assassin's game book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Assassin’s Game is the second book in this series and since I could not find an actual name for the series, I christen it The Kidon. It is Hebrew for bayonet and is also the code name for some of Israel’s assassins. Which is actually ironic considering that the name assassin came from an Islamic religious sect. I started this series with this book and I am tempted to pick up the first one. While you don’t need to read the first for this one to make sense, I would recommend it (there’s only two so far!)

Slaton, aka Deadmarsh, has been living a quiet life in the US, most recently working for a landscaper putting in retaining walls. His wife is in Sweden at a medical seminar when he gets a text from her. He drops everything and flies over. What he finds is a flubbed attempt at a kidnapping but his wife is still missing.

He soon learns who was behind it. It’s his old place of work and they want him to do ‘one last job’. They will then leave him and his wife alone. Needless to say this makes him a very unhappy person. And David Slaton is a very dangerous person to have against you.

The job. To kill a famous and dangerous nuclear physicist working on Iran’s nuke program. It appears he will actually make it succeed. And soon.

This turns into a very interesting game of cat and mouse with several very serious twists that I didn’t figure out until almost the end. It also becomes very interesting when the last pieces are fit, why David was ‘asked’ to play his part in the drama. It’s a bit shocking what some are willing to send others to do.

Overall, I found the story to be very engaging and certainly fast paced. It kept me on the edge of my seat and had several very good puzzles. It wasn’t just action to keep you busy until the end. There was plenty of other things going on to keep one thinking. A good thriller!

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Macmillan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.