PLOT OR PREMISE
Connor Fitzgerald is an assassin for the CIA. Black ops at its best. But when the CIA director orders a hit, and then wants to hide her involvement from the President, she tries to send Fitzgerald on an one-way futile assignment to Russia to prepare an assassination of the Russian Premier. Fitzgerald’s ex-mentor gets involved and figures out the plan, but too late to save CF from getting caught. A couple of twists later, however, and Fitzgerald is back in the States with the same mission — kill the Premier while he sits next to the President.
WHAT I LIKED
The storylines were inventive and well done. Not quite at the level of Clancy or De Mille, but well done still. The writing is first-rate and the story moves along at a good clip.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
The relations between the CIA and Fitzgerald, and between the CIA and the Oval Office are not sufficiently fleshed out, leaving the story as having a little too light of a touch for the genre. As well, a couple of the twists are too well-telegraphed and you see them a mile off. As well, a small twist at the end, although expected, is handled far too lightly for the likely reality of the situation.
THE BOTTOM LINE / TWEET
Story moves along at good clip.
Legend: 1/5 Finished 2/5 Not bad 3/5 Good 4/5 Enjoyable 5/5 Excellent
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
- Year of Release: 1998
- Publisher: Harper Collins
- ISBN/ASIN: 0-06-019150-3
- Series: Stand-alone
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