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But they’re not the only ones who urgently want Okienka. The British MI4, the Australian government and the Dutch police also badly want him. And they’re determined to get their hands on him before the CIA.
This thriller set in London, Chicago, Australia, Hong Kong, Paris, the Netherlands and Tenerife, it’s espionage through and through!
Serbian War Chief Anton Okienka suddenly vanished in the US while on death row. The US authorities believe that Okienka has fled to London and urgently want him back.
They want him so bad, they dispatch their top CIA agents to fly out to London to get him.
But dubbed one of the most perilous fugitives in the world, Okienka’s more than a match for the best of the best. And he’s absolutely determined never to return to jail.
Set in London, Chicago, Australia, Hong Kong, Paris, the Netherlands and Tenerife, it’s espionage through and through!
It’s non-stop action as the hunt for a callous killer intensifies!
A Novel That Would Keep Ian Fleming At The Edge of His Seat ! By PalmBeachPrincess (West Palm Beach, FL)
This novel is could easily be part of the James Bond series! David Snowdon has created an intriguing plot featuring international locations, a hated war criminal, and a daring British agent that is desperately trying to bring the villain back for justice. Serbian war criminal Anton Okienka is on the run after escaping death row in an American prison; MI4 agent Jason Clay is hot on his trail as he chases Okienka to exotic Hong Kong, London, and the Netherlands. This is a novel that would keep Ian Fleming on the edge of his seat.
Impossible To Put Down! By Gingermom
This is an intense, thrilling mystery adventure novel that will keep you turning pages until the end. Anyone who enjoys spy novels and films will find this book irresistible and impossible to put down. With viewpoints from multiple characters and a fast-paced storyline, the author builds more and more suspense with each chapter. You'll find yourself racing to the end just to see what happens - and maybe even a re-read right after you've
Espionage At It's Best! By Clarens Reviews
David Snowdon follows his previous book, The Mind of a Genius, with a superb sequel, Coin for a Killer. Anton Okienka, the convicted Serbian war criminal, is on death row in an American prison but somehow mysteriously escapes his dreadful fate of death. When this is discovered, the search for Okienka is on with the American CIA, the Australian government, the Dutch police, and Jason Clay of the British MI4 all wanting his capture. This book is espionage at its best!
Reviews for "Coin For A Killer"
|Reviewed by Daniel Jackson (Reader)
|Story that enthralls action lovers:
“Coin for a Killer” by David Snowdon is one of my all time favourites; it is an excellent book with all features that requires for a thriller. The main character of the book, Anton Okienka is regarded as a war criminal and a Serbian spy, who escapes from US prison. The whole world is after him to nab him live but he keeps elusive to the CIA and other intelligence agencies. The battle between Okienka and members who want him to be caught is excellently written and make one glued to the book, until it gets finished. The book is full of action and suspense. The story line travels far and wide, covering different geographies of the globe. The climax is real unexpected turn of events, which will certainly get the appreciation for the author.
The rush between different police forces of various countries creates a sense of thrill, and also characters like Fred Carmichael, Jackson Jones, Colin Shooter and their actions and dialogues brings in humor. In short, Coin for a Killer is fully entertaining.
|Reviewed by Grady Harp (Reader)
|Edge of your seat Thriller
Nothing quite grips the reader like a well-crafted thriller that produces characters so palpable that they prompt the locking of the door while reading the story! Such is the case for the novels by David Snowden, a fascinating author who started writing in 1983 and has written 12 thrillers and many short stories over the years. His first published work, Too Young To Die was published in August 2006 and his second novel, The Mind of a Genius was published in November 2007. The Mind of a Genius won an award for the best Mystery and Adventure novel in 2008. A Crime To Be Rich was published in May 2010 and became an instant bestseller. Sucker To Be Alive was released in April 2011, and this novel Coin For A Killer was published in May of 2012. Hopefully he is penning another.
