A high-octane thriller from the author of The Perfect Assassin.
David Slaton has a good life. He has a new wife and a house in the Virginia suburbs. But he also has a dark past. Slaton is a former kidon, the most lethal Israeli assassin ever created.
After decades of work, a brilliant scientist has taken Iran to the threshold of its dream - a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. Mossad must eliminate the man, but with a spy lurking high in its ranks there is only one option: bring back Slaton. The kidon has vowed to never kill again, but when his wife is attacked and forced to flee across Europe, events force his hand.
Slaton plots to assassinate one of the most closely guarded men on Earth. Success is improbable. Survival unlikely. Only when he learns the labyrinthine truth does Slaton see one high-stakes chance. A chance for an assassin’s game….
©2014 Ward Larsen (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The challenge is to write more than fifteen words to reiterate the title: this book is awful, on every level. Each page is worse than the one preceding it. The book has high pretensions of being an international spy thriller cum romance cum you name it, and fails equally badly at each endeavor, separately and together.
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My significant other laughs at me for being a review person.... I will read a ton of reviews before buying a audio book or I take a chance. I also feel responsible to write reviews based off the latter statement. This book had no audible reviews - So I took a chance.. The reviews that were available were based of book purchases and they were 50/50.. I love the occasional assassin book and decided to go for this one... Unfortunately I have to say that this Audio book was terrible. Luke Daniels has a great voice - But he butchered the accents and the pitches in his voice were grating.. If I were to write a book - I would hope that if I had a story line based off a persons of person from another country. I would find a narrator with some idea of an accent that made sense... I looked up Ward Larsen after listening to this book and what I believed holds true. He is the whitest man you will come across. I say that because it shows in the fact that Luke Daniels had the whitest voice for an Israeli Kidon you will ever hear.. It's hard to imagine a Mossad assassin when he sounds like an American white male....Not someone that lived in Israel for most of his life. Unfortunately a lot of narrators try to make this big gruff intimidating voice for tough guys and it is unnerving to me.. He also made this Israeli Kidon sound like he was in a constant state of anger and worry and that most definitely killed it for me... I imagine a Kidon being under constant control of his emotions. Not some guy that sounds like he took some uppers. The other accented voices were also bad, as they all had the tendency to high pitch at the end of every sentence as if to emphasize a point. If I wanted this audio book to be successful - I would take it off the market - Get the readers that wrote the House of Sand and fog and narrated it - Brilliantly by the way - And eat whatever you paid Luke Daniels - And re-release it after it was narrated again... If this book was o.k. - I would never know. The idea behind the story line seemed to have some promise - But getting there seemed very weak. . I honestly could not make it more than 2 hours in before quitting. It did not hold my interest on any level..
For what it's worth. J
I liked the story. I hated the narator
Yes. The family issue needs to be resolved.
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
For Crying OUT LOUD!!! I love this character and love the action as well as the unexpected twist and turns in this novel. I like it David Slaton's success. As I pull into my office in the morning, after listening...I find myself saying to myself "I love this shit". But then comes the stupid insipid woman...who marries an assassin (spoiler alert) and doesn't want him to kill???? She puts him into an untenable situation where he is between a rock and hard place and she makes it worse. It is disappointing to see the new genre of assassins, not only in this novel, who kowtow to the women in theirs lives. Please tell me it isn't so. David can do better in the love department.
I could not even make it through chapter 1, story line is bad, reader of the book might be OK on another book, but overall it gets the worst review I have ever given.
Great story again. Not really fast moving as with the last book. Never boring but all scenes drawn out a bit. Action scenes and interludes. A poor writer couldn't get away with it, but Larsen can. Better reader this time, or more appropriate I should say. Not perfect to me, but good. I found the choice of voice for the lead character a little odd. A bit rough. Not a voice I would put to the character. Unless Larsen describes his voice that way. Having not read the books, I'm assuming this was the readers choice, or whomever produces the audio book. Anyway, on to book 3. Great series so far.
After reading the reviews on the first 2 novels I skipped them and listened to #3 first since the reviews for both the story line and the narration were good. I enjoyed it enough that I decided to go back despite the bad reviews and give the first 2 in the series a try. The Perfect Assassin is a good story with good characters and an interesting story line, however not the ideal choice of narrator. That should not preclude listening or reading it. This the second in the series has Luke Daniels as the narrator a big improvement. The plot and characters aren't bad either. I agree there are flaws but still worth a listen. It is true David sounds like an American vs. an Israeli and that his wife who in the first novel seemed more tolerant of who he is than in this story ... it is still worth a listen. There is room for improvement.
This was a very well done story that kept me guessing and did not want to stop listening. Spent longer sessions listening to see what happens next. was rewarded with the unexpected ending I never saw coming. Highly recommend this book.
The characters were written very vividly, and the story was just the right balance of intriguing without being overwrought.
If I could, I would have.
The narrator had a great range and did an excellent job of making each character very distinguishable from others.
Entertaining in the best adventure tradition that doesn't give much weight to character development. Clever strategies and misdirections, lots of stereotyping.
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