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Assassin's Strike

(David Slaton #7)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  43 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Ward Larsen's globe-trotting, hard-hitting assassin, David Slaton, returns for another breathless adventure!

In a Syrian palace, the presidents of Russia and Syria undertake a clandestine meeting. No staff or advisors are permitted in the room. No records are kept. By necessity, however, there are two witnesses: the interpreters. The Russian, Lu
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 18th 2020 by Forge
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Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
The Russian and Iranian presidents meet to discuss a secret deal for chemical weapons: only two witnesses were present-- the translators. When the Iranian one takes a dive off the hotel roof, missing the pool by a country mile, the Russian one goes on the run, calling the U.S. embassy in Damascus. Ex-Mossad assassin David Slaton is recruited by the CIA for a rescue mission. The book is often too slow, and I found the (view spoiler) story dull; however, the book does g ...more
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Assassin’s Strike is what an action-espionage-thriller should be. With an engaging storyline, interesting characters, cinematic action sequences, and crisp chapters, there is no putting the book down until you’ve read the book.

Assassin’s Strike sees the return of David Slaton, a formidable and lethal assassin who is taking contracts for CIA in return for protection for his family. Slaton is no stranger to being tasked with taking out high-profile targets, only this time, his mission is to save h
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Assassin Strike was a fast pace in your face thriller! David Slaton is back and is ready to start “work” with his latest employer.
I really enjoyed the study of what happens when the shadow world has been your life for an extended period of time, and then you stop? We get to delve into that in this book. This was a fast pace thriller that I highly recommend! Be sure to pre-order your copy today!
Stuart Ashenbrenner
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! David Slaton is developed into an incredible character. I finished this book very quickly, as the fast-paced action was nonstop. Larsen's ability to speak to some in-depth technological aviation aspects which just assists to make it that much more interesting.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller!
Julie Watson
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ward Larsen writes some of the most thrilling aviation fiction you will find today. I thought it would be difficult to surpass ASSASSIN’S REVENGE, but he has done exactly that with ASSASSIN’S STRIKE! The writing style is much like Brad Thor or Vince Flynn, and has as dynamic a protagonist in David Slaton as what you find in Scot Harvath or Mitch Rapp.

This is a novel about being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Two interpreters for the presidents of two big game players in the Middle East ha
J Todd wilkins
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Assassin's Strike is a beautiful mix of action and anticipation.

Ward Larsen manages to perfectly blend what I love most about pure spy/espionage and military/operator thrillers via gripping plot lines full of fantastic characters.

As we follow David Slaton, the world's greatest assassin, on a distinctly unique mission for him, we're able to see more into his motivations that drive him and the decision making process required by his new role as an off-the-books asset for the CIA.

This is definite
Chris (Seafoam) Miller
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book here. Storyline was in depth but adventurous enough to not to bore you. The characters are fully developed and authentic, no nonsense. Great location and action!!! Ward knows what he’s doing!!!

Ward Larsen has set himself well with the David Slaton series. This installment, number 7 in the series, starts of with a Russian interpreter overhears things that wasn't meant for her. Then she's on the run from being brutally murdered by the Russian thugs used by their government officials.

Derek Luedtke
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was my first foray into Ward Larsen’s, David Slaton series. What a great book. This is a white knuckle, ride with enough action for two books.

David Slaton is one of the top Assassins in the world, who happens to be on loan to the CIA, who task him with his latest mission. The catch is he is to rescue a Russian translator, who heard more than she should have in a meeting between the Russian President and the President of Syria.

The action is superb, as we watch Slaton sneak into Syria,
MitchRappPod No Limits
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, I guess you could say my review of this book can best be summed up in the form of a limerick:

Where have you been all my life, David Slaton?
For more of your adventures I’m now waitin’.
Assassins Strike,
A stunning delight.
To my amazon cart, his books will go straight in.

With drones and chemical agents aplenty,
This is one of the best books of 2020,
The action never ceased,
Ward created a masterpiece.
To his books I will turn quite frequently.

