Book Review: The Mark of the Assassin by Daniel Silva

November 15, 2010


The Mark of the Assassin” by Daniel Sivla is fast paced fictional mystery about CIA agent Michael Osbourne. The story takes place mainly in the United States & England and involves several contemporary themes.

  • 528 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : Berkley Publishing
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 0451209311

My rating for The Mark of the Assassin 4
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The Mark of the Assassin” was a good, quick read with several references to Silva’s first novel “The Unlikely Spy” (book review) which I found entertaining – even though this is a separate story. The book starts out a bit slow (but well paced) and keeps you reading with twists and a surprise I didn’t see midway through.
To be fair though, the setup alone is half the book.
There are many elements in the mix: political intrigue, a wife, medical issues, international locations, twists, turns and a few surprises. Those elements are a winning combination. The book has well developed characters, great plot-line and it kept me interested until the last page, as well as a theory which is thought provoking, if nothing else.


The story starts with an act of terrorism. A jet liner is shot out of the sky using an land-to-air shoulder missile, the shooter is a terrorist known to the authorities who is found dead next to the empty missile tube shot in the face three times.

Three shots to the face are the mark of the assassin and CIA agent Michael Osbourne knows it – he has encountered it before while working in the field. Michael believes that the jet liner was not shot down by Arab terrorists but by someone else and this makes him a target. What Michael doesn’t know is that a group of rich and powerful world policy manipulators have targeted him for assassination and sent the world’s best assassin to do the job; an assassin who justifies his work and morality by the famous Wild West well reasoned defense of “he needed killin'”.
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Zohar — Man of la Book
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  • Irene ZieglerNovember 15, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I usually skip over Silva because it looks like (cough) dick lit, which to my experience, is long on plot, short on character. I trust your instincts, however, and may have to step out of my box. Just read FREEDOM. Loved it, but it hit waaay too close to home. A good spy novel may be just the ticket.

    • zoharNovember 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Irene, if you liked Robert Ludlum’s books you’d like Silva also. I haven’t read Freedom yet even though I’ve had it since it came out.

  • Coffee and a Book ChickNovember 17, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I’ve read one other Daniel Silva novel and really enjoyed it. Good to see that his work is consistent and captures interest.

    • zoharNovember 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

      I interned to read all of the Gabriel Allon books in order – time is my only enemy.

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