Boy Nobody #1
(when I reviewed this for Netgalley, it was called The Hit - orig pub on Apr 25, 2013)
AUTHOR: Allen Zadoff
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown & CO BYR
PUBLISH DATE: June 11th 2013
Amazon $2.99 kindle edition
Well I just lost half a night's sleep because I could not put this book down!!
The writing is simple, but well-written. It is easy to follow and even more easy to read like a crazy person. The characters have good, solid development giving the reader the ease to root for some and beg for the demise of others.
As a fan of female protagonists, this one surprised me. The main character, whose name changes as his hits are completed, was purely, detached and unemotional assassin. The perfect kind that is underestimated and successful driven by the deaths of his parents, the lies they told and the program's effort to make an invisible assassin. But he is human. And hard as he may try, he has feelings he cannot escape.
Oh man, this was SOOOOO GOOD!! I really enjoyed this book.
He is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.
But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter seems so much like him; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the kid he once was, the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission.