Assassin’s Edge (David Slaton #8)

Ward Larsen


USA Today bestselling author Ward Larsen’s globe-trotting assassin, David Slaton, returns for another breathless adventure in Assassin’s Edge!

A U.S. spy plane crashes off the northern coast of Russia at the same time that a Mossad operative is abducted from a street in Kazakhstan. The two events seem unrelated, but as suspicions rise, the CIA calls in its premier operative, David Slaton.

When wreckage from the aircraft is discovered on a remote Arctic island, Slaton and a team are sent on a clandestine mission to investigate. While they comb a frigid Russian island at the top of the world, disaster strikes yet again: a U.S. Navy destroyer sinks in the Black Sea.

Evidence begins mounting that these disparate events are linked, controlled by an unseen hand. A mysterious source, code name Lazarus, provides tantalizing clues about another impending strike. Yet Lazarus has an agenda that is deeply personal, a thirst for revenge against a handful of clandestine operators. Prime among them: David Slaton.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5) I need a good assassin novel every now and then! This is book 8 in a series but I never even realized that until I wrote my review. Obviously I wasn’t missing a lot of the story which is just how I like it.

This one was full of action, “incomprehensible weapons,” abduction, unexplainable accidents and more. 

One of the things I liked best about this novel was its lack of language. Honestly, assassin novels are fast-moving, high stakes stories. Language, violence and more are very common. The fact that this author kept me entertained and didn’t add a lot of that is admirable. It’s a rare find.

Now, on to the audio. The narrator had very little inflection in his voice. He wasn’t quite monotone but had a matter-of-fact way of speaking which didn’t work as well with this story. At a higher speed, it sounded mechanical and off. His child voice sounded too young and a bit whiney. I find most adults can’t mimic a child’s voice properly so it’s not just him. All of this could have been due to the higher speed problems. I had a difficult time finding a speed that worked for my brain that didn’t warble his voice too much. I honestly think this one would’ve been better to be read instead of listened to. The story was good, but I struggled with the audio continually.

General content summary: Some language, physical aggression, a woman is taken captive, explosion and deaths, man taken captive, torture, death from torture, plane crash, Special ops killings, blood.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for the gifted copy!

The book released April 12, 2022.

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