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Reprobate: A Katla Novel

(Amsterdam Assassin #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Alt Cover ASIN: B0094VD7JW

Assassin Katla breaks her own rules when confronted with an unusual witness...

Blessed with an almost non-existent conscience, freelance assassin and corporate troubleshooter Katla Sieltjes, expert in disguising homicide, regards murder for profit as an intricate and rewarding occupation. Her solitary existence seems more than satisfactory until a blind musici/>Assassin
Kindle Edition, 424 pages
Published (first published September 1st 2012)
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Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
My appetite for Halm’s Assassin series was whetted by reading his novellas.

Halm skillfully merges several story lines together in this entertaining novel. Unlike his short works,, here he has added several interesting characters: Deborah Stern, a DEA agent coming off a shooting who has been transferred to Amsterdam especially because she speaks fluent Dutch; Bram Merelyn is a blind man whom Katla is watching as he happened upon her in the gallery of a man Katla had just killed. They
Olivia Fox
The concept is very interesting and compelling but I had a few issues.
Bram and Katla's relationships was my favorite thing of the book. It was done naturally (though Bram's acceptance of her profession is quick). And it was sweet, how she becomes attached to him and how he loves her despite her work. I fell in love with Bram from the begging, he was thoughtful and affectionate. Katla surprised me. I thought she would be colder and more calculating; but I found her open and friendly.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing that must be said about Reprobate: A Katla Novel is that the attention to detail is incredible. Every moment of the book serves to show the author’s unique knowledge of his subject material, from the weapons used by Katla to the street-by-street routes taken through Amsterdam. While there are many unfamiliar words describing Japanese blades and culture, motorcycle parts, and locations in Amsterdam, I felt all of these were fitting inclusions that helped set the tone and credibility of ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The term Reprobate is used synonymously with scoundrel or villain, but it is defined as 'an unprincipled person'. Katla Sieltjes might be unscrupulous by general standards, but according to her own moral compass she couldn't be more principled. She doesn't maim, she doesn't torture, she kills whomever she is paid for killing and she only kills bystanders if they could identify her, to name just a few. That's why she lets Bram Merleyn live when the blind man inadvertently invades her job site, a ...more
Vicki Wilson
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I initially struggled to get into this book, but am glad I persisted. The author obviously has extensive knowledge on the subject matter, and has the ability to give Amsterdam a pulse. I even learnt something about Japanese weapons and motorcycle parts, and being Afrikaans I could easily pick up on some of the Dutch words.

My only problem was with the main character, Katla. I found it hard to warm up to how she is portrayed, and even after finishing this book, I still do. I
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

A secretive assassin, Katla, is hired to kill a man in the Netherlands, but in the process is interrupted by a blind man. On a whim, she allows him to live, despite the fact that he is a potential witness. She then proceeds to play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with him throughout the city, brushing ever closer toward the one thing that has always eluded her: an actual human relationship. Meanwhile, Deborah Stern, a DEA agent who is recovering from a harrowing ordeal, is offered a j
Selina Liaw
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you like a kick-ass heroine, multi-talented and a non-judgmental main character, Reprobate is the book for you.

Reprobate has a great start, it'll hook and drag you into the story whether you want it or not.

Katla is an assassin and she is a damn awesome one at that. In fact, she's like the Assassin Creed guy + The HitMan guy all in one.

I lov
Ed Morawski
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reprobate by Martyn V Halm is a great read with interesting fresh characters. As an American who has unfortunately limited experience with Europe (I only managed to get as far as England and Paris a few times), I found the Amsterdam locale refreshing. The author's descriptions and attention to detail quickly made me a fan.

The story is out of the ordinary, combining a mild thriller with a motley crew of well fleshed out characters : A femme fatale assassin, a blind jazz musician, some
Kim Jackson
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Move over James Patterson. This is an awesome book. I love the femme fatale character Katla. The author did a good job of developing the character as well as the underlying love interest. This book has definately piqued my interest in Katla and I look forward to reading more of her adventures. This is an action packed story that kept me interested. The author brought the various story lines together and tied it all up with a neat bow at the end. Great job Martyn, keep them coming.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From 12 Dec 2014

Reprobate is a thriller, one of a series (Amsterdam Assassins) concerning Katla Sieltjes, a female murderer for hire working under the name Loki. In this incarnation, Katla is hired by some one unknown of a cloud of people and groups in the Dutch drug trade, including the suppliers and their enforcers, and agents of several different European and American police forces. Heroin has been discovered on a NATO base, and the quality of it points to the Dutch as middlemen.
Roberta Pearce
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This novel caught my attention as its blurb made me think of Larsson’s Salander, and as I miss Lisbeth, I was looking for her fill-in. Is Katla Lisbeth? No. Is she an intelligent, resourceful, rather sociopathic misfit? Uh huh. Loved her.

