The Devil’s Assassin by Paul Fraser Collard


I’ve read some books that are slow out of the gate but build momentum as the pages turn…this is not one of those…this one starts fast and never lets up.  The action is relentless, whether it’s Jack one on one (or 2 or 3) with an adversary or whether it’s a full blown battle scene, the author keeps you riveted.  Now, that’s not to say that this the only reason for reading this book…not at all.  Mr. Collard incorporates some nifty plot twists and surprises to keep the reader guessing.  Briefly, Jack, through circumstances I won’t divulge for spoiler reasons becomes seconded to an army spymaster affectionately known as The Devil.  There is a spy or spies in the camp of the British force in their conflict with Persia and it is Jack’s job to ferret the spy or spies out before a major battle.  I thought I had it figured out, indeed I did have it figured out…oh but wait; no I didn’t…that’s what I loved about this book, the way the author plays out the final scenario.  In addition we get a further glimpse into what makes Jack tick and I suspect that will continue as the series progresses.  Kudos to the author for another sterling effort.  5 stars

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