Lee Holz is a novelist, poet, opera fan and eclectic reader. He lived in Europe for many years, and his travels took him to Australia and more than thirty countries on five continents. Lee's collected poems can be found on the web at rleeholz.com. The Abomination Assignment is the first of his novels to be published. Several more, including the second Bowin novel, The Honeymoon Assignment, are being prepared for publication. Lee lives in the country with best-friend-lover-wife and their assorted feline buddies "far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife."
The Abomination Assignment: A Bowin Novelby Lee Holz
What do a Palestinian gunman in Hamburg, an al-Qaida operative in Amsterdam, a Saudi bomber in Montreal and an American self-proclaimed "Prophet of the People" have in common? Dr. Thomas Bowin, noted neuroscientist and occasional government-sanctioned assassin is on a mission to hunt them down. If you want a tightly plotted procedural thriller well spiced with sex, violence, international intrigue and food, this is just the beginning of Tom Bowin's adventures.
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I can say this book is thriller that you going to love the people who work for who.,Tom is a scientists and then wants grants to do his jobs.and now he does free hanging which is rock climbing with out help, now his boss said he challenge him and then he does and wins a game of racket ball.Now Tom is assassin or some one to do the dirty work for the government with out getting caught.He is trained and then now he has to tell his school he had to do something you see he professor and then does some research on body's and then he has a 3rd field he a loner but can kill you with out you knowing it .Now you love to see what happen in the story and it great book to read . Now he has pole who want to kill other and then a lady come to the compound at the lab and bring s in stuff that would kill and one and every one. The next Jamestown suicide or is it you will get through the book and see how Tom will end up I got the book and then did review for the books and then i will post it over the net
I enjoyed the story. Holz places his characters in locations he clearly knows well and writes with passion about them. Tom Bowin, the main character, has a background which, in my view, would make his part-time government role challenging to sustain, ethically. But one man¿s ethics are¿well, you get the picture. History has plenty of such examples. Still, he appears to be a decent Joe, and his rationale and motivations are closely argued. The main plot is thoroughly credible and well backed up with scientific collateral. Although it wasn¿t in my branch of science, I found it convincing. The US governmental dilemma about whether to break the law to ensure US security comes in for deep and well-informed debate, and the arguments are well presented, from both sides. For a man who leads a fairly monastic life, Tom seems to get plenty of sex. Though a lot is left to the imagination, the groundwork builds well. There is quite a lot on the softer side of relationships too, and I think this would give the book appeal to women. Chick-lit it certainly isn¿t ¿ there is plenty of blood and guts, with well-thought-out action sequences. Food and wine are important too, and it¿s clear that the author has discriminating taste. I reviewed the Kindle version, on a laptop with the Kindle app, and it took some getting used to. Despite having to read it at the desk, I was drawn in and was startled when I realised I¿d finished reading it. For me, this fell a tad short of 4 stars, but it rates well above a 3 star. It¿s good holiday or weekend reading, and I will read the next in series. I also gave me the itch to visit French Canada, which says something about Holz¿s ability to pen portraits!
Covert government assassin, Dr Thomas Bowin, is also a reputed neuroscientist in his official ¿day job¿. He¿s unassuming and unremarkable to those who see him and don¿t know him. However, that¿s often how his would-be killers underestimate him. When the heat of the moment demands deadly force, Tom Bowin is fast and lethal. He leads a double-life, and is cold, exacting and patient in his work when sanctioned to find and kill terrorists, calculating all the risks to himself in order to get the job done as swift and clean as possible and then slip away undetected. He¿s good at what he does, too. A real professional, deadly with weapons and at hand-to-hand combat, he makes his first murder in this story look like just another fatal mugging that could happen anywhere ¿ a robbery gone bad. What I enjoyed about this story was that it made me ask myself how many of these agents and operatives could be living among us, leading double-lives just like Tom Bowin, as they move through society, some of them working mundane jobs, the unassuming man next door who no one really gives a second look. Also, as Thomas Bowin ¿ the contract killer of this story ¿ justifies his actions to himself, what effect does it have on him as a human being as he leads a solitary existence, reflecting on his propose and loneliness? It seems to me that they are detached because that¿s exactly the way they need to be in order to do what they have to do. I have read many books of the same genre, but The Abomination Assignment had me engrossed and unable to anticipate the ended. The story is told with a good, even pace and kept me engrossed from start to finish. James Bond is for adolescents. Those stories are fine in a fun, lightweight way, but thrillers like The Abomination Assignment offer readers a realistic, gritty view of the world where detached and ruthless men are needed in the fight against terrorism, in order to stop fanatics who are prepared to slaughter countless innocent lives. Recommended to readers who enjoy a detailed and intriguing adventure thriller. Review by John Walker, author of Wrath and Rememberance.
Action, adventure, thrills and love!