Snowden opens his tale with the escape from death row of a US high security prison of the infamous war criminal and Serbian spy Anton Okienka, a man who despite a resume with every possible atrocity known to humans maintains a cool yet disturbed demeanor matched by his impeccable appearance. Escaping from death row sets off an international chain reaction. Desperate to gain control of Okienka, the US sends CIA agents Jackson Jones (a brilliant characterization!) and Fred Carmichael to London, following a lead of his whereabouts, while the British MI4 assigns agents Colin Shooter and Clay (a grafted on entertaining pairing of minds and personalities) attempt to capture the lurid Okienka on their own. And as if the trail weren't full enough add in the Australian and Dutch forces to the fold. In addition to the characters mentions there are strategically placed figures (such as beautifully sculpted character named Johnny McCloud) who pepper the plot with humor of both the dark and intellectual form. The story zips us through various locales - London, Chicago, Australia, Hong Kong, Paris, the Netherlands and Tenerife - and it's espionage through and through! But the ever-evasive Okienka proves to be more than a match for the international squadron of surefooted undercover detectives, and the resolution of the tale is withheld until the final pages. For those mesmerized by this genre, David Snowden will satisfy. Grady Harp, January 14
|Reviewed by Steve Tomlinson (Reader)
|I'm still a little bleary-eyed, because I stayed up till in the morning reading this! I just couldn't put it down. This is one of those books which grabs you by the entrails in the first 20 or 30 pages and refuses to let go until the final paragraph. I loved it!
This is an action-packed thriller with so many great characters, but the central figure of Onkienka is an "evil James Bond" Serbian killer. He is a cool but very disturbed figure, but I couldn't help myself rooting for him. Then there a number of red-blooded characters who are after Onkienka. I loved Jackson Jones, who reminded me of an African American Jack Reacher, intelligent and teak-hard, and also the suave upper-class Brit, Clay, in his stylish beige suit and red shirt. Then there is the deliciously dissolute artist Johnny McCloud, a truly wonderful fictional creation.
With so much testosterone on the hoof in this story, small wonder that Snowdon manages to create one dramatic, unforgettable scene after another. It's a real page-turner and packed with entertainment.
The story just hauls you forward, through London, Chicago, Holland and Hong Kong. This is a perfect thriller if you like great cahracters and plenty of action.
|Reviewed by Jeff goldman (Reader)
|Serbian War Chief Anton Okienka suddenly vanished in the US while on death row. The US authorities believe that Okienka has fled to London and urgently want him back.
They want him so bad, they dispatch their top CIA agents to fly out to London to get him.
But they're not the only ones who urgently want Okienka.
The British MI4, the Australian government and the Dutch police also badly want him. And they're determined to get their hands on him before the CIA.
But dubbed one of the most perilous fugitives in the world, Okienka's more than a match for the best of the best. And he's absolutely determined never to return to jail.
Set in London, Chicago, Australia, Hong Kong, Paris, the Netherlands and Tenerife, it's espionage through and through!
It's non-stop action as the hunt for a callous killer intensifies!
|Reviewed by Michelle Hartman (Reader)
|This novel by David Snowdon, has all elements to keep its readers engaged until the end of the book. It’s a suspense filled thriller woven in the background of “Run for Life” plot. When the news spread, that the War Criminal Anton escaped from prison, the different agencies around the globe tried to capture and take him to their own country, this created the much needed swiftness in the story and there were no any boring events or dialogues in the book. Even though it was a serious story, the author did not fail to tickle the funny bone.
Overall, we get a feel of watching an action movie. I look forward to read more of similar books and add David Snowdon to my favourite authors list.
|Reviewed by Emma Wilden (Reader)
|‘Coin for a Killer’ by David Snowdon literally drove me crazy. Since I had already read its prelude ‘The Mind of Genius’, I was expecting David’s engaging storytelling would have a strong grip on my mind. And I will have to say that this book did not let me down! The best part about David Snowdon’s writing is that he will bring to your notice every little detail, helping you picture every character and the entire story in your mind. A quickly yet perfectly unfolding thriller like this one is thoroughly enjoyable to read.
The story begins with a hustle of top security agency agents to find Anton Okienka, a murderer who has escaped a high security US prison. The escape of this man has created ripples in the intelligence agencies across countries like USA, Australia and England. The top class intelligence agents and their vivid descriptions create an action packed environment and generate suspense as to what will happen next. The clash between agents Shooter and Clay of the MI4 are entertaining. Colin Shooter is one of my favorite characters in the book. His character has been shaped in a very crisp way and his temper issues as well as his shrewd ways of handling Anton’s escape has been put into words rather wisely by David Snowdon. Fred Carmichael and Jackson Jones lighten the intense plot from time to time which earns them some brownie points. The hunt for Okienka begins like a storm but is faltered from time to time as Okienka is too good for the best intelligence agencies in the world. A must read for those who would give “more than a coin” for thrillers like these.
|Reviewed by Jeff Goldman (Reader)
|From the first page of the book, I couldn't put it down. The author immediately puts the reader in the middle of the action and it makes the writing irresistible.
