The Assassin : Tommy Carmellini

  • by Stephen Coonts
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Series: Tommy Carmellini
  • 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this tale of high drama and nonstop action from perennial best-selling author Stephen Coonts, Al Qaeda links up with a renegade Mafia chieftain to threaten America with an unimaginable scenario of terror.In the finale of Coonts' previous novel, The Traitor, the ruthless and brilliant Al Qaeda leader who nearly succeeded in blowing up a meeting of the Group of 7 in Paris slipped the noose and escaped. But Abu Qasim has another trick up his sleeve: he has a plan to hire a well connected Mafia capo to destroy the electric substations that service New York, plunging the city back into the early 19th century. The price? One billion American dollars is hard to turn down.The CIA soon learns that something is up, and a worried president sends his best - Jake Grafton and his secret weapon, Tommy Carmellini. Tommy is soon up to his eyes in beautiful women as he tries to piece the deadly puzzle together. With bombs ticking and bullets flying, Tommy meets an old flame, beautiful Russian agent Anna Modin. This time she's got a gun. And a list.


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Worst spy thriller...

...I've read for a long time. I expected more from Coontz. The central character in this novel is not Jake Grafton but Tommy Camarillo, supposedly the best trigger man Grafton can come up with who manages to bungle every assignment. The premise is totally off the wall. A bunch of rich guys paying to assassinate terrorists and getting POTUS and the CIA to go along with the plan? Give me a break. Many transitions from scene to scene are not explained well. We get no idea at all how the antagonist gets all his intel and assassinates people supposedly protected by the largest intelligence agency in the world. It's all very contrived. The whole thing is ameraturishly done not only on paper but in the production as well.

Dennis Boutsikaris is absolutely the worst reader I've ever listened to on Audible. His rendition of the characters in this novel is almost juvenile. What should be dramatic high intensity action is delivered as if he were talking about Archie and Veronica at the movies. His accents are terrible or nonexistent and there is hardly any difference in the tone or pitch of the different characters voices. You can't tell who's talking half the time. His female voices are pathetic. Additionally he is reading at a pace that allows for little drama as if he just wants to get done with the book. I will be avoiding any audiobooks that feature him as the reader in the future.

If you want a good action thriller get Brad Thor, Vince Flynn or John Lutz.

Sorry I only give this one star. I was totally dissatisfied with the whole production.

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- Jesse "Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library."

Coonts does it again

Great job Mr. Coonts. I really like Mr. Boutsikaris as a narrator as will. He brings life to Grafton and the others.
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- Hill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2008
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio