Mark Twain wrote: Knowledge was not good for the common people, and could make them discontented with the lot which God had appointed for them, and God would not endure discontentment with His plans.
#1 in Birth Of An Assassin
Category: Political Suspense
Average Rating: 3.0
Amidst a murky underworld of flesh-trafficking, prostitution, and institutionalized corruption, elite soldier Jez Kornfeld is thrown into a world where nothing is what it seems, nobody can be trusted, and everything can be violently torn from him.
Ordered to disperse and arrest a crowd of Jewish demonstrators in Red Square, Jez is dismayed to find his sisters in their ranks. He sneaks them from under the noses of the secret police, but in doing so he has put his own security at risk; he has to get them out of the USSR. They cross into the Ukraine to a port on the Black Sea and he bribes passage for them from Soviet soil. Jez is happy in the knowledge that his sisters are safe, but he is unaware that his every move has been observed and that he has set in motion a chain of events that will plunge his life into a headlong battle to stay alive.
This is an interesting setting for a novel. I'll admit that I felt more than a little lost with regard to both the geography and culture. I found the foreign names a bit challenging to keep straight as well. Because of the historical and cultural differences, I wasn't able to really relate to the characters. But once it got going, the story was suspenseful and kept me engaged to the satisfactory, open-ended conclusion. It's not a cliffhanger, but obviously there's more to the story.
Dennis Kleinman performed well. He voiced the characters distinctly and handled the foreign names expertly.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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