The Old Man

The Old Man

Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry writes thrillers that move “almost faster than a speeding bullet” (Wall Street Journal). The Old Man is his latest whip-smart standalone novel.To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most sixty-year-old widowers don’t have multiple dri...

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Title:The Old Man
Author:Thomas Perry
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ISBN:0802125867
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:337 pages

The Old Man Reviews

  • Sandy
    Sep 08, 2016

    3.5 stars

    Daniel Chase is just your average 60 year old widower. Since his daughter moved out, he spends his days reading & walking Dave & Carol, the dogs. But 35 years ago he was a covert government agent in Libya. After a botched assignment, he fled back to the states carrying $20 million only to discover he’d been abandoned by his own handlers. Since then, he’s been living quietly with a new identity. Now he’s been found.

    Daniel has no choice but to hit the road, dodging several attempt

    3.5 stars

    Daniel Chase is just your average 60 year old widower. Since his daughter moved out, he spends his days reading & walking Dave & Carol, the dogs. But 35 years ago he was a covert government agent in Libya. After a botched assignment, he fled back to the states carrying $20 million only to discover he’d been abandoned by his own handlers. Since then, he’s been living quietly with a new identity. Now he’s been found.

    Daniel has no choice but to hit the road, dodging several attempts on his life before he makes it to Chicago. With a new name, he rents a room from Zoe McDonald, an attractive divorcee trying to make ends meet.

    Meanwhile, the government enlists a special ops contractor to find their former agent. Julian Carson works loosely with military intelligence & it’s not long before he tracks him down. But their “meetings” leave him with more than just bruises. Daniel’s side of the story makes Julian question what really happened all those years ago, why he’s been hired & who he can trust.

    The story shifts to full thriller mode as Daniel & Zoe flee across the country, followed by Julian & a group of shadowy men. We know the military is behind the manhunt but it’s not immediately clear why or if they’re working alone. Gradually we (and Daniel) learn the real reason he’s a wanted man after more than 3 decades.

    This is a fast paced conspiracy thriller with plenty of twists to keep you entertained. Daniel’s character remains an enigma but you can’t help but pull for him as he tries to outwit everything the men in dark suits throw at him. He’s a difficult guy to connect with & we never really get to know him any better. But this is in keeping with a character whose secrets prevent him from forming close relationships. In fact, most of the characters are lightly fleshed out. Zoe is a remarkably accepting woman whose life is turned upside down. When we’re given details of her background, it’s late in the game & doesn’t really add anything to the story.

    The exception is Julian. We spend a fair amount of time in his head as he struggles to hold on to his integrity while making decisions that will alter the trajectory of his life.

    But character development is beside the point as this is a straight up thriller made for fans of spy games & lot of action. It does exactly what it should….keep you turning the pages to see who is left standing when it all shakes out. I enjoyed learning all of Daniel’s survival tricks & appreciated the author didn’t go for the pat, easy ending.

    Perfect for your next flight or road trip, this should appeal to fans of Steve Martini, Gregg Hurwitz, Joseph Finder or Steve Berry.

  • Frances
    Dec 26, 2016

    By all appearances Dan Chase is an elderly man casually walking his two oversized dogs, Carol and Dave weighing some eighty pounds; an excellent choice for protection. However, he is on high alert at all times and as he crossed a bridge close to his home in Vermont, Dan was aware of a car going much slower than normal. After his last and final secret mission with military intelligence he had been safe for several years but now it would appear they have found him. Dan knew one day he would have t

    By all appearances Dan Chase is an elderly man casually walking his two oversized dogs, Carol and Dave weighing some eighty pounds; an excellent choice for protection. However, he is on high alert at all times and as he crossed a bridge close to his home in Vermont, Dan was aware of a car going much slower than normal. After his last and final secret mission with military intelligence he had been safe for several years but now it would appear they have found him. Dan knew one day he would have to disappear from the quiet life he tried to create and outrun those in pursuit. The Old Man is a highly charged, action packed novel, written by Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry. If looking for a page turner, excitement, and drama this novel definitely ticks all the boxes.

    ** Thank you to Publisher Mysterious Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. **

  • Louise Wilson
    Dec 15, 2016

    3.5 stars. David Chase is a 60 year old widower. He spends his days reading and walking the dogs. But most 60 year olds don't have multiple drivers licenses, their savings in banks across the country and 2 Beretta Nanos in his spare bedroom cupboard.

