Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Historical Thriller
Series: Book #1
Set against the backdrop of Soviet, post-war Russia, Birth of an Assassin follows the transformation of Jez Kornfeld from wide-eyed recruit to avenging outlaw. Amidst a murky underworld of flesh-trafficking, prostitution and institutionalized corruption, the elite Jewish soldier is thrown into a world where nothing is what it seems, nobody can be trusted, and everything can be violently torn from him.
Given the order to disperse and arrest a crowd of Jewish demonstrators, Jez breaks up the rally but finds his sisters in their ranks. Rushed for a solution, he sneaks the girls from under the noses of secret police and hides them in downtown Moscow. But he knows they will no longer be safe in Russia and that his own security has been compromised. His plan to cross into the Ukraine to a port on the Black Sea where he can bribe passage from Soviet soil for his sisters seems sound, but he is unaware that his every move is being observed and that he is setting in motion a chain of events that will plunge his life into a headlong battle just to stay alive.
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Also, there's plenty of action and intrigue to keep the reader on their toes.
I loved learning about the main character and his history. The historical elements that the author introduced were both breathtaking and realistic. It was hard not to imagine yourself there in such a tremulous time.
The long journey of redemption, discrimination, dreams and love had me loving the characters and their dedication to what they believed in (even the bad guys).
about the author:
He worked in the shipyards on the River Tyne and later joined the merchant navy, and then further down the line, worked in quarries in Essex.
But life was without horizons until, contrary to what his teachers had told him, he found he was capable of studying and completed a BSc degree in mathematics and computing.
Life got lucky for him when he took an early retirement at 50 and did what he loved doing; writing. And now, here he is offering up his debut novel Birth of an Assassin, the first in a series.
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