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- Print Length: 184 pages
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- Publication Date: May 27, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YFBJM6I
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Duke: The Education of an Assassin: (The Fixer Origins: Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This installment of the fixer series is a character piece. The author has planned a few of these pieces.
These books will gives the back story of the characters and also how they became part of JC Bannisters crew.
To be completely honest, while I loved the series I was really on the fence about reading a book devoted to just one of the characters. I'm very glad I did.
This is one of the best books in the series and it's exciting to watch a new author as he improves his skills, one of the great things about indie authors. The movie references took me back to some of my favorites from the past.
The story starts out with Duke coming to a cross roads in his life. Presented with a job that on the surface seems like little risk for big payout. The truth however couldn't be further from the truth and Duke will learn that his impulsive decision comes with deadly consequences. We follow Duke around the world as he's used by a puppet master who thinks he's hidden in the shadows. Blackmailed into being a personal assassin Duke must find ways to fulfill the hits, which he does in sometime specular fashion, while figuring out how to cut the strings. It's a mistake to underestimate Duke and his intelligence and contacts will prove that sometime the bite is much worse than the bark.
The author did a great job of building the character and showing us where Duke came from and what motivates him. We come to understand his intense loyalty to JC and Joan. Duke is a highly intelligent operator with nerves of steel and an iron will to protect those he loves and respects even at the cost of his life.
I always thought of Duke as the comic relief of the series but now that I know him I see that behind the joker is a deadly warrior waiting to be unleashed at the first sign of a threat.
I have already read the complete Fixer season 1 so this book was a must read. This book can be read after reading the Fixer series books or as an introduction into the writing of Rex Carpenter. He has written excellent books in this genre and I hope his next book will soon be published.
Duke's education begins with his recruitment off the Hawaii beach to learn to be an assassin of the highest expertise.
His story of growth and self discovery is a terrific read and I highly recommend it to anyone who would like a thrilling adventure.
The Fixer team of characters are an intriguing group of excellent assassins and their character development and interactions are not to be missed. Wish I could give this book more than 5 stars as it really deserves a 10!