Katla is a freelance assassin whose career choice comes from moral ambiguity in her character. She spends no time in tedious self-examination. She has thought through her philosophies and occasionally gives voice to them - and her reasoning - but the
I received a copy of the book in return for my honest review from the Goodreads group Shut-Up and Read.

I’m sorry I’m late in posting this review, I’m in a busy busy day and I have this troubling internet so… I’m really sorry due to my lateness of my review. Anyway, I started to read Reprobate on April and I just finished it last night. When I requested this copy from Shut-Up and Read programs, it’s because one word. Assasin, okay maybe two words… Female Assasin. You know, I’m interes
Elaine White
Author – Martyn V. Halm
Star rating – ★★★★☆
Plot – very well thought out and put together
Characters – intriguing, relatable, likeable
Movie Potential – ★★★★☆
Ease of reading – really easy to read
Cover – ✔
Suitable Title – ✔
Would I read it again – Yes.


I really enjoyed this story. But let me start off by pointing out the one or two things that didn’t work for
Patricia Reding
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was provided a copy of REPROBATE through Goodreads’ Read It & Reap program in exchange for my fair and honest review.

I really wanted not to like Katla/Loki. I really wanted to think that a story about an assassin, entirely amoral—yes, a reprobate in the truest sense of the word—would be so disquieting that it would leave me wanting no more. Instead, I found that Katla was likeable—not lovable—but, likeable and that though she lived by no code that would be readily recognized by
Jen Warren
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
What this author does well, he does very well. The formatting of this novel is professional in every way; it is impossible to differentiate this from a traditionally-published book. Reprobate is not an amateur attempt of an untrained writer, but a professional end product of a competent author.

That said, I did have a few issues with this novel.

Reprobate is the story of Katla Sieltjes, freelance assassin. The concept of a cold-blooded killer intrigued me, as I’ve read few novels with such an unusual fema
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Martyn V. Halm is a good writer and a fastidious editor. Though Reprobate is a self-published work it reads like a professional offering from one of the big publishing houses. As an indie author myself I appreciate the effort that goes into researching, writing and editing a story such as this and Halm does a stellar job. This is no amateur novel.

The characters of Katla and Bram are interesting and you'll find yourself wanting to know more about them. The killing methods Katla uses a
Sean Randall
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a hauntingly real worrk, so much that stepping out of my hot steamy bathroom last night having finished a chapter I almost expected a knife to come flying out of the darkness and skewer me between the eyes. Katla, the protagonist, is ruthlessly disciplined, utterly determined, sensuously powerful and potently sexual and, along with the fine level of detail on everything - Amsterdam, Japanese cooking, blades and anatomy - this is a work you won't want to miss.

Of interest to me
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually a fan of book genres that involve intricate law proceedings, investigations and issues. Yet, the meticulous descriptions and introductions of the different scenarios and parties involved were one of the things I like with these kinds of books.

With regard to the book itself, although it was the usual style of the different chapters switching to from the different happenings in the story, I was still caught up with continuously reading. From the brief teaser that was pr
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I genuinely liked this book, it's fractured premises, detailing two parallel stories which intertangled about one-third way into the story. Its atsmospheric, depicting a number of items I frequently look in my books for: sensual aspects of life (check), swift story line (check), believable pacing (check).

The book proved to be quite new experience for me. While the Amsterdam background was rather generic, the people inhabiting it proved to be quite original heroes.

I am very grateful for this b
M.A. Carson
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, thriller
Looking through eyes that cannot see, in a land I’ve never been.

Reprobate is the first in the Amsterdam Assassin Series and follows master assassin Katla Sieltjes, an expert at making murder look like an accident. She is tough, intelligent, and not one to cross when swords are nearby. She is one of several three-dimensional characters that you follow in the book, and each one is set apart with vivid description and crisp dialogue. I’ve never read a story that features a blind main ch
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun read for me. I enjoy action stories, especially ones with very strong, kick-ass female characters, and the main character of this series, Katla, is a definite kick-ass girl.

