned the morality or the ethics of the premise of this story. I don't think it's a question of morality, but it is certainly one of decency. Not to mention, ego.

Twisting the tragic death of Princess Diana into a fictional story of murder is one thing, but it is quite another to make her killer a sympathetic hero--or attempt to make. The auth
Ein Action geladener Thriller, rund um eine komplexe Verschwörungstheorie, dazu auf dem Buchrücken der Hinweis "Dieses Buch spielt in einer Liga mit den größten Thrillern aller Zeiten".
Meine Erwartungen waren dementsprechend hoch.
Samuel Carver ist ein guter Typ, relativ sympathisch für einen professionellen Killer.
Aber nach dem schnellen und spannenden Start musste ich mich ziemlich durchquälen. Es passiert ständig was, es gibt viele kleine Details, immer wieder unerwartete Wendungen und trotzde
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Paradigma de la male gaze (mirada masculina). Prácticamente todas las referencias que hay en el libro a la protagonista femenina son para recrearse en lo buena que está y en lo calientes que se ponen todos los hombres que la ven, algunos con comentarios soeces. La mayoría de las demás mujeres que aparecen en la novela son prostitutas a las que los hombres tratan a la patada (en una escena, literalmente a la patada), y en otro momento, se habla de mujeres anodinas "cuyo destino es ser invisibles ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-stuff
For a genre that is already full, this hitman/assassin tale is rather good.The character is believable and his methodology is entertaining , although claymores in a set of speakers is not a common everyday accident. Also the setting of a real life event and the authors conspiracy of the cause was a great read. I'll definitely give Sam Carver another read.
Mark Baines
Interesting starting point for a thriller. Fast paced, glamorous styles, locations and ruthless in places, with a couple of twists that keep things entertaining and moving well. A good unchallenging holiday read.
Dan Hiner
Not bad! I would read another book by this author.
Denita Laing
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm used to these types of heroes being invincible but I like the fact that Carter is human. Very good book.
Noel Kilner
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant author
Valentin Lica
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steven Crossley's narration is top notch.
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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.

Librarian’s note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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