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Dictator

(Samuel Carver #4)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  404 ratings  ·  23 reviews
‘Een keiharde hoofdpersoon, schurende spanning, prachtige vrouwen en hele slechte mannen.’
EURO CRIME

Een van de meest gehate dictators in Afrika, Henderson Gushungo, zaait armoede en hongersnood in zijn land. Hij gaat zich te buiten aan schandelijke zelfverrijking door de rijke natuurlijke bronnen van het land te plunderen. Voormalig hitman Samuel Carver gaat de strijd aan
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Published January 2014 by Overamstel Uitgevers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Neil
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book №4 in the Sam Carver series, and so far this has been the weakest one of all. It still has plenty of action, and the typical double crosses, but it does get rather predictable. Perhaps if I hadn't read the preceding books quite so recently, then I might have enjoyed this one more.
Initially Carver is tasked with a hostage retrieval mission, for the wealthy Wendall Klerk. His niece is the last surviving member of his family, and has been taken hostage. Them a few years later he contacts Carv
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piranha
Nov 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should be fair and write reviews for the books I like too. But alas I am always much more moved to do so by books that are crap.

Which this is. I figured out who the twist villain was fairly quickly, but the author actually endeavored to muddy the waters by several descriptions of actions that are very unlikely to have happened in retrospect. So I am crying foul at that. I am also not really pleased with the psychopathy of that person, and I basically don't buy that whole part of the story; it'
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Cockneylen
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Non stop action, good story line. Even the somewhat predictable ending didn't detract from my overall enjoyment. Been a while since I've read any Tom Cain, but I guess too many other books got in the way. ...more
Goldie Herechuk
I enjoyed reading about how Carver would accomplish his tasks. Also enjoyed the twist of the plot at the end.
Noel Kilner
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant
Michael Russon
Jan 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's very difficult for me to detail the flaws in this book without giving away spoilers to the ending. It is not a good book, although, until a dozen or so pages from the end, it was interesting and gripping. The main problem is that the ending, attempting to provide a twist, is merely a tired cliche.

Not only is a predictable and overused trope chosen as the best way to conclude the story, but it also destroys interesting characters and renders many of the antagonists' actions retrospectively
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Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Samuel Carver is a former assassin who is approached by a former client who wants him to assassinate the tyrannical dictator of the fictional African country Malemba (loosely based on Zimbabwe). The plan is that this will open the doors for the democratic Opposition leader to step in. However there is more at stake than meets the eye.

This is the fourth book in a series which started with The Accident Man, but it works as a standalone novel. Samuel Carver is an interesting and flawed hero who con
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Tom Tischler
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Africa has had it's share of dictator's but Henderson Gushungo has to be the
worst. Millions of people are starving and anyone who opposes his regime is
thrown in jail or killed. While Henderson and his cronies get rich off of the countries
resources a powerful consortium of political and business interests offer Samuel
Carver the job of regime change. He accepts and this well may be his last job.
It's full of twists, turns killings, and back stabbing. This is book four in the Samuel
Carver series
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Alex
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Tom Cain's Carver books. They have a lot of action and are very fast paced. This one was set mainly in Africa and dealt with the starvation of a once prosperous country by an insane dictator. There was also a few twists along the way. The only reason I haven't marked this as 4 stars is because of one passage of sickening violence against a woman and her child that I felt was unnecessary and made feel nauseous. ...more
Natalie Dearaugo
Started reading this on a drive home and got through it very quickly, nearly half way already. Not as good as Wilbur Smith but still enjoying the story.......
Well I have finished and this book didnt take me long to read as it was a very easy read and very enjoyable....I will look for this author again.
E.R. Yatscoff
Thriller set in Zimbabwe (thinly disguised Malemba) Johanesberg and Hong Kong. Plenty of action and backstabbing and setups. I tore thru this puppy in record time. No time wasted on anything other than the thrill to kill and vengeance. You will witness assassinations of a corrupt regime, an attempted coup, and a few beautiful women (because they are never plain). Good time waster.
Maxim
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A once good series deteriorates further and further. Implausible scenario straight of a bad Bond/Jason Statham B-movie blueprint; wishful thinking revenge subplot against financial markets to make it seemingly up to date; female characters are an insult and so full of cliches. Last time I'll be reading a Carver title... ...more
Don
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fiction
The first chapter with the unnecessary sex depictions almost made me stop reading right there. Maybe sex sells, but not to me. The end confrontation was also one of those wtf moments concerning the female character, and the more I thought about it the more it seems that the author had to been desperate for things to tie back into the main plot/storyline.
Esteban
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writer found the "formula" in which to write this series and this one is a very clear example, lacks a compeling plot, is completely predictable, everyone from Carver to the scotsman in charge of the hunting is boring and flat.
To be read as automatically as it was written.
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Jane
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one has a confusing beginning. Very unclear direction of the history and time jump but the story is good and soon picks up into the fast paced read I've come to expect of the Carver novels. Still unclear as to where we are in the present context but other than that, it's all good.. ...more
Christopher Dodds
I always enjoy the Sam Carver books by the author every time I read them. And this one was no different it had great characters, story action sequences and a great twist near the end which I did not see coming but totally enjoyed the ending and can't wait to read the next one. ...more
Jane Moran
took a while to get into this one but picked up pace and became a jolly good romp!
stan
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite what I expected ,but nevertheless a good read in parts never going to be in the Wilbur Smith class.
Ramesh
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: millitary
For every reaction,there is an opposite and equal reaction.The story is exactly as mentioned.
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Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, library
3.5
Shane
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Another awesome read in the same class as vince Flynn and Tom woods.
John Harris
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an enjoyable piece of escapism. not as good as some books in the series but Sam carver is still worth keeping up to date with
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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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