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The Assassins Gallery (Mikhal Lammeck #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  330 ratings  ·  39 reviews
New Year’s Eve, 1945. The assassin steps out of the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of a raging nor’easter. Cool and efficient, she’s a weapon of war superbly trained in the ancient arts of subterfuge and murder. And even though she’s outnumbered, she’s got one major advantage: No one knows she’s coming.

Professor Mikhal Lammeck’s specialty is the history and weaponry of assas
Paperback, 544 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Dell (first published January 1st 2006)
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I read this book because the title interested me a lot. It turned out to be ten times better than I thought. It starts out with an Assassin coming secretly to the shore of the American ruled shore where she hopes to kill FDR. Once ashore she is forced to kill to locals because they are the volunteer coast guard. The armies of every nation are in the midst of war in Europe. With two mangled bodies and a scrambled police service, a secret service agent decides to step in and investigate. However, ...more
I am impressed with this book on so many levels. To start with, the author articulated so well what I personally believed in all these years - that history is a fickle but a loyal mistress to her stoic master, destiny; She weaves this wonderful tapestry of human emotions and ideals to achieve what her master wishes but ever so fickle she now and then lets her guard (purposefully or not is a speculation) down to allow certain events to happen which alter the pattern but then regrets her faults an ...more
Judith is awesome. I know you're not supposed to root for the villain and all...blah blah blah...but Robbins does an excellent job of portraying her cunning ability to use the way she is read by the white U.S. establishment to deceive her adversaries. They see her as a black maid, innocent and unintelligent, when she is completely the opposite. The way she was able to manipulate the racism of what were ultimately her pawns against them was probably the main reason I was so engaged. The other ele ...more
William Maas
This book was about about a history professor Names Mikhal Lammeck who knows all the secrets of a professional assassin. He is called upon by the Secret Service to help solve the mystery of two murders on a Massachusetts beach. Knowing most of the “tricks of the trade” in killing people he is slowly led to believe that those murders weren’t all. They were a small step in a huge scheme that would change the course of history if it would have actually happened. Even he was surprised by the elabor ...more
This was another audio book. What? I drive a lot.

I enjoyed George Guidall's recording, and found his phrasing and emotion appropriate and his characterization just strong enough to give each player a life but not so strong as to be distracting.

David L. Robbins introduces "Judith," an assassin, as she slips under the ocean waves just before a New England winter storm. Once ashore, she encounters two civil defense wardens, and Robbins lets readers know just how quick-thinking, quick-acting and pow
In March, 1945 American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt was at his retreat at Warm Springs resting before an anticipated appearance at the founding conference of the United Nations. He had become increasingly frail and ill into his 4th term as President, but this had been kept from the public, so his death, from a cerebral haemorrhage, was a shock for the nation. When he died he was sitting for a portrait painting by the artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff, the painting now a famous work known as the U ...more
In March, 1945 American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt was at his retreat at Warm Springs resting before an anticipated appearance at the founding conference of the United Nations. He had become increasingly frail and ill into his 4th term as President, but this had been kept from the public, so his death, from a cerebral haemorrhage, was a shock for the nation. When he died he was sitting for a portrait painting by the artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff, the painting now a famous work known as the U ...more
On the back cover of this book, in bold letters, are these words: "What if FDR was assassinated?" Well, la dee da, there's the entire plot of the book in a nutshell. Which is fine, if you think about it: historical fiction in written with the assumption that your audience knows how it all turns out, at least generally. The trick is to involve characters sympathetic enough that the reader cares what happens to them as individuals. Unfortunately, that does not happen here. The story follows Mikhal ...more
Don Halpert
This is a book of 'speculative' fiction. I found myself drawn in by the events of 1945. I won't give away the surprise ending except to say that it works. Authors that rewrite history are often very successful. It makes for a great read.
Jul 28, 2008 MG rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good detective story
Recommended to MG by: Amazon
This book was definitely a page-turner, though it does take some slight liberties with historical accuracy.

When read as a story, and nothing more, then I have to say that Robbins does a masterful job of keeping you IN the book. His research into some of the nooks and crannies of history (in respect to assassinations) are also pretty impressive, and he does an excellent job of working little trivia tidbits throughout the book.

