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Larry Bond's First Team: Soul of the Assassin [Hardcover]

Larry Bond
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  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Forge (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765307149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765307149
  • ASIN: 0765307146
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 16.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps You Guessing 12 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The thing I love about the First Team novels by Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice is that they keep you on your toes. Never do the stories they tell unfold as you would expect them to and 'Soul of the Assassin' (a terrible title that should be ignored) is no different.

For those not familiar with First Team, they are a direct action unit of the CIA led by the enigmatic Bob Ferguson. SotA is their fourth adventure and finds the team despatched to Italy in pursuit of an assassin known only by his/her nom du guerre of T-Rex. What unfolds from that starting point however, is not as straightforward as either they or most readers would expect.

After a disappointing third book in the series, SotA is a real return to form for the First Team. For those thinking that the cheesy title and co-authored nature of the books means they're just cheapo airport thrillers written to cash in on Larry Bond's name you're wrong. They are well conceived, well written, punchy and surprisingly intelligent efforts that try to do something far more original than you average espionage thriller.

As with previous efforts that difference is to spin the story off in unpredictable directions that seem to more accurately reflect how a real intelligence operation might evolve. This is not a hunt bad guy, find bad guy, kill bad guy story. What starts out as the hunt for a killer turns into something far more complex, and along the way the First Team make mistakes, follow bad leads and often find themselves making it up on the hoof. It is this that gives the books their unique feel.

Combine that with primary and supporting characters who are well conceived & interesting, well written action and pacing that only flags a couple of times and quickly picks up again and you have a highly enjoyable spy thriller. I will look forward to First Team's next adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but no the best in the series. 14 Dec 2008
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This is the fourth book in the series and I am sorry to say that I feel that this is the weakest one thus far.

I enjoyed the plot and it was nice that the Team was split up so that we could focus on some of the more peripheral characters for a while. Similarly, the suspense in the last section really picked up. Lastly, the intrigue of revolving around T-Rex's identity was refreshing.

However, it seemed that this book moved considerably slower than its predecessors. There seemed to me to be several unnecessary scenes that didn't move the plot forward. Likewise, the First Team's almost immediate empathy for one of the bad guys seemed quite out of place. Lastly, the book seemed to me to end rather quickly - no-one seemed surprised or upset at the true identity of T-Rex...

I do not mean for this to be a seriously negative review, however this novel just didn't seem to meet the standards of either of these two amazing writers. I think that the Bond/DeFelice team is wonderful and even their individual works are incredible. This is part of why I feel that this book was a letdown because of the high quality of work that these two men can put out.

In conclusion, if you have been following the series this is a 3/5 continuation to the characters that you know and love. If you are new to this series however, please start at the beginning and work your way forward. It's only then that you can appreciate the writing and the action that preceded this work.
3.0 out of 5 stars So so 11 Sep 2008
By J. S. Gomez - Published on
It was a fast pace read, I enjoy it. My problem is that he left out many questions unanswer important to the story, I hate when writers open several doors and then are unable to close them. It was like a movie that for time constraints has cut off many important parts of a book.
4.0 out of 5 stars "Soul of the Assassin" thrilling 14 Aug 2008
By Adella Harding - Published on
Larry Bond's First Team: Soul of the Assassin is an exciting book, with the First Team looking for a long-time assassin and stumbling into a terrorism plot the team managed to foil. Team leader Ferg is a great character as he silently battles cancer while doing a dangerous job. Much of the action takes place in Italy as the team goes after the assassin called T-Rex. The only flaw might be a little too much sympathy for the semi-bad guy who brings a biological weapon out of Russia.
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