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Tom Cain is the pseudonym of an award-winning journalist, with 25 years' experience working for Fleet Street newspapers, as well as major magazines in Britain and the US. During the course of his career he has conducted in-depth interviews with senior politicians, billionaire entrepreneurs, Olympic athletes, movie stars, supermodels and rock legends. He has investigated financial scandals on Wall Street, studio intrigues in Hollywood and corrupt sports stars in Britain. The first Western journalist to cross the border into Serbia after the US bombing campaign of 1999, he has lived in Moscow, Washington, D.C. and Havana, Cuba. He edited four magazines, published over a dozen books, wrote film-scripts and was translated into some 20 languages, before beginning the 'Accident Man' series of thrillers. No Survivors continues the story of Samuel Carver, a former British special forces officer who now 'does very bad things to even worse people.' Tom Cain lives with his family in Sussex, England. In his spare time he is a fanatical supporter of West Ham United FC and the Washington Redskins; a fan of 24, Life on Mars, Flashman, Elmore Leonard, Oldboy and The Black Book; a lousy guitarist but a half-decent singer; and an enthusiastic, but unsubtle gardener. Canadian readers may be interested to hear that Tom Cain is the brother-in-law of Steven Erikson, the Vancouver-based author of the 'Mazalan Book of the Fallen' series of fantasy novels.
Set in 1998, Cain's solid sequel to his debut, The Accident Man (2008), finds assassin Samuel Carver recovering in a private Swiss hospital from being brutally tortured. Unable to remember who he is or what he's done in the past, he's being cared for by his girlfriend, Alix Petrova, a former Russian spy. Meanwhile, oilman Waylon McCabe, who's dying of cancer, decides he must bring on nuclear Armageddon so he can ascend to heaven in the Rapture. Lt. Gen. Kurt Vermulen has been trying to alert the U.S. government to the dangers of a small terrorist group known as al Qaeda, but no one will listen except the evil McCabe, who soon has the gullible Vermulen attempting to snag one of about a hundred suitcase nukes the Russians have secreted around the world. Eventually, Carver comes to his senses and sets out to find Alix, who's left his bedside on her old bosses' orders to seduce Vermulen. Most thriller fans will enjoy this roller-coaster action adventure ride. (Mar.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Still recovering from the torture he endured in The Accident Man, a traumatized and near catatonic Samuel Carver spends his time in a Swiss hospital awaiting visits from Alix Petrova, his former lover and the only person aware of his background as an assassin. With the money to pay for Carver's care running out and her old life as a Russian operative sucking her back in, Alix decides to accept an assignment. Her disappearance from Carver's bedside finally brings him out of his own head and onto Alix's trail. His dogged pursuit leads him to Waylan McCabe, a messianic Texas billionaire determined to launch a global holy war before he dies. To that end, McCabe seeks some nuclear suitcases that vanished during the Soviet Union's collapse, using an American military official to do his dirty work. Seducing this officer and discovering why he's consorting with double agents is Alix's task. And that's where Carver comes in. In this sequel, Carver, the hit man who takes jobs for the greater good, has developed into an even more interesting character. The torture he underwent, his painful recovery, and the very plausible plotting add depth to Cain's second thriller. Recommended for all public libraries.-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.