But for real, you absolutely must read this book! I enj
Steven R. Netter
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ward Larsen nails this book, his seventh novel about the secretive and principled spy David Slaton. In this latest installment, David is brought back into the fold by the CIA as repayment for safe haven for his family in the US. What starts out as an extraction mission turns much more complicated as a false flag operation becomes apparent with one Middle Eastern country at risk of a chemical weapons attack.

This book has a compelling story with a lot of action and great development ofthe main/ne
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
What do you do with one of the most lethal snipers ever to have looked through a scope? Well, if you're Ward Larsen, you send him on R&R, a rescue and recovery mission. How hard could that be? What could possibly go wrong?

The book opens up with two heads of state in a photo-op session which then evolves into a closed door meeting with no advisors or lieutenants in the room, only two interpreters who melt into the background as good interpreters do. This could be an ordinary meeting, but when you
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a David Slaton book before, more fool I. “Assassin’s Strike” is a brilliant thriller, full of twists and turns and heart-stopping action. I don’t like spoilers, so I don’t give any, but trust me, there are a couple of scenes in this book which will have you holding your breath. David Slaton is the world’s greatest sniper, but instead of assassinating someone, in this book he is tasked with saving the life of a terrified woman, the interpreter to the Russian president, who now k ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I really wish Goodreads allowed 1/2 stars. There are so many times when 4 stars just isn't enough, but I try to be so careful with my 5 star ratings (that's completely for my own purposes) that it just makes things difficult. Anyway, I have been a fan of the David Slaton series for a while and I was excited to see that there was a new book out this week. I mainly listened to the Audible version, but did read portions of it. The narrator was P.J. Ochlan and I think he's done all of Ward
John McKenna
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Assassin's Strike by Ward Larsen, is the seventh and latest in the electrifying, kinetic and attention-grabbing thriller series.  It opens with a secret meeting between the presidents of Russia and Iran in Damascus, Syria.  The only persons in the room are the two presidents and two interpreters, because they are there to discuss the transfer of certain secret technologies that are outlawed in the rest of the world . . . the use of which is a war crime, as well as a crime against humanity.  Shor ...more
Donna Hines
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Assassin's Strike literally covered every base with heart pounding cinematic action, suspenseful and active narration, wonderful storytelling, and characters that are aggressive yet powerful.
What could be better than reading this new work on of all days America's Birthday?!
I was blessed to receive an early copy courtesy of NetGalley and was offered another quick shot with BTS Designs which I declined as my request for approval came in at the exact moment I was to accept James offer for hard cove
Kathleen Gray
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fast paced thriller about a former Mossad assassin sent to rescue a Russian translator from Syria. Wow. Ludmilla was one of two interpreters for a meeting between the Russian and Syrian Presidents, which seemed like an ok opportunity until she heard what they were talking about. And until her counterpart is murdered. She takes off, seeking refuge in, of all places, Syria, but manages to get a message out. David Slanton, who left Israel and has been living in the US, is asked by CIA to get her ...more
Brian Miller
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have not previously read a David Slaton book and after reading this book I will need to go back and start this series from the beginning. Slaton is living a peaceful life a little off the grid with his family when he gets word that he has a job that needs to be done. As an assassin, he was initially taken back by the request to save someone who has important information that may avert a messy Middle East war. He reluctantly agrees and now has to find out how to infiltrate Syria and get someone ...more
Matt Persson
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Never has a book had my undivided attention from the very first sentance like Assassin's Strike did. I had never read Ward Larsen before but I can tell you I will go back and read all of his books. I love his writing style. The characters and the action are all so well developed and thought out. I would highly recommend this book. Also I won this book on Twitter as an ARC and I missed typed my zip code, so it took a while to get to me. Mr Larsen was so nice he sent me another book in case the fi ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win an advanced copy of "Assassin's Strike" from Mr Larsen. I am a huge fan of all of Mr Larsen's books and David Slaton in particular. Being a former fighter pilot, it would be reasonable assumption to expect aviation to be featured in his novels. What can't be expected are the unique ways he uses his expertise. The aviation feats are unbelievable but not out of the realm of possibility. Mr Larsen continues to raise the bar and then exceed said bar. I look forward to see w ...more
Jared Macarin
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a lot of fun from start to finish. An intriguing story that was captivating from the first page until the thrilling finish. David Slaton is a strong lead and Larsen continues to put him in situations that will make you wonder how he will make it out alive. Highly reccomend.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ward Larsen’s “Assassin’s Strike” with David Slaton is right on target with an up to date suspense novel using current Middle East situations as a backdrop. Great to see Ward Larsen expand David Slaton’s role beyond the world’s best assassin. This was a great novel and I look forward to the next David Slaton novel. Look out Jason Bourne, I believe you have been replaced.
T Olsen
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a modern spy thriller, a little like 007, but actually more realistic. It's very well written, easy to read and with great plot and characters. The problem is all the detailed descriptions of the small side stories, as they make the story too slow. But still, it's a very entertaining book. ...more
R Ricalde
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great fast paced read with the return of Slaton. Almost back to his origins as his wife and son are only mentioned in passing. Story line is not necessarily unique but Larson's narrative keeps your interest from start to finish. Nice to have Anton Bloch back if only for a short period. ...more
Doug Yonce
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book! A different take on the assassin genre as The protagonist puts his countless skills to work in a case of political espionage that requires him to be a rescuer/protector. I received an advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just what you come to expect from Ward Larsen and David Slaton----another suspenseful thriller with and interesting plot and action that doesn't seem to quit. Yes all good plans have to be tweaked in order to work and nothing goes as smoothly as David hopes when he is assigned the dangerous task of retrieving a Russian translator with some terrifying news out of Syria. Easy--right? Sure but David makes it seem easy and the only thing missing from this one is his wife and child are safely shelter ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
(3.5 rounded up). Well, it wasn't a page turner for me. I was excited to read this new David Slaton book and thought I'd fly through it like I did the others. For me, it took a lot longer to read than I expected. It just did not engage me like all the others had. While I liked it, it was a bit of a disappointment I'm sorry to say. Slow start and kind of draggy in quite a few spots. I found it quite easy to put down after a chapter (or two, I think I remember the chapters were fairly short). No r ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Slightly interesting not the best in this series
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Assassin's Strike (David Slaton #7) by Ward Larsen

