The Hollow Man

The Hollow Man

by Paul Hollis


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A young man running from Vietnam finds himself in another kind of war - a war of terrorism spreading across Europe. This new thriller, based on true events, follows a young field analyst from a U.S. government agency assigned to study emerging terror tactics. He's charged with watching over the unpopular prime minister of Spain, Luis Carrero Blanco. When a terrorist's deadly experiment kills Blanco, the analyst begins a cat-and-mouse chase across Europe with Chaban, the mastermind assassin, narrowly escaping death again and again in this fast-paced thriller.

Blanco's death is just the first step in an almost unstoppable plot to destroy Europe's economy. The analyst, a "hollow man," knows he's no hero but feels compelled to take a stand against terrorism, haunted by his own demons and one of Chaban's previous murder victims, a 12-year-old girl. Disowned by his own government, his only help comes in the form of an MI6 agent who is also his lover. Always a step behind, the two race to stop Chaban before Europe explodes. Thousands of lives hang in the balance, sure to become collateral damage in the terrorist's plot unless the flawed hero and his partner can stop him.

Paul Hollis always had wanderlust, living in 12 states and eventually working in all 50, luring him with the idea of touring the world at someone else's expense. He has worked in 48 countries across five continents during nine years of living abroad teaching companies worldwide about potential global implications.

Paul's travel experiences inspire the novels in "The Hollow Man" series and present a unique viewpoint to his globe-trotting thrillers, bringing the streets and villages of Europe to life. He now lives in St. Louis. For more information, visit

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781457520419
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: 05/30/2013
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

