The Assassins

The Assassins

by Gayle Lynds


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ISBN-13: 9780312380908
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: Judd Ryder Books Series , #2
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

GAYLE LYNDS is the bestselling, award-winning author of several international espionage thrillers including Masquerade, The Last Spymaster, and The Book of Spies. A member of the Association for Intelligence Officers, she is co-founder (with David Morrell) of the ITW (International Thriller Writers). She lives in Maine.

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The Assassins 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Another fast-paced novel from Gayle Lynds! In the opening pages, which take place in 2003 in Baghdad at the site of the National Museum of Iraq, the reader is introduced to the eponymous killers, the best in the world at what they do, whose mission it is to steal a cuneiform tablet which will in turn lead them to the many tens of millions, if not billions, of dollars that had belonged to the now-dead Saddam Hussein. Jumping to the present time, with a hit-and-run murder quickly taking place, the novel brings the reader to Washington, D.C. and nearby spots in Maryland and Virginia, as well as Marrakech, Iraq and Beirut, with plenty of bloodshed, a lot of weaponry, and some fascinating history along the way. The author manages a seemingly impossible task: to humanize each paid killer, among them Judd Ryder, a 34-year-old former member of US Army Intelligence who had done ‘blood work’ in Pakistan and Iraq; Tucker Andersen, from a secret CIA unit; Burleigh Morgan, a Brit from the old East End; a former KGB member; an Israeli; a former Cosa Nostra killer; others including “the Padre,” “the Carnivore, “the Choirmaster,” a former Islamic Jihad, as well as a couple of women who are no less fearless than the men. Each also, it appears, has a target on his/her back, often from one or another of their own group. As the author says, “an assassin could never be too careful with his friends.” I must admit to at times having difficulty keeping up with just who is who in this cast of characters, each having at least one alias and various very professional disguises, but that in no way took away from the suspenseful ride. Spy thrillers generally are not among my favorites, but Gayle Lynds transcends the genre, with terrific characters and an imaginative plot, and I greatly look forward to any future books she writes, in this series or otherwise. Highly recommended.
4784388 More than 1 year ago
The Assassins is that wonderful mix of action and description that makes a good book one that you can't wait to finish so that you can find out the ending. But simultaneously you are sad that it is done and you have to say good-bye to the characters you have come to enjoy so much. Lynds does a wonderful job of joining great descriptions of far-away places like Marrakech and a complicated and intriguing plot about six assassins who have themselves become the target. I am hoping the Judd Ryder will appear again soon.