Sunday, September 21, 2014

Book Review ~ I Am the Weapon (The Unknown Assassin Book One) by Allen Zadoff

I Am the Weapon
(The Unknown Assassin #1)
by Allen Zadoff


Synopsis

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.

When his own parents died of not-so-natural causes at the age of eleven, Boy Nobody found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission.

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My Thoughts
A teenage assassin who is highly trained by “The Program” to enter  a target’s life, befriend them, kill them and then silently leave it all behind to start the next mission which is dictated by his “Father” and “Mother”.  Yep, this is Boy Nobody’s life and from the very first page of I Am the Weapon, the reader tags along on this wild and crazy ride full of twists and turns you never see coming.

I Am the Weapon is not a book I would normally gravitate to and I really didn’t know what to expect when I started it.  But HOLY CRAP!  I was beyond pleasantly surprised on how good it was.   No, I take that back – it was beyond good….it was amazing! 

If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be INTENSE!  The heart-pounding action was non-stop and so gripping, the reader can’t help but be compelled to read the entire book in one sitting – this reader did!  This one is epic people and definitely one to add to the top of your reading list if you love a thrilling, suspenseful, action-packed story with a main character you can’t help but love and want to know more about.

Special thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

About the Author

Allen Zadoff is the author of the new thriller series, The Unknown Assassin which earned starred reviews and has been optioned for a feature film by Sony Pictures and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment. His YA novel, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and was a YALSA selection for Most Popular Paperbacks of 2012. His second novel was My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, the story of a techie hiding from life after a family tragedy. His third novel Since You Left Me is set in Los Angeles and tells the story of a religious school student who doesn't believe. He also wrote the memoir for adults, Hungry:Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin.

Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. Visit him on the web at www.allenzadoff.com.

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