on Aug. 1, 2017 :
Title – The Assassin Evolves -
Book Two of The Irrevocable Change Trilogy
Author – Robert Schobernd
Genre – Crime Thriller
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 8/1/17
No.50-1 - 2017
My impressions: violent, tenacious, ruthless, caring, rationalization, deeply emotional.
Clayton Albrecht – The Assassin
Anna Giliano – New mob boss of her deceased husband’s criminal territory.
Adrianna Worthington – Clayton’s blackmailed married girlfriend and mother of his illegitimate son.
Joey Tadono – previously second in line of Anna’s husband’s criminal organization.
Clayton’s mother Margaret and younger sister Lizzy.
Whether his murder contracts take him to Florida, California, Wyoming or near Chicago the Assassin has a plan. But sometimes the plan goes awry because of unexpected circumstances.
One of Clayton Albrecht's contract kills in Georgia was a great example of the depth of the plot. He was hired by the husband of the wife and mother murdered by Johnny Lee Bolton. Johnny Lee kidnapped, abused, raped and finally killed her. Clayton quickly encouraged and developed a friendship with Johnny Lee and his girlfriend/whore Rachel May. Clay convinced Johnny Lee to describe in detail the brutal acts he inflicted on his last victim in anticipation of their teaming up to kidnap and abuse additional victims. The writing was clever and detailed Clayton’s vicious methods to ingrain himself into Johnny Lee’s trust so he could comply with the terms of his contract.
Another scene I especially liked involved Clayton refusing to murder a woman and her two children who were in the witness protection program. He became involved with the woman and walked away from the mob’s orders to kill the family. What happen next was a creative piece of acting and action for Clayton to set himself free after capture and deal with the man pressuring him to commit the brutal assassinations he demanded.
The two segments mentioned above are indicative of the cunning, detailed action throughout The Assassin Evolves.
What elevates The Irrevocable Change Trilogy above other assassin series is how the author has entwined Clay’s caring family and friend’s relationships with the brutality of his profession. He truly cares for them and strives to protect them even as his actions cause them pain and place them in danger.
This story is violent; readers who reject detailed violence, rape and torture should skip this assassin series. The Assassin is a cold-blooded killer.
I enjoyed The Assassin Evolves and heartily recommend it to fans of violent crime stories.
The editing is nearly excellent but not perfect, and sentence structure is good.
Character development is very good with actions painting a picture instead of narration defining them.
Details are adequate without being overdone and boring.
Research is in depth and excellent.
The plot is exciting, detailed and emotional.
The writing style is crisp, fast and action packed. There is abundant conflict and tension.
Continuity is good, scenes make sense and don’t contradict others.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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(reviewed 8 days after purchase)