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From its terrifying start in the night skies of Afghanistan to its stunning end in the Paris terrorist
attacks, Assassins is, in novelized form, the story of the last thirty years of war between Islam
and the West. Based on the author’s experiences in the Middle East, Assassins lives this unending
conflict from the viewpoints of an American commando, a French woman doctor,
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Paperback, 560 pages
Published October 3rd 2016 by Mandevilla Press
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Sam Sattler
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mike Bond’s Assassins is a political thriller with an attitude. But who would expect less from Bond, an author whose books are never afraid to take on the tough issues of the day while directly pointing fingers at those who pull the strings from the shadows?

This time around, Bond tackles the entire thirty-year history of the bloody war still being waged by radical Islam against the countries of the West. Each of the novel’s seven sections (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Paris, Desert Storm, Bag
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Bonnye Reed
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
GNAB I enjoy Mike Bond novels - without exception. They are versatile and timely and always of interest.
This one was a compelling read, at times spine tingling and often with a smear of horror in the back of your mind. I kept hope hope hoping that the US involvement in the middle eastern political shenanigans was greatly exaggerated but a little research made that doubtful. I was much more complacent before this read, but am very glad that I read it. Keep them coming, Mike Bond.

I received a fr
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JoRead
No rating because I didn't finish it but as far as I can tell I don't think I'll ever pick it up. 25% in and the story has barely moved forward. I thought it was going to be a thriller but so far it feels more like an attempted lesson of South Asia geography, military artillery, and terrorist groups; not mention it includes a very prejudiced and narrow-minded description of the "Koran." Of course that all may change throughout the book but I guess I'll never find out. ...more
Shannon
May 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
There are probably a lot of people who would be interested in this book, but unfortunately I'm not one of them. It's just not for me. Veterans and military buffs will find a lot here to like, but those of us who aren't as interested in war will likely be bored. There's not enough other things to keep someone reading if they aren't fascinated by the Middle East Wars. So ignore this review if war interests you.

I started this book expecting something similar to Brad Thor: military guys, cool action
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Susan
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Assassins is the first novel by Mike Bond I've read so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a thriller ripped from the headlines over the past thirty years. It is fiction but also seems like non-fiction. There is a lot of violence so may not be appropriate for more sensitive readers.

The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. The author did a good job of describing all the various settings and characters. But for me, it
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Jeremy Reppy
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-written and thought-provoking book, but also a deeply cynical and pessimistic book. The main character, Jack, is a CIA asset who is valuable for his military skills, survival skills, language skills, and intelligence. He starts out training and arming the mujahedeen in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets and ends up being involved, in some way, with almost every major conflict or crisis in the Middle East -- infiltrating a terrorist training camp in Lebanon, Iraq post-911, Afghanista ...more
Loraine Oliver
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
This was a fast moving book about Afghanistan, and Jack and his team have gone in to fight with the Russians trying to take the area over. From the minute they are dropped by parachute into Afghanistan, this book moves at a fast pace. This book has everything in it, love, lies, sex, romance, death, extreme violence and terror, and the characters are really great too. This book moves from Desert Storm to the terrorist attacks in Paris.

I learned a lot of things reading this book, as it is about h
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Carol Keen
I was disappointed in this book. It could have been strong, but instead it got so chock full of politics from one side alone that it strangled the story. This was my first, and probably last book by this author. It was very difficult to finish this book, most people with a good education are not going to want to wade through this. It is a good deal of fabricated fiction, when you can get to those parts through the awkward writing style.

My copy came from Net Galley. My thoughts and opinions are
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Bonnie Hare
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Politics behind the catastrophe of war

Mike Bonds book tells the story of the Aphganistan war with the Russians and Americans involvement and how the escalation of Isis and other factions resulted in the 9-11 in New York. The hero in the book understood the escalation brought a peaceful people into killing and violence to become worlds terrorits
Viviane Crystal
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Our main character opens the action by parachuting into Afghanistan with his peers, but the landing is a difficult one indeed. At the beginning of thirty years of fighting, the soldier falls victim to multiple shreds of shrapnel lodged in his skull and one of his peers is wounded in the leg. Their job was to serve as aides to defeat the Russians, to get them out of Afghanistan. But little by little the reader learns about the real issues behind the constant war occurring in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...more
Vickie Sarmina
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a riveting, thrilling, and at times, horrifying book this was. It was so hard to put down because the main character Jack was constantly being pulled into every type of Islamic war that could be found. All of his missions were so covered up that even some individuals in our government were kept in the dark. In various missions, he was ordered to move through Afghanistan to Kabul to Baghdad to the United States and France. All the while losing very close comrades, family, and friends in the ...more
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Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bond's Assassins is a whirlwind thriller beginning during the Cold War where we find protagonist Jack parachuting at night over the Hindu Kush as part of an undercover team helping Afghans fight the Soviets by providing Strela shoulder-mounted surface-to-air missiles. From there we follow him through the next three decades of geopolitical strife as he fights Islamic terrorism. Against the brutal terrain of Afghanistan, a Hezbollah camp in Lebanon, Baghdad, and Falluja we see the inhumanity of fa ...more
Maria Logan-Montgomery
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Assassins, Mike Bond takes us from Desert Storm to the early terrorist attacks in Paris. Assassins, is adventure, terror, romance, sex and lies, all in one riveting package; and is a good examination of the tragedies inflicted by politics, egos, as well as fanatics who use religion as an excuse to wreak havoc on the world.

