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on December 1, 2009
Second in the futuristic trilogy, Sins of the Assassin was a disappointment after having enjoyed the first in the series. During the first quarter of the book, Ferrigno wastes too much ink in recall each time a snippet from this book relates to an event from the first. For a reader choosing this as their first of the trio, some recall is needed but this was way overdone in comparison to other series authors.
As developed in the first novel, the former United States has been divided into several regions, the two most controversial being the Islamic Republic and the Bible Belt. In this sequel, the protagonist Rakkim Epps and his sidekick the adolescent prodigy Leo have been directed by the President to recover a hidden weapon developed by the former US which lies buried beneath a mountain in the Belt. In the right hands, the weapon is hoped to relieve tension between the divisive states.
Once underway, the reader is led from one fantastic adventure to another. Each time, Rakkim emerges stronger and unscathed thanks to his superhuman Fedayeen powers. Each godless group Rikki encounters is at odds with the next group but all are acting for the greater good of God or Allah. There is so much continual praise for one god or another, it becomes trite.
In the final few chapters, as predicted the weapon is recovered, a war is fought and a few characters change allegiance; nothing is what it appears in this brave new world. But its not that exciting either.
Arriving home with a portion of the treasure, our protagonists find the President and Vice President have been assassinated, the cities are in chaos and Rakkhim and Leo are forced into hiding. At books end, we are left with a continent in peril while Rakkhim hunts down and kills an elusive adversary. Many questions are left unanswered and that is the reason for the third book in the series. For me, I can live not knowing the answers.
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