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Daniel Silva CD Collection: The Mark of the Assassin, The Unlikely Spy (Michael Osbourne #1)

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The Mark of the Assassin: When a commercial airliner is blown out of the sky off the East Coast, the CIA scrambles to find the perpetrators. A body is discovered near the crash site with three bullets to the face: the calling card of a shadowy international assassin. Only agent Michael Osbourne has seen the markings before - on a woman he once loved. Now, it's personal for ...more
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Published July 29th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jim
This was a pretty good spy thriller that is based around terrorism before 9/11, but after the fall of the USSR. I found that viewpoint rather refreshing, almost like the early Clancy novels, although the characters didn't pop as well for me. They were good characters. I liked the mix, both good & bad, but they didn't make me want to meet them. I think he did best with the settings. He described them very well, but didn't get flowery. The plot was good & twisty with a really good conspira ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Aug 12, 2016 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-spy
I’ve long anticipated dipping my toe into the works of popular author Daniel Silva and now that I’ve made that first effort, I fully anticipate diving all the way in. Silva, of course, is most famous for his long running Gabriel Allon series. However, I happened to have both of his early Michael Osbourne books on my TBR shelves so I chose to start with them. This particular book is actually his second published novel, after the stand-alone The Unlikely Spy.

This novel did its job: it held my inte
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Linda
Apr 23, 2010 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
The Mark of the Assassin is billed as part of the Gabriel Allon series, and as a prequel, I suppose there’s some truth in that. But Allon makes no appearances here, although familiar characters such as Adrian Carter do have roles. The eponymous assassin is Jean-Paul Delaroche, whose “mark” is his killing style, always three shots to the face. He’s a pretty effective antagonist. As for the protagonist, Michael Osborne, he’s no Gabriel Allon, personality wise. Most of the characters, in fact, good ...more
Jim A
Jan 10, 2013 Jim A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-read for me, having first read this book when it was first published in paperback. Actually this was my first experience with Daniel Silva back then, written before he started his very popular Gabriel Allon series. There are a couple of characters in this book that Silva carried forward into the Allon series, Adrian Carter of the CIA and Ari Shamron of Israeli Intelligence (Mossad). Interestingly, Shamron is not a good guy in this novel, although he really only has a cameo.

For anyo
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Margarida
Na realidade são 3,5*

Espionagem, conspiração, parentes e afins... tudo aquilo a que Daniel Silva nos tem vindo a habituar.

E, ao contrário do que pensava, porque tenho um "carinho" especial pelo Gabriel Allon, gostei. Conseguiu mesmo, prender-me desde o início. Acção bem desenvolvida, sem momentos mortos e apesar de não sentir pelo Osbourne a mesma empatia que sinto pelo Allon, achei-o uma personagem interessante!

É um livro que se lê bastante bem.
Christian Scala
Mar 08, 2016 Christian Scala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spionaggio
October, in originale "The Mark of the Assassin", è un libro di spionaggio dello scrittore americano Daniel Silva, edito nel 1998. E' autore di 18 di thriller e di romanzi spionaggio. E' il primo libro della serie con protagonista Michael Osbourne, agente della Cia.

La trama del romanzo: quando una bomba terrorista annienta il volo 002 nel cielo al largo della costa orientale, vi è un solo indizio agghiacciante. Un corpo trovato nei pressi del luogo dell'incidente che porta il biglietto da visita
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Jeanne
Jun 28, 2013 Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Again, my husband recommended this book. He said it was the second in the "Gabriel Allon" series, however it was actually the first of the "Michael Osbourne" series. This confusion made reading the book quite amusing.

I kept waiting for the Gabriel Allon character to be introduced into the story. The only remotely close character, who the author took pains to keep a mystery, was the "bad" guy who helped the terrorists shoot down an American jet. I was outraged that the Israelis would do such a th
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Catarina
Jul 03, 2014 Catarina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Comecei a ler Daniel Silva com o livro “Morte em Veneza”, do personagem Gabriel Allon. Acho sinceramente que ter lido até agora 12 livros com este personagem me impediu de apreciar convenientemente “The Mark of the Assassin”.

Senti que, embora a história fosse perfeitamente plausível e tenha gostado de ler sobre personagens já conhecidos noutras fases das suas vidas, o personagem principal não “convence” tanto quanto Gabriel Allon.

A história demorou a desenrolar-se, e nunca me prendeu verdadeira
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Mike Tueros
Dec 30, 2011 Mike Tueros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read the Gabriel Allon series, I've long been a fan of Daniel Silva's writing, however had not gone back to read his earliest works, including this book featuring CIA operative Michael Osbourne. The story revolves around the terrorist bombing of a flight departing from JFK and an assassination bearing the trademark "3 shots to the face" that Osbourne recognizes from a previous murder. Osbourne has been tracking him on the side for years, and knows the trail is hot after the latest killing ...more
Gerald Sinstadt
Jan 01, 2010 Gerald Sinstadt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another reviewer could not put this book down. I could - and did after about a hundred pages. Granted the subject is topical, but the plot is unbelievable and so are the mechanics necessary to make it work. To take but one example, the fact that the wife of the CIA agent happens to be a close friend of the investigative journalist is a coincidence too far.

