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Joseph DeMarco
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May 13, 2004
Warning: Philosophical Content-Explicit Ideas-May offend those easily offended. The legend of the Hassan El Sabbah is not as famousas his garden. Sabbah was an entrepreneur of sortsusing the assassin as a tool to gain political influence throughout the MiddleEast. He would use young men by making them smoke hash then allowing them toenter his garden of earthly delights. The young men were told they had enteredparadise and would be expelled if they did not carry out Sabbah'swishes, which were usually to kill someone of relative importance. This tale isnot only a fictional look at Sabbah, but also amind-altering look into America's drug culture and the idea of paradise. Told by a stoner, set over a thousand years ago with an ArabianNights feel to it, the story centers around Emir Abdullah-Harazins(Sabbah) and his infamous garden. It is thestory of only one of his Hashishiyyins (Assassins).

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About the Author

Joseph DeMarco was born in New York City; he lived most of his life in Buffalo, NY. He now teaches seventh grade on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He is also the author of the novels Plague of the Invigilare and At Play in the Killing Fields.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418441023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418441029
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,276,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lost in a world I don't understand September 25, 2005
By Jenna
Format:Paperback
Throughout much of this book which was really hard to follow, I felt as if the author skipping around too much. We're in the past, we're in the present, we're at the scene of his mother's death. We (the reader) begin to get confused. Dazed and Confused? I don't think this is done intentionally in what is an awkward read. It is a short awkward read though which is good.

The book is about this obliterated assassin who is picked to go on a mission to kill the King. He (the assassin) has a rather hard time with this task simply because he is never told straight out by anyone to kill the King. He has this dream or you think it's a dream where this giant snake tells him to kill the King but, Abdullah-Harazins the main antagonist never tells Anazasi the assassin to kill the King. We get a sense of maddening as Anazasi falls under the spell of drug use and the reader takes us inside a world I don't understand.

This book also seems a little offensive from the perspective of the perfect male fantasy is a paradise cove of a waterpark where the man gets to have an orgy with dozens of young naked women from every ethnic background in the world and sip cognac next to a waterfall afterwards.

There were a few good things about it. There was one or two beautiful sentences and I particularly like a lot of the alliteration with the snake, "ASsSsSsASsSsSinS...KkKill the KkKing."
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4.0 out of 5 stars 420 origin and myth? September 2, 2004
By Kinau
Format:Paperback
This is a well thought out and clever book about the American Drug culture. The author combines a fictional history of the Assassin (The Hasan of Sabbah) into everyday american comic book folklore, and the result is The 4 Hundred and 20 Assassins of Emir Abdullah-Harazins. The story follows Anazasi on his quest for paradise into the dark jungles of Harazin's lair, but is really an introspective look at the mind of a 20th century pot smoker. Phish and Dead fans will identify with this quasi-myth about a garden so beautiful and prince so infamous, his very name is synonomous with assassin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pot smoking Assassins May 29, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
420 What is the origin? DeMarco has some fun with this one in this morbid tale about a pot smoking assassin and a garden so beautiful...I guarantee most men would want to enter. The garden is filled with naked women, fruits, and all the marijuana you can smoke. It is based on the life of Hassan El Sabbah, who is credited as being the inventor of the Assassin as a poltical tool throughout the middle east. This will probably be a cult classic in 10 years. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hashishiyyins (Assassins) August 16, 2004
By Annyssa
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The Hashishiyyins were a religious sect that did exist right after the middle ages in Persia, their leader was a man named Hassan El Sabbah, who had this garden of absolute perfection. To join this religion you had to kill someone however. The story is fuzzy and DeMarco's depiction of it is fictional but it goes something like this, you were given hash and then allowed to enter this beautiful garden, where you would have sex with many women, eat fruits, and just live like a king. After a certain time you would be expelled and told if you ever wanted to come back to paradise you had to kill someone. This book is wild, "A male pornographic fantasy," of epic proportions. Check it out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Lost May 24, 2006
By Siann
Format:Paperback
"On top of Mount Zion, hidden high above the walls of the palace, it is said that there is a garden of absolute perfection. It's supposed to be a replica of Babylon or something like that. More beautiful than heaven," this is the fictitious garden of Emir Abdullah-Harazins. The garden is used as leverage throughout the book, as Emir (The Prince) Abdullah-Harazins gets young men to serve and kill for him. Harazins is in very little of the book but seems to shape the book through various flashbacks and descriptions of himself and his garden.

The book follows the hazy and stoned Anazasi on route to deliver his dead father's remains. Anazasi is in a mental and physical haze after everyone in his family has mysteriously died in various "accidents" and clearly does not want to be alive. As Anazasi gets wrapped up in his travels, he begins to suspect there is an ulterior motive for his assignment. Is he going crazy? Or is he really supposed to kill the king of his country?
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