Tuesday, May 20, 2014


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Birth of an Assassin
by Rik Stone
Genre: Thriller
Book Description:
Set against the backdrop of Soviet, post-war Russia, Birth of an Assassin follows the transformation of Jez Kornfeld from wide-eyed recruit to avenging outlaw. Amidst a murky underworld of flesh-trafficking, prostitution and institutionalized corruption, the elite Jewish soldier is thrown into a world where nothing is what it seems, nobody can be trusted, and everything can be violently torn from him.
Given the order to disperse and arrest a crowd of Jewish demonstrators in Red Square, Jez breaks up the rally but discovers his sisters in their ranks. Rushed for a solution, he sneaks the girls from under the noses of secret police and hides them in downtown Moscow. But he knows they will no longer be safe in Russia. He has to find them a safe route out.
The journey begins, but he is unaware that his every move is being observed and that he has set in motion a chain of events that will plunge his life into a headlong battle to stay alive.


Birth of an Assassin tells the story of Jez Kornfield a fifteen year old Jewish boy who had aspirations of becoming a soldier in the Red Army.  He had left home against his parents' wishes with the intention of making his dream a reality. 

Jez is small in stature as such he was not taken seriously when he made it know that this was his intent.  On his journey he met General Michael Petrovich who recruited for his own purposes. Jez quickly moved through the ranks after demonstrating to be a capable and intelligent soldier.  Everything was going well for him, however, this was all about to change when he was placed in a position where he was forced to prove his loyalty.  He proved that loyalty to his family was more important than that to the army.  

Unbeknown to him his actions contributed to him being  looked over for for further promotion by his benefactor General Petrovich.  In the process, he earned himself enemies who sought to discredit him by framing him for murder  and linking him to human trafficking.  This led to him being hunted by the KGB.

This is a historical suspenseful thriller that takes readers into the world of human trafficking and one that is rife with corruption, within the higher echelons the army.  It is an intense and fascinating read that pulled me in from the very first page.  Birth of an Assassin is filled with many twists and turns and there were some unexpected events. 

The characters were clever and brilliant which made the story that more enjoyable.  I totally enjoyed every moment spent reading this book and I can’t wait to see what next Rik Stone has in store for his fans.
If you enjoy stories that portrays a world filled with love, jealousy, racism, betrayal and revenge then this book is for you.

Author Bio:

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Do children born into poverty become impoverished adults? It happens; pitfalls and roadblocks to advancement are everywhere. Rik Stone grew up poor amidst the slum-lands of fifties North East England, and left school at 15 without any academic qualifications.
He worked in the shipyards on a local river and later went into the merchant navy. Further down the line, he worked quarries in Essex in South East England.
But life was without horizons until, contrary to what his teachers had told him, he found he was capable of studying and completed a BSc degree in mathematics and computing.


  1. Nadene, thank you so much for your wonderful review. It is much appreciated. As a matter of interest, the sequel to this book, The Turkish Connection, is finished and will be available in the next few months.

    1. You are welcome. I am looking forward to the sequel. :)