Dictator (novel)

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Author Tom Cain
Country England
Language English
Series Samuel Carver series
Genre Thriller
Publisher Bantam / Corgi
Publication date
5 August 2010 (2010-08-05)[1]
Media type Print
Pages 384
ISBN 978-0-593-06234-0
OCLC 620320986
Preceded by Assassin
Followed by Carver

Dictator is the fourth novel of the Samuel Carver series by English thriller writer, Tom Cain, released on 5 August 2010 through Bantam Press.[2]


Ten years prior to this story, Carver was supposed to have assassinated Henderson Gushungo, an African dictator. The novel follows Carver's subsequent attempts to oust the dictator, and force a regime change. Amongst the locations used as settings are Switzerland, Malemba, Suffolk, England and Hong Kong.


The novel was well received, with critics praising its pace and "visceral" action sequences.

Reviewing for the Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Jehu states, of Cain himself, "he works at becoming a byword for intelligent, topical, articulate action romps that slightly send themselves up.", although he also notes that, given the 1997 setting of the first Samuel Carver novel, his age in this one would be somewhat unrealistic.[3]

Rich Westwood, reviewing for Euro Crime, stated that "Dictator is an ideal holiday novel for a thriller fan, with a hard-as-nails protagonist, satisfyingly gritty action sequences, beautiful women and a collection of very nasty baddies".[4]

The novel was also well reviewed by G.S. of CrimeSquad, who awarded it five out of five and commented that "Dictator is an outstanding novel which has both Cain and Carver displaying some masterful tradecraft.".[5]


  1. ^ "Dictator by Tom Cain - Lovereading UK". Lovereading.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2011. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Dictator (Book, 2010)". WorldCat.org. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Jehu, Jeremy (4 October 2010). "Genre: Thrillers". Telegraph. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Westwood, Rich (13 October 2011). "Review - Dictator by Tom Cain". Eurocrime.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  5. ^ G.S. (December 2010). "CrimeSquad". CrimeSquad. Retrieved 17 November 2011.