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

Synopsis

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.

Review

I read I Am the Weapon back when it was called Boy Nobody, and it was probably one of my favourite books from 2013. So you can guess how excited (and confused) I was with the announcement of a sequel and complete revamp of the upcoming series. But hey, this book did NOT disappoint!

Let me tell you why this series is so COOL.

1. The protagonist. By assigning a new name and demeanour, it’s like following a whole new person going through a whole new story. I loved Daniel.

2. The continuity. Even though we have a whole new situation, we don’t feel detached from Zach/Ben/Daniel. He is still himself, going through the same journey. He still doubts, he still questions, and he still thinks about what is right and wrong. Morality is blurry, and everyone wants to justify that they’re on the right side of things. This story is interesting because we get to see both perspectives. We get to understand the mentality of terrorists. We get better insight into the program.

3. The details. Allen Zadoff is REALLY good at planting small seeds and allowing them to flourish later in the story. There are many mediocre thriller/espionage books because other authors don’t know how to make plausible situations that could happen in real life. From means of communication to patterns of behaviour to understanding thought processes, every action makes sense. There is a means, motive, and justification for why certain actions should be undertaken. Near the end, it really makes readers hearts ache to see the choices being made. But Zadoff still invokes that desire to cheer for our unlikely protagonist. My only qualm was how easy and convenient a couple things were. Can a plot-altering revelation be that sweet (hah) when it’s that simple?

4. The plot. It’s captivating because there’s both a short-term situation and a long-term one. We’ve seen two short-term cases carry out, and with each one, the bigger picture opens up a bit more. Beta gave a lot of valuable information (and I totally knew who he was—truth be told, I suspected that a lot of them were unknown assassins, especially some of the women with “surprisingly good” capabilities… like the daughter who liked heights and the skillful mother). Even though it seems like we’re following two different guys, I Am the Mission still makes references to the first life-changing mission that our “Epsilon” has gone through. There are further developments coming up with Mike, Father and Mother, Dr. Abrams, and Gamma/Delta (hopefully). Also, HOWARD, MY LOVE.

I can’t wait for the next installment. THIS STORY IS REVVING UP, AND IT’S GETTING REALLY GOOD.

Related Reading

  • I Am the Weapon – Allen Zadoff (you have to read this first)
  • The Gallagher Girls Series – Ally Carter
  • The Naturals – Jennifer Lynn Barnesc
  • Something Like Normal – Trish Doller (It’s hard to assimilate into real life!)

Rating: 5/5

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