The Killing Kind

The Killing Kind A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself Michael Hendricks kills people for money That aside he s not so bad a guy Once a covert operative for a false flag unit of the US milita

  • Title: The Killing Kind
  • Author: ChrisHolm
  • ISBN: 9780316259538
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself Michael Hendricks kills people for money That aside, he s not so bad a guy.Once a covert operative for a false flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways He left behind his old life and beloved fianc e and set out on a path of redemptionor perA hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.Michael Hendricks kills people for money That aside, he s not so bad a guy.Once a covert operative for a false flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways He left behind his old life and beloved fianc e and set out on a path of redemptionor perhaps one of willful self destruction.Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts he only hits other hitmen For ten times the price on your head, he ll make sure whoever s coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead Not a bad way for a guy with his skill set to make a living but a great way to make himself a target.

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    • Karl says:

      This is a great book for any Mystery reader looking for an amazing read.That said, I encourage anyone who likes their stories fast, furious and un-put-down-able to give "The Killing Kind" a try.The book's plot is the story of a man who becomes a Hit-Man going after other Hit-Men (quite unlike Dexter). Mr. Holm's has utilized a plausible environment (today's world) where protagonist Michael a former black-ops sniper who was presumed dead after a top-secret mission in Afghanistan goes tragically w [...]

    • Brandon says:

      Michael Hendricks has a very particular set of skills, skills he has learned over a short career as a covert ops agent stationed in Afghanistan, skills that make him a nightmare for other hired killers. If you pay him now, that will be the end of it. You will survive an attempt on your life. But if you don’t, he will ignore you, they will find you, and they will kill you.Up to now, Hendricks has made himself a very successful career knocking off other hit men. Unfortunately for Hendricks, a la [...]

    • Nikki says:

      I was excited to get this ARC. I loved Holm’s Collector series, and though this goes more into the detective line and away from the fantastical aspects that got me into it, I still love Holm’s writing, and I love the concept. I don’t know if this is meant to become a series or something — there’s room for it, given the ending, but it would be awkward to put the emotional punch into it. The main character is already a ghost, cut off from family and friends: there’s basically only two [...]

    • Liz Barnsley says:

      Wow but this one hits the ground running and doesnt let up – an intriguing thrill ride of a novel, fast paced, brutal with that touch of insanity that makes a read a breathtaking one.So Michael Hendricks is a skilled killer. He has his own moral code and is intensely loyal to the (very few) people he cares about. Engelmann is an equally skilled killer who has been tasked with taking Michael out by crime syndicate “The Council”. Then we have Charlie – an FBI special agent for whom Michael [...]

    • Sean Peters says:

      Thank you to the Publishers, the author and Net Galley for this great book !Let's start off with one fact, this is my favourite type of book, but boy did this add more.A killer of a concept, a riveting rollercoaster of an action, with a huge body count that keeps you guessing all the way, who will make it to the end, how many more dead bodies !My first book by this author, but I also believe one of his first thrillers, as this authors previous work is fantasy books, a "no no" from me. But his mo [...]

    • Cathie says:

      The opening scene hits the ground running as we witness a hit on a Miami entrepreneur. Within the background of art deco, we can’t help but wait for what is to be. However, what takes place is a twisted turn of events. We are left to digest what’s transpired…and challenge ourselves on whether there was true vengeance.Michael Hendricks, a former Special Ops agent, is in the business as a killer for hire. Through breached mob communications and possessing The Godfather, he goes out of his wa [...]

    • Mike (the Paladin) says:

      There are both strong pluses and strong minuses to this book. I like it but then it took a long time for it to really draw men into it's story.So, what do we have here? We have "another" disillusioned spec-ops soldier. He was good at killing but over time lost his ideals as he was asked to handle the kind of jobs that the government would "disavow".Then he was killedrt of. He happened to be checking out a noise beside the road when an IED took out almost his entire outfit. So he decided to stay [...]

    • Michael Hicks says:

      Chris Holm knows how to put together a mighty fine thriller, and with The Killing Kind he’s at his frenetic best.While dueling assassins are old-hat in the thriller genre, Holm taps into a quick and easy rhythm that will keep readers glued to the page throughout. If it weren’t for the day job, I could have easily plowed through this book in a day, the pages kept turning so easily. In fact, I’m not sure that I’ve read a game of cat-and-mouse this engrossing since Thomas Perry’s Pursuit [...]

