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The Assassins (The Judd Ryder Books) Hardcover – June 30, 2015
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About the Author
GAYLE LYNDS is the bestselling, award-winning author of several international espionage thrillers including Masquerade, The Last Spymaster, and The Book of Spies. A member of the Association for Intelligence Officers, she is co-founder (with David Morrell) of the ITW (International Thriller Writers). She lives in Maine.
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What has always been vintage Gayle Lynds now pushes through new thresholds of razor-sharp pacing and suspense. In THE ASSASSINS, every character, every setting comes to life in a plot that winds and whips your anticipation to the last word. But, in honing her storytelling skills, Gayle continues to demonstrate how thrillers can also be examples of exceptional literature. In her novels, students can find the literary devices of great novels: similes, metaphors, alliteration and assonance. For example, "the house looks as if it is hatching the hill," or "deep lines cross-hatched her cheeks." In one sentence, Gayle captures the history of a house within the limits of its description: "Maison Tiskiwin was a large Moroccan house of graceful arches and old tiles, stuffed with art and artifacts illustrating the legendary Gold Road, the caravan route from the Atlas Mountains to Timbuktu." Masterful settings are trademark Gayle Lynds and one of the reasons I love reading her novels.
At the same time as Gayle entertains and teases us with gripping suspense, she also teaches us history. Many in North America do not understand the cultures and politics of Iraq and Iran other than America's need to access/control Middle East oil. Through THE ASSASSINS, we come to better understand the driving forces behind the rivalry of these two countries and what outside influences do to keep the balance of power unstable. As always, it leads to the continued suffering of ordinary citizens.
The plot has been well reviewed. There is no need to examine it again, except to say once again, Judd, Eva and the Carnivore survive to live in yet another story I can't wait to read. Bravo, Gayle!!!!
her novels and every one is a superb read. If you haven't read any of her works yet, you owe it to yourself to start now!
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