Book Review: Birth of an Assassin by Rik Stone

Title: Birth of an Assassin 
Author: Rik Stone 
Pages: 425 
Published: July 16th, 2013 

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 solider 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 in Red Square, Jez breaks up the rally but discovers 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. He has to find them a safe route out. 

The journey begins, but he is unaware that his every move is being observed and that he has set in motion a chain of events that will plunge his life into a headlong battle to stay alive. 

** I received a a free copy of this book. That, however, did not affect my review whatsoever **

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The first thing I need to mention: This book was beautifully paced! Although the historical part of this book didn't really catch my eye,the plot was something entirely different. All throughout the story, I was impatiently waiting to find out what would happen next. The settings was on point- descriptively described. All I have to say is that I really enjoyed this book. And even though it was a somewhat long read, it didn't take long for me to finish it.

Now on to the characters. This book tells the story of a fifteen-year old Jewish boy named Jez, who had dreams of being a Red Army soldier. Against his parent's wishes, he left home without a word. The characters surely did not disappoint.  I purely loved the antagonist more than the protagonist. I don't know if it's just me. As you know, I'm one to side with the more evil and hysteric character. The antagonist of this story was unbelievably vicious and brutal.

This read was totally out of the ordinary for me. I'm not usually into historical fiction thrillers. Honestly, the two don't mix. But I'm pretty glad I picked up this book. I'm actually debating right now whether it's a book everyone will love. For some people, it could be a bit overrated. I don't know, I just loved this book. You see, that's one of the things I love about reading review copies. I get a chance to try new things! However if you're already a historical fiction lover, you're going to absolutely love this book! It's everything you could want and more.


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  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! Thanks for hosting a stop, Alex!

  3. Excellent review, thank you so much, Alex. Knowing you and others have enjoyed the book is what makes writing so worth while :o)


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