What do a heads of state meeting in Damascus, a retired CIA/Mossad assassin, a babushka in the making and a circular bauble the size of a ten-ruble coin have in common? Not much if you're headed to the local community center trying to swaplift Helvetian ceramic figurines. If your destination is a bookstore, it has everything to do with the latest David Slaton adventure penned by Ward Larsen. Notably without the presence of Slaton, the first 40 pages of ASSASSIN'S STRIKE rock and draw a fine
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5**** Ward Larsen has become a 1st class author of suspense/espionage novels. From his start with his Jammer Davis stories, to this, his 7th David Slaton novel, Larsen has joined the list of my favorite authors.
David Slaton novels are packed full of exciting, mostly realistic settings and incidents. David Slaton is not a James Bond or Mitch Rapp type of character. He is a former member of the Israeli version of our CIA and, in this series, an assassin working for the US. He lives in Washington
Adam Jones
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After I started to read this book I found out it is actually the seventh book in a series, this however didn't deter me.

As a brief summary of the story, David Slaten is an assassin who is tasked with getting a Russian Interpreter to safety after she translates some news that she deems dangerous to her own safety.
What then follows is a race against time to get the Russian to safety without the respective parties getting there first.

To me this novel reminded me of a cross between early Tom Clancy
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Ward Larsen is the USA Today bestselling author of espionage thrillers. A six-time winner of the Florida Book Award, his first novel, The Perfect Assassin, is in pre-production as a motion picture with Amber Entertainment.
A former Air Force fighter pilot, he has also served as an airline captain, and is a trained aircraft accident investigator.

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