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The Assassin

Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, is the most dangerous city in the world. And when a mission to break the local cartel’s grip goes wrong, Isabella Rose, the Angel, finds herself on the wrong side of prison bars. Fearing the worst, Isabella plays her only remaining card...

British agent Vivian Bloom is determined to be the first to reach her, certain she will lead him to other operatives he’s under pressure to hunt down. But US agents are circling too. And with the shadowy Prometheus group pulling the strings, Isabella knows that she and her mentor, the Asset, are living on borrowed time…

The Assassin is the fourth part in a continuing story involving Isabella Rose that also includes Act I: The Angel, Act II: The Asset and Act III: The Agent.

©2018 Mark Dawson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Debora Aldridge
  • 31-05-2018

Hooked on lame series

First off the narrator is mediocre at best...does horrible on the female voices. Secondly, Dawson again fills his novel with unnecessary street names, turns, scenic and weaponry description that I'm able to multi task while listening and not miss any of the story line. Having said that, when the author does address the subject matter of the book it's really well written with plenty of suspense and action to the plot. Isabella is gaining traction as an assassin and was glad to see Pope reimerg in the thick of things; sans his wife and family. That's another part of the story that irritated me as Pope's wife was portrayed as an unfeeling unappreciative woman who didn't care about him or what he went thru to save his family. Anyway, as usual I will be waiting on the follow-up book in this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-01-2019

I love this series. I love Mark Dawson.

BUT....this was THE worst narration I have ever heard. And I have listened to 60-70 books per year for 10 years!

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  • Fred Obermann
  • 31-10-2019

Weird speaking cadence spoils the reading

It's very odd. I have found 2 narrators with similar strange speaking affectations. The first is Napolean Ryan, reading this book, and the the other is Susan Duerden, reading "The Rook". I believe that both are British, and I have to wonder, is this strange speaking cadence is intrinsic to one or more of Britain's many dialects of English?

Lydia from Texas wrote a succinct evaluation of Susan's reading of "The Rook".

"... - the narration was completely horrid - I could not focus on the content at all because of the weird sing-song cadence of the narrator. Every sentence was just an arpeggio - with her voice going up and down with each syllable..."

While Napolean Ryan's rendition is not quite so strongly cadenced as that of Susan Duerden, I still find it quite annoying. I cannot recommend this audio book.

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  • ND Roughrider
  • 17-10-2019

Brilliant ending to a great series of novels!

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series by Mark Dawson! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a great spy novel!

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  • Lourdes Bouley
  • 10-10-2019

The Assasin

Another great written adventure. I loved it and can't wait until the next one !!

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  • Richard
  • 16-06-2019

Awesome series!!!!

One of the best audible series. Great writing, story line, and character development. The narrator is a pleasure to listen to and only adds to an already superb story. It is because of gems like this I have been audible listener for nearly 12 plus years.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-2019

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Really enjoyed the book. Dying to read/listen to the next installment. Narrator did a marvelous job.

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  • William Lunsford
  • 27-07-2018

Finally an ending

I like this story the best. We finally see a ending with this story. I would have wished Maya had been able to get a bone marrow operation from Isabella.

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  • Spyguy
  • 24-07-2018

gteat story but writing not as good as previous

enjoyed the story, the narrator was good but their was just too much filler in the book to make ot longer,
the retelling of the same exact event from every persons perspective was monotonous, i did not need to hear or read the same thing over 2 times minimum everytime there was any action. it really ruined the book for me. too bad because it could hsce been really really good without it.

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  • JC
  • 11-07-2018

I Love this Series!!!

This Isabella Rose series is ridiculously good! Dawson’s writing is amazing, but it’s Ryan’s narration that seals the deal. I recommend this book to all.

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  • paul
  • 12-02-2019

brilliant

great story with an unexpected twist that has left me pining for the next in the series.

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  • VJ
  • 17-07-2018

Needs a Female Narrator!

I struggled to listen to this instalment of Isabella Rose. I had to resort to increasing the play speed to endure the narration. Given the protagonist is female in this series, surely it would make sense to have a female narrator. After all, John Milton books aren’t read by a female narrator!
Unfortunately this will be my last Isabella Rose audiobook unless there is a change of narrator - so sorry Mr Ryan 😐

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  • Iain
  • 20-12-2018

Good story, annoying narrator

It's a roaring story that covers the background of Isabella Rose, spoiled by the narrator's inability to read more than a few words without pausing.

Ignoring the narration, the story is just as good as the John Milton series with potential to exceed. A bit akin to a female Bourne, she has her own agenda and is only slightly influenced by those around her.

Can't wait to read more from this series

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  • Kelly
  • 03-08-2019

loved it

great story
well narrated....can't wait for the next story. Her and Pope make a great team

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  • Sparky1000
  • 09-04-2019

narrating is too annoying for me to get on with.

managed 5 chapters only. shame as I have just done all the John milton stories and they were brilliant.

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  • Richard
  • 09-04-2019

The Assassin disappointing.

I am sorry to say that I found the book disappointing this was due to the very poor narration, I did complete the story though nearly gave up on several occasions due to the narrator.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-11-2018

Great series

This is the 4th in a really good series and the story and characters are developing .
Really well read.

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  • Sally Alp
  • 30-09-2018

narrotors ruined it

I am ploughing through the book because I want to know what has happened to Isabella and everyone else. I have read all the books in this series.
Mr Ryan's voice is distracting but the female voice is irratating. Please don't use her again.

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  • Mr J.
  • 30-07-2018

couldn't finish

absolutely love the author but the narrator was a blooming awful ....managed half way before I couldn't bear listening to him any longer , the story however is up to the author's high standards

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  • Daniel
  • 05-07-2018

Robot performer

A good actor/narrator can read a telephone book and give it colour. In this case it is quite the opposite: although it gets minimally acceptable towards the end, the monotous rythm, nearly always ending with a higher pitch made the listen a torture. I can only save the dialogues, where this feature is less applied. I previously had the same problem with Paul Thornley... have they both gone to the same school? Or is it the current trend and I shall have to put up with it? Many of the Mark Dawson titles are read by David Thorpe. Why change?