Also by this author: My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, I Am the Weapon, I Am the Traitor
Series: The Unknown Assassin #2
Also in this series: I Am the Weapon, I Am the Traitor
Narrator: John Salwin
Length: 9 Hours 30 Minutes
on June 17th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Boys & Men, Action & Adventure, General, Law & Crime
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He was the perfect assassin.Boy Nobody: No name. No past. No remorse. At least until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders -- until he fell in love with his target. Now The Program is worried that its valuable soldier has become a liability. Boy Nobody, haunted by the outcome of his last assignment, is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to show his loyalty. His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of a military training and indoctrination camp for teenagers. One target. Limited time frame. Public place. It sounds simple, but a previous operative couldn't do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, or the truth.
The riveting second book in The Unknown Assassin series by Allen Zadoff delivers heart-pounding action and thought-provoking characters, as well as a new, exotic setting; a new mission; and new secrets to be revealed.
Why Did I Listen To This Audiobook?
Obviously I listened to the audiobook of I Am The Mission by Allen Zadoff after I had finished reading I Am The Weapon because I just had to know WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Further, Allen Zadoff is such an underappreciated author and I truly love his books. Also, audiobooks are the easiest way to cross things off my Netgalley queue and get that percentage back up to where I want it to be. OH and I accidentally bought this one on audible instead of the first one and so, here we are. But hey, good life choice, because these are actually pretty good via audiobook.
What’s The Story Here?
I Am The Mission essentially picks up where I Am The Weapon leaves off. Our unnamed narrator is now going by the name of Daniel. He has a mission to infiltrate this extremist political organization. The organization is so extreme that they have a youth camp for indoctrination of kids — as well as a compound. Which, because I have read a million and one cult books, or so it seems, spells out trouble with a capital T. So, Daniel attempts to do what he normally does and take out Eugene Moore, who is the target and the leader of the organization. However, when a woman tries to assassinate Moore, Daniel steps in and saves him, thus earning Moore’s trust and at the same time causing the Program to cut off contact with him, yet he has the chance to infiltrate.
While he is infiltrating Liberty Camp and this organization whose name I cannot remember, ALAS, Daniel ends up becoming close with Moore’s daughter, Miranda. I mean, almost adult times close if you know what I am saying. So, okay. Anyways. Daniel begins to question Liberty Camp as well as the Program now that the Program is not feeding him directives. Like, there’s a scene where there is some definite domestic terrorism and it is intense and awesome and full of QUESTIONING which you all know is a thing that I am into.
How Does This Sequel Compare To Book One?
I actually am unsure which I liked more – Zadoff’s I Am The Weapon or I Am The Mission. I mean, yeah there is some romance in this book which is usually the tipping point for me. BUT I was more into the action and the shady bits of the Program. I mean, there is this big huge reveal at the end that perfectly sets up for book three, I Am The Traitor. So, I am kind of really excited given the cliffhanger.I do think that I Am The Weapon did a rather great job building the thriller world. I thought that it was written in such a way that invested me in Boy Nobody (Ben or Daniel, depends on the book). I liked reading about his mission and also that he is a legit assassin, not one who has never actually done his job. I love that it sets this path where he wants out and begins to question. And I like that this carries through into I Am The Mission. I am eager to see how his questioning plays out in the finale.
In all, I like both books equally. No second book syndrome to see here, in short.
How’s The Narration?
John Salwin is back to narrate I Am The Mission. As I said in my previous review, he is a solid narrator. His pacing is on point. He does good character voices. I was quite eager to listen to this book throughout my day. I would recommend listening to this book via audio as a primary option for sure.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
This GIF is perfect, given all the infiltration that is going on in Zadoff’s sequel.
Other Reviews Of I Am The Mission:
- Alexia’s Books And Such – “well worth reading!“
- Inspiring Insomnia -“a very good thriller“
- My Shelf Confessions – “a must read“
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