Heart of the Assassin: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 11, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
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The year is 2045 and a warrior battles to save America from an Islamic mastermind in this smart and violent futuristic thriller from New York Times bestselling author Robert Ferrigno.

Time is running out for the Islamic Republic and the Bible Belt, the two warring nations that arose when the former United States split apart after an economic collapse left tens of millions unemployed and desperate for leadership. Weakened by their endless conflict, both countries are now threatened by the expansionist dreams of the Aztlán Empire (formerly known as Mexico) to the south, which has steadily encroached deep into the regions once called California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Riven by intellectual and social decay, both the Islamic Republic and the Belt are at the brink of collapse.

The only solution is to reunite the countries and regain America's former power and global standing. And there's only one man who can do it: Rakkim Epps, genetically enhanced shadow warrior and hero of the two previous books in Robert Ferrigno's astonishing Assassin Trilogy.

Time is also running out for Epps's archenemy, the Old One, the sly, immensely rich Muslim fanatic who seeks to create one world under his domination. Now more than one hundred and fifty years old, he is dying and unhappily knows it. His solution is to reunite the Islamic Republic and the Bible Belt his way, and his plan involves his voluptuous but deadly daughter, Baby, and none other than Rakkim himself. The Old One is aided by his sadistic, carbon-skinned enforcer, Gravenholtz, whom Rakkim failed to kill in an earlier encounter and who now wishes to kill Rakkim and those he loves.

Meanwhile, there is a rumor of a discovery of a sacred relic in the contaminated ruins of Washington, D.C., a radiation zone peopled by diseased zombies and daring treasure hunters. It is into this deadly wasteland that Rakkim must secretly travel and retrieve the icon if he is to defeat Gravenholtz, Baby, and the Old One, and have even a chance to unite the two halves of America.

A stunning stand-alone read, Heart of the Assassin is a feast of cinematic violence, brilliant plotting, and futuristic scene-setting. Completing Ferrigno's Assassin Trilogy, Heart of the Assassin confirms his position as a master of thriller fiction.
 

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Ferrigno wraps up a dystopian trilogy set 30-odd years in the future.As in Prayers for the Assassin (2006) and Sins of the Assassin (2007), North America is a battleground for multiple theocracies ... Read full review

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User Review  - TomVeal - LibraryThing

Heart of the Assassin completes Robert Ferrigno's trilogy of suspense novels set in a fragmented America, whose most powerful components are the Islamic Republic, comprising the bulk of the former U.S ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER4 CHAPTER5 CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER9 CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 20
CHAPTER 21
CHAPTER22 CHAPTER23 CHAPTER 24
CHAPTER 25
CHAPTER27
CHAPTER31
CHAPTER 35
CHAPTER36

CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER13 CHAPTER14 CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 17
CHAPTER18 CHAPTER 19
CHAPTER40
CHAPTER 44
CHAPTER45
CHAPTER49
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About the author (2009)

Robert Ferrigno was born in South Florida, a tropical backwater rife with mosquitoes and flying cockroaches.

After earning college degrees in Philosophy, Film-Making, and Creative Writing, he returned to his first love, poker. He spent the next five years gambling full-time and living in a high-crime area populated by starving artists, alcoholics, thieves and drug dealers, becoming friends with many people who would later populate his novels.

He used some of his winnings to start a punk rock magazine called The Rocket, where he interviewed the Clash, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, etc. The success of The Rocket got him a job as a feature writer for a daily newspaper in Southern California, where he took the adventure-and-new-money beat.

Over the next seven years he flew jets with the Blue Angels, drove Ferraris, and went for desert survival training with gun nuts. He ultimately gave up his day job to become a novelist, and his first book, The Horse Latitudes, was called "the fiction debut of the season" by Time magazine.

His most recent novel, The Wake-Up, was described by Kirkus Reviews as "Sharp, fast, and slick. Ferrigno can read like Raymond Chandler on speed, with pages turning and adrenaline pretty high throughout."

Prayers for the Assassin is his ninth novel.

He lives in Washington State with his family.

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