After reading Ward Larsen's second novel, Stealing Trinity (also
reviewed on Myshelf.com), I
expected his debut novel, The Perfect Assassin, would paint a very grim, cold-blooded
portrait of a Kidon, an Israeli Mossad assassin. Instead, Larsen has offered readers a spy
hero who has character and a big heart, and who soon finds himself pitted against the agency
he works for, his country, and England where he has fled to find answers.
The story begins when the ship David Slaton is assigned to is sunk in the upper Atlantic.
He is rescued by a beautiful American doctor, Christine Palmer, who is attempting to sail her
late father's beloved sailboat from France back to the States. Though Christine saves David's
life, she becomes his prisoner until he scuttles her boat off the coast of England and rows
himself ashore. There, he is determined to find out what happened to the ship he was on and
its cargo of nuclear weapons. As David begins to suspect a rogue group inside Mossad is
responsible, his path crosses with Christine's again and they crisscross England following
leads, avoiding the local police, and dodging a lot of bullets by Mossad agents—both
good and bad.
Larsen is a gifted storyteller. His characters are realistic and well-drawn,
offering readers a glimpse into the training and behaviors of Mossad
agents, some of the most skilled in the world. Larsen also has created
an intense page-turner that would be the envy of any of Ian Fleming's
James Bond novels, with even a romantic interlude or two thrown
in. While David Slaton lacks the high-tech gadgets that Bond is
known for, David's mission is more old school, reminiscent of the
great thriller writers such as John Buchan, who wrote The Thirty-Nine
Steps, a novel that became an Alfred Hitchcock classic film.
It is no wonder then that The Perfect Assassin has won so
many awards (Royal Palm Literary Awards 2007, GOLD MEDALIST from
the Military Writers Society of America Book Awards, SILVER MEDALIST
from ForeWord Book of the Year Award 2006, and winner of the Mystery/Suspense
Category from National Best Books 2006).
Ward Larsen is currently working on a new book, Fly-By-Wire.
of other titles by this author
Perfect Assassin / Assassin’s Game