The Killing Season: A Novel

The Killing Season: A Novel

by Mason Cross


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"Pulse-pounding. Mason Cross launches into The Killing Season with no-holds-barred, as he deftly combines an adrenaline rush plot with one of the best new series characters since Jack Reacher. Prepare to read all night."—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake.

When Caleb Wardell, the infamous 'Chicago Sniper,' escapes from death row two weeks before his execution, the FBI calls on the services of Carter Blake, a man with certain specialized talents whose skills lie in finding those who don't want to be found. A man to whom Wardell is no stranger.

Along with Elaine Banner, an ambitious special agent juggling life as a single mother with her increasingly high-flying career, Blake must track Wardell down as he cuts a swathe across America, apparently killing at random.

But Blake and Banner soon find themselves sidelined from the case. And as they try desperately to second-guess a man who kills purely for the thrill of it, they uncover a hornets' nest of lies and corruption. Now Blake must break the rules and go head-to-head with the FBI if he is to stop Wardell and expose a deadly conspiracy that will rock the country.

Slick, fast-paced and assured, The Killing Season is the first novel in the gripping new Carter Blake series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605986906
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/15/2015
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Mason Cross is the author of The Killing Season,The Samaritan, and Winterlong. You can find out more by visiting his website at He lives in Scotland.

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The Killing Season 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
jackbauerMB More than 1 year ago
Fantastic debut for a new character that fans of Jack Reacher will enjoy. Highly recommended. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, slows down a bit in middle but then picks up pace to a well developed ending.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
he killing Season by Mason Cross captures your attention from the first few pages. When a book starts with, “the first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake” you know it is going to be a fun and exciting novel. Mason Cross captures your attention and says to you, block out the next couple of days because you are not doing anything else except reading The Killing Season. And believe me , you will to do just that. I am always looking for the next Lee Child and Jack Reacher and I have found them. Carter Blake is a man for all reasons, especially if you have to find somebody. In The Killing Season he is hired by the F.B.I. to find an escaped serial killer. The only problem is that this guy has been trained to kill by the best, the United Staes Marines. Think of the movie, American Sniper, and how well the soldier was taught to kill. Now imagine the same caliber serial killer loose in the midwest of the United States. Here is the premise of The Killing Season, a truly absorbing, exciting, and entertaining book written by Mason Cross. Read this book and The Samaritan, the second entry in the Carter Blake saga. Be on the lookout for book three due in spring of 2017.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
‘The Killing Season’ is somewhere in between a thriller and mystery. There is some action but not enough to keep you on the edge of your seat but it’s not a slow methodical mystery either, making it great for people who like both genres. The characters are interesting and intriguing and the plot is interesting and well thought out, along with some great writing I found this book to be a compelling read. I would be very interested in keeping with the series.
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
The Killing Season by Mason Cross Caleb Wardell is a serial killer known as “The Chicago Sniper.” He is being transferred to the death house. Ordinarily, this is done in a personal van, but this time Wardell is sharing the ride with a man named Clarence Mitchell. The van never reaches its destination. The van is stopped and the guards killed by Russian mobsters who have been sent to silence Clarence Mitchell. Caleb Wardell is someone for whom they were not prepared. In short order, Wardell, unarmed and handcuffed, takes out all three of the Russian hit men. He then proceeds to take out Clarence Mitchell as well. Free of the handcuff and the prison, Caleb Wardell takes weapons from the van. He steals one man’s clothing to replace his prison jumpsuit. This begins another reign of terror from the man once known as the OSOK killer—One Shot, One Kill! Wardell has some unfinished business, and woe to anyone who gets in his way… The man known as Carter Blake gets tipped off about Wardell’s escape. His expertise is both needed and requested. FBI Special Agent in Charge Donaldson has been told to expect Blake. Blake is to work directly with the FBI’s task force. Agent Steve Castle is the agent in charge of the manhunt, and he doesn’t like Carter Blake. Agent Elaine Banner is more willing to work with Blake. Their superior Edwards isn’t too sure… This is a very good novel. Carter Blake is a lone wolf, a man with a past. As a government operative he has crossed paths with Wardell before. He knows the man for what he is—crazy like a fox. For every day that Caleb Wardell is loose, at least one person will die. It is simple fact. What Blake needs to do is make certain that Wardell isn’t loose for very long. That will be a little hard to do when the FBI doesn’t want to listen to anything Carter Blake says… I did not see the final twist coming! I give this book five stars! Excellent, Mason Cross! I will look for more from the secretive specialist Carter Blake! Encore! Quoth the Raven…
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. In conclusion, the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sniff glue.