I have to admit it. I caught the espionage bug. Maybe I’ve always had it? Between Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels, and Jason Bourne starring on the pages of Ludlum’s books, to Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp character . . . (and I suppose it goes without saying, and yet, here I am saying it, there seems always to have been, and continues to be Ian Flemming’s Bond ).
So for someone like me, someone with the espionage bug, there is little that is more satisfying than finding a new author. Ward Larsen is that new author. I was sent his latest novel to read and review. Thing is, I can’t start in the middle of a series. So I went back and ordered his first three novels. The main character is David Slaton. He is a “highly trained Israeli assassin.” THE PERFECT ASSASSIN is the first book in a thrilling, international spy series.
A secret mission to move two nuclear weapons across the ocean doesn’t go as planned. The ship sinks. There is only one survivor found floating out in the middle of the ocean. Little does Dr. Christine Palmer realize, her life is about to change forever. The sailing trek she set out on was meant to honor her father and a break from medical school. When she pulls on board, David Slaton, the man from the ocean, deadly chaos ensues.
When Palmer pulled Slaton from the ocean, she inadvertently put her life in danger. Those responsible for the sinking of the vessel know she has an idea of where the ship went down. And, because she plucked a man out of the ocean, was any secret information divulged? When a slew of top agents turns up murdered, Slaton is the prime suspect.
Mostly on his own, Slaton and Palmer have to work fast to unravel an international mystery. If they fail the stolen nukes will be detonated. Slaton thinks he might know who is behind the theft because it is the same person responsible for the slaughter of his wife and young daughter years ago.
Amazing characters. I was worried I would have to take notes (like I do/did when I read Tom Clancy books), but this was not the case. Ward Larsen’s smooth writing gently nudges the memory of who is who. The dialogue is spot on. The tension is constant and constantly builds. I really enjoyed Slaton and Palmer together. The way this book ended … I can’t wait to jump right in and read ASSASSIN’S GAME!