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Sins of the Assassin: A Novel (Assassin Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Ferrigno
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Colossal in concept, dazzlingly plotted, filled with vivid, jaw-dropping violence, Sins of the Assassin confirms Robert Ferrigno as the modern master of the futuristic thriller.

In the second book of Ferrigno's spectacular Assassin Trilogy, Rakkim Epps battles radical fundamentalist forces in a futuristic America, now a divided blood-soaked dystopia. Will he survive? Can America ever be unified again?

The year is 2043. New York and Washington, D.C., have been leveled by nuclear bombs. New Orleans is submerged beneath fifty feet of water and treasure hunters scavenge its watery ruins. The United States no longer exists, and in its place two new nations maintain an uneasy coexistence.

To the west stretches the Islamic Republic, seemingly governed by a moderate president but hollowed from within by the violent, repressive Black Robes, a shadowy fundamentalist group intent on crushing all those who do not follow Allah's path. In this frightening world, freedom is controlled by the state, and non-Muslims are either second-class citizens, hidden underground, exiled, or executed.

To the east and south lies the Christian Bible Belt, itself torn by conflict from warring factions, each claiming to be more righteous than the others. Meanwhile the former United States is being nibbled away at the edges: South Florida, known as "Nuevo Florida," is independent; the Aztlán Empire, formerly Mexico, encroaches from the south; and Canada has laid claim to huge swaths of territory along the United States's former northern border.

What stability exists between the warring empires is threatened when the president of the Islamic Republic discovers that a Bible Belt warlord, known simply as the Colonel, is searching for a superweapon hidden inside a remote mountain decades earlier by the old United States regime. Rakkim Epps, retired shadow warrior, is sent on a perilous mission to infiltrate the Belt and steal or destroy the weapon. Accompanying Rakkim is Leo, a naive nineteen-year-old whose technologically enhanced brain is crucial to their success.Together they sneak through the Belt, a lawless territory where a bloodthirsty, drug-addled militia prepares for the End-Times.

When Rakkim and Leo finally reach the Colonel's mountain, Epps is forced to rely on his shadow warrior's ability to kill any and all who would halt his quest. Opposing him is the Colonel's enforcer, a sadistic, carbon-skinned killer named Gravenholtz, and the Colonel's wife, the alluring, sexually rapacious Baby, who wants -- and gets -- more of everything. Meanwhile, the Old One, the ancient and immensely rich Muslim fanatic who seeks to rule both American nations, plots his attack from the safety of his ocean liner. Rakkim Epps, he realizes, must be stopped, controlled, or killed.

A terrific stand-alone read, Sins of the Assassin is a cinematic feast of action and plot, and verifies Robert Ferrigno's Assassin Trilogy as a monumental imaginative work of suspense.


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Ferrigno fails to make the most of an intriguing premise in the second installment in his Assassin trilogy (after 2006's Prayers of the Assassin). In 2043, almost 30 years after a series of suitcase nukes destroyed New York City and Washington, D.C., the U.S. is divided into two major regions—the Islamic Republic and the Bible Belt. Islam and fundamentalist Christianity have respectively filled the spiritual vacuum caused by the mass destruction and the subsequent imposition of martial law. The underdeveloped plot focuses on the efforts of master killer Rakkim Epps to keep a powerful weapon out of the hands of the Colonel, a leader of the Bible Belt. Apocalyptic thriller fans looking for a thoughtful look at a near future where radical fundamentalism reigns supreme may be disappointed to find, instead, countless scenes of excessive violence. (Feb.)
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"Provocative, unpredictable, and nuanced....Sins of the Assassin is terrific -- all killer, no filler." -- The Seattle Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 1071 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416537651
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0013G3ELM
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ferrigno Hits Another Bullseye! March 12, 2008
Format:Hardcover
SINS Of The ASSASSIN is the second installment of a planned trilogy (Come on Ferrigno, why are you going to leave us with only three books?) and it's even better than its dazzling predecessor, PRAYERS For The ASSASSIN.

