Item description for The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen...
A young woman sailing solo across the Atlantic makes an incredible discovery -- in the open ocean is a man narrowly clinging to life. But David Slaton is more than he appears. He is a Kidon, an Israeli assassin who soon hijacks her boat with a new destination in mind -- England. There the two are targeted by a secretive and lethal organization. Christine Palmer finds herself forced into a tenuous partnership with a killer, and the two become pawns in a high-stakes struggle for power in the Middle East. The key is a mysterious ship and its deadly cargo that have disappeared without a trace. Or have they?
The Perfect Assassin opens the world of the Kidon. He evades Scotland Yard and a traitorous cell high in his own government. Soon, however, the tables turn. With calm precision Slaton hunts down the one man who would drive the world to monumental disaster.
From ForeWord Magazine "Another thriller---this one of international espionage---is Ward Larsen's The Perfect Assassin (Oceanview, 1-933515-01-5). Larsen has created a complex narrative in which the ultimate Israeli assassin, David Slaton, must race to stop an insidious plot by a small group within the same Israeli Secret Service he used to work for. Their plan is to create a war amongst Arab countries by having Arabs blame Arabs for the deadly attacks they themselves have orchestrated. Their attack masterpiece is unimaginable in its scope of destruction, and Slaton must piece together the clues in time to prevent it from happening.
"A thriller that slowly weaves the threads of various events together to create a tapestry of intrigue of the highest order, Larsen's well-researched use of modern world history's political alliances and accurate knowledge of how different governments operate to give credibility to the background of the story's premise. The plan could really work up to a certain point and that is, perhaps, what gives this thriller such a razor-sharp edge."
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Ward Larsen is a two-time winner of the Florida Book Award. His work has been nominated for both the Edgar and Macavity Awards. A former US Air Force fighter pilot, Larsen flew more than twenty missions in Operation Desert Storm. He has also served as a federal law enforcement officer and is a trained aircraft accident investigator. His first thriller, The Perfect Assassin, is currently being adapted into a major motion picture by Amber Entertainment.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Perfect Assassin?
over-blown Jun 6, 2008
The sailing is good, but it doesn't last long enough.
An American doctor is doing a solo sail E>W across the Atlantic and pulls an Israeli assassin from the water. OK. He makes her sail him to England, then let's her live. Then he re-captures her, because. . . . Because . . . . Because other [bad] Israelis will kill her and he's such a nice guy? Dunno. Motives are a bit thin at that point.
Similarly, this scion of one of the world's most high-tech spy services finds a tell-all clue under floorboards in a safe house. OK, this isn't George Smiley; the press date is 2004. Doesn't the author know about the internet?
When our hero, David the Danish Israeli, attacks two other Israelis in Penzance, they all yell at each other in English, with one word of Hebrew tossed in. Kidon: assassin, of course.
The British characters all speak American English. The American doctor has the emotional range of a shellfish. And you know what's going to happen with these two pretty people on the run. I like the Scotland Yard guy, but Larson needs to work on the Brit stuff for a Brit character.
I wanted to love this book, but Larson didn't do enough homework, in depth or on details. It's not a bad beach book, but Daniel Silva he's not.
Great Read for First Try Feb 6, 2008
Mr. Larsen has hit a homerun for his first time at bat. The action was constant and from several points of view making it hard to put down.
I can see a follow-on story with Inspector Chatham, a very interesting character. If not I am still looking forward to Larsen's next book.
outstanding Jan 22, 2008
Very good writing, I simply cannot believe this is the author's first book! Looking forward to many more from Ward! Way to go, man.
A new thriller author enters the scene. Nov 24, 2007
Ward Larsen deserved the 2007 gold medal award from the Military Writers Association of America. THE PERFECT ASSASSIN is a well thought out intelligence thriller that melds historical events (South African-Israel joint nuclear weapons development program) with terrorists, betrayal, politics, and love.
None of the technical mistakes that degrade many novels, including some on the NY Times best seller list. The story keeps the reader turning the pages long after normal bedtime.
The Perfect Assassin Jul 14, 2007
Dr Christine Palmer is on a simple pleasure getaway on her boat Windsom when he finds the sole survivor of a mysterious ship wreak. Unfortunately, the doctor's new companion, David Slaton, isn't exactly the average ship wreak victim. Although burned and battered, Slaton quickly takes over Windsom and directs the good doctor to take him to England immediately. Who is this guy and what is his problem?
The Perfect Assassin is a really memorable espionage thriller. I was drawn into the action from the very start all while trying to figure out who exactly David Slaton was, whether he was the good guy or the bad guy, and who exactly wanted him dead. I love the unexpected twist with the dead wife and child as the impetus for the main character's actions. I hope the author seriously considers turning this book into a movie. The effects and the action would be amazing on the big screen.