Assassin’s Code -Ward Larsen (David Slaton #4)
The other day Assassin’s Code by Ward Larsen became the 59th book I have read this year. That leaves only one more book to read before the end of the year to reach my goal of 60 books read! It is also the third David Slaton novel I have read this year. Previously, I read Assassin’s Game and Assassin’s Silence in February and March respectively. All three have been terrific reads.
About David Slaton and Assassin’s Code
David Slaton is a retired kidon or an assassin. He worked for Mossad. After his last to adventures David along with his wife Catherine and their son Davy was living on a catamaran in the islands off of the Philippines.
One day his wife received a request for David to search for her missing husband. He had left on a fishing trip and not returned home. It had been reported that his ship had been seen tied to the abandoned ship, Esperanza When he finds and boards the Esperanza, he encounters four men who have apprently been sent to kill him.
Slatin escapes leaving the men wounded or dead. He takes with him a memory stick with the name Slaton written on the side. Among the files on the memory stick is a picture of a man. It is the terrorist Ali Samir, who Slaton had assassinated fifteen years earlier!
Meanwhile in France terrorists have struck again a bomb has rocked Grenoble. It has set France’s counterterrorist unit into action. The investigation into the bombing is led by rising-star Zavier Baland. It is Baland who bears an uncanny resemblance to the terrorist Slaton had executed.
Hold on, could it be a terrorist long thought dead is now one step away from heading France’s DGSI? More importantly what can David Slaton do to stop him?
My Thoughts about David Slaton and Assassin’s Code
In David Slaton Ward Larsen has created one terrific character. David is an extraordinary assassin. But he is also a husband and father and he knows his work puts his family in danger. (See Assassin’s Silence) At least twice he has retired and gone off the grid to keep them safe. However, his sense of duty keeps drawing him back into service.
In Assassin’s Code that duty is to prevent a terrorist from ascending to the top of France’s counterterrorist unit.
Ward Larsen has created a fine character in David Slaton. In Assassin’s Code, he has also created two great characters: Zavier Baland and the assassin turned terrorist Malika.
Assassin’s Code plot twists and turns with the final answers to a myriad of questions are not revealed until the final pages.
When reading Assassin’s Code the reader can’t help but relate the actions and attack’s in the book to the current situation in France and Syria.
Bottom line :
Goodreads Rating: 4.38. My Rating 4.5.
Links for the Further Exploration of the Books of Ward Larsen