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Dead Men's Dust

A book by Matt Hilton

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Hits all the standard buttons

  • Apr 24, 2009
This novel hits all the tough guy novel buttons. Ex special services military, check. Combat expert, check. Tough guy name, Hunter, check. Sidekick, check. Evil nemesis, check. Works mostly outside the law, check. Heart of gold under a jaded exterior, check.

The plot moves quickly. The bad guy is truly evil. There's plenty of action. And there's promise of more to come.

I've been a fan of this category of fiction since I first read the Travis McGee novels. For the category this is not a bad first novel. I think there is enough promise here to prompt me to read the next in the series. As another reviewer said, Hunter is no Jack Reacher, nor Travis McGee, nor Spencer. Hopefully Matt Hilton will grow as a writer and Hunter as a character. There's enough here to give me cause to look forward.

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review by . June 28, 2009
Joe Hunter used to be in Special Forces working against the terrorists. He did it for fourteen years and was good at it. Those skills don't exactly translate well to civilian life so he finds himself working on the edge of things and solving problems that require the answer of gun or fist.    His sister in law, Jenny, wants him to travel to the U. S. to find his big brother, John. He abandoned her and the kids years ago and now she has gotten a note in the mail from his current …
review by . May 11, 2009
I get the impression that Hunter is a new character in fiction, but he remains a rather flat character in this novel.    I found the suspense lacking and the plot disappointingly predictable after the first two chapters. Hunter is worthy of further development, but there should be more interesting minor characters and villains.    It makes for a decent "page-turner" at this stage, and there's hope that in future novels Matt Hilton will not tell us so much …
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Hilton's energetic but disjointed debut introduces British ex-soldier Joe Hunter, who after 14 years in counterterrorism now spends his time protecting those who need his help, as part hired muscle and part vigilante. Joe reluctantly agrees to track down his wayward half-brother, John Telfer, after his sister-in-law explains that her husband skipped out on the family and headed for America. As Joe and his friend Jared Rink Rington follow John's trail from Arkansas to the Mojave Desert, they come to realize that John's troubles run deeper than just unpaid debts. Interspersed are the musings of Tubal Cain, a man who claims to be the most prolific undetected serial murderer in America. When Cain's path overlaps with John's, it's up to Joe to bring his brother home alive and put a stop to Cain's spree. Hilton has an eye for action and gore, but can't quite wrangle his unwieldy plot. Hopefully, some of the many unanswered questions left at the end will be answered in the sequel.(June)
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ISBN-10: 0061717142
ISBN-13: 978-0061717147
Author: Matt Hilton
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: William Morrow
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