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The Assassin

(Ryan Kealey #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,044 ratings  ·  81 reviews
More than a year has passed since Ryan Kealey prevented the assassination of multiple world leaders in the nation's capital. While his work is brilliant, he's considered damaged goods. Now he's about to become a key player in a plot of unimaginable scale. For something big is about to go down in New York City.

When a top Iranian source reveals that Iran is planning to bomb
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Hardcover, 506 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published March 1st 2007)
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Jenny
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The Assassin is book two of the Ryan Kealey Series by Andrew Britton. Ryan Kealey was called back to Washington DC because William Paulin Vanderveen who killed his fiance is still alive. With the help of Naomi Kharmai, Ryan Kealey started to track down William Paulin Vanderveen. The readers of the Assassin will go on a rollercoaster ride trying to keep up with Ryan Kealey and Naomi Kharmai and will start to wonder if they will fall in love.

Andrew Britton is brilliant thriller writer and it sad t
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Steven Hildreth Jr.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I remember when I first read this book when I was in Baghdad...I had found a writing style that closely mirrored mine.

Now, over 10 years later, revisiting the novel...I see I outgrew this style.

That's not to say The Assassin isn't without merit. It's still a very solid action thriller, very descriptive and visceral, and highly researched.

At the same time...there are bits that I feel could have used improvement, like his portrayal of the female character. They're not extremely egregious, but they
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Joe Orozco
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The United Nations is slated to be ground zero for the next major terrorist attempt on American soil. Or is it? There is conflicting intelligence coming from an Iranian FBI source that does not coincide with the information gathered by Special Forces in Iraq, and beneath the surface is a cunning enemy that was presumed dead. For Ryan Kealey, the threat is not confined to a faceless enemy abroad. Someone in his own agency wants him put out of action.

For me the plot hovered between a 3.5 and a 4.
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Linda Root
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Good, but not as good as the first, third or fourth. The first book draws us into Kealey's personality. The second, with another female love interest, perhaps came too soon after the first one, and having villain Vanderveen targeting another female close to Ryan Kealey loses its punch. If there had been an intervening book, this one might have had more of an impact. Also, it reflects negatively on readers that the female baddie plays so small a part--nevertheless, her history as presented in boo ...more
Seth Kaplan
Read the first in the series a long time ago. This would did not grab me nearly as much as the first. Perhaps it's because it is based so much on current events that are not quite so current anymore. Perhaps it's because of the overreliance on technical detail that seems unnecessary especially in the first half of the book, which moves extremely slowly. Perhaps it's because of the many errors in details, such as the description of using I95 to get from the Canadian border through upstate NY (las ...more
Henri Moreaux
Assassin by Andrew Britton is larger than your average thriller weighing in at 623 pages in the Michael Joseph/Penguin Books trade paperback edition.

Despite the seemingly large length once the story gets going it's a quick read, unfortunately, it's the start which leaves you wondering whether to continue reading or cut your losses and toss the book.

After about 150-200 pages the story ratchets up, you become more familiar with the cast of characters in your head and things start flowing, good a
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Steve
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
book on tape.

It was OK but not my favorite espionage/thriller/ CIA story.

I agree with some reviewers who said that this story contained one too many escapes.

Sorry to hear the author died at such a young age. RIP
Denise
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
It's been a year since Ryan Kealey was instrumental in stopping a major terror attack on US soil and lost his fiancée as a result. Now he's back in the field, though considered damaged goods, with his at times ruthless and reckless behaviour raising eyebrows back home. When he comes across evidence that not only is his nemesis William Vanderveen still alive, he might also be planning a major attack in New York (to be conveniently blamed on the Iranians), nothing can keep Kealey from going after ...more
Samuel
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
DEAD IN A NEW YORK MINUTE.

“There will be killing till the score is paid.”- Homer.

