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The Time to Kill

(Carter Blake #3)

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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.

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Orion
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Sean Peters
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THEY TAUGHT HIM TO KILL. NOW THEY WANT HIM DEAD!!

'One of the best new series characters since Jack Reacher' Lisa Gardner.

So true, add this with many other action authors characters is now one of my favourite

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
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Emma
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
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Susan
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
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Paromjit
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
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Val
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, crime, fiction, thriller
Anyone for a sweaty-palmed roller coaster ride?

This series is insanely addictive! I loved the glimpses into Carter Blake's background and discovering where he acquired both his strong moral compass and his VERY useful skillset. In Winterlong the author has Blake clashing with the organization that helped train him to become the near-perfect, deadly operative he is. I was on the edge of my seat! I knew there was no chance Blake would be killed ... but still! WOW!!

There is enough information in
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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
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Evalunasylva
Gostei, mas não me agarrou tanto como os anteriores da série. Por isso, 3,5 para este.
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
Sonia Cristina
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3.5 estrelas
Foi o menos interessante destes 3 primeiros livros, mas teve a vantagem de dar a conhecer um pouco mais de Carter Blake no aspeto pessoal. Aqui o protagonista está em mais evidência que no livro anterior. Os leitores ficam também a conhecer um pouco mais da Carol, a mulher em quem ele pensa de vez em quando e já referida nos livros anteriores. (view spoiler)
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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 !! ...more
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
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Michael
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
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Cristina
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
""O Fugitivo" é o 3º volume a série "Carter Blake" do autor Mason Cross. Este livro veio a revelar-se uma boa surpresa e algo diferente (no bom sentido) daquilo a que o autor nos tem habituado a ler sobre Blake e os seus métodos de trabalho."

Opinião completa em: http://sinfoniadoslivros.blogspot.pt/...
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Mojo Shivers
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wilco
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Topthriller, derde boek van deze schrijver met dezelfde hoofdpersoon. Vanaf het begin spannend, je kan hem niet laten liggen. Carter Blake is een ex-geheim agent, zijn eigen foute organisatie wil hem vermoorden. Het boek gaat over de jacht op hem. Heel goed geschreven, net zo lekker als de boeken over Jack Reacher. Carter Blake lijkt wel op Jack, net zo’n goed werkend geweten.
Paulo Pires
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
«As leituras de O Caçador e de O Samaritano, o primeiro e segundo livros da série #Carter Blake, respectivamente, eram mais do que bons pronúncios para me atirar à leitura de O Fugitivo, o terceiro desta série. E lá fui cheio de vontade.

Blake tem uma nova missão: encontrar Scott Bryant, informático que roubou um software com um grande potencial. Uma tarefa relativamente fácil para alguém que está habituado a presas mais difíceis e experientes... Mas um pequeno detalhe, um pequeno descuido pode c
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Sharon
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!

Synopsis:

“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
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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
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Pamela
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
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Katherine
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Darn--thought this was the second book in the series but it is the third!! Doesn't matter, read the first and just had the read the rest. Will read the second one next, even though I will know the final chapter in Carter Blake's story. In this one, he is being run to ground by his former employers, a super deep black ops group call Winterlong. He'd gone AWOL but struck a deal with the former director--let him alone and he wouldn't release the secret info he'd stolen on a thumb drive and hidden.

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Beth
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked Winterlong. Another saga of a former ultra-secretive special forces-type guy running for his life from his former colleagues sounded uninteresting, but Mason Cross has written a super engaging page turner. The main character, Blake Carter, thought he was safe after stealing some potentially damaging secrets five years ago and disappearing. But they have found him and now he, and an unintentional partner, are running across the countr ...more
M. Sprouse
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
It was bound to happen, Winterlong catching up with Carter Blake. Now he's on the run with few resources and even fewer friends. It's just too bad that Winterlong has underestimated Carter again, too bad for Winterlong.

The above is as much a synopsis as I do. Just know this novel is a thrill ride. As good as "The Samaritan"? It's probably not, but definitely 5 star fireworks! Mason Cross is developing an incredible series for thriller fans. Read them in order if you can, if not, just read them.
Jack
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. Really
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Judith Williams
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a second reading for me, having read it when it was first issued. I went back to it as it is my favourite of Mason Cross's Carter Blake series.
An action packed dash across the US as Blake tries to evade his former colleagues from 'Winterlong'-- a secret arm of MI6-- who are out to eliminate him. Blake has to get back to his home to retrieve the data that could give him the leverage needed to save himself. The final confrontation at his hideaway is delicious!
I don't often re-read books b
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Andrew
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series is just brilliant escapist reading and the pages flew by as our hero Carter Blake, tasked with finding a software expert who has stolen from a large organisation, comes up on the radar of the government agency for whom he worked for many years and who now want him eliminated. This is a classic chase story and what is not to love about a fight on a cross American train. I can't wait to read the next episode.
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
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I've enjoyed the previous 2 Carter Blake novels, and this is just as good. The author is very good at releasing information very gradually, and this fills in more of Blake's back story. For a change, it is Blake himself being hunted. This also sets up the next in the series nicely, and I look forward to reading it.
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