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The Assassin: A Novel (Tommy Carmellini) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Coonts

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Bestseller Coonts's exciting third thriller to star reformed burglar turned CIA operative Tommy Carmellini (after The Traitor) raises a timely issue—the lack of well-to-do Americans on combat duty in the war against terrorism. When an Iraqi bomb kills Huntington Winchester's only child, a Harvard med student who joined the navy out of patriotism, the grieving father decides he and his privileged friends aren't doing enough to defend civilization against the jihadist threat. Winchester gets tacit approval from one of those friends, the unnamed U.S. president, for him and some other well-to-do types to finance their own private war. When al-Qaeda mastermind Abu Qasim discovers the identities of those in Winchester's group and targets them, Carmellini and his CIA boss, Adm. Jake Grafton, determine to set a trap that involves Qasim's possible daughter. Though the constant switching between various points-of-view distracts at times, the action moves swiftly to its Hollywood ending. Author tour. (Aug.) ""
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"Only a gifted performer could bring such an incredible story to life and, equally important, make it believable. Dennis Boutsikaris is the right man for the job. He provides realistic accents for the colorful characters that abound. Furthermore, he knows exactly when to ratchet up the tension and bring listeners to the edge of their seats. Ultimately, Boutsikaris makes the unbelievable seem like breaking news. Incredible!"—AudioFile on The Assassin
"...[Boutsikaris's] performance is wonderfully restrained, and he deftly fuses narration and reportage."
Library Journal on The Assassin
“Dennis Boutsikaris packs his presentation with a dazzling variety of accents and characters of both genders. However, he is at his best as Carmellini. Boutsikaris provides a unique vocal identity with an expression and tempo that match Tommy’s wiseacre attitude. With just a little imagination, listeners get the feeling they are sharing a beer with Carmellini while Tommy tells his fascinating story. It doesn't get much better than this.”—AudioFile on The Traitor, Winner of the Earphones award for truly exceptional presentations

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (April 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UZPH62
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Take Off Roll On This One Jan. 23 2009
By John R. Linnell - Published on
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Stephen Coonts is a pilot and a novelist. This book had me stumped for a while as the narrative just kept plodding along. I have read a lot of accounts lately of the Eighth Air Force in England during WW2 and this book reminded me of the long take off roll of a fully loaded B-17 on the way to Germany. Gathering speed slowly, all engines straining, the bomber leaves the air strip with little to spare and slowly forms up with its mates and heads to the target.

For what seemed like the longest time, I wondered if this book was ever going anywhere. The plot line has been explained by others and maybe it is necessary to take so much time to wind this story up, however once we get to the point where the bodies on both sides start droppping like flies, things get very interesting.

This author has given us a lot of very readable novels in the past and while this one isn't his best, there is still some bite in his writing and I am glad I stuck it out. That may not be the highest praise, but it is honest.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Authors should not insult their reader's intelligence Nov. 9 2008
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on
I've read nearly all of Coonts' novels and would call myself a tepid fan of his work. Coonts can range from absolutely terrific to pretty bad. "The Assassin", however, is the first Coonts novel I've ever set aside without finishing. In fact, I gave it up at page 75.


Because there is not a smidgen of credibility in the book. Coonts draws on recent headlines for his plot line and that becomes a part of the problem. Coonts uses the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko with Polonium-20 as the weapon. Not a good thing to do since anyone who followed the news of that truly unique act knows that Coonts is simply borrowing it for the story. There is no credibility to Coonts' back story. To be believable, Coonts should have invented his own narrative from the same base.

The main characters, Jake Grfton and Tommy Carmellini, are back again - and frankly they have beome threadbare. Grafton, the retired Admiral and intelligence czar, was at one time a formidable character. Now, frankly, his dialog bounces mercurially from all-knowing to stuck on stupid. Carmellini, who speaks to us in the first-person while everyone else uses third-person, needs help with his sex addiction. The plot device of a privately financed, government executed campaign against Muslim terrorists is unbelievable from the very first words describing it.

The Abu Qasim character, supposedly the world's most feared terrorist, whom no one can identify by sight is - here's that word agsain - unbelievable. His alleged daughter, who is now a French socialite (and, of course, rich and stunningly beautiful) is also unbelievble.

All of this mind numbing, silly nonsense comes in the first 62 pages. Then Coonts unloads on his technically literate audience with the introduction of Robin Cloyd. The stereotyped description is enough to cause teeth grinding: "Robin was a technical genius, a tall, gawky young woman who lived in jeans and sweatshirts because the rooms where she spent her working life were filled with computers and heavily air conditioned. She also wore glasses, large, thick ones . . . "

Coonts needs an advisor. Being intelligent and even a "geek" doesn't mean you look weird. Also, most people who do what are soon described as Robin's work, would not be in a computer room. Coonts obviously doesn't understand what computer networks are all about.

Within moments, however, Coonts goes from awful to horrible. Robin is described as a "data-mining exert who had been working for NSA. She had been temporarily transferred to the CIA and assigned as Jake's office assistant." Office assistant? Coonts obviously is clueless as to what data-mining is, which he demonstrates in the very next sentence: "One of the many things she did for the admiral [presumably including coffee fetching?] was to hack her way around the Internet, which was, of course, illegal."

Of course, Coonts doesn't know what hacking is. Coonts doesn't know what the word Internet means. Coonts not only doesn't know what he is talking about, he insults those who do.

Coonts has his "office assistant" on a moment's notice "hack" into the computers of the three of the richest people in the world, all leaders of large businesses. No problem. Takes only a few seconds. Nonsense.

But Coonts keeps right on going. Having cracked these systems in seconds, Robin isolates their email accounts, saying "They're using a fairly sophisticated encryption code . . ." Of course, she cracks it in seconds.

You can get free encryption programs that are essentially invulnerable to cracking. Coonts is not only apparently unaware of that, but thinks everyone else is to.

At that point, I lasted another 13 pages as the plot and characters went from dumb to dumber.

This is not Coonts at his prime. Far from it, this is Coonts approaching rock bottom. Avoid this turkey.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Something like a second-rate Hollywood thriller April 11 2009
By Suc Hamate - Published on
This novel has a very clear theme: fighting the never-ending anti-terrorist war.
What's different from the reality is that the momentum behind the war is not the will and strength of the American government and its allies, but several billionaires and dignitaries.
Coonts weaved certains plots of contemporary news into his novel, e.g. the poisoning of a Russian dissenter. The novel is entertaining to some extent but not beyond expectation at all. In fact, you'll soon find that the twists and turns of the protaganists' fates are within your easy imagination, thus reducing the fun of reading.
Have you every watched the movie, True Lies? This novel is just something like that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Assassin Feb. 2 2009
By Rob Ski - Published on
The Assassin is the first book i have read in years... I am hooked on Coont's writing now. The book did leave you jumping around a bit, but it was very good. Since then I have read The Traitor and Liar and Thieves. They both kept me busy every night. The wife was getting alittle upset... I just ordered Cuba, America and Liberty. Now i am waiting to read the rest of his creations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the assinin Feb. 5 2013
By Donald Tidlund - Published on
After a good start it turned out to be a bore. This author fell asleep. I know I did after about page 50. A very weak attempt after a pretty good beginning. Buyer be ware. A waste of money.

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