As for the writing: "... surrounded by the élite of Washington's Republican establishment," a waiter hands Elizabeth "a glass of cold Chardon
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Bekki Phillips
Feb 10, 2012 Bekki Phillips rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you don't mind cliches then you'll probably enjoy this book. But if scandinavian blondes with vivid blue eyes, cia agents who are as good as good, kgb baddies who are as bad as bad and have psychological problems aren't your thing then seriously don't bother. the plot is predictable. the characters are obvious and without interest and all in all the story is one that has been told a billion times before. Frankly, I was bored.
Elena
Apr 17, 2016 Elena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too world wide conspiracy for my tastes. Engaging, well full-circle connected characters, but a bit ridicolous from time to time.
HomeInMyShoes
That was quite fun. I don't read a lot of thrillers though so not much can end up being typical, although some bits of plot were somewhat predictable.
Peter
Feb 14, 2015 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy
It was ok got a bit long at the end.
Judith Kaufman
Sep 01, 2015 Judith Kaufman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Karen Paquette
Recommended to Judith by: Lori Kaufman
Excellent! Daniel Silva really keeps you reading!
Jason Fort
Nov 06, 2016 Jason Fort rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first novel I've read by Daniel Silva, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed getting to read a book written in slightly older times than present day, and the political implications of the assassinations in the story line were intriguing. But Daniel's character development was very well done - especially that of the assassin himself. Reminded me of the first novel I wrote, where my assassin was the main character of the story, but not the series. Only, Silva's assassin is not an anti- ...more
David
Jan 11, 2017 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is fine. The characters are believable (though rather too perfect). Sex and violence is par for the course in a spy novel, especially violence in a book with "assassin" in the title. But every main character having it off with someone? That seems unrealistic - and, in my view, detracts from the story.
Judith
Dec 23, 2016 Judith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: silva-daniel
If you love Vince Flynn books you're going to love this! "The Mark of the Assassin" kept me engaged, showed me a different view point to the CIA, than Flynn's. No longer a Field Agent, Michael Osbourne finds himself suddenly thrust back into the Field to find an elusive Assassin. One tied to Osbourne's past.
Angela
Nov 16, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Initially I was concerned that the early chapters were introducing a lot of characters and I thought it might become confusing. However as the novel progressed they were all carefully woven into the action. A very enjoyable and engaging thriller
Anita H
Dec 24, 2016 Anita H rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
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Laura
Dec 22, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This title is related to Mr. Silva's Gabriel Allon series. However, it is free standing. Great read for those who enjoy suspense and mystery types of books.
Bonnie Wilson
Not a fan when I first started the book - but ended with a lot of suspense and I will probably try another in the series.
Marita_z
Oct 26, 2016 Marita_z rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh!..
Demasiado clichê...
O protagonista muito esperto e que se safa de tudo por "magia"...
Sei que é só um livro, mas se forem todos assim, pergunto-me como o autor pode ter tanta fama?!
Bob
Nov 02, 2016 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-spy
Good story, well written

Makes you wonder what really goes on in our political system. What will happen next with Michael and October. Wondering. ..
Karen Gries-crofton
great read
Jorge
Nov 13, 2016 Jorge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rather conventional and predictable thriller.
Scilla
Oct 03, 2016 Scilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Osbourne is investigating the downing of an airplane in Long Island Sound, they find a body in a whaler with three bullet holes in his face. Michael recognizes that as the signature of an assassin who murdered a former girl friend. However, the President and his advisors claim it was Things seem to be mixed up in politics with a rich man in the defense business, Mitchell Elliott, the President seeking reelection, and the President's advisor, who used to work for Elliott. The bombed plane ...more
Carlee
Note: I listened to this book as an audiobook and got to about page 220 (about 2/3 through the book). These were my thoughts:

There are many characters in The Mark of the Assasin that I don't even know where to start... some spoilers below.

A stinger missile is launched off a yacht in Boston, hitting a jetliner upon take-off and killing everyone aboard. The attack is attributed to the Sword of Gaza, a Palestinian terrorist group. Under the advisement of his Chief of Staff, Paul Vandenberg, Preside
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Dean
Oct 08, 2016 Dean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: daniel-silva
I liked the story line. However, this book by Silva had lots of profanity, which is unlike his Gabriel Allon series which I've read.
Sandra
Sep 30, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never been disappointed in an Daniel Silva novel. This, as with others I have read, gripped me from the start and once I was really into the story, I was hooked.
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Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960 and raised in California where he received his BA from Fresno State. Silva began his writing career as a journalist for United Press International (UPI), traveling in the Middle East and covering the Iran-Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts. From UPI he moved to CNN, where he eventually became executive producer of its Washington-based public polic ...more
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