Interestingly enough, one of the antagonists in this book who is a real life person was killed in Syria this year by a air strike. However, in the appropriately titled "The Assassin", he dies a whole lot sooner by Ryan Kealey's Beretta 92FS. The second counter-terrorist thriller written by Andrew Britton, "The Assassin" is superior in almost every way to its predecessor, rectifying several problems and marks the b
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Bryan
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not often that I read a six hundred page book, that I am not left feeling that with some removed fluff the story could have been more concisely told. Not the case in this book, every page and paragraph was integral to this action packed thriller. Another great read from author Andrew Britton.
Hans
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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A Turtles Nest Book Reviews
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Action and Conspiracy Lovers
Usually not a fan of this type of stories or movies, especially since I am not familiar with weapons (which is referred to a lot in this book); but I fell into the story hard and found I couldn't put it down.
Joe O'Connor
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent; Continuing character: Ryan Kealey; an old enemy is working with one Middle East country to drive strife in another, with the master plan being a terrorist attack in America; Kealey and others work to catch their trail and stop it, bending or breaking rules along the way
Timtracy Seguinjohnston
It's really unfortunate that the author died after writing only 3 books. The stories were ripped out of the news headlines, were very well written, real page turners.
Joshua Walcher
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than the first one. So there's that. 8.5/10.
Felix
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this better than his debut. The cat & mouse play between Kealey and Vanderveen is very entertaining. The ending was great! ...more
Dave Nichols
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: assassins
Kept your interest and kept you guessing throughout.
Yemic
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leave it to Andrew Britton not to pull punches in any way. It was established from The American, that anyone can be killed expect Ryan Kealey, but he can get hurt bad.
The Assassin starts with a determined but broken Ryan, hell-bent on delivering justice with a death wish. When he found out that William Vanderveen is alive and still causing havoc, he started the race to stop him or die trying started.

It was so much fun at some point I was at the edge my seat thinking the same fate would before a
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Herzog
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, mystery
Following the events of the first book in this series, Kealey is an understandably hardened man in this one. He confronts the villain who plots another diabolical act against the United States which nicely includes some government intrigue and builds on his relationship with Naomi. There is an intense slam bang ending pushing my rating up to 4. Well done - a nice companion to the Mitch Rapp books.
Masud Khan
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
It’s not a thriller if you know who are the good and who are the bad before reading 10% of the book. I guess some people would give it a 5 star rating because good guys are killing bad guys (aka, American hero is killing Iraqis), whereas the real fact is America shouldn’t have invaded Iraq in first place based on lie.

I felt sad knowing the writer died at the age of 27.
Robert
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting but not accurate.

The novel has several inaccurate descriptions of the Sunni and Shia insurgency groups that distracted from the story. Additionally, the book dragged out for me. However, the main characters were spot on great. I'll give Andrew another chance.
Cristobal
May 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm bailing on this series. Didn't even finish the second book.
Karen Matson
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent so engaging had to read everything he wrote
Sue
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Entertaining weekend read.
Jason Galloway
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid action book.
Judy Green
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
UNC+
Corey Baltzer
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Great story. Heroes with flaws, incredible action, decent ending.
Lee Broad
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More detail than is my style, but Britton builds on a character you love to hate.The chillingly brutal Vanderveen's chink in his mental armor is his obsession with crushing Ryan Kealey. At the same time, occasional rays of humanity escape from Vanderveen and for the briefest of moments, you wish him well and realize the author has almost turned you. Time and again, the reader is brought to the edge as the plot leaps across continents, enmeshing you in the no-holds-barred politics of the Middle E ...more
Joe Newell
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This book rebounded nicely for me. It started out a bit confusing; I couldn't seem to keep the characters straight in my head with all of the different Arabic names, but it all sorted itself out. The story was good and engaging and I enjoyed it throughout. As often, a complaint I have with this book is the obvious staging by the author to facilitate a sequel, or a continuance of the series. To my way of thinking, write a great book and let it stand on it's merits. Don't write a book and treat it ...more
Lee
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The second Ryan Kealey book deals with another assassination plot by James March a/k/a William Vanderveen Kealey’s arch nemesis. The FBI believes that the assassination are the work of Iranians seeking to destabilize Iraq while Kealey and Naomi Kharmai believe that it is the work of Iraqi insurgents. They travel all over the world being under fire and in danger all the way as they seek to stop another terrorist attack.
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During his early childhood, Andrew Britton lived between England and Camlough, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, until the family emigrated to the United States in 1988 at age seven. Britton spent years in both Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating from Leesville Road High School in Raleigh in 1999, Britton joined the U.S. Army as a combat engineer. He stayed in the ...more

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