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Award-winning true-crime author Robert Bidinotto makes his stunning fiction debut with a thriller that has earned over 200...

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Award-winning true-crime author Robert Bidinotto makes his stunning fiction debut with a thriller that has earned over 200 "5-star" rave reviews from Amazon readers.

Two people, passionately in love.

But each hides a deadly secret.

He is a crusading vigilante, on a violent quest for justice.

She is tracking this unknown assassin, sworn to stop him.

Neither realizes the truth about the other.

And neither knows that a terrifying predator is hunting them both. . . .

From its first gripping pages, HUNTER takes you on a nonstop thrill ride: from the top floor of the CIA, to the marbled corridors of Capitol Hill...from the posh hotels of downtown Washington, to the city's mean, violent streets. It introduces a colorful new hero for our time--and a dazzling heroine every bit his equal.

A spy mystery...a crime thriller...a passionate romance: HUNTER is a genre-bending novel unlike any you've read. Deviously plotted, filled with vivid characters, and propelled at a breakneck pace, it's a tale as memorable for its provocative ideas as for a rousing climax that has readers cheering.

If you enjoy the thrillers of Lee Child, Stephen Hunter, Brad Thor, and Vince Flynn,

you'll love HUNTER.

"One of the best vigilante thrillers since Clancy's Without Remorse.... HUNTER delivers in a way few thrillers do. From the opening kill shot to the climactic showdown, HUNTER strikes home with the power and pinpoint accuracy of a Barrett M99....A fantastic debut thriller....A solid five stars." --Stephen England, author, Pandora's Grave

"A of the great romances.... To say that HUNTER is a well-structured novel is an understatement.... Even the lesser characters are vividly realized [and] memorably etched with a few deft strokes. Bidinotto seems incapable of creating a cardboard figure.... I demand a sequel.... I want to return to the exhilarating moral atmosphere of Bidinotto's story." --Roger Donway, The Atlasphere

"...pulse-pounding action, kick-a** characters, and a touch of romance.... Bidinotto's technique is near flawless....[O]n the same level as authors Tom Clancy, John Grisham, and James Patterson." --Allizabeth Collins, "The Paperback Pursuer"

"Please order a copy of Robert's new thriller HUNTER if you want something that will keep you up at night turning pages." --Neil Russell, author, City of War and Wildcase

"...all the elements of an exciting thriller--strong conflicts, romance, action, and characters you care about. I especially loved the concluding paragraph, and you will too. Buy it." --Larry Abrams, author, The Philosophical Practitioner

"I read the whole thing yesterday, to the exclusion of pretty much anything else.... I LOVED the book." --Rose Robbins, musician and author, Deep Blue Ocean

"Bravo! I finished HUNTER last night about 3:30 a.m. I started when I got home from work at midnight with 85 pages to go. I could not stop. Honestly...I had to finish it.... HUNTER is one of the three best first novels I have ever read. And one of the best, period. No smoke. A magnificent job. More, please." --Shawn Reynolds

"I finished reading HUNTER this afternoon and I have one word: Fabulous!!!" --Jeanette Traeg

"I truly loved the story. It was very well crafted, the characters were fleshed out beautifully, and I loved the way the two story arcs, which seemed to be so separate, merged together as one to culminate in a spectacular action ending. I loved how the love story intertwined and found myself cheering for them both all the way through." --Gabrielle Suglia

"Good pacing. Great action. Great ending!" --Gregory Wall

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615507712
  • Publisher: Avenger Books
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,361,812
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Bidinotto is an award-winning investigative journalist, magazine editor, and author. A former Staff Writer for Reader's Digest, he authored high-profile investigative pieces on crime, including "Getting Away with Murder," which stirred a national controversy in 1988 about prison furlough programs. That article was honored as a National Magazine Award finalist for "Best Magazine Article of the Year in the Public Interest Category" by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Bidinotto also published "Criminal Justice? The Legal System vs. Individual Responsibility," with a Foreword by John Walsh of "America's Most Wanted," and "Freed to Kill" -- a compendium of horror stories exposing failures in our legal system. Many of those hair-raising stories, as well as ones that he investigated for Reader's Digest, served as the basis HUNTER.

Bidinotto makes his home on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and their cat, Luna (who plays a supporting role in HUNTER).

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Addictive -- superb!

    I'm so thrilled to see a guy I've long appreciated for his clear, vibrant prose writing provide us with such a WONDERFUL story. A great plot, with what I call true "care-actors," i.e., characters who are action-oriented and that you can actually care about. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool thriller fan, and Mr. Bidinotto very simply knows how to write a fantastic thriller. I'm already salivating for his next, and his next, and...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Wonderful - Fast Paced, Didn't want to put it down

    A perfect book for people who like thrillers... It has everything you can ask for Love, Sex, Violence and characters that you care about and want to see succeed. An unlikely duo that fall madly in love despite obstacles that are in their way. The story moves very quickly and is very compelling, you won't want to put it down and you'll race to the end! Well done!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    Great Debut

    Hunter, the first novel by Robert Bidinotto, is an exciting, action packed thriller. Think Batman meets Jason Bourne. The plot of the book centers around the actions of a vigilante who is avenging the victims of a porous legal system by taking out the brutal criminals who have thus far escaped justice. It also raises interesting philosophical questions about justice, the legal system, and punishment. Oh, and it's a love story, too. I'm looking forward to more Dylan Hunter novels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Crime, Punishment, Love and Trust HUNTER: A Thriller

    At the core of HUNTER lies the culmination of years of study and investigation of the criminal justice system and the correctional system in the United States.

