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The Assassin's List (The Adam Drake series Book 1) by [Matthews, Scott]
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Bone-chillingly relevant
"Gripping, fast-paced and a recommendable read." Amazon Reviewer - July 2, 2015

The assassin's list
"Wow, what a book! Hard to believe that this could happen. But I do believe it could.."
Amazon Reviewer - June 4, 2015

The assassin's list
"This book rated 5 stars because of the fast moving pace and believability."
Amazon Reviewer - May 2, 2015

THE ASSASSIN'S LIST is a headline-current thriller that pits a civilian hero against a cell of homegrown jihadi assassin's. Adam Drake must fight alone, when our PC-correct government won't assist him, to prevent the first assassination on a long list of American VIPs.

"! Seat of your pants tension, a hero who gets in a difficult position and responds...with deadly force."
Amazon Reviewer - January 29, 2015

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615682855
  • Publisher: Guardsman Publishing (16 August 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008Z65VGO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The Assassin's List by Matthews is a great read but not at bedtime. The book is action-packed and though you know Adam Drake is going to win, you don't know how or where the threats are coming from. The main antagonist is rarely in the picture but Drake knows he is somewhere and the next book should find him. Drake is well-supported by his ex Delta Force mate, Mike, and Margo in the office. His biggest raison d'etre is his father-in-law whom he must defend at all costs. It would make a good movie with all the pyrotechnics.
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I couldn't put this book down, the characters and events were so real and believable. This has really brought home the evil of Islam and how totally unprepared the world is to defeat it
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fantastic book, great story, great characters.
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Just loved this book. An action packed thriller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Really not impressed 24 July 2015
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...why on earth did he name the security company "ISIS"??? I'm almost halfway through the book, and keep expecting to learn that SOME character will find it strange that the bad guys might be jihadists and just 'happen' to own / work for a company whose initials are ISIS; am I the only one who finds that extraordinarily strange?? Will update this review -- and possibly revise my rating -- when I've finished the book... AMENDED REVIEW POST-READ: I'm reluctantly leaving my star rating unchanged, however this book really didn't impress me much. I'm truly mystified by all the 5-star reviews. The characters - virtually all of them - were very one-dimensional in my opinion, and I didn't mentally or emotionally connect with any of them. The storyline was filled with overused but currently popular (and certainly PC) players, such as the young, beautiful and super-smart female Homeland Security babe who's super-confident, brash, and who makes all men's heads turn (yawn). To add insult to injury, the lead character (Adam Drake) -- who's spent the last year chronically depressed at the death of his much-beloved wife -- is almost immediately smitten with this "rising" HS star, all thoughts of his departed wife seemingly gone in a blink. Characters who COULD have been interesting co-stars in the plot (such as the Security Director at the compromised government contractor's facility) are killed off within pages of the book's beginning. And there's more. The fact that this huge, internationally-respected security firm was founded and currently run by Muslims (as could be determined, it appears, by very basic background investigations) boggles my mind. I worked for Department of Defense contractors and carried a higher-level security clearance for almost 4 decades, and I can tell you that it's highly unlikely this security firm would have risen to such prominence (especially with defense-related companies) with nary a suspicion. Having the main character be former Special Ops (or Delta Force) and married to the daughter of a seasoned Senator involved with HS is so formulaic as to be laughable, as is the shaky partnership of drug cartels and jihadists. Been done SO many times before, and executed much better. Sorry, but there are just too many other superlative authors in this particular genre who are heads above Matthews for me to waste time on anything this mediocre. Truly, my intention here is not to besmirch this author's efforts (or the opinions of those reviewers who loved the book), but I have to give my honest opinion. The best thing about this book, unfortunately, is the editing... which is significantly above average. The rest is ho-hum at best.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Pumped! 2 August 2015
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This was actually the very book I was wanting to purchase for my father as a gift in paperback as he has yet to join the digital age. Already read and enjoyed book 2 "Oath to Defend" back on June 30th, for that matter I'll copy and paste my prior review so you know what to expect of the series:

