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The Assassins: A Novel (NONE)

The Assassins: A Novel (NONE) [Kindle Edition]

Oliver North
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With this suspenseful, action-packed finale, Oliver North concludes the trilogy that has included his best-selling novels Mission Compromised and The Jericho Sanction

In 2005, the fourth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America is met with the news that Jihadists have attacked multiple targets in Saudi Arabia, destroying oil pumping equipment, crippling pipelines, and assassinating most of the royal family. In the U.S. gas prices soar to over $6 a gallon along with hyper-inflation across the world financial markets. “Non-business travel” in the U.S. is limited to no more than 500 miles per week. 

The UN Security Council authorizes an international intervention force, and in a closed session of Congress the “Assassination Bill” is introduced. A “Termination or Neutralization Unit” is formed with Gen. Peter Newman as its head. He is given authority for up to 100 specialists, which he recruits and trains. 

It is discovered Iranians plan to detonate a nuke in Washington. Newman and a team are dispatched and a chase across Europe and international waters ensues. Newman hunts his illusive nemesis to Mexico and Cuba, but the Iranians have a backup plan in place and ready a plane repainted as a FedEx cargo jet and armed with a nuclear weapon—headed for Washington.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Fidelis; First edition (15 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C6QEOQ2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amost, but not quite 14 Sep 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, not bad and almost very good. This plays very much in the Clancy space with Whitehouse political action and intrigue and a smattering of front line action.
Some of this rolls along very well, the Whitehouse stuff was well written but perhaps there could have been more of the action stuff, it seemed to set the characters up and then not really use them. There was also the occasional plotline not fully pursued and then covered off in a quick afterword.
Very unusually for a thriller of this nature was a religious element. The good guys are all Christians (one even has a vision) and there was a strong 'Christian brotherhood' theme that did not sit comfortably in the confines of this kind of thriller. Given espionage is all about double dealing and conspiracy, it did not feel right that because a character was a member of the brotherhood everything was immediately accepted at face value.
So, not bad, but would I read another one? Probably not, mainly because of the religious stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entirely Too Real 28 Sep 2005
By Angela Clark - Published on
I have read all of these novels in the Peter Newman series and this is definately the best of the three. All have had a prophetic edge to them, but The Assassins seems more reality than fiction. North spins a nail-biting plot that appeals to those of us outside-the-beltway and inexperienced into military life ... it's just believable!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Tale 22 Oct 2005
By John R. Linnell - Published on
I have read all three of the books involving former Captain, now Brigadier General Peter Newman and I would rank this as the best of the lot.

Much of the allure of this book is that the scenario which it sets out is so plausable. Saudi Arabia has long been thought of as a weak link in the oil cartel that controls the price of oil from the Middle East and the royal family is a tempting target for those who would change the politics of the area and bring enormous pressure to bear on the United States which is so oil dependant and which is held hostage to the dependancy by those in the US who have the political muscle to keep us from tapping into our oil reserves in order to become more independant.

Iran is recognized as the force in the Middle East which not only sponsors terrorisim, but is also developing a nuclear capability.

With this factual background, the authors create our worst nightmare as the forces of evil in the Muslim world put together a plan to take over the Middle East and to wreak havoc on the Great Satan, the United States.

How this plan is countered, the problems and the dangers involved makes for lively reading and makes us all aware of the fragile thread by which we hang in this moment in history.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the final in the series? 19 Jan 2006
By Grateful Soldier - Published on
I have been following "solid" moral based believer centred Military fiction for some time now - and I have followed North since 2002 and his characters. His writing and that of Joe Musser's is to aplauded...this though I understand to be the final in a trilogy does not have written at the last page .. THE END .. which one could assume means that the next story could involve a more in depth sub plot and counter responses in the development of some of the Characters...

This book really moves along at a good pace and flows well. It is to be credited as a work that has improved since Mission Compromised.

Assassins involves a substantial amount of twists and turns and I believe raises some serious questions about diplomacy in the current context of foreign agendas. I appreciated the underlying opinions of the characters - even the villans.

Great Read and inspiring. For lovers of Military Fiction that honors Christ and retains the integrity of Honor.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!!! 23 Jan 2006
By Leslie C. Smith - Published on
From the minute I began reading the book I found it almost impossible to put it down. My interest was held from beginning to end and realized this "story" could be a prediction of things to come. If you enjoy the TV series "24" then you should, by all means, enjoy this read!!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Believable, Fast-Paced Novel 15 Dec 2006
By C. Stephans - Published on
Assassins is perhaps the most believable terrorist attack novel I have read. The plot seems right out of the daily news of Iranian threats, rogue Russian KGB officers, lost Russion nukes, Mid-East turmoil, and domestic conflicts about how to fight the war against Islamic radicals.

North knows the ins and outs of the military and political organizations and functions and adequately puts them into the book.

The action of the book rapidly changes locations and characters. North helps the reader keep track by having sub-chapter headings of place, date, time, so readers always know where the action is, but at times it seems like a string of memos and bullet points rather than a story. This led to me skimming many of the pages to get the heart of the matter. I would rather have a more fluid story.

North's writing in 2005 optimistically predicted quicker success in developing more stable Iraqi government and Afghan government. Readers will notice this error, but it does not really affect the story negatively.

The main characters are consistent with the previous books in the series. Readers who enjoyed those books should also enjoy The Assassins.
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