The Assassins wins the 2015 Military Writers Society of America Founder’s Award.
“Treachery, double-crosses, and a treasure straight from history add up to a thrilling novel.” – Jeff Ayers, Associated Press
“[The Assassins] is a masterpiece, where the twists never stop coming.” – Mary Lignor, Suspense magazine
“With leading characters full of self-assurance, and prose both colorful and action-packed, Lynds’s writing is as confident as it is compelling.” – Brett Leigh Dicks, Santa Barbara News-Press
“Lynds is the American Frederick Forsyth, retaining her crown as the queen of the modern day spy novel.” – Jon Land, Providence Journal
“Great fun to read.” – George Ernsberger, Sullivan County Democrat
“What is indisputable is the fact that, over time, Ludlum’s student has clearly become the master.” — Paul Collins, Nashua Telegraph
“A terrific page-turner and summer read [with] a fine group of international characters that will leave a strong impression.” – Ray Palen, Bookreporter.com
“A masterful tale by a storyteller with a realistic imagination based on some actual events and happenings throughout the world.” – Teri Davis, Council Bluffs Nonpareil
“An edgy and complex political espionage thriller with vivid characterization, interesting historical details, and exciting global settings. Lynds has written another great one with The Assassins.” – Tanzey Cutter, Fresh Fiction
“Judd Ryder and Eva Blake make a great team, playing off of each other’s talents while getting each other into – and out of – trouble.” – Sarah Frobisher, RT Reviews
Gayle Lynds proves she’s a master of the modern cold-war spy thriller with her latest novel, “The Assassins.”
By Jeff Ayers
The duplicity begins as six master assassins rob a Baghdad museum to recover money owed to them by Saddam Hussein. Judd Ryder has given up the spy game, but that changes when he arrives at his home one evening to see a man who looks like him leave his residence and get hit by a car. Who was the intended target? Ryder or the stranger?
Ryder’s retirement is over.
The six assassins each hold a piece of a priceless limestone tablet, and they begin to turn on each other. Ryder and CIA trainee Eva Blake become targets because they were the last ones to see the elusive killer known as the Carnivore, and he has several pieces the others are seeking. It’s believed they know the Carnivore’s hiding place.
Personal feelings have to be pushed aside, and enemies will be forced to work together if they are going to find answers and survive.
Lynds keeps readers guessing, and the end result feels like several novels bound together in one terrific package. The fast pace and twists are in abundance, but the sheer complexity of the narrative forces readers to think while enjoying the ride.
Treachery, double-crosses and a treasure straight from history add up to a thrilling novel.
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