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)
Not sure if it'd make a difference in print; but Christopher Lane's performance was exceptional. The most enjoyable of all narrators for Daniel Silva's books; even without the British accent
Not really, enjoyable but predictable
Too many characters involved. I guess I'm used to the way the Gabriel Alon's series integrates the characters from one book to the other, without having to expand so much in each book. I'm still a Daniel Silva fan, no matter what.
I have listened to all of the Gabriel Allon series and really enjoyed them. So it was with some anticipation that I decided to listen to Mark of the Assassin. What a total disappointment.
The plot, characters, secret relationships, and motives were all beyond anything that even the most loony of conspiracy nuts could conjure. Capping these were the predictable stereotyping of political parties and religion.
I could not really engage with any of the characters on either side. In fact, half way through the book I was writing a sequel in my mind... “A Bullet for Elizabeth”. Her self centered and self-important persona was only made more annoying by her constant whining. I was starting to feel sorry for Michael but then realized that they really deserved each other.
Then there were the somewhat random and contrived sex scenes that added nothing to the story. These just seemed to be completing some imagined sex scene quota for books of this genre.
What was most peculiar was that many of the Gabriel Allon characters appeared in this book... but in name only. None of their descriptions, characteristics, or history bore any resemblance to how they later appeared. I can’t imagine why Silva decided to later use these characters’ names but change everything else about them.
If this had been my first Silva book, it would have been my last. Thankfully it was not.
I tried my best to listen to this book but the narration is horrible. The narrator makes every character sound out of breath, near death or completely disinterested in their role. I just finished Command Authority read by Lou Diamond Phillips. He is a master at multiple authentic accents and made the book come to life. I will listen to anything he narrates. Scott Brick, Peter Giles, George Guidall, Paul Michael and Phil Gigante are the other masters. I will listen to anything these professionals narrate. Skip this Audible book and read it on your Kindle instead. Silva is an excellent writer (5 stars) and I have every expectation that this will be another great story. But, not as an Audible listen because this narrator is just terrible.
I like Silva's stories - the adventure, the action and his descriptions! But this book has a passage describing dinner that is served while the hero is visiting at a private home. It is the funniest section I have ever heard, this part alone is worth the books price.
I wait for Silva's books with anticipation but I will think 5 times over before purchasing another of his books. I kept listening and listening waiting for something to happen. There was only description after description, hardly any story whatsoever. When it finally did get going (over half way through) the good part lasted for about 2 chapters and was then over. I have seldom been so bored. I'm so sad to write this.
I have come to expect a wonderful book from Daniel Silva; however, this book is a major disappointment. I expect interesting plots well written from this author but this book is awful. Silva should stick with writing in a European or Middle Eastern setting instead of bringing his political biases to writing a trite, uninteresting story set in Washington. Shame on Silva!
A shallow, unimaginative novel. The plot is soooo cliche'; the protagonists are almost as unlikeable as the villains; and, the ending is weak. The only reason I gave it two stars is because the narrator does a fine job. However, good narration cannot save a poor novel.
Very typical villains. It is a tired story that would be perfect for Hollywood.
I was hoping for something like a Vince Flynn, but I found the story really predictable, super disappointed with the ending.
Seemed like a long book; but, wasn't very much actually. Book involved Washington DC political actions, money, power and ego--it seemed like every time I turned it on, somebody was getting whacked. The book postulated an international secret society that viewed itself as the global ruler and their political goals involved murder and mayhem. Hmmmm......
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