Those of you who aren't familiar with the Assassin saga should understand that by the mid-21st century the world has been turned upside down. Western Europe is an Islamic basket case while America itself has been broken by nuclear attack, civil war and ecological disaster. In addition to the territorial acquisitions of Canada and the encroachment of the ascendent Aztlan Empire of Mexico or breakaway republics like the Mormon Free State and a Cuban dominated Florida, two political configurations now dominate what used to be the United States: the Islamic Republic of America and a loose confederation of the former southern states familiarly called the Bible Belt. Both are second rate powers, one waiting to destroy the other while Russia and China and new economic powerhouses like Brazil, Nigeria and South Africa strip them bare through exploitive trading privileges and concessions.

In this bizarre world of our near future lives Rakkim "Rikki" Epps, a genetically enhanced former "shadow warrior" of the Islamic Republic's elite Fedayeen special forces. Rakkim doesn't have the time or inclination to make sense of the bewildering religious and political forces responsible for the mess in the world...he is too busy fighting them. In PRAYERS we watched Rakkim curtail the maniacal ambitions of the Old One (an ancient Arab billionaire somewhat reminiscent of Hasan-i-Sabah, the 12th century leader of the Ismaili sect of the Assassins), helping to expose him, not Israel, as the one behind the nuclear attacks on Mecca as well as New York and Washington.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroin packaged as a book February 9, 2008
By D. Ross
Format:Hardcover
Seldom does an eagerly anticipated sequel meet the hype. Even less frequently does it exceed the original, especially when the latter received numerous awards and hit all of the bestseller lists. Such an anomaly is Robert Ferrigno's Sins of the Assassins, the second volume in the Assassin Trilogy.

Epic in scope, cinematic in its plotting, startling in its violence and ultimately realistic despite its futuristic setting, Sins features the return of Rakkim Epps in a post-nuclear U.S. In Prayers for the Assassin, Epps uncovered the true backdrop behind a so-called "Zionist" attack on Washington, New York and Mecca. The attacks triggered a second U.S. Civil War that eventually split the country into a moderate Islamic Republic and a Christian-oriented Bible Belt. With help from his long-time friend Sarah, Epps exposed "the Old One" as the instigator of the nuclear attacks. The Old One, bent on establishing a global Islamic empire with North America as its cornerstone, was stopped dead in his tracks by Epps and Sarah but escape to live another day.

In "Sins", another, darker day has arrived. The United States is more fragmented than ever as the Christian Bible Belt is racked by warring factions; the Islamic Republic has become increasingly radicalized as Sharia law spreads; and the Aztlan Empire (Mexico) and Canada are encroaching on the old southern and northern borders.

Worse, word of a legendary super-weapon buried in a remote mountain area -- a highly-classified DoD project in the old U.S. regime -- threatens to unravel the fragile truce that exists between the Islamic Republic and the Bible Belt. Epps is tagged for a secret mission by the president of the moderate Islamic Republic to retrieve the weapon.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Vision of a Possible Future February 14, 2008
Format:Hardcover
The second novel in a planned trilogy, "Sins of the Assasin" picks up three years after the end of the previous novel, "Prayers for the Assasin". That novel painted a future in which a civil war has torn the USA apart in the Isalmic Republic of the North and the "Bible Belt" of the South. Rakkim Epps, a former special forces "Shadow Warrior" for the Islamic Republic and hero of the first novel, is living in hiding with his wife, Sarah, and their son. The Old One, a brilliant, ruthless billionaire with aims on establishing a worldwide claiphate and who almost took over the Republic, has escaped after his part in the events that led to teh Civil War are exposed. On a cruise ship in the Pacific he plots to take over both the Islamic Republic and the Bible Belt, again trying to use a reunited Islamic America to establish a global caliphate. And in the Bible Belt, a charismatic leader known as "the Colonel" has stumbled upon a secret from the old USA which could upset the fragile peace between the two American nations and plunge the world into chaos.

