One owner book! This is the 4th Silva book I have read and I have enjoyed them all. There is always a rush of action at the end and serveral surprises along the way.
This book is about a CIA agent crossing paths with an assassin who years earlier killed the CIA agents girl and is involved with the downing of an AMerican airliner. Their paths cross again.. then hang on to your seat!
Bestselling novelist Daniel Silva (author of The Unlikely Spy) draws upon his experience as a foreign correspondent and a Washington journalist in The Mark of the Assassin. Set in London, Cairo, Amsterdam, and Washington, the story line follows CIA case agent Michael Osbourne as he attempts to locate the terrorists who shot down an airliner off the coast of Long Island. Osbourne has two main antagonists: Delaroche, a KGB-trained expert assassin ordered to kill the handful of people who know the truth, including Osbourne, and the corrupt political culture of Washington, which ominously stymies him at every turn. There's a love story at the core of this book, as well as a brave attempt by Osbourne to reconcile a mystery in his past with a present he has not fully accepted. The prose is slick, and readers will find themselves racing through these pages as the body count grows and the conclusion nears. The Mark of the Assassin is a worthy effort from a rising star.
If you have read other Daniel Silva books and liked them you will absolutely love this book. I have read several and in my opinion this one is his best. If you haven't read any of his books, this one is guaranteed to make you a Daniel Silva fan.
Propelled by an obsession that threatens to consume his career, family, & life Osbourne is now on the assasins trail. But in a world of shadows and lies he has put himself & his loved ones in the sights of the most ruthless assasin.
Excellent read. The author plays the characters well. Osbourne and October are a study in good vs. evil. Just got the follow on book, "The Marching Season". Looks to be as good, if not better then The Mark. Hope to read more of Michael Osbourne.
I enjoy Daniel Silva's books. He is not a Robert Ludlum; but then, who is? Silva's books have good, well-developed plotlines and keep me interested. This book, Mark of the Assassin features a great conflict between good (our CIA agent) and evil (the KGB trained assassin who is now a free-lance, killer for hire. Thiere is also a very interesting theory that bears thinking about even after you have put the book down.
After finishing this one, I immediately picked up the sequel, The Marching Season, which is shaping up to be equally enjoyable. I feel confident in recommending this book to readers who enjoy political spy thrillers and authors such as Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, Tom Clancy, etc.
When a commercial airliner is blown out of the sky off the east coast, the CIA scrambles to find the perpetrators. A body is discovered near the crash site with three bullets to the face: the calling card of a shadowy international assassin. Only agent Michael Osbourne has seen the markings before--on a woman he once loved.
Now it's personal for Osbourne. Consumed by his dark obsession with the assassin, he's willing to risk his family, his career, and his life--to settle a score...
When a terrorist bomb blows Flight 002 out of the sky off the east coast, there is only one chilling clue. A body found near the crash site bears the deadly calling card of an elusive lethal assassin-three bullets to the face. Michael Osbourne of the CIA knows the markings. Personally.