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The Assassin (Tommy Carmellini #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,559 Ratings  ·  109 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 there's a leak within the ranks of the Westerners…and that Qasim has turned the tabl ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 495 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published August 5th 2008)
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Jerome
Jun 20, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mike French
Mar 11, 2015 Mike French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another page turner from Stepen Coonts! This book is very enjoyable and entertaining. It kept me up late two nights and was worth it!!
Ace
Aug 14, 2013 Ace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Trilby
Sep 27, 2009 Trilby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brett
Feb 09, 2012 Brett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
James F.
Feb 19, 2016 James F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coonts has continued his saga of Grafton and Carmellini with "The Assassin." This novel seems to be told from two primary levels: one from Grafton's view of events (with his thinking process largely untold) and the other from Carmellini's view where the reader is allowed into the thinking process of this character.

I am wondering just what Coonts has next in store for the Grafton-Carmellini duo. In any case, this novel was an extremely easy read. The plot and story-telling held me in a grip that,
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Pete
Jan 07, 2016 Pete rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jim
Mar 11, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, ebooks, fiction
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.
Joe Newell
This wasn't too terrible, but it wasn't his best work.
Ginger Weirich
Sep 03, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a few very rich, influential men get tired of the terrorists always winning, they form a group to finance covert ops to take out the “brains” in hopes of slowing the terrorists down in light of a weak government seemingly doing nothing. They get a couple of “wins”, but then... Many, many heart stopping moments in this tale, and the crescendo ending had me gasping for air. While this one stands alone very well, it wouldn’t hurt to visit Book 2 of the series first (The Traitor) to have a bett ...more
Mark Easter

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 i

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Marla
Jul 23, 2014 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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
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JBradford
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
Josh
Feb 04, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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George
Jan 11, 2016 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
Draws on recent headlines--terrorist threat, presidential support, bad guys and shoot-em-up. Carmelini skulks around and does plants sneaky wires, Grafton is inscrutable as ever. Grafton's wife is an incredible woman, enduring hardships beyond those of mortal women. The book is politically naive, but who could write an enjoying and excitable book with our gutless politicians. I could not believe what I was reading when one of the victims is murdered by an icicle. Enjoyable and forgettable book.
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.
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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
Feb 19, 2011 Mark Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Herman  Morgan III
Dec 11, 2015 Herman Morgan III rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Coonts knows what I like !

From " Flight of the Intruder " and the rest of the Jake Grafton books, Mr Coontz has lead me (willing), right into the Tommy Carmellini Series. I. Put Coontz right alongside with Brad Thor, Daniel Silva and Michael Connelly as a writer of contemporary Espionage / Thriller novels.
Joel Anderson
Jun 16, 2012 Joel Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Drexler
The ending was not that great. Carmellini seemed incredibly fortuitous not to get himself killed several times. In addition, it's a little unrealistic that the Secret Service wont flag someone with a 4 year history for closer scrutiny when conducting background checks prior to meeting the POTUS in person.
Eric
This one was just okay. At times it felt like it dragged. Granted it might have helped if I had read/listened to the first 2 of this series. Oh well. Sooner or later I will probably go back and read or listen to the first 2. It kept me entertained on my road trip to Tampa and back.
John
Sep 07, 2009 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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William Bentrim
Jan 16, 2010 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jeffrey
Mar 16, 2016 Jeffrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish this one. Parts were narrated (poorly, I might add) in first person, parts were in third person omniscient, and still other parts were third person limited. What a muddled mess and none of it done particularly well!

Yuck!
Andrew Carter
Feb 02, 2016 Andrew Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had not read Coonts in a while. I really enjoyed this book. A series of action events throughout the book, building to the climax. Too many books spend the entire book setting the stage and try to put all the action in the final scene. This one does set the stage, but with action events. I will classify this as one of my 'favorites'.
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.
Linda
Sep 23, 2009 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom
Jun 14, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book about a group of business men who get together and help the CIA try to get terrorists. The terrorists find out and are killing the businessmen.
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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)
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