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IA: Invincible Assassin

4.81  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The only thing worse than having nothing to live for is having nothing to lose

When tragedy strikes his best friend, Harvis Young knows there will be a reckoning, especially since Naz Andersen possesses the supernatural powers of a god.

Now it’s up to Harvis to save the guilty from Naz’s wrath. Beyond the mean streets of Marshal Park, Harvis will discover a darker path than
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by BHC Press/H2O
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Far darker and even more powerful than its predecessors, John Darryl Winston’s IA: INVINCIBLE ASSASSIN contains the raw beauty of soul-deep pain and the true friendship that will stop at nothing to dull it.

Naz has been emotionally destroyed, gutted to the core and now he’s on a mission of vengeance. Harvis is determined to save him from an unrecoverable reckoning, even if it means aiding him in his quest for retribution. Will Harvis be able to temper Naz’s supernatural rage? Can he save him from
John Winston
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"Far darker and even more powerful than its predecessors, John Darryl Winston’s IA: INVINCIBLE ASSASSIN contains the raw beauty of soul-deep pain and the true friendship that will stop at nothing to dull it."

Dianne, Goodreads member and librarian.

I’ve had a lot of fun creating Naz Andersen and the IA origin novels, but I’d have to say I’ve had the most fun with this one, Invincible Assassin. Being able to get inside the head of my third favorite character behind Meri and Naz and experience Naz’
E. Denise Billups
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book of the IA series I’ve read and Mr. Winston’s voice keeps getting stronger and stronger. Invincible Assassin is told in the first person by the main protagonist’s (Naz) best friend, Harvis. Seeing Naz through another’s eyes was a clever move by Mr. Winston, especially, when the young man is raised by a military dad, the General, who wields structure and principles in his son’s life commandingly, and a wise mother who gives good advice. “We are put here for one reason and on ...more
S.D. Mayes
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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IA: Invincible is the third book in the IA series and it's not a standalone - you will need to have read the first two books to understand the characters. And this novella has Naz's friend Harvis narrating the story in first person as Harvis knows Naz is out for revenge and follows him, concerned for his safety and for the path that he will take in the name of justice.

For fans of the series this is another perspective on Naz through his friends eyes, and we are shown the dark times and grief th
Bibiana Krall
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Is death white or black or any color at all? Or maybe scarlet like blood, the true elixir of life? I watch the thick liquid drip from the crumbling wall while the slime in my grasp prepares to die.”

Invincible Assassin is the fourth book in the smash-hit IA Series, I’ve had the great pleasure of reading and reviewing.