    Thirty five years ago he was a young hotshot in the army's intelligence. He was sent to Libya to assist a rebel army. Things did not go to plan triggering consequences he never anticipated.

    This is a page turner from beginning to end. Well written and

    3.5 stars. David Chase is a 60 year old widower. He spends his days reading and walking the dogs. But most 60 year olds don't have multiple drivers licenses, their savings in banks across the country and 2 Beretta Nanos in his spare bedroom cupboard.

    Thirty five years ago he was a young hotshot in the army's intelligence. He was sent to Libya to assist a rebel army. Things did not go to plan triggering consequences he never anticipated.

    This is a page turner from beginning to end. Well written and fast paced.

    I would like to thank NetGalley, Grove Atlantic and the author Thomas Perry for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jan
    Feb 20, 2017

    This is the first book I've read by Thomas Perry. The old man is a retired army intelligence officer who served two tours in Viet Nam and whose last mission was to Libya to assist a rebel army. Everything about that mission went sideways and for the following 35 years, the old man has been hiding in plain sight. Without warning, the old man has been located and he's on the run again with survival instincts in high gear. This is a fast paced story, excellently told and the characters vividly well

    This is the first book I've read by Thomas Perry. The old man is a retired army intelligence officer who served two tours in Viet Nam and whose last mission was to Libya to assist a rebel army. Everything about that mission went sideways and for the following 35 years, the old man has been hiding in plain sight. Without warning, the old man has been located and he's on the run again with survival instincts in high gear. This is a fast paced story, excellently told and the characters vividly well drawn. When it's over, you'll have respect for the old man.

  • Jeanette
    Dec 30, 2016

    It was ok. I was expecting more than ok, I guess. Not as much disappointed as just neutral. Lots of action. But for me, little connection. The protagonist is and has been so OCD his entire life with the early subterfuge governmental connections and also all that false identity set ups, that he didn't seem as an actual "normal" family man to me at all. His emotions strange, more than off. And Zoe? More so.

    But hey, the dogs were truly keen. They were the highlight of the book for me. The rest seem

    It was ok. I was expecting more than ok, I guess. Not as much disappointed as just neutral. Lots of action. But for me, little connection. The protagonist is and has been so OCD his entire life with the early subterfuge governmental connections and also all that false identity set ups, that he didn't seem as an actual "normal" family man to me at all. His emotions strange, more than off. And Zoe? More so.

    But hey, the dogs were truly keen. They were the highlight of the book for me. The rest seemed extremely cartoon like and difficult to context as anything believable. Especially at his age. No one I know over 60 can stay awake that many days, for one thing. And if they did, they would be easy pickings.

    Readers will probably like this much more than I did. To be all over the place location wise and also have such underpinning of 30 years plus? I have to have a highly desirable protagonist and "known" man- like a Reacher. That makes the plot and action have nuance. This just gets brutal after brutal.

  • Ed
    Jan 17, 2017

    Many years earlier, Dan Chase aka "the Old Man" was an intelligence officer tasked with delivering twenty million dollars to a Libyan warlord who pledged to disburse it to mountain tribes in exchange for loyalty to American foreign policy objectives. When the warlord decided to keep the twenty million for himself, Dan stole it back and tried to return it to the CIA. Unfortunately, to avoid a foreign policy embarrassment, Dan was subsequently accused of stealing the twenty million forcing him int

    Many years earlier, Dan Chase aka "the Old Man" was an intelligence officer tasked with delivering twenty million dollars to a Libyan warlord who pledged to disburse it to mountain tribes in exchange for loyalty to American foreign policy objectives. When the warlord decided to keep the twenty million for himself, Dan stole it back and tried to return it to the CIA. Unfortunately, to avoid a foreign policy embarrassment, Dan was subsequently accused of stealing the twenty million forcing him into a life completely off the grid. Everything went according to plan for years until Dan was recognized by an intelligence operative shortly followed up by a Libyan hit team. The home invasion ended badly for the Libyans but forced Dan and his two black Labs to run with a pre-arranged identity and twenty million dollars. How exactly Dan stays one step ahead of the CIA's all-in efforts to track him down and execute him is what makes this book so compelling. That and the richly drawn characters of "the Old Man", his two black Labs, an honest intelligence agent and a woman his meets on his journey of evasion. Thomas Perry takes the innocent man on the run from corrupt government officials to an other level of entertaining fiction.