Professor Mikhal Lammeck is a mixture of Eliot Ness (the Untouchables)
D. L. Robbins the Assassins Gallery is compared prominently with F. Forsythe's Day of the Jackal (The Day of the Jackal. while it is true that the book follows a lot of the plot line, laid down in Forsythe's classic thriller, it lacks the compelling tension built up. The assassin is interesting enough but the role of Robbins' hero Prof Lammeck is extremely stale. The motivation of Lammeck is barely to understand. Also the tensions a colored assassin would experience 1945 in Washington, seem to b ...more
I listened to this one on CD. It was a fun book. But it got a little slow in the middle. It built up excitement then poofed out till the end which never regained the energy that was building up earlier. The very last section about who and why was fun though. Judith, the Assassin was Sexxy and very dangerous! I was excited by her then chilled by her brutality. An excellent character. I couldn't help but feel that the hero was something of the author a fat guy who was smarter then active and was a ...more
I love "What if" stories and this one had a doozy--What if FDR didn't die of natural causes in the waning days of WWII, but was instead assassinated? Well, sign me up! I really enjoyed the cat-and-mouse game between Lammack, the history professor who specializes in assissinations, and Judith, the trained professional on the hunt. The action was quick and compelling; the mystery intricate and engaging. It's clear the author did his homework as he built a completely believeable scenario for an imp ...more
Great! I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Interesting fictional description of the process of a female assassin preparing and succeeding in assassinating Franklin Roosevelt when he supposedly had a stroke at Warm Springs. Includes a professor whose specialty is the history and tools of assassination trying to find the assassin before she can succeed.
Not a favorite, but interesting development of an idea.
An assasin arrives on a beach in Massachusteus during World war 2 and ends up killing two civilian partolmen. Mikael Lammeck is recruited by the Secret Service from his position in Scotland by Agent Nabbit to help catch the assasin before she can kill president Roosevelt. An interesting story but parts of it drag and too much time is spent with the assasin.
So this started out being reminiscent of Ken Follett, but it really turned out to just be boring. The middle half of the book could have been left out altogether and it would have been much better. I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters or the plot. The one positive thing is that it gives an interesting look at the role assassins play in history.
This was a book club read and was a little slow in the beginning, but quickly grabbed my attention and held it. It's a great historical fiction/suspense novel, and seemingly includes many actual events from the time. It's not the best mystery i've ever read, but worth a look if you like the WW2 era.
A little hard to follow at times, but I love suspense novels based on history. This one involves Franklin Roosevelt, which I have not read much about past the biographies.

A different interesting read set WWII and just post WWII. The main character is a professor researching for a paper he is writing.
Dale Barlow
more convoluted international trail of assassin vs. protector’s of F. D. Roosevelt. Took a bit to get into (unlike # 15, 2013), but then “WHAM” it was a thriller.; 2nd book from this author (see #15: 2013); 2006 Berea Library hardback, 411 pgs. read Apr, ’13, #18.
Anna Marie
Interesting historical fiction set months before the death of Franklin D Roosevelt. Mikhal Lammeck is brought to the US from Scotland to help thwart a possible assassination of the president. I liked the period setting and descriptions of the US during WW II.
This book was quite a yarn. It's about an assassin sent to kill FDR in 1945 and a historian (who is an expert on political assassinations) who is called in to try to stop her. Super entertaining.
Loved the history in this book, set in the time of World War II. A woman assassin sets out to kill FDR. The language gets pretty strong in a few spots, but otherwise and interesting book.
Gretchen Craig
I'm a Lee Child fan, and I'm happy to say Robbins is just as good. His assassins have characater, his plots are intricate, and I'm a happy reader.
Polly Whitehorn
Interesting historical thriller about Roosevelt's final days. Well researched with a twisty plot.
I will look for more of Robbins books.
David L. Robbins is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. His books are fun, exciting, historical and just plain well written.
Before I read this book I had never heard of David Robbins. This is a great read, it moves effortlessly and no dull spots.
A Nazi assassin swims ashore in Massachusetts in 1945. The target;
FDR. Good story but I couldn't buy the ending.
This was one of my favorite books of 2008. It was definitely in the "couldn't put it down" category.
lots of 'thoughtful' stuff. Almost too much for the plot to support. Heavy especially at the end.
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David L. Robbins was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 10, 1954. He grew up in Sandston, a small town east of Richmond out by the airport; his father was among the first to sit behind the new radar scope in the air traffic control tower. Both his parents, Sam and Carol, were veterans of WWII. Sam saw action in the Pacific, especially at Pearl Harbor.

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