Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff (The Unknown Assassin #2)

I Am the Mission 
by Allen Zadoff

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Unknown Assassin - Book 2
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316199698
Genre: YA Fiction
Print Length: 432 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


He was the perfect assassin. No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability.

And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.

His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn't do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now 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, nor the truth.

The riveting second book in Allen Zadoff's Boy Nobody series delivers heart-pounding action and a shocking new twist that makes Boy Nobody question everything he has believed.

I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin, #2)My Review
I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff
My Rating:  5 Stars

Boy Nobody returns, and now he must re-prove himself to the Father and Mother, as well as the Agency when his last mission awoke “emotions” in the young, programmed assassin, causing his loyalties to be questioned by both himself and his handlers. His next mission? Assassinate the leader of a conservative militia training camp for young adults. With no lead time, no pre-planning another rush job is thrown at Boy Nobody, one that seems destined for failure from the start. What is the Agency really setting boy Nobody up for, failure? Do they have another agenda that they have not shared with him? Feeling alone once again, boy Nobody thinks on his feet, ingratiates himself with the leader and his children, but the right hand man sees something in Boy Nobody that he recognizes and his suspicions could mean the death of Nobody. What is the true mission here? Has the agency left Nobody hanging in the wind? One person can tell him about his past, or at least part of it, can Nobody risk exposing himself for the answers to his past that he has so desperately yearned for? When disaster looms, once again, Boy Nobody must decide to choose between what’s right and the Agency, but where will that leave him? With the help of an unlikely hero, Howard, a young computer genius extraordinaire, the clock is ticking and Boy Nobody is trapped at ground zero.

Once again, Allen Zadoff has astounded me with his brilliance for creative, out-of-the-box thinking and his ability to put it all together in an often heart-wrenching, pulse-pounding thriller, geared toward the eye of the YA crowd, while opening the door wide enough for all readers. I Am the Mission is one heart-stopping, pulse-pounding read as each page flies by at lightning speed. He allows us inside the calculating mind of Nobody, as he struggles with honor, loyalty and his growing knowledge that all is not as it seems. People are needlessly dying, is boy Nobody the cause or will he become the “cure?”

Not sure how Allen Zadoff can top this one, he is raising the bar one book at a time, but for an author like this, I suppose the sky is the limit! As long as boy Nobody can handle it, I’m confident Allen Zadoff will keep it coming!

I received this copy from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for my honest review.

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