Dropped by parachute into the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, Jack and his team are fighting the Russians who have invaded Afghanistan. Through his well-developed character
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Jeremy Reppy
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-written and thought-provoking book, but also a deeply cynical and pessimistic book. The main character, Jack, is a CIA asset who is valuable for his military skills, survival skills, language skills, and intelligence. He starts out training and arming the mujahedeen in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets and ends up being involved, in some way, with almost every major conflict or crisis in the Middle East -- infiltrating a terrorist training camp in Lebanon, Iraq post-911, Afghanista ...more
Renwick
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a thriller which is based on events which have taken place over the last 30 years. It has pace, plenty of action, a good insight into the the fictional characters that form the basis of the intrigues and as you get further into the book the political commentary increases. In the end it became unclear to me whether this was intended to be a political soapbox, historical account intertwined with fictional characters or a good thriller.

Whatever the intention, I was unable to put the bo
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Rosamaria Noel
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of this book via a good reads giveaway. I've read many books which covers middle eastern affairs, terrorism and combat, but none quite like this one. This book follows the last 30 years of the Middle East crisis, the war between Islam and the west. In this book the author shows not only how these wars are linked by many key political players, in a never ending cycle but we also see how many of the characters are also linked as well. I loved this book. I love the details, I loved the ...more
Renwick
This book is a thriller which is based on events which have taken place over the last 30 years. It has pace, plenty of action, a good insight into the the fictional characters that form the basis of the intrigues and as you get further into the book the political commentary increases. In the end it became unclear to me whether this was intended to be a political soapbox, historical account intertwined with fictional characters or a good thriller.

Whatever the intention, I was unable to put the bo
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Kathy Duffy
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Well written and it felt more real than many military thrillers, I felt like some of the author's experiences were included within the storyline. The tracing of how each war or military action holds the seeds of the next one beginning with our arming warlords in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets and those men we trained and armed, were fighting us. How we put Sadam in power and then the flimsy excuses of looking for WMD's that those in power knew did not exist.... some of it was more real than ma ...more
Jay Williams
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike Bond is my favorite author and I have read all his books. This book is very different from the others. It may be the book he was heading for as he began writing. The action is outstanding and realistic. The suspense flows from page to page. Where nature has played a dramatic role in his previous books, current events are front and center in this story. The background is provided by recent events we have all lived through. The flow of the writing is almost musical as romance and horrors shar ...more
Beverley
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from NetGalley. I'm having a hard time with a review for this book. I wish it had been less fact and more fiction. It was scary to see all the wars and conflicts all put together like this. But seeing it all put together is what made this book so good. Not political, both sides are disliked, it is very telling on how politics shape the world. Mr. Bond did an excellent job with his main character. Emotionally, not an easy read, but one I'm glad I took the time to read. ...more
Denise
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book from Goodreads giveaway and this is the first book that I have read from Mike Bond.

I must admit that I was a little intimidated when I saw how large the book was. I've read longer novels, but never on this subject matter and I was worried that I would find it tiresome. I never did get bored and I attribute that to the authors talent.

I had read a previous review that the political view was biased and I tend to agree. However partial the story may be, I enjoyed it tremendously and
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leno sislin
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I have ever read!!!

So much truth! Humanity... Understanding of war and it's effects...Of love and it's healing strength... No false heroes here but a man with hope and belief - whose greatest fortitude is being able to keep on being a great, good man despite all he's seen, all he knows. This book was earth shattering for me.
Thank you, Mr. Bond, for your credible story and great writing!
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Cherie
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horrifyingly real!

The extreme greed and corruption is so sickening. This was so real it broke my heart. I don't want to believe any of it, but it's hard not to. It was extremely well written, I felt I was there seeing what Jack was seeing, feeling his pain. I couldn't put it down and found myself hoping and praying that the account wasn't true. I will be reading more from this author.
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David
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forest gump of Islamic hate.

Interesting book that places one individual at many pivotal spots in terrorist history. The author has a very dark take on human nature, but weaves a story tying together much that has happened with his philosophy. Gives you much to think about, the only thing missing is footnotes and sources. Not a book I would recommend if you want a good nights sleep.
Jeanne
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe it took me this long to read this book. It is an inside look into the Middle East and our Military Force. The horrors, the stories, the sadness but the love too. I felt for each character in this book. You will not be able to put this down . The story of war is never pretty and this is true in this book too but it gives in detail many of the hows and whys of our wars and the politics involved. Thank you Mike Bond for this book. #netgalley.com #mikebond
Barbara Leuthe
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book goes farther than any thriller to take you into the war and how it feels to know things are not right but your hands are tied to solve all the issues.All the loss in this story is sad and really makes you think about what is important.I received this book free as part of goodreads giveaways.
Kenn Anderson
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
I received this book as a Goodreads.com giveaway.

Great writing. This is a story about Jack who is in Special Forces and covers the time of US involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. Lots of violence and personal tragedy.

Don't let the political issues derail you enjoyment of this story. It is fiction after all.

I am looking for other books by Mike Bond. I hope they are as good as this one.
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john d chontos
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wakeup to the future and a chronicle of past mistakes.

Recommended by a friend, this is a book to open your eyes to the politics of war and profits, the fecklessness of today's leaders and a premonition of the folly of PC when it involves Islam intentions.
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Paul Gaglio
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent,exciting novel. Hard to put down. If even half of the allegations involving U.S foreign policy are true it is extremely disturbing. The novel gives an honest outlook on Islam and the West's attitude toward it.
Would highly recommend this book.
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Christine Howard
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: moonmaid2017
You will be drawn into this book and watch Jack and his actions. He has been involved in the middle east since the 80's and is critical of what the government has repeatedly done there. He suffers and fights, suffers and fights. ...more
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