Start reading Cameo the Assassin on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Cameo the Assassin [Kindle Edition]

Dawn McCullough-White
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $9.95 What's this?
Kindle Price: $8.99

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $0.00  
Kindle Edition, August 6, 2009 $8.99  
Paperback $8.99  
Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp
Lords of the Sith
With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force and each other to depend on, the Emperor and Darth Vader, must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries. | Learn about the author, Paul S. Kemp

Book Description

The Kingdom of Sieunes is rife with taverns, dirty streets, and clay pipe smoking citizens all toiling to feed their families and keep themselves in something little better than rags. With a foiled revolution just ten years prior still burning in the hearts of many, the royals enlist the aid of assassins to keep things in order. The townsfolk entertain themselves by dreaming of better times to come and regaling in stories of the undead said to walk the graveyards at night. . . and of Cameo the killer with corpse-like eyes. . .Scarred and jaded Cameo is one of the most effective assassins in the employ of the Association, moving from one mission to the next as long as the alcohol keeps flowing. Her acceptance of the murder-for-hire lifestyle is thrown into doubt when she meets a local highwayman with a penchant for fine clothes and women, and then she begins to think about breaking with the company but no one ever breaks with the Association under good terms.

Editorial Reviews


5 Stars

The action is rapid and the multi-layered plot is well-constructed and paced accordingly, with several instances of wry humour despite the overall darkness of the themes.

M. Wayne Cunningham

--ForeWord Clarion Review

From the Author

Second Edition February 2012- has been re-edited/reworked

Product Details

  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440159920
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KQ4Y5Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,361,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good start... July 18, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
At the end of the day, the art of writing fiction comes down to simply this: telling a good story. Sometimes there are other aspects involved, other points to be made. Yet, if those points of contention aren't held within the framework of a tale interesting enough for the reader to endeavor, they will be words used for naught. They will remain unread.

More on this later.

First of all, it's synopsis time. Cameo the Assassin is the story of, well, an assassin named Cameo. She is a woman with eyes white as a corpse, the best killer of a group called simply The Association. She resides in her tower when not off stalking her next victim, drinking copious amounts of liquor and being generally a miserable sod. She is a legend in her time, seemingly much older than she appears, never questions orders, and uses very unusual (and unknown to her employer) methods of both finding her prey and keeping herself safe.

Cameo seems content to live out her life in whatever perverse way she can, until she runs into a pair of highwaymen (coach robbers) while they hold up her carriage. These two men are named Black Opal, a "dandy" who wears too much makeup and enjoys women's clothes (seemingly in an attempt to compensate for his scarred appearance) and Bellamy, a lawyer-slash-poet-slash-playwright turned criminal. When our heroine meets these two, and falls into line with them, her known life takes a turn for, if not worse, at least very, very different.

It is with these two characters, and one who comes later, that the joys of this little tale are met. Cameo herself is a one-note creation - and she has to be, especially when one considers her backstory - and cannot carry the novel on her own.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I want to like this book, but... August 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First thing: I haven't finished the book. So take this as you will.

I'm only 3 chapters in, but already there is something about the book which is extremely annoying to me. The dialogue. You see, dialogue attribution is very important in understanding the flow of what is happening in a scene, and if you're constantly rereading dialogue and attempting to figure out who is saying what, it really hurts your immersion in the story, and leads the reader into a growing sense of frustration.

Multiple times, already, by page 72, I'm frustratedly saying to myself, "Who is talking?" On page 72, the characters Opal, Cameo, Bellamy, and Kyrian, along with the Innkeeper are all talking. People jump in with dialogue having no attribution, and it's only after reading a couple responses down when the talking character is correctly attributed that you even realize the person who piped in in the first place. This really isn't a problem when there are two people talking (most of the time, but there are exceptions in this book), but it's a HUGE problem when there are 5 people, all having a shared conversation!

I kind of understand what the author is going for here, but I just don't think it works. Her tactic is to elucidate the speaker in a following response. So you read the words of dialogue and just as you're going "who said that?" the following lines will have the speaker give a clue as to the target. But I'm a dumb reader, and I kind of expect a bit more hand holding than that. Example, on page 72, with my annotations in parentheses:

"Here you are," the innkeeper said as he set four bowls of stew down in front of them. "Can I get you anything else?"
"Another glass," Opal said, hefting the third glass of rum he had guzzled down.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the Mark August 21, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Late last night, I finished Cameo the Assassin. I would have posted a review earlier but I needed some sleep and time to pull my thoughts together.

