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The Assassin (Tommy Carmellini #3)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,213 ratings  ·  90 reviews

Ruthless al Qaeda leader Abu Qasim has escaped from the grasp of the Americans and is plotting his next move. International commanders aim to destroy Qasim and his inner circle before he can strike again. But after the mysterious death of a high-ranking official, it soon becomes clear that thereâs a leak within the ranks of the Westernersâand that Qasim has turned the ta

Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published August 5th 2008)
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Aside from lamentable dialog, a lot of this was laughably bad. One example - the "hero" is guarding two of the primary characters after they were nearly killed (four others were gunned down at their house) - and after driving them from Paris to London to keep them safe, they want to GO SHOPPING, and he LETS THEM GO.

there is not a smidgen of credibility in the book. Coonts draws on recent headlines for his plot line and that becomes a part of the problem. Coonts uses the 2006 murder of Alexander
Mike French
Another page turner from Stepen Coonts! This book is very enjoyable and entertaining. It kept me up late two nights and was worth it!!
The last (that I'm aware of) Jake Grafton novel. Decent, and it was nice to catch up with some "old friends," but there really wasn't anything at all new here to make it stand out. "Serviceable" comes to mind.
The headlines only reveal half the truth. Here’s the real story. . . .

Abu Qasim, the ruthless and cunning Al Qaeda leader who nearly succeeded in blowing up a meeting of the G-8 in Paris, has escaped from the grasp of the Americans and is plotting his next move. A small band of powerful men, highly placed leaders of industry and politics in the West, have decided they need to target and destroy the terrorist and his inner circle before he can strike again. When a prominent Russian dissident is p
This is another in the long series of Coonts’s novels about Jake Grafton, who now (as of 2008) is a retired admiral serving as a contractor for the CIA, with the help of a variety of underlings, including Tommy Carmellini, former jewel thief/burglar now serving as a CIA special agent and Jake’s right-hand man (This the third novel in the series to feature Tommy as co-protagonist). The novel begins with a brief scene in which a typically nice young American boy gets killed by scumbag Al Quaeda te ...more

What a great audiobook.

I enjoyed this one better than any of the other spy/assassin thrillers I've listened to lately. This one had a lot more action, which really kept up the pacing and held me in suspense. It also had a lot more humor, which was woven very well and was mostly when we are in the main character's head, a character who has an interesting back-story to explain his attitude. He's also far from perfect and makes plenty of mistakes, which make him more believable.

Coontz writes wel
Randall Dunn
Gave up, not interested enough to try to finish the story. Started well, but got bogged down by odd switch to first person of ex-thief Tommy Carmellini, whose inner thoughts offer no fresh perspective. If the author maintained 3rd person and just let us observe his thoughts instead of getting inside his head, he would have seemed far more intriguing, instead of slowing the story to a halt with his personal narrative that seems full of clichés. Interesting story about the dirty side of counter-te ...more
Rajiv Kapoor
A fast moving thriller that takes place in Europe and America and brings the arch enemy from behind the shadows. The protagnist Carmellini' next adventure is caught here in a vicious chase of the man who could disrupt the world order. The story builds up and then races through the streets of France, Germany and the US at a rapid pace. Stephen keeps you on your toes as you follow the protagnists actions and the mystery and the circumstances build up to a nice finale.
Where to start, where to start. The writing. Didn't like it. Too self-conscious. Too creative writing 101. And what can be more trite than to call TV commentators "talking heads." And, it's politically naive. And biased. In passing, the author claims that the idea that there were WMDs in Iraq wasn't a fabrication hatched by the Bush Administration, but, rather, a massive screw-up by the CIA. Yeah, sure. And I'm not really into politics, but when an author tries to shove something down my throat, ...more
In Stephen Coonts' new thriller The Assassin, Abu Qasim, the ruthless and cunning Al Qaeda leader who nearly succeeded in blowing up a meeting of the G-8 in Paris, has escaped from the grasp of the Americans and is plotting his next move. A small band of powerful men, highly placed leaders of industry and politics in the West, have decided they need to target and destroy the terrorist and his inner circle before he can strike again. When a prominent Russian dissident is poisoned in London, howev ...more
Mark Young
This was the first Stephen Coontz novel I read, and I was pleasantly surprised. His characters are engaging, and he skillfully wove the first-person character,Tommy Carmellini (a reformed crook turn CIA operative), with third-person characters like Admiral Jake Grafton (CIA handler and friend to Carmellini), gorgeous and seductive Marisa Petrou, and the arch villain Abu Qasim, a ruthless and cunning Al Qaeda leader. The plot is predictably formatted (CIA vs Al Qaeda vs politicians and businessme ...more
Joel Anderson
A very good read in my first Stephen Coonts experience. A bit different from other spy/espionage/intrigue novels I have read in that the protagonists in the story do not always win and, in fact, lose many as the story plays out. A story of murder, and terrorism, where it is not always clear which side the characters are on, in some cases appearing to be on both sides. That uncertainty affects the characters and how they deal with each other as the story reaches its ultimate end. Even to that poi ...more
I really like Tommy Carmellini as a character. He's quirky and daring and not necessarily all that smart, but he makes for enjoyable reading. This book switches back and forth between the 3rd person narrative and first person narrative from Carmellini's point of view. I can't remember any other books that switch between first and third person and back again - it's an interesting change.