I also really enjoyed Katla's romantic interest in this book, a blind man named Bram. Most blind characters are shown as being inadequate, handicapped, but Bram surprised even Katla in his abilities, skills, and observations. Never underestimate the blind person. They may "see" a lot more than
I.L. Williams
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed meeting the kind of woman you rarely come across in this genre. Katla is strong, smart and flawed. Some very special abilities that set her apart from just about everyone, but human enough to identify with when it counts. People who enjoyed the Millenium series will find this an interesting read. I look forward to diving into Katla's next adventures in assassin-land.
Martyn Halm
Nov 23, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I cannot review or rate my own work, so I'll use this space for something readers might be interested in... Reprints of blog interviews.

Interview on writing about disability and disabled characters:

Katla Sieltjes is a professional assassin for hire, specializing in hits that can’t be traced. When the novel begins, she is taking out the owner of a shop selling antique Japanese swords, with his own merchandise, when she is interrupted by a blind man, Bram Merleyn, who has come to pick up his order./>Interview
Amber Foxx
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suspect we all have occasional desires to break laws and not get caught, not even by our consciences. Katla, the protagonist of Reprobate, gets away with murder—without regret. Meet your Shadow.
Halm has created a complex, realistic, and compelling character. While she isn’t likeable, he crafts his story in such a way that I couldn’t help rooting for her in spite of her occupation as a freelance assassin. I didn’t find the musician Bram likeable either, but he was equally intriguing. He is a perfect mat
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Martyn Halm’s Reprobate attracted me with its premise of a female assassin ; I love strong female protagonists, and Katla didn’t disappoint me in her physical and mental strength. However, Katla is too perfect. She has no internal struggles, weaknesses, or imperfections. She is sexy, smart, sensitive, strong, and sly. Katla doesn’t mind killing at night and giving pornstar-like oral sex in the morning. Did I mention she lounges naked on her couch, stands naked on her balcony in the rain, and even works ...more
Norm Hamilton
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A cold-blooded, heartless, psychopathic assassin is loose on the streets of Amsterdam leaving bodies behind in the pursuit of fulfilling contracts…and we love her.

Reprobate – A Katla Novel opens with Katla Sieltjes, being surprised by an intruder at her most recent contract. For some reason, unknown even to her, she allows the witness to live. Throughout the rest of the novel her fascination for the blind musician turns into a developing relationship.

She is then hired to
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me. I actually accidentally signed up to read it for free for an honest review, because the idea of reading about a female assassin heroine was not something that interested me. I like my good guys to be good and I have never been the fan of the anti-hero. Yet, I found myself really liking Katla. Is she ruthless? Yes. Does she kill without remorse? Yes. But the character is so well drawn that you still like her and want her to succeed.

I have always liked stories that are mor
Mike Robbins
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quiet afternoon in Amsterdam. A seedy, greedy dealer in Japanese artefacts opens his door to a young woman who asks to see some antique weapons. But the dealer has crossed the wrong people, and the customer is Katla, a professional killer. A few minutes later he has been neatly killed with one of his own swords. Katla is the reprobate of the title, and Reprobate starts the way it means to go on, with lots of blood.

Reprobate – the first of several Katla novels, the Amsterdam Assassin series –
Mike Robbins
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A quiet afternoon in Amsterdam. A seedy, greedy dealer in Japanese artefacts opens his door to a young woman who asks to see some antique weapons. But the dealer has crossed the wrong people, and the customer is Katla, a professional killer. A few minutes later he has been neatly killed with one of his own swords. Katla is the reprobate of the title, and Reprobate starts the way it means to go on, with lots of blood.

Reprobate – the first of several Katla novels, the Amsterdam Assassin series –
Kristi Cramer
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
A solid 4.5 stars.
So this book took me some time to process. It is not a candy mystery that you can wolf down in one sitting and say what you like about it right away.

I was a little apprehensive going into reading this, because I am not a big fan of the anti-hero and I worried that Katla was going to be some kind of monster with no code of ethics whatsoever. What I found was much more complicated than that.

Yes, Katla is an assassin. She kills people. She has even killed 'additionals' -
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