This is one of those books that rewards the reader for paying attention. From start to finish, there is a lot going. There is no point where the story drags. Its pace is smooth. The plot is in constant motion, driven by the characters.

The characters especially Cameo are complex and detailed. Each one has a past and background that plays a part in the story adding depth to it. There are characters that you will love, some that you will hate and a couple that will be a mystery to you. They are all men and women of action. For the most part, they do not sit around waiting for something to happen.

Dawn provides the perfect setting for her characters. It's not a safe or savory place. It's a place filled with danger. Here nobles employ assassins to accomplish what politics and bribery could not. Violence can erupt at anytime. Several times during the story, I was surprised. Like the characters, I was unprepared for what the world threw at me.

All of these factors made Cameo the Assassin enjoyable read for me. I recommend this book especially to those looking for a darker story.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After downloading an updated version of the novel, I am updating my review to mesh with the newer version.

The story is entertaining, refreshing in its plot and fun to read. The storyline is well thought out and kept my interest. The story was a fun, romping good adventure. As Cameo, our assassin, goes about her duties to her employers, The Association, she does so with skill and stealth. She is good at her job, in fact, she is the best. After work she holds up in the tower she lives in, interacting as little as possible with others.

But Cameo is about to find herself in a muddle. She has met a couple of highway robbers who change everything. Instead of being the predator, in the company of her new associates, she becomes the prey. Chased by everyone from her employers to the King Cameo must use all her skills to outwit them and survive. This creates a phlephra of escape plans that go awry, miscue's and lost opportunities that must be addressed if our three misfits are to survive.

With witches, the undead and various other magical characters involved the story becomes more complex with each new plan. But then what is a good adventure story without some romance? Will Cameo open her heart? Who is the Black Opal really? Is he more than what he seems? I won't tell you here and spoil the story, you will just have to read it to find out.

Most of the problems that I noted in my first review have been solved in the updated version. The diaglogue now has easy to understand attribution, the third person omniscent point of view works without slippage into other points of view and the grammar and spelling errors have been corrected to the point I only found a few. No more than I ususally find in a print novel from a big publishing house.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice change
Love the character development. Love the main characters, I also love the twist of the lead character. Very enjoyable read can't wait to start book two in 5 minutes!
Published 8 days ago by Jen LeMaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Tattoo me a fan!
In another book review I called Dawn McCullough-White the champion of the anti-hero for her book, The Emblazoned Red. In this one, she one-ups it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. Creeden
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Confused
I read this book. I should have gone back and read Amazons description. Without it, the book is hard to follow. The book doesn't make clear much of anything. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dawn Swan
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all right
Cameo has an interesting story and a few compelling characters, but a number of problems bring it down. First: the dialogue is frequently awkward. Second: the pacing is bad. Read more
Published on April 22, 2013 by Scott A. Kinkade
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Snob is Confused, but Entertained
Book One in The Trilogy of Shadows was interesting. The authors take on vampires was one I'm not used to seeing. Read more
Published on January 21, 2013 by Pavarti
1.0 out of 5 stars Transparent and Weak
I struggled to get through this novel. The writing was weak and character development short-sighted. Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by daisy182004
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Characters, Hated the Ending
The characters drew me into CAMEO THE ASSASSIN, and though I hated the ending, the novel was an entertaining read, and a nice break from physical perfection and honorable... Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Enter the Portal
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing characters
I often found myself thinking it was Cameo speaking when, in fact, it was Opal. I found the names very confusing, since to me, Opal is a feminine name. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by JudyK
4.0 out of 5 stars first zombie story I have read
Cameo is the first zombie story I have read. Very detailed characters, which is nice for a change. I love the storyline. It is well planned and executed. It's an easy read. Read more
Published on November 13, 2011 by Read for your future!
4.0 out of 5 stars creepy and awesome
This book was so mysterious. In a really good way! I really, really enjoyed it. Cameo is so complex. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by Michelle@Book Briefs
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Dawn McCullough White is known for her strong female protagonists, and gritty dark fantasy.


"Trilogy of Shadows":

Cameo the Assassin
Cameo and the Highwayman
Cameo and the Vampire

"Trilogy of the Tyrant":

The Emblazoned Red


"The Ghastly Bath" The Gate 2: 13 Tales of Isolation and Despair

DawnMcCulloughWhite at gmail dot com

on Facebook:

or Twitter: @DawnMcCulloughW


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category