Talented author John Darryl Winston brings us back once more to the urban landscape of The Exclave. It’s futuristic realism, a rendering of an expansive city with inhabitants strugg
J.W. Garrett
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve got to admit after reading I.A. BOSS I wanted to hear more from Naz. More of his determination grit and resolve, but mostly how he would come out on the other side of his sister’s death, hopefully without sacrificing himself in the process. We find that out in Invincible Assassin, and more. But after reading and rereading, I can see now that writing this story through Harvis’ perspective was perfection. Seeing Naz through Harvis’ eyes offers a rare insight into what makes Naz tick. And as H ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a nice addition to the IA series. I enjoyed the book being in the point of view of Naz's friend Harvis. It makes for a new perspective and an active storyline as Harvis is trying to beat the bad guys and keep track of his friend, Naz. There is some mystery as we try to figure out what everyone is up to. Harvis is worried about Naz and how he's doing. It's a bit of a roller coaster as we follow Naz and Harvis along their adventures. We see some more of Naz's special abilities and in this ...more
Paul Atreides
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In IA: Invincible Assassin, author John Darryl Winston treats us to a novella which fills in a three week gap within his superb dystopian I.A. trilogy. Only this time the story is told via Harvis, aka “Wordsmith,” a secondary character in the original novels. Harvis’ point of view brings us right into the heart of the end Meri’s life which sent Naz on a nerve-rattling ride to find those responsible for his sister’s death. When Harvis defies his own father’s orders he must learn to trust his frie ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Invincible Assassin: IA 2.5 is an urban fantasy/coming of age novel for young adults and preteens written by John Darryl Winston. While the author gives enough background for this book to be read as a standalone novel, I would strongly recommend reading these books in order to get the full impact of the series. Naz seemed to have left the world behind after his sister, Meri, was killed. She had been everything to him, and he had felt so deeply his rol
Barb Evenson
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novella of substance. The author's ability to set the scene drew me into this little gem as if I were watching it on a screen. IA: Invincible Assassin is a great appetizer, making me hungry for more of the story of Naz as the Invincible Assassin. I loved getting a glimpse into Harvis, The Wordsmith's life and loyalty from his point of view.
I can't recommend the complete IA series enough!
Allison Maruska
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Invincible Assassin is a perfect follow-up to the IA trilogy. I enjoyed reading from Harvis's perspective, seeing Naz's story through a new set of eyes. Winston has a gift for pulling heart strings, and this book is no exception! ...more
Taryn Rydell
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a pleasant surprise. Just when I thought the IA series was over, my book club partner in crime and fellow moderator gives us another treat. Invincible Assassin is a little book that packs a wallop in more ways than one. It’s nothing short of genius for Winston to change it up and give us Naz’s best friend, Harvis as the main character, and he’s just as compelling a character in this lead role. As a bonus, more layers are pulled back in the story, and the story ramps up in speed and pacing. ...more
Julie B Campbell
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novella captured me right from the start! I know that sounds cliché, but it really caught me. I'd liked Harvis up until now, but it was fascinating to see the world and the story from his perspective. Seeing the world through his mind was like visiting with a friend, and, at the same time, it was like a bit of behind-the-scenes insight into the main IA trilogy. Everything we've seen of him through Naz's story was given new layers, new interest and new life. Harvis's character was always wel ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so obvious to me, not the story but that a series like this should have a series of short stories and novellas to go with it. How about a story about the adults in the series, Fears, Cory, Camille, The General, Pauling, Bearn, and Dr. Gwen. They all seem to know each other and it would be interesting to hear how some things may have played out that started Naz on his journey. And how about one with Wintersal kids. That would be a good one. It could be like the X-kids, with powers and al ...more
Ravenna Young
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When you fangirl, you jump at the opportunity and the absolute honor of receiving a sneak peek at your favorite author's upcoming works. It’s especially awesome when it’s a novella and side story promising a fantastic ride. Invincible Assassin was a gem, written from the perspective of Harvis/Wordsmith and it had the makings of a teenage spy novel with more intrigue than you can shake a stick at.

Harvis is a typical teenage boy who loves his mamma, respects his father, plays video games, and has
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Invincible Assassin is a sneak peek into what's to come for Naz and Harvis- it's a window, where we're given the opportunity to see the demi-god that is Naz at an angle. What I mean is that the story isn't coming from Naz's POV but Harvis. Winston allowed us to see through someone else's eyes in a loving, trolling, conspiratorial manner. Everything Harvis did was for his friend, even when his friend didn't want it.

