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The Time to Kill

(Carter Blake #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  697 ratings  ·  104 reviews
It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he'd keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he'd be left alone.

But news that one of Blake's old allies, a man who agreed the same deal, is dead means only one thing - something has changed and Winterlong is coming for him.

Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Orion
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Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A new author for me, but I saw the blurb and was intrigued.

It took less than two paragraphs for something to click in my mind and I knew that this was going to be my kind of thing. Sometimes in your reading life you need a proper thriller. You need gun fights and secret government agencies and life or death situations. This is all of those things done well. I liked 'Carter Blake' (real name: unknown); he manages to be intelligent, capable, and dangerous without being an arsehole. Or sexist. Or c
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the third Carter Blake novel, following on from, “The Killing Season” and “The Samaritan.” I enjoy this series and it is, very much, a series. You can read this as a stand-alone novel, but it makes more sense if you read the earlier books first, so you have an idea of where Carter Blake has come from. As a quick recap, Blake once worked for a deeply undercover organisation named, “Winterlong,” and was responsible for dangerous, undercover missions across the globe. He has since left and ...more
Liz Barnsley
Oh my gosh I LOVE the Carter Blake thrillers, seriously, they are completely insanely addictive and so much fun. GREAT travel book is The Time to Kill, reading it as I did on two buses and a train trying to get home in the early hours of one morning. But I digress…

The real point about this and the previous Carter Blake books from Mason Cross is the sheer depth of character you get for what is, at its heart, a rollercoaster action filled thrill ride of the highest order. We care as readers, its n
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a gripping and compelling thriller that had me reading until the end of the book. It had a slow start when I wondered if I was going to like the book but once it hits its stride, I was hooked. It begins with the murder of a man in Russia by what looks like a group of professionally trained assassins. We then encounter Carter Blake. not his real name, who used to work for a secret black ops organisation known as Winterlong but now helps find dangerous serial killers and takes on contracts ...more
Bev Taylor
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
they taught him to kill. now they want him dead ......

carter blake used to work for winterlong, a govt operation that worked under the radar. 5 years ago he left - a rarity - on the understanding that he would keep quiet about the job and they would let him live

he has some insurance - a black book saved on flash drive, that holds many of their secrets. but now something has changed and they r coming after him

no problem tracking him down as he is now doing the same job but on his own. the ques
Rob Twinem
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could rave on to you and extol the virtues of this brilliant high octane thriller but why bother as the writing, the book, and the author speaks volumes. I highly rated The Samaritan by Mason Cross and was excited to receive a complimentary copy of "The Time to Kill" from those good folks at netgalley due for release late June here in the UK.
We once again meet Carter Blake, skilled man hunter, and ex special forces operative. Some readers may try to draw similarities between Blake and Jack R
Colette Lamberth
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is book three in the Carter Blake series and I have read and loved the first two so my expectations were high. I might be a pushover as I was hooked by the end of the prologue. There was a different feel to this one with Blake being hunted rather than the hunter. The narrative switches back and forth between current time and five years ago and the author keeps the tension high in both storylines. I felt as if we got to know Carter Blake better in this book, even if we still don't know his ' ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Carter Blake story! The only thing I would suggest read books 1 & 2 before picking up number 3 !!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was 2 years ago that I found Mason Cross' first Carter Blake novel, The Killing Season. I gave it 4 stars and then followed it up with The Samaritan, Carter Black #2. That also got 4 stars. Now, 2 years later I have just finished The Time To Kill and it also has 4 stars. A rut? Well if so it's a great rut to be in.

Carter Black is smart, talented, highly adept at finding people and keeping himself alive. His past exploits for a secret government organization has put him both peril and the tra
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and Orion Publishers for an ARC of The Time to Kill in return for an honest review.

What an explosive book!


“It’s been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he’d keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he’d be left alone.

But news that one of Blake’s old allies, a man who agreed the same deal, is dead means only one thing – something has changed and Winterlong is coming f
Rowena Hoseason
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
‘The Time To Kill’ is the third book in the Carter Blake series. He’s not a cold-blooded killer, this guy, but instead specialises in finding people who try to stay hidden. Inevitably, a few of them end up dead, but this twist gives the story a different dynamic to the standard ‘Bourne Yet Again’ narrative.

Carter Blake is more about smarts, planning and strategy than fist fights and car chases. As such, ‘The Time To Kill’ is more intellectually engaging than many of these 'rogue agent' thriller
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for an advance copy of The Time To Kill. Carter Blake, not his real name, is a former agent of a clandestine government black ops department formerly code named Winterlong but which now has no name. Carter flies below the radar and pursues a lucrative and discreet career in finding people and things. He is in the middle of locating some software and its thief when he realises that his former employer is after him and the information he h ...more
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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 5*

One-Sentence Summary: Carter Blake's past catches up with him

Review: Those of us who have enjoyed the previous two Carter Blake books have been waiting for the showdown with his former employers with baited breath and it certainly did not disappoint.

