The Survivor Paperback
by Tom Cain
Samuel Carver makes bad accidents happen to worse people.
He's very good at his job. But nobody's perfect. And one of Carver's targets has got away. Now the world faces a new age of conflict driven by religious fanaticism.
In Russia, the government have admitted they no longer know the whereabouts of one hundred small-scale 'suitcase nukes'.
In Afghanistan and Kosovo, ruthless terrorists plot the downfall of their hated enemies.
In Texas, a dying billionaire plots his own personal Armageddon. And Carver can do nothing to stop them. He was beaten and tortured and left to die, but Samuel Carver is a hard man to kill.When he awakes in a Swiss sanatorium from weeks of torment, he discovers that the woman he loves has vanished.
Somehow he must find the strength to track her down.
Carver's hunt will take him deep into the heart of a conspiracy in which the lives of millions are at stake.
He must confront an agonizing choice between his duty and his heart, and face the ultimate sacrifice.
As the clock ticks down to doomsday, who will survive the final, explosive conflagration?In "The Survivor" the worlds of fact and fiction collide in a thriller that grips from the first page to the last.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/01/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780552155533
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Review by cathymoore
This is the second novel featuring Cain's assassin with a heart Sam Carver. Carver is recovering from a nervous breakdown/amnesia in a Swiss clinic. When his girlfriend disappears he must re-learn his assassins skills to rescue her and prevent an evangelical maniac starting armageddon with a suitcase nuke. This is real seat-of-the-pants stuff, Cain keeps the story rattling on at a cracking place and Carver is a likeable hero. The plot maybe a little contrived on occasion and some of the characters lack depth and originality. The idea of discarded Soviet nuclear weapons lying around the world unbeknownst to anyone does make for an excting adventure story though.