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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933515155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933515151
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 8 2007
Format: Paperback
Dr Christine Palmer is on a simple pleasure getaway on her boat Windsom when he finds the sole survivor of a mysterious ship wreak. Unfortunately, the doctor's new companion, David Slaton, isn't exactly the average ship wreak victim. Although burned and battered, Slaton quickly takes over Windsom and directs the good doctor to take him to England immediately. Who is this guy and what is his problem?

The Perfect Assassin is a really memorable espionage thriller. I was drawn into the action from the very start all while trying to figure out who exactly David Slaton was, whether he was the good guy or the bad guy, and who exactly wanted him dead. I love the unexpected twist with the dead wife and child as the impetus for the main character's actions. I hope the author seriously considers turning this book into a movie. The effects and the action would be amazing on the big screen.
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I liked it and would recommend it to others captures the mid eastern politics quite well we'll crafted and documented
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good but the ending is too predictable off they go into the sunset the format presented was appealing...kept your interest & flowed
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148 of 155 people found the following review helpful
This has it all May 11 2006
By ellen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ward Larsen's 1st work is great - Has all the components to please just about anyone - Spy thriller, assassins, romance, race to avoid disaster, redemption...Larsen's David Slaton reminds me a little of David Silva's Gabriel Allon - both have had personal tragedies in their lives, both are proud of their ancestry, both excellent agents. It also does, as someone referred to, remind me of a Tom Clancy work, without the detailsdetailsdetails - in other words Perfect Assassin is a complete reader's dream. You will enjoy it.
79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
A promising debut novel Jan. 2 2007
By Debra Hamel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sailing solo across the Atlantic westward from France Dr. Christine Palmer, just finished with her third year of residency, pulls aboard a man clinging to a cooler amid the flotsam of a shipwreck. Christine's stumbling across the man in the middle of the ocean is a bit of needle-in-a-haystack good luck that she comes to wish had never happened. Her unexpected passenger--whose name, we eventually learn, is David Slaton--soon commandeers the boat and orders her to sail to England. It is, for Christine, the unpleasant start of a harrowing adventure that will see the two of them running simultaneously from Scotland Yard and from rogue elements within the Israeli secret service.

Ward Larsen tells his story from multiple points of view, his principal characters given just enough back story to make them sympathetic. Perhaps the most compelling of the lot is the Yard's Inspector Nathan Chatham, first introduced in chapter eight, a charming technophobe who is clever and quirky enough to anchor his own series. It is a pleasure, too, to watch our hero outsmart his adversaries using the training of a lifetime of service in Mossad. We certainly come to like Larsen's characters enough to want them to prevail, but it's also true that we are never really made to worry about them. Christine and David are placed in peril repeatedly in the book, but we never doubt that they will both come out safe in the end. Part of the reason for this may be that the bad guys never emerge as fully realized characters. There is no flesh-and-blood villain to root against.

Larsen's debut novel may not pack the sort of suspense that will keep you turning the pages too late at night, but it's a solid spy novel and a good quick read. I'll look forward to seeing more from this author.

-- Debra Hamel
53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Best book I've read in awhile May 2 2012
By Bruce Pettersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I do a lot of reading. I turn the news off after about 10 minutes and read for a couple of hours. If it's raining and I don't want to go anywhere, I read. I don't like paying a lot for my books and "The Perfect Assassin" was about at the top of the dollar amount. I usually depend on the reviews of others and in this case I was intrigued. I enjoyed the way the book started, he had you involved in the first few pages and it was never a put down book. I loved both characters. There were a couple of spots that weren't technically correct but they were easily overlooked by the story line. I highly recommend this book if you like spy novels. This one was well written I think I'll read some of his others. I read a bunch of Bob Mayers and enjoyed those also but then tired of his writing. So this was a nice change. Thanks for reading this and if you choose to buy this novel you won't be disappointed. BruceThe Perfect Assassin
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Just right! Feb. 26 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Perfect Assassin was a truly refreshing & enjoyable read. Just enough suspense & intrigue, well written, & quite believable. I appreciated a book with less than a paragraph of sex and even less profanity. It seems some authors have a vocabulary limited to 4 letter words, which in my opinion totally detracts from a good story. Looking for more.
119 of 144 people found the following review helpful
Nice Try, But Flawed Effort July 3 2009
By zorba - Published on Amazon.com
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Larsen is a Daniel Silva wannabe but, unfortunately, he comes up short. But his miss is not great and perhaps this promising writer, after a few more efforts, will someday achieve the status he seeks. The problem with "The Perfect Assassin" is that it's one of those thrillers which essentially amount to a 300-page chase to capture a misunderstood assassin who is really a good guy. And it's one of those breathless books in which several months' worth of activity takes place in a few days. The thin plot is predictable and is laden with laughable coincidence after coincidence which enable the hero to survive throughout the book. One of those coincidences is the female character who JUST HAPPENS to be sailing a boat across the Atlantic when the so-called assassin is about to drown, and WHO JUST HAPPENS to be a doctor, which will enable her to save his life later on, and so on. You know the kind of book I'm talking about -- think a poor Robert Ludlum. However, I did enjoy the book and read it through to the very predictable end. Not the best thriller I've read, but not the worst, either.

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