The Obedient Assassin

The Obedient Assassin

by John P. Davidson


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The Obedient Assassin by John P. Davidson

Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Bolshevik Revolution and the head of The Fourth International, was exiled from Russia in the late 1920's by Joseph Stalin and later assassinated for opposing Stalin's non-aggression pact with Adolph Hitler.

In this dark and riveting thriller, John Porterfield Davidson has re-envisioned the life and mission of Ramón Mercader, the Spanish nationalist enlisted to murder the great intellectual and who obediently and reluctantly completed the task after a great deal of self-doubt and soul-searching regret.

Ramón's great internal conflict is ignited by an unexpected and unwanted passion that develops for a left-leaning Jewish woman named Sylvia whom he is ordered to seduce as a means of getting at Trotsky but ends up being the one enthralled by the woman's intelligence and gentle trusting nature. This finer feeling creates a conflict between Ramón and his mother, part of a satellite group controlled by Stalin who has conscripted her son to murder Trotsky. We follow the protagonist through Spain, France and Belgium and finally to Mexico where he comes into contact with Frieda Kahlo who along with Diego Rivera have offered Trotsky and his wife refuge in one of their gated homes.

With a deft command of mood and atmosphere, John Davidson has woven a narrative that will strongly appeal to all readers of noir Word War II novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781883285586
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 858,974
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John Davidson is a frequent contributor to Harper’s Magazine. He lives in Austin, Texas. This is his first book.

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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN by John P. Davidson is an exciting, thrill ride Thriller/Political Intrigue. Based on a true story. The "Obedient Assassin" is the tale of Leon Trotsky or rather a fictional account of Leonid Trotsky's assassination in Mexico in 1940. Who was exiled in 1920 for opposing Joseph Stalin. What a masterful blend of political intrigue and murder, history, betrayal, suspense, culture and betrayed by love. Mr. Davidson has written a candid tale that is filled with duty, deception,crime and the assassination of one Leon Trotsky. It takes place from Barcelona, to Paris, to New York and Mexico City. All along the reader is transported to these places though vivid descriptions. Ramon Mercader was recruited specifically to assassin Trotsky, he assumes a new identity, moves to Paris, and this is where the story begins..... If you enjoy Alfred Hitchcock movies than "Obedient Assassin" is right up your alley. It is a fast paced story from beginning to end. With engaging, although, terrifying characters and has a plot to die for, literally. Very intriguing indeed! Not for the faint of heart! But if you enjoy political intrigue, suspense, and a story filled with lies and deceit than you should read "Obedient Assassin" you will not regret your choice. This is this author's first novel and what a beginning! Received for an hones review from the publicist and/or author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More