I don't award them often, but this thriller was deserving of five stars in my opinion! Took a bit to grasp who was who at first (probably because I hadn't read book one in the series) but I really come to enjoy the characters as the book progressed which is a sure sign of a great read. Action became so intense toward the close of the book I found myself racing to want to finish it. Unusual in that it had not one, but two strong female characters present opposite several male leads as well as some fun dialogue amongst the sexes evident by passages like, "You lost control of things as soon as the women took over your kitchen." Also had some hard hitting passages like, "When someone knowingly cooperates with terrorists to make a buck, he's an enemy combatant in my book" and "America was afraid to use its power. If he ran the country, every drug smuggler he caught would be executed..." that left their mark. Given the length of the review (which is long for me) and my desire to purchase more books in the series (which I surely do) then it earns top honors!

A definite 'Gimme' as for myself, and a book I would heartily recommend to others!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling and Realistic Story 24 April 2015
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I am a 66 year old lady senior citizen. I was reading books like the Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne books long before they made them into movies so these Adam Drake books really caught my interest because they were as exciting and as suspenseful as the Bourne books were. I got the first book, The Assassin's List, for free but went ahead at that time and bought the second one in the series. Before I even finished the first book I knew I was going to want the whole series so I went ahead and downloaded the 3rd book so I could continue to read all the books straight through without having to stop--that is just how good these books are.

I know that I am suppose to be reviewing the first book but I am in the middle of the 3rd book already & it is hard to review just one of these books since they all inspire the same thoughts and feelings in each book. These books are so chilling because everything mentioned in these books are so plausible that I can really see this happening in the US. The gist of these stories are about terrorist targeting the US on our own soil--very realistic ideas that in reality could happen right here--especially with the attitude our government has toward protecting our boarders and their attitude toward terrorist--labeling them as random criminals instead of labeling them for what they are--terrorist! It would not surprise me at all if some of the plots in these books have not already been tried by homegrown terrorist right here in the US and that our government has covered it up so that we are not aware of what is really happening around us. Read these books and see if you don't agree with me that these plots are chilling and you believe realistically that it could well happen here just as described in these books. I know I did not describe the story itself, but I feel others here will do a much better job of it than I can.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good story. 8 December 2012
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Terrorism is here to stay, and it's all around us. Attorney (and former "operator") Adam Drake is called on to help a client find out why a valued employee is murdered in an apparent robbery where nothing is taken. Drake's investigation produces more questions than answers, including more murders and an attempt on his life. Ultimately it's up to Drake and a group of his former friends in the "dark services" to stop a terrorist attack including Drake's father-in-law Senator and the head of Homeland Security.
This is a great book that keeps you turning the pages (or swiping your finger). It also ends in such a way that could open the door to more Adam Drake stories.
If you like Ludlum and Jack Higgins, you'll like this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and stereotyped...but, I still liked it. 15 March 2016
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Muslims are the bad guys, American ex-special op is the good guy. Ground-breaking, eh? :)

Still, I enjoyed the book. Writing was good. Few interesting twists, such as making the ex-Special Ops guy a lawyer as well, and the Muslims successful American/International Corporate businessmen. Maybe the Muslim Corporate premise is not totally believable, but it was still done well.

I didn't find as many "stupid" or out of character moments as I find in many of these type of books...and it didn't sound like it was written by a 16 yr old. The action scenes, while still on the edge of believability, weren't as completely over-the-top as many others.

The fact the Muslim Company's acronym was "ISIS" was also unusual. Especially since the book was written in 2012, before the acronym was being used to describe the terrorist organization in the middle east. Prophetic?

It is NOT politically correct. So, it will probably offend those that are. Get over it.

Even tho I am usually very tough in my reviews, I found myself liking this one. Even with the overused plot line.


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