The admirable part was how everything was implemented. How Harvis received advice
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Invincible Assassin by John Darryl Winston is a shorter in between book of the IA series, and is told through the eyes of Harvis. You will need knowledge from the previous two books to truly understand and enjoy book 2.5 in the series! In this little novel (it will take you 2-3 hours to read), you follow Harvis as he tries to help Naz through the time after Meri's funeral. Naz has disappeared, but Harvis - knowing his friend - finds him at Meri's grave after the funeral. Naz is out for revenge a ...more
Christian Turner
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harvis is the man, only he doesn't have the power like Naz. In my opinion this is the best book of them all. It should have been a graphic novel. It still can be with all the fight scenes and action. I'm not much into poetry but the wordsmith has skills. I hope there are more IA books in the future. ...more
Stephanie Jane
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This new installment in John Winston's IA series slots in between IA: B.O.S.S. and IA: Union and I would advise having read at least the first two books in the series before turning to IA: Invincible Assassin in order to avoid any inadvertent spoilers and to understand the backstory which has led to Naz's intense grief. Winston took the brave decision to narrate IA: Invincible Assassin from the point of view of Harvis Young, a supporting char
Eivette Martinez
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was skeptical when I read all the glowing reviews, but after reading the novella in one sitting, I have to agree with the majority. Assassin may be the best book in the series. Walking in Harivis's shoes is addictive and to be honest, the book is too short. I was frustrated when it came to an end. The Wordsmith and Naz make one hell of a team. I look forward to the next adventure. Please make it a full novel. ...more
Devin Dann
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harvis needs his own series. The novella was just as good as the rest of the series if not better and it definitely answered some questions. I holding out for more books in this series, the best kept secret in the YA genre.
L.S. Bergman
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was just 'wow'! John Darryl Winston takes the reader back on one heck of a dystopian adventure in the Exclave, right to the brink of possibility through the voice of Harvis, Naz's best friend, and the action-packed exploits of an unlikely hero.

The adventure of Naz continues to send you reeling through his haunting loss and love for his dear sister Meri, while grappling with that soul-driven desire to right all those terrible series of wrongs, but unsure of exactly how to do so.

This b
Phil Leader
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Following on from the events in IA: B.O.S.S. and it's shattering ending, this book sees the world of Naz and the Exclave through the eyes of Harvis Young. A friend of Naz who has his own mysteries, Harvis sees how broken Naz is and resolves to protect him - or protect the world from him.

Naz is bent on revenge and with his superhuman powers could do more harm than good. Harvis must act as Naz's conscience but is also sympathetic to his cause.

Billed as an 'IA Origin' story, this provides a lot of
Kade Cook
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such an interesting twist to the IA series, not only did you get into the more edgier sides of the story but you got to see Naz from the perspective of one of his most trusted friends. It was dark and igniting, and so terribly heart wrenching at times. There is just so much going on that you had no idea about before—it keeps you hooked to the pages.
Harvis or aka Wordsmith’s retelling makes you feel like you are entering into an adolescent spy adventure as well as a supernatural journey
Valerie Winston
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novella is a nice tie-in between BOSS and Union. It adds more depth and dimension to the characters of Naz and Harvis, as well as, adding depth and dimension to their friendship. You gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of what they characters have experienced and what draws them together as friends. Because of all the tragedy Naz has suffered, he leans toward being a loner and tries to handle things on his own. Harvis becomes a friend, confidante', support, and even mentor for Naz as ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice little add-on to an already great series. Harvis is a hero is his own right, and Naz shines from afar. Love the poetry. It was very unexpected. I wondered how far the author would go with Naz. How deep would he take him from a morality standpoint? Would he cross the line? And then from nowhere, it's Harvis. ...more
Marvel Childs
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome twist, making one of the side characters the main character and then making the main character almost the villain. This was has a lot of action and adventure to it. The fight scenes are choreographed well. The book almost feels like a spy story and the poems throughout make a nice touch. Well put together. I'm hoping more books are released from this series in the future. ...more
Ipuna Black
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Invincible Assassin is the darkest book of the series, but I liked it. It showed the growth and maturity of Harvis and Naz. Winston does a great job with plot twists and bringing you close to his characters. The music and poetry in this fast-paced book are moving.
Armani Porterfield
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A refreshing little book for a wicked underrated series. I love Harvis. He could have a series of his own. I just know this is not the end, and I'm looking forward to more. Bring it on John Darryl Winston. ...more
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The IA series is an origin story by debut author John Darryl Winston. A Detroit native and public school educator, Winston created the coming of age hero's journey as part of a creative writing and 'Boys Read' program.

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