Ferrigno's first novel in this series was fantastic, painting his shattered Islamic Republic of America is small strokes, with the glimpses of the changes forming a larger picture. One of the most interesting parts of the novel was the idea of the "Bible Belt", the loose union of states that pretty much comprise the old Confederate States. They are only mentioned and not visited in the first book, which focused on the theocratic Islamic Republic that was trying to balance religian and Sharia law with some freedom for it's citizens. Here, the Bible Belt.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Series!!
Robert Ferrigno terrifically paints a dystopian America based on the direction that our "political correctness" may take us. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charles Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars a satisfying second novel in the trilogy
i was glad to read more about the characters, especially the excursion into the bible belt. frankly i felt the sexually explicit passages were pornographic--that may have been the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by nancy holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars An Islamic U.S.A.?
As birth rates decline in Western cultures and birth rates continue to grow in the Muslim world, inevitably, the question is whether domination by Islam is a possibility in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rev. J. Setelik Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Liked this 1 a lot thrilling and hard to put down. Very easy to follow and the characters are distinctive
Published 12 months ago by Jack K. Schiff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This was the first book I had read by this author and I wasn't disappointed. Very well written with a good mystery and suspense. I will be looking for by Robert Ferrigno
Published 12 months ago by sonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Even better than the first (didn't think it was possible). I'm gonna make this short as heart of the assassin awaits!!
Published 19 months ago by David Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Assasin Trilogy (including Sins of) - excellent
I'd read this before, and have the first and last of the trilogy in hard copy; it's lovely to have the second part in Kindle format where I can read easily it whilst traveling. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable Tale of a world unseen, yet too true
The Islamic states of America, Lives! One of my favorite pieces of future history.
My only regret is it should of be longer. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sean Patrick Innocent Dineen
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Done, Fascinating Tale of a Dystopic America
This is not your father's America, but it may very well be your grandson's. In this incredibly creative book, much of the U.S. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by zorba
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and scary ride.
I read about the first book on the internet and devoured it in no time. The plausability of his alternative history is truly scary. Read more
Published on May 6, 2009 by Chris
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I was born in South Florida, a tropical backwater rife with mosquitoes, flying cockroaches and the sweet stink of life. My youth was spent stealing science-fiction paperbacks from the local mini-mart and cutting tunnels through the palmetto thickets behind my house with a machete. Later, I regularly burned down those palmettos for the pleasure of seeing the fire trucks arrive, sirens blaring.

After earning degrees in Philosophy, Film-Making and Creative Writing, I thought that I would be happy as a college professor, writing dense, literary novels which I would assign to my students. I found, however, that being a professor was mostly a matter of going to meetings, and that I hated reading, let alone writing dense, literary novels. Instead, I went back to my first love, poker.

The next five years I gambled full-time, living in a high-crime area populated by starving artists, alcoholics, and drug dealers, likeable sleazballs who would later populate my novels. After a time, I got restless and used some of my winnings to start a punk rock magazine called The Rocket, where I interviewed the Clash, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, etc. The success of The Rocket got me a job as a feature writer for a daily newspaper in Southern California, where I took the adventure-and-new-money beat.

Over the next seven years I flew jets with the Blue Angels, drove Ferraris and went for desert survival training with gun nuts. More importantly, the newspaper taught me to train my eye and ear, to observe, to research, and how to use direct, concise language to create a character, and set a scene. The newspaper was a great gig but I wanted to write novels. I quit my day job.

My first novel, THE HORSE LATITUDES, (1991) was called the fiction debut of the season by Time magazine. It was, however, only May. Since then I have written eleven more novels, the most recent of which is THE GIRL WHO CRIED WOLF, an ebook-only. My work has been described by the Washington Post as "Quentin Tarantino territory, with drugged-out and sometimes violent people in search of sensory overload, but what makes it all not just bearable, but often compelling, is Ferrigno's scorching wit and his relentless moral sense."

Everything has turned out better than I expected.

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