After Anton, a spy wanted around the world for war crimes and espionage, escapes from prison. Every international intelligence agency immediately wants Anton captured and taken back to the respective country to be tried for the crimes he committed. The author does a great job of showing the politics involved and the plethora of egos that came to the table to try to capture Anton.
The CIA is pitted against a supposed ally to try to catch Anton. The CIA and the British agent, Clay, are pitted against each other in a constant battle of egos and politics. Anton uses this to his advantage and plays off their weaknesses.
The author does an incredible job of providing never ending action in conjunction with well developed characters that makes this book a true Spy thriller.
|Reviewed by John Whilliams (Reader)
|I never once lost my interest while reading this incredible novel. The author does a superb job of developing the characters throughout the story. By the end, I felt truly attached to Anton.
Anton Okienka escapes from prison and immediately has every major international spy agency on red alert. There are plenty of close encounters, but it is genius the way Anton out thinks and out maneuvers these intelligence agencies. Anton reminded me of a rogue James Bond; a vivid picture was painted in my mind of a man in a tailored suit and being able to talk his way out of any situation.
This is the first book from this author I have read, but I highly suggest checking out his other novels after reading this one. I guarantee you will be hooked and wanting more.
5/5 Stars for a book with never ending action; a true Spy Thriller.
|Reviewed by Henry Maxwell (Reader)
|"Coin for a Killer" by Author David Snowdon is a well written book in a spine-tingling manner as well as he had narrated the characters of the agents and fugitive in the most professional way, especially the conduct of the characters was described in a crystal clear fashion. Most significant part of the book is about the trueness of the agents, who all work together to capture the Slayer. The introduction of each character in the story is a treat to read. The author was keen on the accent and slang of different investigative agents like British MI4, CIA & other countries agents, as we can clearly spot the difference when we read their conversation.
The story is all about special agents of CIA & MI4 striving hard to capture Anton Okienka, who is a most wanted deadly War criminal, espionage and murderer in most parts of the world. The character of agents Colin Shooter & Jason Clay is very interestingly narrated with the mirthful arguments and happenings between them. As well the dialogue between Sean Saunder and Yin Yin was catchy. The Entry of the Slayer Anton Okienka was given a hero's description, the author managed to bring in a value to his character. The climax was unprecedented and certainly needed applause for the author. It is a suspense filled fast page turner.
|Reviewed by Rose Evelyn (Reader)
|Coin for a Killer is full of thrill and excitement, especially the chase for Anton Okienka, an outlaw in the story is remarkable. The author explains each character in detail and brings in an importance to all. Big Jack, Fred and Clay roles were portrayed in a lively manner and were so impressive.
The author had included several twists in the story, which the reader cannot imagine. That was another plus point for this book. Naturally, one could feel the anxiety and eagerness while reading this book; it gives a temptation to read it again and again. I wonder how the author managed to bring in so many characters, and yet established a connection with the story, without compromising on the thrill and suspense. Those who love adventure can buy this book.
|Reviewed by Clara Madonna (Reader)
|'Coin for A Killer' is a thrilling novel of the espionage world
which picks up right where there is a search operation of the
precarious, high profile fugitive-'Anton Okienka'. Intelligence
agencies and police force of several countries are in search of the
dangerous fugitive, who does not remember the number of people whom he
All that I loved about the novel are the exciting, unique and
engrossing story line, brief crisp dialogues, simple language and
several settings of UK, Australia,Paris, Netherlands, Spain and Hong
Kong. David Snowdon has an unique way of introducing the
Further, David Snowdon has focused the novel on the intelligence
agents and the protagonist-Anton Okienka, the killer.The novel takes
shape in an interesting and exiting manner. There are as many as 30
characters or more and one can see the frequent changes in the setting
of the novel. The most interesting part of the novel is the character
of Anton Okienka that has been etched in a special way. The character
strikes an absolute balance between the emotional moments and the
elements of violence.
