[Review Fest #3] The Kingdom of Assassins by Erik Mackenzie

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Title: The Kingdom of Assassins
Author: Erik Mackenzie
Publication: May 18th 2015 by Conrad and Mackenzie
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 316
Format: Paperback

When a raid on a terrorist cell leaves no survivors and few clues, New York City police have a problem: since the tip was anonymous, they have no idea why the terrorists were there.

Detective Mike Maclaymore has the impossible task of finding out what the cell was planning. When a Saudi princess shows up to ID one of the bodies, he knows this goes deeper than anyone feared. He and the princess pair up to learn the truth, neither sure they can trust the other.

The trail leads to a Saudi diplomat, beheaded in his apartment. And to a shadowy figure from Mike’s past as a Black Ops soldier in wartime Afghanistan—a warlord hunted by all sides, and caught by none.

Now Mike races to uncover his identity, and stop an attack that will destroy New York City—and then the U.S. economy.


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My thoughts:

I received a review copy from the author himself in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

The Kingdom of Assassins tells a story about a detective trying to solve a case wherein a terrorist attack suddenly occurred. Someone anonymous has told the detective about the plan of the terrorist beforehand. A Saudi princess came to him, bearing a lot of information, that led them to team up to uncover the truth from these attacks.

Honestly, the whole thing was confusing. I didn’t know where the story was going. Its directions are going to multiple places at once. It was hard for me to keep up with the book because it felt like there was no story at all. I have no idea what’s really happening.

“Every day of your life is a page of your own history.”

Not to mention the chapters of this book. There were a lot of viewpoints on this book. From a detective to a princess of Arabia to a prince of Iran. It felt like that there were too many characters and the author failed to focus on their development.

The pace of this one was unbelievably slow. The book felt dragging on the first hundred pages, and I just didn’t feel like reading this anymore. Fortunately, the pace kept up, and the scenes started to get intense and action-packed. It actually seemed like a CSI episode, it’s amazing.

“Every dead body had a story to tell. Some were novels, other poems. We all die, and it happens in a million different ways. Some reach horrific endings, others die in piece; some die cowards and others heroes– but everyone dies.”

There were a lot of things I did not understand about this book mainly because of the jargon it uses. It was technical; it was difficult to understand, but there were some words that I understood because I was familiar to them. Despite the jargon words being complex, those words definitely add a beautiful element to the story. Ultimately, the ending of this book was confusing as well. It kind-of ended with a cliffhanger, but it had a unique way on ending it. Surely enjoyed this one, but some problems just got in the way.

3 swords3 swords for this action-packed, intense novel!


About the author:

Erik Mackenzie lives in New York and is busy creating the Manga graphic novel adaptation of The Kingdom of Assassins.


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