St. Martin's Press
New York, New York
Assassins are professionals who are paid to murder others. Who
are these people? Many of us demonize assassins as evil people who
live isolated lives. Is that reality? Would anyone know that
someone was an assassin by their appearance, their movements or their
address? In the real world these people are just like you and me and
surprisingly have their own code of ethics.
Judd Ryder is one of these people. He has a strange encounter. As
he is walking towards his home, he sees himself leaving his house.
Curiously he follows his doppelganger and actually witnesses his
double's death in a hit-and-run accident that was obviously an
intended assassination. As an assassin what actions do you take when
someone kills you?
Added to that, what do your double is killed? Do you return to
your home and just resume your life? He relies on his associates to
unravel this mystery.
It is quickly revealed that a group of six assassins share a
secret. Many years ago, all of them were employed by Saddam Hussein
to kill his six financial wizards. These financial bankers were
hired to hide Saddam's wealth in various accounts and banks
throughout the world. With no one banker knowing the secrets of the
other five, he felt this was secure. Quickly Saddam realized their
individual knowledge of his wealth could possibly be purchased, he
decided to have each one killed by a selected assassin. This way
there would be no common elements to draw attention to these
Now it appears that each of these assassins is being blackmailed
and targeted for death. Why? By whom? Saddam Hussein has been dead
for years so who would have all their contact information?
The Assassins is
a riveting tale involving the world of spies, assassins, and
mercenary soldiers. This is a masterful tale by a storyteller with a
realistic imagination based on some actual events and happenings
throughout the world. From a Russian training camp resembling an
American city called Bedford to on e of the spy capitols of the world
in Marrakech to life today in Iraq including much of the politics of
Iraq and Iran as well as the Sunnis and Shiites, The Assassins
is an adventure into a world most of us would only want to experience
through the life in a book.
The characters are realistic with the setting based on research
and current events regarding Iraq.
The author Gayle Lynds was raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa and is
the author of many bestselling novels. Her novel, The Last
Spymaster won the award of
the “Novel of the Year” by the Military Writers Society of
America, the American Authors Associations, and was a People magazine
“Page-Turner of the Week”. Publishers Weekly has awarded her
as one of the top ten spy novels of all time. She also authored
three books with Robert Ludlum.
For a great page turning read,
The Assassins is a
thrilling novel by an author who grew up in Council Bluffs.