Science Fiction | Book Review: Assassin Marked by Michael C. Sahd

Assassin Marked

Goodreads is an excellent place to find new books and I’m happy to say that this was one of the better finds. Assassin Marked follows the tale of an assassin for hire in a sci-fi setting looking for revenge while trying to survive a shady criminal syndicate.

I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a quick and fun read. For the amount of pages this book has, it packs quite a bit of story! Damian DuFonte is an assassin at the top of his game. There’s hints of something gone awry in his past that he seeks revenge for. Unfortunately for him, the person who betrayed him is a high ranking member of The Syndicate.

After all this time, how could she doubt me? I said, “They’ll never know. I never leave evidence…”Michael C. Sahd

The story starts off with Damian and his lover, Victoria, another high ranking member of the Syndicate. Damian is bent on getting revenge but Victoria doesn’t want him to do it because of the consequences. To prove her loyalty, the Syndicate charges Victoria to find Damian and end him.

The book is pretty well written. Damian shows all the signs of a man consumed by his need for revenge to the point where he is willing to give up the only woman he has ever truly loved. The Syndicate is a shady criminal organization run by three anonymous people; whatever their objectives and goals are a mystery at this point. The plot is interesting and its a joy to read the violence Damian can do and the love he has for Victoria. The way Damian breaks into the mansion reminded me of the Heist episode from Firefly!

While world building is limited in a book this small, there’s still hints all over of the incident in Damian’s past that has led him to this point. There’s also mentions of psychic powers that both Damian and Victoria seem to possess but again these are not explained. I’d love to read a larger story which explores this world in greater detail.

Finally, an eerie dark red light illuminated my surroundings, and I saw that I stood before three chairs. In each of these chairs sat an identical wrinkly old disembodied head, double chins and large eyes giving them a toad-like appearance. These holograms masked the true identities of the Heads.Michael C. Sahd

Assassin Marked