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When a devastating explosion kills the new President’s young son, her administration seeks to finally end the war on terror. CIA black-ops agent Justin Raines is among the recruits in a new program that targets for assassination U.S. citizens suspected of radicalizing Muslims.

Haunted by a botched assignment overseas, Justin is determined to redeem himself throu
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Paperback, 274 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by WiDo Publishing
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Cathy
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Find all my book reviews plus author interviews, guest posts and book extracts on my blog: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com

3.5 stars (rounded up to 4)

The author has created an exciting story based around the contemporary issue of Islamist terrorism, how to respond to and prevent it. In response to a bombing outrage at the Presidential inauguration in which the President’s young son is killed, the President is persuaded the way to prevent further outrages is to extend the CIA’s focus beyond suspected terro
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Lynne
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrorist explosion on inauguration day horrifically injures and kills a multitude of American citizens, including the new President's 12 year-old-son. This tragedy becomes the catalyst for grieving President Savannah Reed and her administration to declare an end to terrorism on American soil. She gives the go-ahead for a secret operation to exterminate American citizens who are believed guilty of radicalising Muslims. CIA agent Justin Raines, currently on 'enforced leave' pending the outcome ...more
Norma Budden
The premise of the story was very intriguing and the plot moved at a fantastic pace. I enjoyed the characters - well, most of them - though there were a few unsavoury people, one man in particular who had his own agenda and it didn't matter what anyone else thought about his actions and motives.

The story made me think, ask questions, even try to get into the mind of the lead character, Justin Raines. I experienced joy and happiness, sadness and anger, even sorrow and heartache throug
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Hobart
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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Let's get this out of the way: yeah, this title is just bad. The book is much better than you'd think from the title.

The first chapter really turned me off -- the assassin spews some sort of pseudo-patriotic babble before he kills the imam (who really doesn't seem to be that much of a bad guy) and I was starting to dread the next 250+ pages and wondered if I could fake something to get out of reading the book. Then I remembered the
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Vera mallard
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
STORY-LINE CITIZEN KILL BY STEPHEN CLARK:

In Citizen Kill we find America in the continuing battle against terrorism. Since 9-11, America has faced terrorism with small in-roads into their organizations. A new black ops unit, formed after the newly elected President's son's killed in a terrorist bombing, engages eliminators/assassins. Justin Raines, a black ops agent for the CIA, assigned the task of eliminating American citizens who radicalize Muslims, accepts the task.

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Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I will admit that I am going into this review with a bit of hesitance. With what has been going on in the USA (and the world, to be honest) lately, there's a fine line between commenting on a book and commenting politically, and as someone who is neither Muslim or American, I would prefer to stay away from the latter. So for purpose of this review, I won't be commenting on the racial and religious aspects
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Stanley McShane
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The debut novel by Stephen Clark, "Citizen Kill" is a start, though I'm still working through some disbelief--okay--it's fiction and we don't have to do any fact-checking here. The premise starts out pretty strong and does pique interest. Billed as a political thriller along with suspense, it builds suspense and weighs heavily on the recent political climate to make a statement. But for me, the statement seems to vacillate between sides, giving us enough information from both sides to gain some ...more
Vandana
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It has been quite some time since I read any political thrillers. If my memory serves me right, I think the last book I read in this genre was during my college days. Yet, there is never a scarcity of political thrillers as this appears to be the favorite genre for TV shows and prime time movies – “The President is under attack and here comes the hero still recovering from a traumatic past. He neutralizes the threat and once again gets placed on the golden pedestal after redeeming himself from w ...more
Bhuvaneswari Padmanabhan
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fast paced, action packed and you can call it as a contemporary political thriller. The readers will be hooked from the first page itself. You can call this one as a political drama and the plotting in this story is well and skillfully developed. A great salute to the author. This book tells the story of Operation Prevent initiated under the First Woman President of America, Savannah Reed. The inauguration Day bombing kills her son. She decides to counter attack and looking for new way ...more
Noelle Walsh
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a decent book. I was expecting something a lot heavier than what I saw, even though it is on the heavy side to a degree. Anyone who like political thrillers might like this book.


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Alex Hill
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
A decent book that is not as heavy as I expected from the blurb. Fast paced with decent writing.
Elizabeth
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Steven's writing style flows very well. This is usually not the type of book I would read, but his attention to detail and quality writing propelled me forward and allowed me to dig the story. Enjoyable!
Joe Boudreault
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it


This is a CIA action thriller. The main character, Justin Raines, is a hit man operating under a questionable program run by the Feds. When he doubts the veracity of one particular contract, he rebels. Bosses and supervisors get in on the action. The novel is very well paced and you will not be inclined to set it down as the action is ongoing from chapter to chapter. Be ready for a lot of executions (hence the title, I guess).

The second half evolves into a heavy-handed political th
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Stephen Clark is a former award-winning journalist who served as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and as a politics editor for the Washington, D.C. bureau of FoxNews.com. Stephen grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now lives in North Jersey with his wife and son.
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