Told in Cross's usual style of a mixture of POV, the story grabs your attention from the very start. The flashbacks to Blake's time with Winterlong gives background as to why they are after him and also to what
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent this third book in a series by Goodreads for review but I hadn’t read the previous two. Having read “Winterlong” as it was first titled in the US and “The Time to Kill” as it has subsequently been called in the UK, I shall be purchasing the others to read as I have been hooked by the intriguing, intelligent protagonist, a man calling himself Carter Blake, and his thrilling exploits, although it is possible to read this novel as a standalone.

Carter Blake is a man who finds people (and
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

The Time to Kill by Mason Cross was a large print paperback borrowed from ERC library as I had enjoyed his earlier book with some of the same characters. I have to say this was excellent - great story, well defined goodies + baddies, some really exciting passages & a happy ending. Not too many killed anyway. If I had to criticise I would say the final flight (by train) and the final battle were a bit drawn out and perhaps the main character - Carter Brown? - is a bit too good to be true. Rea
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed listening to this book while I was painting the trim on our house. It’s an action adventure featuring an ex secret ops (Winterlong) who is being tracked down by the “new” head of the organization to be eliminated as a potential expose’ threat. I like the main character Carter Blake and the one-upsmanship he uses to stay alive and get the upper hand on those who would take him out. Clearly there is a follow up book to this one.
Gordon Johnston
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book three in what is becoming an excellent series. Carter Blake (not his real name) is a former operative in a secretive US government black ops team. He left under a cloud, and now we find out the back story. A story his former friends want to kill him to keep secret.

The expert hunter becomes the hunted. But he knows the tricks of those seeking to kill him, leading to a fascinating game of bluff and double bluff. This is expertly written, fast paced and full of action.
Nick Green
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and loved how it furthered Carter's character (having read the previous two books) whilst also letting you some insight into his past, as the book, at various points, takes you five years back in time. I sometimes feel with action books there is not enough action (for me, anyways), but, oh no, this book was perfectly written and I'm a little sad to finish it.

Here's looking forward to the next one.
Syndi Day
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i was the lucky winner of a copy of this novel through a goodreads win. i loved this story which i found reminiscent of the bourne series. carter blake is a great character! this is a fast paced spy thriller with plenty of intrigue and action, and enough twists and turns that i could not put it down. although it can be read as a stand alone novel i think reading the previous two novels would enhance the story. i can't wait to check out more writing be mason cross. syndi
Linda Hepworth
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this story tedious and repetitive and gave up on it after about sixty pages. I hadn't read the earlier two stories in the series but there was nothing which made me feel in any way engaged with any of the characters so, with lots of more appealing books on my tbr pile, I was not inclined to persevere with a story which didn't engage my attention!
Susan Krutzler
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great thriller. Winterlong company seeks to find and kill former employee Carter Mason whose main job is to search for people who don’t want to be found. Builds slowly with some backstory to add to the main story. The thrill heightens and we meet some unique characters throughout. Story intensifies at the farmhouse with a big climax of an ending. Certainly a lot of thrill to keep you reading.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
Good story at a decent pace. What I liked was the central character who is not a gun slinging all action hero but rather a person who is a strategist working on the best way to get what he needs to do and not injuring 1000 people in the process. Looking forward to the next in the series.
A.B. Gayle
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as the first book

After a disappointing book 2, mainly because of the stereotypical police plot lines, book 3 delivers. The action is tense, the plot plausible, mostly, and the villains suitably menacing.
Surendra More
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woww! Awewome. Simply awesome. Sharp edged, crisp and even, fast paced, Enjoyed everything about this book. Namely the character of Carter Blake was straight out of a Hollywood thriller. Good way to enjoy a weekend.
I particularly enjoyed Carter Blake's trip from Seattle to Chicago--much more excitement on the Empire Builder eastward than when we took it westward! Nine against one in a blizzard in upstate New York made for an riveting climax.
ron harris
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best yet!!

Best yet!! This series gets better and better with this 3rd effort being brilliant. Full of action from start to finish, Carter Blake is undoubtedly one of my favourite characters.
Now for number 4!
My favorite of the series so far! Lots of action.
Adam Millett
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very addictive series, would recommend!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Reasonably enjoyable.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
A good book. I have read the previous books and enjoyed them all.
This one starts out slow but then bam. Action and more action.

Looking forward to the next one.
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