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The Hollow Man 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mattidw More than 1 year ago
The Hollow Man by Paul Hollis was a book that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. I love books like this one most of the time because it makes them super fun to read. I love trying to figure out what is going to happen before the end of the book. If I am being honest I couldn’t figure this book out before it ended and that means I loved it even more. I was drawn to the main character from the first page and I had to know what happened and if he managed to figure out who was trying to destroy Europe. He reminded me of Jack Reacher from the books written by Lee Child’s and since that is one of my all time favorite series of books I couldn’t help but love this book. If you love mystery books than I know you will love this one! FTC:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hollow Man Paul Hollis Review by Barbara Bamberger Scott "You are on a road with no exits,” warns a little girl in the haunting dreams of The Hollow Man, a first novel by Paul Hollis. A work of fiction based, the reader is informed, on true events, The Hollow Man spins a tale of suspense and international intrigue from Spain to Paris. The Hollow Man is set in 1974, in the days before cell phones and gadgets. The hero, who goes unnamed throughout, is a U.S. “field analyst” assigned to Spain to protect Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco. When Blanco is assassinated by car-bomb in the streets of Madrid, the investigation leads the American on a chase across Spain, dodging enemy operatives and the despotic hand of Franco, with the help of British agent (and lover) Zita. The American concludes Blanco was killed by French terrorist Chaban, the subject of a previous assignment and the object of the American's obsession. Visited nightly in dreams by a little girl whose murder, at the hands of Chaban, he was unable to prevent, the American comes to believe the Blanco assassination is just the test case for something much bigger that Chaban has in mind, and races to Paris to stop him before it’s too late. Still the little girl urges him from beyond the grave: "Justice is for the living, not the dead." The reader certainly gets the feeling that Hollis knows first-hand what he is writing about. This is not the glamorous, sexy world of James Bond. Hollis fills his writing with small details, such as being startled awake by the sound of "grit crunching on tile," that allow the reader to feel the constant stress and anxiety that spy work exerts on the psyche. The writing is first-rate, as Hollis deftly feeds the reader just enough information to keep from feeling lost, while not revealing what is exactly going on until the appropriate time. The Hollow Man also conveys a detailed knowledge of the history and geography of its setting. Beyond the gripping tension of the drama itself, the novel could serve as a guidebook from Madrid to Pamplona to Zaragoza, with an intimate depiction of the landscape and culture of each. Hollis doesn't just tell a story; he paints a picture and puts the reader in it, so that you feel you are there, sharing these experiences. The Hollow Man is a top-notch work of suspense and intrigue. It should be thoroughly enjoyed by fans of the genre, as well as those who simply enjoy masterful storytelling. This is a spy story written as it should be written.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I have no clue what I think about this book! I couldn’t put the book down. I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen even though I had no idea what was going on or who people were! Never do we learn the name of the man we are reading the point of view from. We learn his nickname, but we never learn his real name. The situations were fairly easy to follow, but there was some confusion because people’s names weren’t used often! At one point in the book, the Englishman and the Spaniard or the Frenchman and the Spaniard were fighting and I struggled to keep track of who was who and who I was rooting for! Overall, the book was enjoyable and I enjoyed the action. It was a page turner trying to figure out who was doing what, who was coming after us, and what the final plan was.
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
The Hollow Man won 2nd place for World’s Best Story and I can see why. Hollis delivers a taut, gritty and suspenseful novel with a plot that takes place in the 70s, centered on international terrorism and a troubled young agent who is stubbornly determined to put an end to it. Doc, the main character known only by his nickname, is an analyst who works for the NSA, National Security Agency with the Wikipedia definition of: an intelligence organization of the United States government, responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. Doc is told to observe and monitor Chaban, a known terrorist. The story begins in Madrid and moves on to Paris with non-stop action, as Doc enlists the help of Zita, who is a British agent and his lover. The story is well-written and Hollis’ knowledge of Europe’s history, culture and architecture interspersed throughout the story is a welcome relief from the graphic violence that made me cringe and gag as I read. The title clues us into Doc’s troubled personality, making him a mysterious character. We don’t know much about him except that he is deeply affected by his past and his father. He is a loner who has a compassionate heart for the innocent and oppressed but who has a boiling rage within him that surfaces during and propels his lethal hand-to-hand combats with the enemies. Zita provides some humour and a feminine touch throughout, and we can see her strength gives Doc the motivation to go on. We don’t know much about Zita either, except that she is a fearless agent and has affection for Doc. The Hollow Man seems to take place within a week and much happens in that time frame. The ending is satisfying but left me wondering about Doc and his past. This story could end there or it could be turned into a series where readers will get to know Doc’s story and why he seems to want to punish himself with a career that puts him in constant danger with no assistance from the organization he works for. If you like well-written pre-Internet thrillers with lots of action and mystery but don’t mind crude language, religious profanity and excessive graphic violence, then The Hollow Man will take you on a rough ride, making you question how much terrorism has changed the way we live.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Benchmark for Thrillers, Belongs on Big Screen I don’t care for most thrillers because within the genre, plot tends to drive characterization, and I prefer the reverse. I read books to find characters who seem as real as anyone I might see in real life. Fast-paced thrillers often seem one or two-dimensional to me. In HOLLOW MAN, however, Paul Hollis manages to create not just one, but several real people. The characters in this character-driven thriller are as real, as compelling, as three-dimensional as any I’ve come across in real life. And this is the mark of a great book. As an AIA reviewer, I have the privilege and sometimes the curse of reading a lot of Indie books. As an author and a lifelong reader, I also read many traditionally-published books. Without reservation or hesitation, I would argue that HOLLOW MAN is one of the best, if not the best, novel I’ve come across in 2013. It is a benchmark of thrillers, but it’s also a new sort of thriller: tight but literate, lush but lucid, fast-paced but often pausing to drink in the gorgeous European scenery. Hollis is a very visual writer. I could see the countryside unfurling from the train window. I could picture the blood spurting from one of the many villain’s carotid arteries. I could picture the ghost, a murdered little girl, translucent, yet lucent (for real, Hollis uses this word), forlornly gazing into a camera, or into the main character’s eyes. Speaking of cameras, HOLLOW MAN belongs on the big screen. I’m hoping that Hollis ships this novel to either Indie filmmakers or perhaps to the titans in Hollywood. I predict that if this is adapted for film, it will be a mega hit. What audience will enjoy HOLLOW MAN? Fans of literary fiction will appreciate the craftsmanship. Male readers will love the pacing, the action, and the likable lead. History buffs will appreciate the early 1970’s time period, which almost amounts to a separate character in itself. Former intelligence officers will likely chuckle about the author’s take on the spy world. Anyone with a pulse will enjoy reading HOLLOW MAN. I highly recommend this book. I received a free copy of HOLLOW MAN from the author in exchange for an honest review. Five Stars.
SheenaG More than 1 year ago
Listen, if you have never heard about Paul Hollis, you need to start taking notes because his work is nothing short of pure brilliance. He create some many cliffhanger moments with this novel that it needs to be tv drama series. From chapter one you can tell that this is going to be an epic journey that is only for the brave. He built and maintained the momentum of characters and kept you guessing as they inched closer to catching assassin Chaban. You can follow the characters clearly, the structure flows nicely into each chapter and you almost feel yourself in the story as it is being told. We can all identify with a crisis moment and the author made sure from the start that you felt present and alive as you read through the book. Great read, I really recommend that you get this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago