The Mark of the Assassin

The Mark of the Assassin

by Daniel Silva

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Overview

CIA Agent Michael Osbourne stars in this suspenseful series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Allon novels.

When a commercial airliner is blown out of the sky off the east coast, the CIA scrambles to find the perpetrators. A body is discovered near the crash site with three bullets to the face: the calling card of a shadowy international assassin. Only agent Michael Osbourne has seen the markings before—on a woman he once loved.

Now, it’s personal for Osbourne. Consumed by his dark obsession with the assassin, he’s willing to risk his family, his career, and his life—to settle a score…

A PEOPLE PAGE-TURNER OF THE WEEK

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451209313
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Series: Michael Osbourne Series , #1
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 73,656
Product dimensions: 7.46(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, and the Gabriel Allon series, including The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, and House of Spies. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are bestsellers around the world.

Date of Birth:

1960

Place of Birth:

Michigan

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Mark of the Assassin 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
"The Mark of the Assassin" by Daniel Sivla is fast paced fictional mystery about CIA agent Michael Osbourne. The story takes place mainly in the United States & England and involves several contemporary themes. The story starts with an act of terrorism. A jet liner is shot out of the sky using an land-to-air shoulder missile, the shooter is a terrorist known to the authorities who is found dead next to the empty missile tube shot in the face three times. Three shots to the face are the mark of the assassin and CIA agent Michael Osbourne knows it - he has encountered it before while working in the field. Michael believes that the jet liner was not shot down by Arab terrorists but by someone else and this makes him a target. What Michael doesn't know is that a group of rich and powerful world policy manipulators have targeted him for assassination and sent the world's best assassin to do the job; an assassin who justifies his work and morality by the famous Wild West well reasoned defense of "he needed killin'". "The Mark of the Assassin" was a good, quick read with several references to Silva's first novel "The Unlikely Spy" (book review) which I found entertaining - even though this is a separate story. The book starts out a bit slow (but well paced) and keeps you reading with twists and a surprise I didn't see midway through. To be fair though, the setup alone is half the book. There are many elements in the mix: political intrigue, a wife, medical issues, international locations, twists, turns and a few surprises. Those elements are a winning combination. The book has well developed characters, great plot-line and it kept me interested until the last page, as well as a theory which is thought provoking, if nothing else. For more book reviews please visit ManOfLaBook dot com
Guest More than 1 year ago
it really didn't spoil my enjoyment of this fantastic story. It did, however, tip off the ending. I recommend all of Daniel Silva's work so far. Next, I will read 'Death in Vienna' and anxiously await more books from DS. These newer writers make me wish I had time to reread some of Leon Uris' books.
ZoharLaor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast paced mystery which starts out a bit slow (but well paced) and keeps your reading with twists and a surprise I didn't see midway through.To be fair though, the setup alone is half the book.The story starts with an act of terrorism. A jet liner is shot out of the sky using an land-to-air shoulder missile, the shooter is a terrorist known to the authorities who is found dead next to the empty missile tube shot in the face three times.Three shots to the face are the mark of the assassin and CIA agent Michael Osbourne knows it - he has encountered it before while working in the field.Michael believes that the jet liner was not shot down by Arab terrorists but by someone else and this makes him a target.What Michael doesn't know is that a group of rich and powerful world policy manipulators have targeted him for assassination and sent the world's best assassin to do the job; an assassin who justifies his work and morality by the famous Wild West well reasoned defense of "he needed killin'".Mix those elements with political intrigue, a wife, medical issues, international locations, twists, turns and a few surprises - and you got yourself a winning combination.The book has well developed characters, great plotline and it kept me interested until the last, as well as a theory which is thought provoking, if nothing else. "The Mark of the Assassin" was a good, quick read with several references to Silva's first novel "The Unlikely Spy" which I found entertaining - even though this is a separate story and has almost nothing to do with the first novel.At the time of this review, the under the book's title it said "Gabriel Allon" in parenthesis - this is not a Gabriel Allon book.
theportal2002 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Started off kind of slow but picked up. From the middle to the end of the book I could not put it down. A very good read.
Papa51 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First-time reading silva....good start...good story and characters and kept me turning the pages...looking forward to the next one.
reeread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first Daniel Silva novel - looks like I'm in for a treat as I track more down. Intriguing plot. Makes you wonder what dirty deals are really being done at the highest levels of power in politics and the corporate world and how many innocent people suffer because of them.My one beef was that Elizabeth had the most trouble free IVF procedure and result I've ever read about, certainly given the circumstances surrounding it ie. husband not present for the implantation but tangling with terrorists overseas and is being hunted down by an assassin, (so is she), has discovered close friend murdered, kills assassin's assistant at close quarters and witnesses husband's shooting. A good page turner with lots of twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Silva's books. They are page turners, with very interesting characters.
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Gailfl More than 1 year ago
Although my TBR stack is out of control, I felt the need for a Daniel Silva fix recently, and knew that the next Gabriel Allon book would not be released until July. Silva wrote 3 books before he began the series with the famous art restorer/Israeli spy chief. I decided to give them a try, and I’m glad that I did. The first book was a free-standing mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed (The Unlikely Spy). In his second book, Silva highlights an intelligence officer, Michael Osbourne. Some familiar characters show up--Ari Shamron has a brief appearance; Adrian Carter from the CIA figures prominently in the book. I was surprised to discover these men, who are so critical to the Allon series. Michael Osbourne has been assigned a desk job with the agency since the terrible and tragic killing of his lover. He is brought back to the field to track and kill a terrorist involved with the downing of a jet over the Eastern seaboard. A telltale sign was left after the airline disaster that was the signature of the killer of his lover (the mark of the assassin, as the title states). The book is peppered with intrigue, as one would expect from a Silva book. Some reviewers compared this two-book series to the Gabriel Allon books, feeling that this book did not measure up. I give Silva a pass—it is only his second book, and like most things, one improves their skills over time. I enjoyed the book and plan to read the next one. And I’m still waiting for July and Gabriel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good vacation book.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Anything written by Daniel Silva is exciting and beyond a great value in a reading experience. His characters are human and make you want to be friends with them. His stories are fast-paced and exciting. And even tho Gabriel Allon is a spy, Daniel Silva writes in such a way that anyone can easily follow along and understand what's going on and why. Gabriel is one of the most famous characters ever written about and we never want his story to end. The stories are so well written that you have finished the book before you know it. And to say that Daniel Silva is one of the greatest writers of our time, is probably a very big understatement. His writing is fluid and flawless and easy to read. You never have to read a sentence twice. If you haven't already read a Daniel Silva story, you are truly missing out on a great reading experience.
jrwils56 More than 1 year ago
A good fast paced thriller. I like the previous book by Silva better but this one is good. My pet peeve is when there are misspelled place names but I guess I can blame the publisher for not doing their job.
JCD2 More than 1 year ago
If there was a failing with this book, it was probably mine.  I grabbed the book expecting Gabriel Allon to appear.  What I got was MIchael Osbourne of the CIA who is willing to go to great lengths to avenge his lover's death.  He also has the most understanding wife alive.
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Thoroughly captivating. Edge of your seat. For anyone that enjoys suspense with facts that are, for the most part, familiar, this author's works are a "must read"
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Ronniedean More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe I have never read Daniel Silva until The Fallen Angel...he is great....I am reading his first Gabriel Allon now The Kill Artist and can't put down. Going to read the entire series. LOVE HIM
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