The Abomination Assignment (The Bowin Novels, #1)
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The Abomination Assignment (The Bowin Novels #1)

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What do a Palestinian gunman in Hamburg, an al-Qaida operative in Amsterdam, a Saudi bomber in Montreal and an American self-proclaimed "Prophet of the People" with a WMD and bad intentions have in common? Dr. Thomas Bowin, noted neuroscientist and occasional government-sanctioned assassin is on a mission to hunt them down. Add the Prophet's naked handmaiden, a seductive s...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published December 12th 2010 by Farm Road Publishing
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Covert government assassin, Dr Thomas Bowin, is also a reputed neuroscientist in his official “day job”. He’s unassuming and unremarkable to those who see him and don’t know him. However, that’s often how his would-be killers underestimate him. When the heat of the moment demands deadly force, Tom Bowin is fast and lethal. He leads a double-life, and is cold, exacting and patient in his work when sanctioned to find and kill terrorists, calculating all the risks to himself in order to get the job...more
Tom is an assassin. I have never been an assassin so perhaps I shouldn't judge, but The Abomination Assignment sure felt real to me. Either a tremendous amount of research went into the writing, or perhaps it was based on personal experience (I suspect both.) Either way, the story was believable and engrossing. I would have liked to see the book split in two. First of all, because we don't actually get into the abomination part until the second half of the book. Also, a lot of things happen in t...more
A thrilling, believable adventure with interesting characters. Would recommend this highly.
John Dolan
Meet Tom Bowin, neuroscientist and part-time assassin for the US Government.

In this, the first in Lee Holz's series, we are taken on a rollercoaster journey to a number of Bowin's killing assignments. Holz takes time out to describe the circumstances that shaped the assassin's philosophy and his peculiar moral code. Along the way, we meet Al-Quada killers, religious nutcases and a rather fetching female Canadian army officer.

I am looking forward to devouring more in this fast-paced series. If yo...more
Desiree reilly
I can say this book is thriller that you going to love the people who work for who.,Tom is a scientists and then wants grants to do his jobs.and now he does free hanging which is rock climbing with out help, now his boss said he challenge him and then he does and wins a game of racket ball.Now Tom is assassin or some one to do the dirty work for the government with out getting caught.He is trained and then now he has to tell his school he had to do something you see he professor and then does so...more
If you are interested in the world of state-sanctioned killings, in the way an assassin who targets terrorists works, this is the book for you. You get a rare insight into a world most of us know little or nothing about. The Abomination Assignment is a detached recounting of the life of a hired assassin. One reviewer compared it to a “debriefing” and I think that’s a good term to describe it.

What intrigued me about this book is the cool, detached way the narrator describes the hero whose job it...more
James Marinero
enjoyed the story. Holz places his characters in locations he clearly knows well and writes with passion about them. Tom Bowin, the main character, has a background which, in my view, would make his part-time government role challenging to sustain, ethically. But one man’s ethics are…well, you get the picture. History has plenty of such examples. Still, he appears to be a decent Joe, and his rationale and motivations are closely justified.

The main plot is thoroughly credible and well backed up w...more
Rick Soper
This is a fascinating book. Holz takes us readers deep into the covert world of assassination and meticulously details ever aspect it. We know the thoughts, the plans, the reactions, the specifics of each sanctioned act. And we also get to look into the life and relationships of the man using the knife, or gun. The amount of research that went into this book is obvious and appreciated. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good spy thriller that concentrates on assassination.
Dr. Thomas Bowin is a skilled assassin in the war on terror. The reader is allowed into the action of some secret operations. There were some grammatical and usage errors, but none made the book uneasy to read. Mechanics were good.
I liked Dr. Bowin because he was an unlikely ops man. He was no James Bond. He was described as ordinary in appearance, on the short side, nondescript. The book could have been on the blah side except for Dr. Bowin's intelligence and integrity. Quiet and ordinary peop...more
Mike Meyer
This is an absolutely excellent book. I was enthralled from page one. The action just got better and better as I moved through the book, which dealt with very contemporary issues: Homeland security, secretive government agencies, and international political implications. And all of this involved people who seemed very real to me. The adrenalin rush they felt as they went about their dangerous missions was felt by me, too, the reader. If this were a movie, and it very well could be, I would give...more
Joseph Badal
I enjoyed this book because of its detail about international anti-terrorism and the apparent insider knowledge of the author's. Holz's scene and character descriptions are excellent. The book was too ambitious, however, in its scope. Holz weaves two books into one. I have ordered his next book in the series and will start reading it soon.
Rashaad Bell
Marked to read
Peggy Holloway
I almost gave up on this book several times but I like to give the author a chance, especially a fellow indie author. It was tough going but I was determined to finish the book. The author overly explained everything and in detail. One example was a dining scene where each dish and the waiter was described in detail so that I thought he was going to be one of the main characters, but he wasn't. Sentences were very long, sometimes as long as a whole paragraph. There were several different stories...more
Overall, I can't say I was impressed. Even though the book is written entirely in the third person, it exposes no motivation for any character other than Dr. Bowin and is merely concerned with the assassination of three unrelated protagonists. It also seems entirely formulaic, like it was generated by a computer, and there are only a few plot kinks in place of any real twist, so there are no surprises to be found.

If you are looking to kill some time, go ahead, pick it up and give it a read. But...more
I think Tom Bowin's adventures would work much better as short stories rather than in novel format. As a whole, it feels disjointed and sporadic, and the first half of the novel doesn't work at all with the second half - where the bulk of the storyline takes place. I actually didn't like the romantic relationships at all. But I think a farm owning scientist, who dabbles in covert assassination assigments, would work very cleverly as a series of short stories.

I won a copy of this through goodread...more
Marc DiGiacomo
An Edge of Your Seat Thriller!!
It's not often I come across a book and get the feeling the author may have actually been the protagonist. Lee Holz has written a thrilling masterpiece. His main character, Tom Bowin is a breath of fresh air in the spy/assassin genre. Lee's knowledge of the secret agencies that collaborate within the boundaries of Washington, D.C., leaves me with the impression he may have worked for one of them. I loved this book and can not wait to read the entire trilogy. Great...more
A thrilling, believable adventure with interesting characters. Would recommend this highly.
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Lee Holz is a novelist, poet, opera fan and eclectic reader. He lived in Europe for many years, and his travels took him to Australia and more than thirty other countries on five continents. Lee's published poems can be found and read free on his website. All his novels are also listed on the site, including those yet unpublished. His published novels are listed below.

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