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- Print Length: 436 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FO1C8OG
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The Prologue describes the murder of a young man about to enter college after some time lost to drugs. We discover he is the son of Max Doerr, a resigned CIA agent now a New York newspaper editor and his deceased wife. Max and his new wife of one year, Gayle, are vacationing in the Dominican Republic when they receive a call from the NYPD about the murder. They return, and although Max is grief stricken he returns to work where he finds difficulty in dealing with the constant need to edit articles on murder and other depressing subjects, the necessity to spend much time alone because Gayle works endless hours at a highly paid but demanding job for one of the large banks, a mother suffering from Alzheimer's whom he must visit and a mother-in-law who hates him and repeatedly puts questions in her daughter's mind. Life goes on, however, he returns to work for the CIA, gets involved in more assignments, but again is disgusted with the politics, in-fighting and duplicity and the involvement of a man whom he is sure is his son's killer.
Much exists in this story for readers who like action, However, the story and individual episodes seem forced and disjointed, and the characters, although for the most part physically adequately described, do not appear `real' emotionally. Max's love for his wife and especially his son are purported to be great but his actions often do not appear to offer endorsement. His lack of emotion certainly could reflect the thought processes of a professional killer of his stature, but then his `fainting upon seeing his son's body' does not `fit the picture' nor do other subsequent actions. A minor but additionally annoying feature of this presentation is the simplistic manner of presentation and the recurring lack of use of a, the, an, etc.
In summary: a basically good plot idea with sufficient action but a somewhat disjointed, simplistic presentation lacking in the ability to offer characters with whom to empathize or even gain credence for much of their activity. I just received notification that a better edited revision has been published recently (March 2014) Reviewed by John H. manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction autghor.
With this cleared up. “The Assassin” is a real page turner and I am impressed how this author has grown since his first attempt. The style is still a bit chaotic and the dialogue too sophomoric and needs to mature subsequently. Not knowing anything about the CIA’s world I was easily drawn into the fast paced and gripping suspense and there is a lot of it. The characterization is varied and we have a very riveting lead man. The plot is good but is the run of the mill storyline with many gaps for us to fill and few flowery details to trip over.
Overall this novel is entertaining and is a thrill for anyone who enjoys fictionalized stories around of CIA and its operatives those hunting terrorists planning attacks in order to kill as many US citizens as possible.
Even worse, the writing style is abysmal. This author writes as if English is not his first language. With incredible frequency, he omits articles such as “a”, “an”, or “the.” Furthermore, he omits or misuses prepositions such as “from”, “on”, and “in.” No, these errors don’t appear in dialogue to develop a character, but in general narration. Word choices are incorrect. (A character “unassembled” a rifle, instead of “disassembled” it.) Metaphors are awkward and inappropriate.
There are many good authors who write within this genre. This one isn’t worth reading.
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