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The Assassin Who Couldn't Dance

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4.87  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  17 reviews
This is the first edition of The Assassin Who Couldn't Dance. The publisher, Book Baby, has discontinued this edition from all of it's outlets. There have been no major changes in the second edition, other than the new cover.
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Published October 15th 2014 by BookBaby (first published October 13th 2014)
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Mark Fine
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Boy, did I enjoy this book! With an ensemble cast--so vividly drawn (both heroes and villains alike) that I experienced none of the character confusion that plague similar character-loaded books. The fascinating folks that populated this story were tracked so well, and the layers of plotlines were so satisfyingly concluded, that I offer my kudos to author Glen Barrera for a well-crafted and satisfying thriller. The plot spun along at a rat-a-tat pace, bouncing between different locations--again ...more
Elizabeth Horton-Newton
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance by Glen Barrera
In “The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance” Glen Barrera has created a cast of characters so real you can imagine them living next door. While “Hector Munoz”, with skills developed over time, is far from the next door neighbor type his character is so skillfully created that it would not be surprising to meet him at the mall. Hector’s goal is to retrieve the keys and codes to safe deposit boxes in the U.S. that contain not only millions of dollars in cash
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Jackie Parry
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling action!
This story is colourful and powerful
It contains compelling characters that march along with the story in the day-to-day events of ‘life’, and all this is wrapped-up in a thrilling journey of redemption, love and mayhem. The entire package is eloquently balanced to avoid becoming confusing. Added is a splash of humour to round it off nicely.
Set at a good pace, and a change of rhythm, right where it should be – just allowing you enough time to gather your wits for the next stretch
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Suzi Albracht
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An Intriguing Story of Corruption and Greed

A fast paced ride into the murky underworld of corrupt military personnel willing to annihilate anyone standing in the way of stolen fortunes.

Mr. Barrera crafts his tale with a large, interesting pack of characters - Mexican bandits, ruthless mercenaries, a sadistic cowboy, a sleazy Chicago mob figure - and those are just the bad guys.

From beginning to end, each character is true to his story line, which is the mark of a good writer and a sure sign yo
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Marcia Martins
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book.

Rebecca McCray
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I sped through this action-packed thriller -- Believable characters and a well-spun tale.

The story jumps from storyline / location to the next at a fast pace. The first character you're introduced to is killed and then the second one almost killed. At about 5% into the novel, I thought everyone might die. But, I'm pleased to say this wasn't the case. I expected the book to primarily focus on Hector, the assassin, but there were a number of key characters highlighted throughout the story. While H
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Bob Laerhoven
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A thriller writer who deftly combines a suspenseful plot, a fast-paced story, and believable characters, is a good thriller author. A writer who, like Glen Barrera, juggles masterly a multi-layered, intricate plot with an international background, a breathtakingly galloping story, and multifaceted characters, combined with a compact, yet fluent, style, is a damn good author overall, regardless of genre. Barrera’s characters, although numerous, are eminently drawn, with the young assassin Hector
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Benedict Martin
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book feels like a movie. It's fast paced, with loads of action and a large cast of characters. Although the title refers to Hector, a young assassin bent on revenge, I felt the real stars of the book were Russ, Gil and Denny. They have a chemistry that adds a layer of realism and fun to what already is a compelling story.

And the bad guys really are bad. Mr. Barrera does a brilliant job bringing the evil characters to life. Particularly Boondock. There's that phrase 'someone you love to hate
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Dave Adair
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Glen Barrera does a fine job of keeping your interest with this extremely fast-paced tale of revenge and soul-searching. The frequent setting changes force you to pay attention, but the action packed into every chapter keeps you wanting to turn the page. As with all strong stories, the main character has set off to avenge a severe wrong-doing, but along the way discovers that what he has set out to do I perhaps not what he really needs to do.

Barrera’s skilled writing holds it all together until
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Rochelle Carlton
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast moving story that would definitely appeal to anyone that likes an action packed movie or book. For me I found myself hooked from the first few pages. I enjoyed the characters and the underlying relationships. I also liked the variations and descriptions of location.

The author has created an exciting read that transports you in to a world of hero’s, bonds of friendship but also a world of human fragility. The Assassin that Couldn’t dance is a colourful, gripping and fast paced read
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Charlie Flowers
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A corrupt network in the US Army; a sequence of safe deposit boxes across America; a handful of ex-GIs with dark secrets; an assassin who ISN'T Hispanic... and then it starts getting complicated. Glen Barrera has penned a well-written thriller that confuses just the right amount and has characters you sympathise with, and villains who are utterly loathesome. I especially liked Lucy aka Bubbles, the wisecracking trailer-trash sharpshooter, and I look forward to the sequel!
Angelica
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Extremely well-written complex book that has a cast of characters you won't soon forget. This action packed book is not to be put into the simple box of mystery or thriller. This very integrated story has storylines that bounce quickly and will capture the reader and never let go. This is definitely not my genre of choice and yet the writing was superb that you become invested in the characters quickly and want to go along with for the ride. Great book!!
Jean Gill
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loyalty between friends in all-action special ops thriller
I was worried the book might be too violent for my taste but Glen Barrera's judgement stayed within what worked for me as part of a fast-paced all-action story. The opening scene is as violent as the book gets so that sets the tone - and gets you straight into the twists of the plot and some of the key players. If the guerilla warfare and killing can be gutsy, the romance is the opposite - tender and implicit.

What I think sets this at the
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Ulla
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A powerful thriller by a great storyteller

Barrera’s fluent and highly readable writing quickly pulled me into the story; fast moving from the very start. The main character, Hector, was only seven when his father and brother were brutally murdered by corrupt US military officers. After sixteen years of rigorous training by a friend of his father, Hector is considered a full-fledged assassin. He illegally crosses the border from Mexico into the US, intent on finding keys and codes to safe deposit
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Jackie Parry
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is colourful and powerful
It contains compelling characters that march along with the story in the day-to-day events of ‘life’, and all this is wrapped-up in a thrilling journey of redemption, love and mayhem. The entire package is eloquently balanced to avoid becoming confusing. Added is a splash of humour to round it off nicely.
Set at a good pace, and a change of rhythm right where it should be – just allowing you enough time to gather your wits for the next stretch of excitement!
Blo
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Kim Stang
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
In addition to being a critique partner, Glen Barrera is a very talented thriller writer. His writing is full of keen observations and wit; it makes reading his work a real pleasure.
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May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Can you resist the title - The Assassin Who Couldn't Dance? I couldn't, which is why I added the book to my TBR pile even before I had the time to read it. My only regret now is not having read it sooner. Let me try to be brief so you can go and get this thriller and enjoy it the way I have.
Hector is a young, well-trained assassin with a shady past and partial lack of ordinary social skills who encounters an unlikely group of ex-military pals and their families, only to find himself questioning
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Glen, a former partner in a real estate appraisal company, who still takes appraisal assignments from time to time, now writes. Over the years he’s edited a company newsletter, written short stories (one a contest winner) and poetry. It wasn’t until he divorced a few years ago, however, that he finally found time to take a writing course while working on his first novel. The Assassin Who Couldn’t
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