Carmellini survives a couple of situations where he probably shouldn't - and those cases make the book feel a l
William Bentrim
The Assassin by by Stephen Coonts

Jake Grafton is back! Once again Coonts creates a cliff hanger that you really don’t want to put down. The reality of terrorism is one of the things that makes this book truly sobering. Tommy Carmellini and Jake Grafton team up to stop a radical Islamic assassin.

Truth is stranger than fiction. Much of this book could be true. I understand the feelings of frustration and anger portrayed by the characters when dealing with the mindless fanaticism of terrorists. As
Ed Clemon
Too many holes in the story. Moves along at a decent pace but leaves a lot of questions. An entertaining story none the less. Fill in the holes yourself to have some fun.
This was a decent spy thriller that started out kind of slow then really held my attention for the second half of the book. I might have given it 3.5 to 4 stars, but major plot holes ruined its plausibility. In Coonts' later books in the Jake Grafton series, his characters effortlessly seem to accomplish feats of amazing mental and physical prowess. Although they do seem a little James Bondish, that's part of the fun. In these earlier books, the protagonists are very flawed, make consistently po ...more
Joost Kaandorp
I thought the book was a slow upcoming book, but the further I read the better it got. At the end I just couldn’t stop reading, because it was so thrilling. But on the other side, at the first hundred and fifty pages I found it very difficult to keep reading. The book was well written and because you read in first person, you get really stuck in the story. But the book was also really changing. Sometimes you had that moments, that there was a lot of action and then you also had that moments wher ...more
I can't believe this piece of neocon tripe has averaged four stars in reviews. I didn't make it past the first CD. Why, you ask? The very beginning characterizes all Middle Easterners as "towel head" terrorists. The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim, imams are the root of all evil, the US is the only truly righteous country on Earth, etc., ad nauseum. When I heard the story heading in this Glen Beckian rightward direction, I popped the CD out of the car player and started listening to old Bob Dy ...more
Good and fast read. I need to read the two other Tommy Carmellini novels!
Somewhere in the last few books Coonts must have taken a weekend course called " writing the James Patterson way", where the focus is unwinding a fast paced, implausible, intricate story line in as few words as absolutely necessary. Somehow the formula works because I have yet to put down a Patterson or Coonts in disappointment, even as I ridicule them while continuing to read. Small spoiler alert: for example, Carmalini in this novel alone is shot no less than 4 times and ends up with nothing m ...more
Finished "The Assassin" by Stephen Coonts. One of these days I will figure out where to look and see that a book is part of a series. I don't recall the cover saying anything about it being the third in a line. Anyway, since I skipped the first two books, take this with a grain of salt. I wasn't overly impressed with this one. I can't point to anything terrible about it except for maybe a couple pet words ("erect!"), or maybe referring to the bridge of the Starship Enterprise as the "cockpit." I ...more
I liked this book and would read another in the collection.
Good little mystery.
I enjoyed this's part 3 of the Tommy Carmellini series. I've started reading these as a replacement for the Mitch Rapp series. These aren't as good as Mitch Rapp but since Vince Flynn has passed away and there won't be any more, Stephen Coonts has filled a spot. The one annoying thing though is he takes a really long time to get to the climax...I wish there was less waffle and more getting to the point.
2-14-2015 this time I read the book. different experience hearing someone read to you and to read it myself.
I totally agree with my thoughts of one year ago. The ending was superb!!!!!!

4-1-2014 bookon tape of some reason hard to have goodreads locate it.
I liked most of it but there were some farfetched areas such as the journalist who was part of the inner circle and stuff with Marissa. still 4 stars.
The novel moves along at a good pace with adequate suspense and drama throughout. Unfortunately the plot lacks logic in many places and gets downright silly on a couple of occasions (ie. murder by icicle). Character development beyond the Tommy Carmellini figure is razor thin, and as a result, readers are unlikely to care one way or another what happens to the secondary figures.
Joe Newell
This wasn't too terrible, but it wasn't his best work.
I like about everything Stephen Coonts writes. His first book was probably his most commercially successful. It was "The Flight of the Intruder", and became a movie. But his latest set of stories around a thief named Tommy Carmellini are great! They are exciting and are even funny. Highly recommend this book to anyone that likes fiction thrillers.
This book by Coonts has Tommy Carmellini involved in a plot to catch the word’s most dangerous terrorist. A group of wealthy business owners have decided to declare war on the terrorists with Jake Grafton’s help. After killing several terrorists their cover is blown and they start to end up dead. Will Grafton and Carmellini survive being the hunted?
Matt Howard
With the end of the cold war, authors of thrillers are finding their choices of evil enemies somewhat restricted. The two favorite choices are drug lords and Moslem terrorists. This is a book about the latter. Fairly well done with a happy ending that caught me by surprise - not an easy thing to do, even if I'm saying it myself.
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Stephen Coonts (born July 19, 1946) is an American thriller and suspense novelist.

Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a small coal-mining town and earned an B.A. degree in political science at West Virginia University in 1968. He entered the Navy the following year and flew an A-6 Intruder medium attack plane during the Vietnam War, where he served on two combat cruises aboard the USS Ent
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Tommy Carmellini (5 books)
  • Liars & Thieves (Tommy Carmellini, #1)
  • The Traitor (Tommy Carmellini, #2)
  • The Disciple (Tommy Carmellini, #4)
  • Pirate Alley (Tommy Carmellini, #5)
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