  • Joyce
    Jan 06, 2017

    Here's the problem with thrillers on audio sometimes: listeners have too much time to think and to ask questions about dropped characters and plot lines and even about the protagonist and his actions. Thomas Perry is a favorite and this novel has some strong points--the 60-year-old ex-CIA hero pitted against the agency and who know what other organizations, all out to kill him, all because of a mission 35 years earlier. Great premise, he's a fantastic character--plans ahead, keeps himself in sha

    Here's the problem with thrillers on audio sometimes: listeners have too much time to think and to ask questions about dropped characters and plot lines and even about the protagonist and his actions. Thomas Perry is a favorite and this novel has some strong points--the 60-year-old ex-CIA hero pitted against the agency and who know what other organizations, all out to kill him, all because of a mission 35 years earlier. Great premise, he's a fantastic character--plans ahead, keeps himself in shape, and manages to stay ahead of his adversaries and clean up the problem so he's off the hook. Fast paced story with lots of twists; interesting characters but frankly I liked a secondary character, a CIA contractor, more than the hero; interesting background into black ops and government bureaucracy; smartly written; suspenseful tone. Read the book--you'll be turning the pages so quickly you won't be second-guessing as I was. Better yet, watch Hopscotch with Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, and Sam Waterston. There are many of the same themes, much better played out against a European backdrop and an opera's-greatest-hits soundtrack.

  • Donna
    Feb 22, 2017

    This book falls into the Thriller/Suspense genres, which use to be all I read back in the day. So no surprise that I liked this one ..... a lot. It was the perfect book for my day. I liked the MC. I liked that he wasn't described as a humble, charming Adonis the way most MC's are in this genre. By the end, I still would have liked more detail on him, but I think not having that added to the mystery of the character. I also liked that he had dogs and was a good dog owner....he gets extra points f

    This book falls into the Thriller/Suspense genres, which use to be all I read back in the day. So no surprise that I liked this one ..... a lot. It was the perfect book for my day. I liked the MC. I liked that he wasn't described as a humble, charming Adonis the way most MC's are in this genre. By the end, I still would have liked more detail on him, but I think not having that added to the mystery of the character. I also liked that he had dogs and was a good dog owner....he gets extra points for that.

    The pace was great and I liked the way the other characters were used to create the drama. I could have done without the love interest though. She seemed like the perfect woman a guy would describe. I hated the cliche in that, not to mention the fantasy of that whole idea. Just sayin'.

  • Don Gorman
    Jan 11, 2017

    (3 1/2). I have come to really look forward to Thomas Perry books. He is a very entertaining writer. This story is almost believable, very contemporary and filled with lots of intrique. The Old Man is a wonderful protagonist, imagine a senior citizen Mitch Rapp or something. As we follow him along all kinds of stuff goes down, and almost all of it is really good reading. We have a couple of gaping holes towards the end, some sappy alerts and a few let downs which is why I took it down to 3 stars

    (3 1/2). I have come to really look forward to Thomas Perry books. He is a very entertaining writer. This story is almost believable, very contemporary and filled with lots of intrique. The Old Man is a wonderful protagonist, imagine a senior citizen Mitch Rapp or something. As we follow him along all kinds of stuff goes down, and almost all of it is really good reading. We have a couple of gaping holes towards the end, some sappy alerts and a few let downs which is why I took it down to 3 stars instead of up to 4. But believe me, I will read the next one for sure!

  • Larry
    Jan 26, 2017

    Early on in "The Old Man" (page 4), Thomas Perry provides an ominous beginning to a sentence that tells the reader what is coming: "The first sign that something was wrong . . ." It is a classic chase novel introduction to murky and dangerous doings. All of Perry's skills are in clear view: the mastery of the cat-and-mouse game, clear prose, characters who aren't just cyphers (there are three to care about, five including two dogs), and the ability to plot up a storm. It goes on my shelf with P.

    Early on in "The Old Man" (page 4), Thomas Perry provides an ominous beginning to a sentence that tells the reader what is coming: "The first sign that something was wrong . . ." It is a classic chase novel introduction to murky and dangerous doings. All of Perry's skills are in clear view: the mastery of the cat-and-mouse game, clear prose, characters who aren't just cyphers (there are three to care about, five including two dogs), and the ability to plot up a storm. It goes on my shelf with P. M. Hubbard's "Kill Claudio," Geoffrey Household's "Watcher in the Shadows" and Perry's own Jane Whitfield novels. And, unlike some otherwise excellent thrillers, it has a finish to savor.