Elite assassin vs elite assassin
3.5 out of 5 stars
This book was both predictable and surprising. The entire book I had an idea of what was going on, but a few times I was surprised and near the end when the “big reveal” happens there had been enough hints that it was obvious who the killer was, but it still shocked me in a way. When I’m reading or watching movies, I try my hardest to let myself get into it, even if it’s different or trying to pull me out. It helps me enjoy more movies and books this way. I’m not sure how Jones could have written this to make it less obvious, but I feel like there had to be a way.
The narration was done by Todd Menesses, who does a great job. He has a really deep and dark voice that was perfect for Kimball. It was awesome to hear a story about assassins and feel like the narrator understood who each person was and what they were doing. Todd also did some accents pretty well (those things don’t bother me as much, I understand that not ever narrator is multi-lingual or multi-accented — very few can pull it off well) but Menesses did a good enough job that it didn’t pull me from the book.
I honestly had to Google Iscariot to figure out what religious symbol/person it was related to, and that in itself should have been a big giveaway to the ending of the book (which I’m sure others have said in their reviews).
But, to be completely honest, the book flowed really well and kept me actively listening longer than I wanted to be up a few nights. Jones knows how to write a well thought out, fast-paced Thriller. I might have to go back and check out the first two Vatican Knights books.
The Iscariot Agenda by Rick Jones
Narrator: Todd Menesses
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Series: The Vatican Knights #3
Published by Rick Jones on January 14, 2017
Kimball Hayden is the commander of an elite commando group known as the Vatican Knights, a black-op force that works for the Church to protect its sovereignty, its interests, and the welfare of its citizenry. But Kimball is being stalked by someone from the past, a soldier who is stronger, faster, and far more brutal - an assassin so deadly not even the Vatican Knights can stop him. This alpha assassin has set Kimball within the crosshairs and is systematically destroying his old team of elite fighters, the Force Elite. Kimball is then sent to confront this killer who leaves behind lettered clues carved into the flesh of his teammates: Iscariot. Not only does Kimball have to battle something far more dangerous than anything he has ever encountered, but he must destroy this assassin before this killer brings his personal war to the Vatican.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in North Carolina where he writes full time.
Rick Jones is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knight series (THE VATICAN KNIGHTS, SHEPHERD ONE, The ISCARIOT AGENDA, PANDORA’S ARK and THE BRIDGE OF BONES), the psychological thriller, FAMILIAR STRANGER, and the best-selling action/adventure series, The Eden Saga (THE CRYPTS OF EDEN, THE MENAGERIE and THE THRONES OF EDEN).