    • Antigone says:

      This is the kind of tale best tackled with a bag of chips and a six of soda. It's fast and furious in a way that'll take you back to your teens, when you inhaled as many of these pulpy thrill rides as you could get your hands on. Overworked descriptions, mimicked styles, every single character a cliché - but that's okay because all we're here to do is play whack-a-page at a certified, high-speed, Guinness Book of World Records rate. (Crunch, crunch, sip, sip.)I sometimes wonder how many budding [...]

    • Jon says:

      I had been looking forward to the release of Chris Holm’s The Killing Kind for some time, and I hoped and expected to enjoy it, but by the time I got a chance to read it, I’d heard so much praise, part of me feared it might not live up to it. Fear not - it totally does. Smart, tightly crafted, a great premise and a great story — character driven, plot driven, it’s just driven, relentlessly propelling you forward like the best thrillers out there.

    • Yvonne says:

      4.5 Stars.Exciting, fast moving read. I really like this author's writing style.

    • 🔮⚡️Voracious says:

      I haven't slept much in the last 24 hours and I blame this book. Without a doubt, one of my favourites of this year. Review to follow

    • Elizabeth A. says:

      FBI Special Agent Charlotte Thompson has an obsession. Over a period of several years she’s been tracking a man she calls the ghost, a hit man she’s convinced is responsible for an unusual string of murders—her ghost only kills other hit men.Neither her new partner nor her bosses at the Bureau are convinced.But as it turns out, calling her quarry a ghost is incredibly apt since, unbeknownst to Thompson, the target of her obsession is dead. Well, on the books he is anyway.Michael Hendricks [...]

    • Mike (the Paladin) says:

      There are both strong pluses and strong minuses to this book. I like it but then it took a long time for it to really draw men into it's story.So, what do we have here? We have "another" disillusioned spec-ops soldier. He was good at killing but over time lost his ideals as he was asked to handle the kind of jobs that the government would "disavow".Then he was killedrt of. He happened to be checking out a noise beside the road when an IED took out almost his entire outfit. So he decided to stay [...]

    • Cheryl says:

      I actually read this book and not the audio version. However I bet listening to this book would be just as great. The premise of this book is what intrigued me to want to check it out further. So glad that I did. I literally had a hard time putting this book down. The only reason that I did is because my breaks and lunch times were over at work. So this is a warning to you. Warning: Read this book at home, so you are not distracted by work.Michael Hendricks is one hitman that you do not ever wan [...]

    • Rowena Hoseason says:

      It’s a killer concept. Unleash a righteous assassin, a hitman who exclusively stalks his own species, other hired guns. Let him loose against mafia mobsters in a perilous poacher-turned-gamekeeper role reversal. So far, so many deservedly dead bodies… but there’s more. There’s always another predator further up the foodchain, so in steps an ultimate über-assassin, hired by the bad guys to seek and destroy the good guy while he’s still killing bottom-feeder bad guys.With such a rip-sno [...]

    • Lisa Lieberman says:

      My dad used to travel a lot for his work, and he'd pack mysteries to get him through. He kept a stash of Erle Stanley Gardner novels in his briefcase -- you never knew when a flight might be delayed -- and would label a trip according to how many Perry Mason novels he read on the flight. Philadelphia to Chicago was a "One Perry Mason Trip." Philadelphia to Los Angeles was a "Two Perry Mason Trip." I've carried on the practice when I travel, packing my Kindle with leisure reading whenever I leave [...]

    • Christine Zibas says:

      This is a very unusual sort of thriller and (anti-) hero. It raises the larger question: Is killing ever justified? And also posits the obvious: Killing is a messy business, no matter the circumstances. It's easy to categorize things in our minds: Killing is a necessary evil of war and is justified against the enemy, but it's never that simple. It also exacts its toll on those who engage in combat, both from the point of view of those who are killed and those who kill.There's likely no better ex [...]

    • Kourtney says:

      Fast Paced+action packed + fantastic characters=must read The Killing Kind is a riveting read. Holm knows how to create compelling characters that you will either root for or actively despise. He mines the darkest parts of humanity with an eery insight. Hendricks is a complicated protagonist that you immediately bond with. Engelmann is a sadistic psychopath that you feel like you understand way too intimately. I don't know how Holm does it, but he manages to capture the psyches of the most battl [...]

