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The Mark of the Assassin Audiobook

The Mark of the Assassin

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Publisher's Summary

When a commercial airliner is blown out of the sky off the East Coast, the CIA scrambles to find the perpetrators. A body is discovered near the crash site with three bullets to the face: the calling card of a shadowy international assassin. Only agent Michael Osbourne has seen the markings before - on a woman he once loved.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Dash New Jersey 10-18-10
    Dash New Jersey 10-18-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "My first read of Silva"

    It was an okay book. Not great but not bad. Slow as hell in the beginning but overall pretty good. I'm going to try another one of his titles and see if it's any better. One thing is for sure, Michael's wife Elizabeth... biggest pain in the ass I've ever heard. Someone should have shot her in the book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ramsy Irvine, CA, USA 03-25-10
    Ramsy Irvine, CA, USA 03-25-10
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    "Same as other books"

    I liked Moscow Rules and the Defector better by Dan Silva. This is very similar. In Moscow Rules and Defector the main character is a painter and carrys a 9mm Berreta. In Mark of the Assassin the Bad guy is the painter who carrys the Berreta.

    Come on, mix it up a little. Its not bad though

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Sydney, Australia 09-20-14
    Mark Sydney, Australia 09-20-14 Member Since 2015

    Musician, composer, entertainer. I travel around Australia presenting clinics on drums and percussion. I write music from my home studio. I love film music and salsa music. Love being with Audible and listen constantly to comedy, thrillers etc on my iPhone when I'm setting up my show, packing the van or driving to and from the gigs. It's my friend in my ear!

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    "Drivel"

    Awful narration. Gave up on this one when the fourth rate James Stewart impersonation began. What do these guys think a listener will do when they hear that? Wait for the John Wayne character to come along? Not me, I'm off. This narrator joins a growing black list of story tellers to avoid. Rubbish.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    readygonow 02-27-10
    readygonow 02-27-10
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    "Shallow & Cliche'"

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    C. F Fulbright 09-21-17
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    "Silva Must Wish He Could Take This One Back"
    Any additional comments?

    "The Mark of the Assassin" was terrible. Having read/listened over the past year to the 17 Gabriel Allon books by Daniel Silva, I was shocked by how bad this book is. It reads like a first book written by a reporter who's decided to change careers. Clearly Silva raised his game before he got to the Allon series.

    SPOILER ALERT
    The dialogue between the hero and his wife is whiny. The sex scenes are embarrassing - and unnecessary. The plot contrivances are unbelievable. And the main plot element - that CEO of a major US weapons manufacturer and senior leaders of several foreign spy agencies, including Mossad ops chief Ari Shamron belong to a secret criminal organization like SPECTRE in the James Bond series - made me think of the silly Austin Powers movies.

    The wife shooting the Red Army Faction woman with a bow-and-arrow was telegraphed from the very beginning of the book when you hear she's a crack archer. And the killing itself reminded me of Glenn Close getting killed at the end of "Fatal Attraction".

    Silva also burned a number of the characters in his later Gabrield Allon series. As mentioned, Ari Shamron is a bad guy. Adrian Carter is weak. Mike Harari rather than Gabriel Allon killed most of the PLO terrorists during Operation Wrath of God. At least Graham Seymour comes off as a good guy. But you wonder why Silva used these same names for the Gabriel Allon series, when he'd used them here for essentially different characters.

    At times I felt like the book made me lose respect for Daniel Silva despite the uniform excellence of his later Gabriel Allon books.

    I listened to the book on Audible. The reader, Christopher Lane, makes the book even worse than it probably is in the print edition. Perhaps Lane's reading is what made the hero's wife so whiny, but I think Silva's writing also is responsible for that. All of his foreign accents sound like a bad Jamaican imitation.

    If I were Daniel Silva, I would wish I'd never written this book, and re-issue it under a pseudonym.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Early Daniel Silva"

    I have read almost all of Silva's books and guess that this one predates his current very popular Mosad series. This appears to be the foundation of that series. The story is very enjoyable and we'll written.
    The narrator does a great characterization of the voices.
    I have enjoyed all of Silvas books. Now I can listen to his latest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susi 08-25-17
    Susi 08-25-17
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    "Bummer!"

    Love his Gabriel Alon series. This was awful. Stilted women. Way too much sex and terrible at that. No likeable characters. Kept thinking of stopping but hoed for better. Never came. Ugh

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    Keisha Glenn Detroit, MI United States 04-25-17
    Keisha Glenn Detroit, MI United States 04-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Daniel Silva never disappoints!"

    His stories are always compelling, enthralling tales, and his narrators are consistently dynamic and entertaining!

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    Amazon Customer 04-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Quite different from others I have read by Mr.Silva but totally enjoyable. I liked the diversity. If you like books by Daniel Silva you should read this one.

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    Cassandra Owens 03-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Silva work of art!"

    Silva's attention to detail is captivating! Imagery at it's finest! Another winner! Didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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