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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Story
An innate Russian criminal psychopath undergoes a brutal programme that turns her into the consummate assassin. Villanelle is chosen as the instrument of an all-powerful organisation who seek to eliminate a dangerously uncontrollable, powerful and heavily protected Sicilian Mafia boss. This short story is a fascinating account of the methods used to indoctrinate...
Published 4 months ago by ACB (swansea)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
Not really a page turner. Lots of potential for this character but I could not recommend this book for its adventure or excitement.
Published 4 months ago by Nigel Cousins


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Story, 23 Feb 2014
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An innate Russian criminal psychopath undergoes a brutal programme that turns her into the consummate assassin. Villanelle is chosen as the instrument of an all-powerful organisation who seek to eliminate a dangerously uncontrollable, powerful and heavily protected Sicilian Mafia boss. This short story is a fascinating account of the methods used to indoctrinate Villanelle and her approaches to her life and assignments. An intriguing and enjoyable read that fairly races along. This character has the potential for full-length adventures. Good value.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The female of the species, deadlier by far than the male, 16 Feb 2014
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Wow! What an entertaining read! A lethal, multilingual, sexual omnivore, trained and deployed as an assassin by the people who really run the world, the deliberately anonymous, resource-owning, superrich 0.0001% of the 1%, is sent to kill a Mafia boss. Villanelle, like the antihero of Frederick Forsyth's Day of the Jackal, has no redeeming humanity and, like the Day of the Jackal, Codename Villanelle makes you root for the antihero. Or maybe that's just me. In any case, I can't wait for Villanelle's next assignment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment, 15 Mar 2014
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Not really a page turner. Lots of potential for this character but I could not recommend this book for its adventure or excitement.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtue and excitement in brevity, 15 Feb 2014
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I read this novella with a strong sense of the exhileration and the pleasure of reading. Its tight structure and its deft handling of character, situation and place created an exciting story with a razor sharp description of a psychopathic personality. Codename Villanelle shows why there is real virtue in brevity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 2 July 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and the main character was intriguing - just a shame the book was so short as I felt it had just got going when it ended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Follow up please, 25 Jun 2014
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Short, sweet and very entertaining. No further comment.i said no more comment. I said no more comment. I said no more comment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, economical and a bit shocking, 20 Jun 2014
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The hard, economical but curiously descriptive style suits the ...anti-heroine?...well. The setting is the world of huge money and merciless criminal big business....large wealth, without the riches or warmth of innocence, affectionate love or enquiring intellect (for its own sake, not as a trophy)....curiously impoverishing. As for our heroine...is this how sociopaths are? A new and rather scary revelation for me. The story is a short one, but the writing style is tight and efficient, so that you almost feel you've devoured a short novel. Good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 star, 22 May 2014
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its not a bad book but it was over brefore it started.i was getting into it and the mission was the only mission it appeared to be the start of a good story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book., 22 Mar 2014
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Excellent book I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a short fast paced book. It leaves you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Follow Up Is A Must, 19 Mar 2014
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Short but excellent. A longer sequel is a must given the well crafted central character, offering worldwide scope for her talents
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