Review of Reviews

by John J. Miller on September 13, 2010

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The latest pre-pub reviews of The First Assassin: “This exciting and well-written book … tells a fast-paced, exciting story. … Even though the reader knows that the plot is not going to succeed, it is exciting enough to get you to turn the pages quickly to read what is going to happen next. There are a few improbabilities in the plot, but they are minor and don’t detract from the action, or the suspense, at all. This is a great book for summer (or anytime) reading.”

Library Journal: “Verdict: With a story line reminiscent of Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal, this debut novel by a noted journalist benefits from strong writing and compelling characters, particularly Rook and Mazorca, and effectively conveys the atmosphere of the wartime city.”

Finally, the *starred* review in Booklist (which I posted last week but is too good not to post again): “The plot cascades along as if running on all tracks, which thriller fans won’t mind at all. History buffs, the other half of the target audience, can still learn things, like the meaning of ‘grave dust.’ A great ride.”

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