• I Am the Weapon

  • The Unknown Assasin, Book 1
  • By: Allen Zadoff
  • Narrated by: John Salwin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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I Am the Weapon

By: Allen Zadoff
Narrated by: John Salwin
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Publisher's Summary

They needed the perfect assassin.

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone to die - of "natural causes". 

Mission accomplished; Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target. But when The Program assigns him to the mayor of New York City, things change. Somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and a girlfriend; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's mission.

In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a pause-resisting thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.

©2014 Allen Zadoff (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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Orphan X Kids Club

This is sort of interesting despite being highly improbable. Like Orphan X, Ben is taken at 12 and trained in super-spy techniques, then by 16 is sent out on assassination missions. The difference between the orphans is that Ben must make phony relationships to get close to his target before the kill. Ben has moved many times and gotten "in" at many schools. Orphan X's distance kills seem more believable than Ben's instant relationships.

In this tale, he has 5 days to kill the mayor of New York. To do so he befriends the mayor's daughter at his new school. On day 2 of this assignment, after attending a teen party at the mayor's home, she says, "I'm beginning to have feelings for you....Do you have feelings for me?" Yes, I know all about Romeo and Juliet and I myself (believe it or not) have had fast teen romances, but still. He should have answered her, "Gee, Samara, I dunno, we just met yesterday, and I need to kill your father."

The reveals at the end alleviate some of the hard-to-swallow-ness, but the whole setup just takes a lot of belief suspension to get through. I will still give the next volume a chance since Ben is starting to do some thinking, and he has made a real friend here along the way.

The narration makes the book sound more amateurish, but by the end you get used to it, so it ends up interesting.

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Absolutely amazing!! I loved this book

I loved this book the story is amazing and so is the narrator! Must buy

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great read

it was great...the story was well written I liked the ending, it was very surprising.

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decent story, cringe-worthy performance

You are better off reading a physical copy.

This is very much young adult novel, which, under normal circumstances would be ok and enjoyable...

...but the terrible voice seems to somehow amplify the far-fetched-ness and cringe factor beyond my tolerance.

if you are looking for a young adult, teenage spy, assassins and romance book to satisfy a guilty pleasure, this book might be for you; just don't listen to it, read it!

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Interesting

It was an interesting listen, and the different voices were performed well. Plot twists were predictable, and characters were a tad cliché. All in all, I can't wait to finish the series and see what happens next.

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I said she said.

when 90% of the book is the phrase I said she said every 30 seconds it's not gonna get a high rating.

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only one small thing

my only irritation was the constant use of "I said" "he said" "she said" like grade school writing at points. other than that, good book