    At its heart lives an entirely different animal. A classic love story infused with joy and sorrow, trust and doubt, but most of all genuine uncontrolled passion.

    Robert Bidinotto, a well known and respected voice in the arena of crime and punishment has taken these elements and blended them into a truly stunning first novel.

    HUNTER A Thriller easily lives up to its title. What seemingly begins as another battle in the world of espionage quickly takes on overtones of betrayal of another sort which hits closer to home.

    Annie Woods, a special CIA investigator, has discovered a traitor. But what she doesn't know is how this revelation is about to change her life in unexpected ways. Perhaps forever.

    Dylan Hunter is a free-lance investigative reporter who specializes in reporting on the often times outrageous circumstances and outcomes surrounding justice system verdicts. And the even more outrageous lack of attention and respect and true justice given to the victims of crime.

    A brutal attack on an unsuspecting couple becomes the catalyst for these two loners to meet. They each carry the baggage of past betrayals but incredibly to both, sparks fly , and they soon find themselves inseparable.

    But when a series of unusual killings occur, Dylan and Annie suddenly find themselves unexpectedly at odds. Feelings of mistrust and doubt come to a head as they each find reasons to suspect the other is not who they seem.

    And through it all, an enemy who is the embodiment of evil, has them both in his sights.

    In a shocking and thrilling climax, Dylan and Annie face not only that supreme evil and incredible danger but also their fears and doubts about each other.

    And what they discover may not be what they expect.

    Robert Bidinotto has truly written an exciting and thoughtful novel. He has expertly woven many traditional and, interestingly to me, non-traditional elements to create a reading experience. I truly felt I was actually there in the room with these characters which made the experience all the more real to me. Included is a cast of colorful supporting characters which is always important and I hope will appear in future installments.

    Dylan and Annie were very real to me. Very genuine. Their love story is integral to the feel of this whole experience which is somewhat unusual for a thriller. But it works beautifully and is a special treat for readers. In no way does it slow the pace of the story. In fact, I was just as impatient to see what was going to happen to their relationship as I was to see the resolution of the novel's premise.

    Special attention should be given to Bidinotto's many years of work investigating crime and punishment in America and the absurdities that have been wrought. He has skillfully brought attention to these issues in the story, especially that of the wrongs done to the victims of crime. We should all take note.

    Read HUNTER. You won't be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Criminal justice background lends credibility

    I have been a fan of Robert Bidinotto's philosophical writings for many years. So, when I found out that he had written his first novel, I was curious. Fiction writing is quite different from non-fiction writing. Would Robert's formidable skills in the non-fiction arena translate into the fiction realm? I hoped so. I did not have to read very far into the novel "Hunter" to get my answer. YES! Within the first couple of chapters I knew that Robert's writing abilities extended well into the fiction genre. I quickly was comparing him to David Baldacci and Lee Child, two other novelists I greatly admire. In "Hunter," Robert Bidinotto makes extensive use of the knowledge he gained writing about the criminal justice system to lend credibility to the story. The novel skillfully weaves the two divergent threads of vigilantism and romance into a beautiful tapestry, leaving you wanting more. I highly recommend this book. Randy C. Finch, author of "Passion is a Harsh Taskmaster"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Too good to miss!!

    I've read some of Robert Bidinotto's non-fiction articles before so I expected Hunter to be well written and perceptive, and it is. But beyond that, WOW!!! This is a book for people who love grab-you reads and don't mind losing some sleep and letting chores go for a while! Intriguing from the first, I was hooked! All of the characters are fully developed and so very human - even Dylan Hunter and Annie Woods show flaws and have their moments. This isn't a typical "romantic suspense" novel. It's much deeper than most. There's a sensual current throughout but not the "bodice ripping" kind. These are people that are as passionate about their principles as they are about others. Robert's research is evident throughout the book. Hunter is a great read that will make you think and maybe question the way some things are handled in our society. I can't wait for the next book! I recommend that you get it now for your e-reader then pick up the paperback as soon as it comes out. Definitely worth your time!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Hunter - A REAL Thriller

    Want a fun read, suspense, thriller, sex appeal and a protagonist that has got to be the basis for future thrillers.

    Hunter grabbed me from the first few pages, not something easy to do and done only by a very few authors such as James Patterson, Isaac Asimov, and Herman Wouk. Full Disclosure: I've known Robert Bidinotto for some years via the Internet and I'd like to think we've become good friends. But that disclosure aside, this book is worth every penny whether you buy the e-book (I did) or the trade paperback version. Bidinotto has crafted a real thriller, full of turns and surprises.

    Warning: If you read this, you will definitely wait (anxiously I might add) for the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Great and Scary Book!

    Mr. Bidinotto has written a real THRILLER!!!!!!!!!

    The story was great, the characters well developed, the book would have been great without the love story which was good. Hope there are more stories to come very, very soon. Bunny

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