    • Debbie says:

      4 Stars! Wow, a killer who kills killers who are being paid to kill bad people. This one had me intrigued from the blurb and interested from chapter one. There is a lot of gory violence in this one, so if that bothers you, you may want to rethink buying this book. But if not, then you will be caught up in the suspense like I was. I mean people are being killed left and right. This English dude doesn't care who he kills. And this Corporation that these two killers work for? Something seriously wr [...]

    • Don Gorman says:

      (3 1/2) A great protagonist and a great villain, that certainly is an entertaining combination. The theme is crazy but fun, a hit man hired to kill another hit man. There is no lack of action in this one, hardly a wasted page. From the Northeast to the Midwest there is all kinds of stuff going on. This book was very hard to put down, Holm has done a really nice job with it. I will look for his future endeavors.

    • Carol says:

      The Killing Kind by Chris Holm★★★★1/2From The Book:Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he's not so bad a guy. Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life--and beloved fiancee--and set out on a path of redemptionor perhaps one of willful self-destruction.Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts--he only hits other hitmen. For [...]

    • Katrina says:

      My Edmond book club had selected this nearly a year before. I have been keeping up with them since moving, but had decided not to read this book. My library didn't have either a digital or physical copy. But, they had an audio copy that was available after I'd finished another audiobook. So, I started listening. I didn't like the narrator at first, too dramatic. There were too many characters to keep up with on the audio version I thought. But, I am doing a lot of driving right now so I kept lis [...]

    • Jason says:

      Joseph Finder ( Author) reviewed this book and said "takes off like a rocket". He wasn't just whistling Dixie, kids; the reader of this book needs to hang on like Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangleove! Hendrick's the anti-hero to end all anti-heroes! A ridiculously fast paced ride through the world of hired assassins-but with a heart (yup!)! Amazing deeply drawn characters, heart pounding action and intricate plotting make this book (and this series) a thrill ride beyond compare!

    • Aric says:

      Enjoyable with an 'explosive' ending. I will have to try the next book in the Michal Hendricks series. It seems like the author is quite productive as it appears he has already published the third Michael Hendricks book.

    • Jodi says:

      4.5 Stars Michael Hendricks is former covert military, believed to be dead. He has made a business of killing hit men before they kill their target, collecting a one time fee from the target. I already feel that I've said too much, because part of the joy of a new book/series is going in blind and learning about the characters as you go. While there is much not to like about Michael Hendricks, Holm had me pulling for him and liking him a lot. This is an action packed book, filled with interestin [...]

    • Marvin says:

      When one writes a novel featuring a hitman, there seems to be a problem followed by a cliche. How do you make a career killer sympathetic? In the movies and novels the usual way is to write your hitman as a person with some values like, "I don't kill women and children" or "I only kill the bad guys". I have always found this, if necessary to provide empathy, a troubling solution. Do people really think the type of person who becomes a career killers is going to make these type of moral limits. " [...]

    • Bonnie says:

      Chris Holm has written a first novel about a hit man who kills other hit men in a series that's sure to be a reading sensation. Michael Hendricks is the protagonist who is sympathetic to readers even though he kills for a living. Once a covert operative of the U. S. military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a overseas mission failed. Now, he has left behind his fiancée and his old existence and is trying to redeem himself. He will protect a person who is slated to be killed by a hired hitman [...]

    • Vanessa Delamare says:

      Again, this excellent author offers us a novel that you will not let go!The plus with Holm: his books covers are always beautiful, whether in a retro style like in his trilogy The Collector or this one, very James Bond-esque. Personally, it's silly I know but a nice cover weights a lot in my reading choices.And with Holm the story is always as good as the cover. Fourth book read by this author and I am never disappointed. Holm is right in line with authors of noir fiction with, always, this humo [...]

    • Michelle Turlock isler says:

      Well, that was an exciting ride. The Killing Kind is packed with action. Boom, sixth page and you have an assassination. There is no fooling around with Chris Holm. He knows how to grab the reader's attention and he does not give you a chance to catch your breath. Michael Hendricks is a hitman. He is not your average hitman. Michael Hendricks kills other hitmen. If you have a price on your head, Hendricks will approach you and give you the chance to pay him to kill the person that is about to ki [...]

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