I strongly recommend this book for thriller favorites.
|Reviewed by writers rushin (Reader)
|"Coin for a Killer" is a real marvelous work by author David Snowdon, the hunt for one of the most wanted fugitive, Anton Okienka, was depicted in a nice manner in the book, the story moves in a steady pace but as the intensity increases, one could feel it while reading. I wish to read again and again and I am sure that each time I will get the same experience. I look forward to read more such books. If anybody has come across such thrilling and suspense filled books, please suggest....|
|Reviewed by Distant Echo (Reader)
|The narration was excellent, Okienka - the main character is portrayed in such a fashion that it will be remembered in the mind's of readers for long. I felt like watching an action movie, the different locations highlighted by the author helped the story to move in an interesting manner. The story is so enthralling that makes the readers to complete reading the book at one stretch. "Coin for a Killer" is a must in the shelves of those who love reading thrilling, suspense and action oriented books. A special accolade for David Snowdon!!!|
|Reviewed by Mike Swan (Reader)
|When war criminal and renowned killer Anton Okienka escapes from a highly secure United States prison, a world wide man hunt takes place, involving the best intelligence agencies on the planet: CIA, MI4, etc. This seemingly simple premise sets off an action-filled chain reaction.
The author adds unique flavor and authenticity to the narrative by choosing to focus the book on the villain. All the ingredients for a tantalizing two-hour sit down are present: adventure, mystery, action, dialogue, and even periods of comic relief.
In this novel, Snowdon strays away from traditional narrative elements by allowing the audience to experience the point of views of all the major characters. At times, readers are allowed to enter the thoughts of several CIA agents and former allies of Okienka; at other times, they are allowed to dive right into the mind of the protagonist and understand what could trigger such a tumultuous, volcanic explosion.
By detaching himself from intimate relationships, Okienka makes it extremely difficult for any intelligence agency to find his whereabouts. Okienka is as sly as a serpent and if he’s going down, he’s going down on his own terms--that much is clear.
For mystery and adventure aficionados, David Snowdon’s Coin for a Killer is time well spent and leaves readers amazed by the prowess of Anton Okienka.
|Reviewed by Jigar Shah
|David Snowdon, author of A Crime to be Rich and Mind of a Genius, among others, returns with a bang in Coin for a Killer. From the get-go, this novel is a page turner: well developed characters, intriguing dialogue, and a plot to die for!
Rather than boring readers with pages and pages of back story, Snowdon thrusts his readers into the action with vivid descriptions and constant motion. He dares readers to hop on for a roller coaster ride that goes around the world, from Chicago to Hong Kong, to Paris, Australia, and even the Netherlands.
Most of the “good guy” characters in this book are part of the world’s most prominent intelligence agencies like the CIA and the MI4. All of them combined, however, have failed to capture an individual who is not so much a fugitive, but rather a psychopath who relishes killing in cold blood. The persona of Anton Okienka, convicted of war crimes, espionage, etc.
Ultimately, Snowdon has done a magnificent job in depicting both shades of human character in Okienka.
Overall, the book flows seamlessly. Once you pick it up, you won’t want to put it down. Interestingly, this notion builds up the anticipation and excitement, which sustains itself through the climax.
|Reviewed by Mihir Shah (Reader)
|In Coin for a Killer, the thrilling sequel to Mind of a Genius, David Snowdon electrifies readers with a whirlwind plot that features a wild goose chase around the globe. Anton Okienka is a cold and calculative criminal mastermind, and lacks any semblance of a conscience. The plot revolves around the endless efforts of the world’s most renowned intelligence agencies to capture Okienka after he seamlessly escapes from a fortified United States prison.
Snowdon carefully and precisely emphasizes the roles of CIA agents Fred Carmichael and Jackson Jones. Also known as Action Fred and Big Jack, these CIA agents find themselves in one precarious situation after another, culminating in moments of comic relief.
Nevertheless, Snowdon’s trademark action sequences are the spirit of the novel.
The audience will find itself journeying from posh Hong Kong hotels to the highways of Australia and the Netherlands. As eyewitnesses to Okienka’s ability to squirm from the greatest of the world’s authorities, readers will be mesmerized.
What can lead to such heartless destruction by a human being? What triggers transformation into a psychopath? Does Okienka realize the magnitude of his actions and the harm he has bestowed upon others? Throughout the novel, Okienka exudes confidence and conviction in his actions.
Ultimately, Snowdon’s free flowing dialogue and swiftly moving plot will keep readers excited. His picture-perfect descriptions of the characters, particularly Okienka, add color to the novel and lend credence to potential cinematic representation.
For anyone who enjoys a combination of plot driven adventure and mystery, tightly woven in stunning geographic locales across the world, David Snowdon’s Coin for a Killer is a must read.
|Reviewed by Brittany Walters-Bearden (Reader)
|If you are searching for action-packed espionage thiller, then your search is over. David Snowdon has written a masterpiece that has it all: a heartless villain, a hero who is hunting the villian, and international locations. Coin for a Killer is impossible to put down; I can't wait for another book to be written!|
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