Now, it's personal for Osbourne. Consumed by his dark obsession with the assassin, he's willing to risk his family, his career, and his life - to settle a score...
©2003 Daniel Silva; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"The prose is slick, and readers will find themselves racing through these pages as the body count grows and the conclusion nears. The Mark of the Assassin is a worthy effort from a rising star." (Amazon.com review)
After reading a lot of praise for the author and listening to a friend who likes his books very much, I took the plunge. I persevered through the first few chapters before I couldn't bear any more of the unbelievable opinions of a couple of the Israeli characters, the incredible premises on which the story seemed to be based (a super-agent for the Mossad who is also about the best art restorer in the world) and a super-assassin who is able to plan and coordinate highly complicated missions with split second timing that go off perfectly. It was just too ridiculous. If it's not fantasy or supernatural, it has to be reasonably credible and this book isnt. The only character I found at all likable or sympathetic was the young boy. The first hour was crammed with different stories that I found it hard to get into at all. I left it aside 2 or 3 times before I was able to get into it, by which time it was too late to return it.
I thought the narrator was pretty good, though his Israeli accent was completely wrong and he put the accent on the wrong syllable in a very common 2-syllable Israeli name (most listeners won't notice) and I didn't listen to more than about 3 hours of the book.
Kept waiting for the story to begin. Then, in chapter 11 or 12, the author reveals the bad guy and his (their) plan is unveiled in ...like...comic book style, with the head bad guy telling us his full plan. All that was missing was an evil laugh and a vow to his minions that "They'll never stop us!" Yeah...I couldn't continue after that. It just wasn't well written. It was like something you'd find in a grade school library (minus the swear words, of course). Christopher Lane is wonderful, though. Gonna try to get my money back.
Transitioning from his Israel centered series he builds up gradually to a tense climax. All's well that ends well yet he leaves a tag for possible sequels. Held attention to the very end.
I am very much a fan of most of Daniel Silva's novels, but not this one. I'm glad this wasn't the first of his that I read/listened to, or it might have been my last.
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