Assassin’s Code by Ward Larsen

Assassin’s Code by Ward LarsenAssassin's Code by Ward Larsen
Published by Macmillan-Tor/Forge Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Former assassin David Slaton discovers a cryptic message: on a memory stick, a photograph of the man who will soon assume command of DGSI, France’s elite counterterrorism force. With the country reeling under a wave of ISIS attacks, Zavier Baland will be trusted to make the Republic safe again. The problem—Slaton has seen Baland’s face before. He is Ali Samir, a terrorist Slaton is certain he killed fifteen years earlier. Unable to reconcile these facts, he heads west to investigate.

Thousands of miles away, ISIS’s chief information officer tries to keep networks running amid crumbling infrastructure. With the caliphate’s very survival at stake, the leadership commits to a last-ditch gambit: France must be attacked on a massive scale, forcing the West into the battle of the Apocalypse.

I had never read a David Slaton book before, but I was interested in getting on board with a new thriller writer. The main character is a former Mossad assassin who gets hooked back into a life of mystery and intrigue in a fairly standard plot device for such this kind of book. It was very reminiscent in that way of the Jason Bourne series in style, and for the most part it kept me sucked into the world.

If I had a criticism of the book, I never really understood what the stakes were in this book. Yes, there was a terrorist who might be getting appointed as the head of some French intelligence agency. But these things just feel like the excuse to write a book in this world, where as the personal story is the more interesting.

It has been a couple of weeks since I finished this book, and I really don’t feel like it had an effect on me that would keep me coming back, in the same way that books by Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy have. This was a relatively middle-of-the-road book that was just okay.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

three-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
three-stars
Pacing
three-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

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