Makeup artists create new images for actors and actresses in order to play roles in a television series, movie or Broadway show. Many can make two people look alike, body doubles and make people think that they are either one in the same or two different people. What happens when one man goes to the cleaners to get his clothes and learns he was there already? What happens when he returns home and sees himself coming out of the building and he or his double winds up dead? Judd Ryder is the former US military spy is sees the man or his double leaving his house. But, worse witnessing his murder as the man is run down. Who or Why?
What happens when six internationally highly skilled assassins try to find out just where Saddam Hussein hid a huge fortune from invading forces? Trying to find the location using any means available what happens sets off a chain of events that is deadly. As the story unfolds the reader will learn who the real target was: Judd or the double? Needing help he contacts his past government employer Tucker who reveals that other events similar to that have been happening all over the world and the main focus is the assassin known as the Carnivore who just might be behind it all. Illusive, undetectable and his physical appearance unknown the clock is ticking as they try and find him but first Tucker meets with another assassin The Padre. All the Intel and protection, guards and security cannot stop what happens after their meeting as the Padre might be a coldblooded assassin but his Intel is priceless and the cost this time is the Carnivore. When Ryder contacts the only person other than Tucker that he thinks he can trust, CIA trainee, Eva Blake, knowing that other than him she was the only one who had any contact with this assassin, the reader might conclude as Ryder does that he and Eva are the real targets to get this old assassin out front and center. The six deadly assassins work together to reach their goal. But, when others are involved and more bodies fall can anyone identify the Carnivore and is he hiding in plain site? What about Ryder and Eva just how far will they have to run? The battle weighs from Washington D.C. to Marrakech to Baghdad and across many continents hoping that someone can find the missing 12 million dollar fortune. A simple contest to prove who is the best as six deadly assassins in April of 2003 decide to go after what they claim Saddam Hussein owes then and never paid after the Americans managed to take all of his assets.
Stealing the limestone tablets was the start but when Eva Blake is lured from her place on the Farm’s training program by someone named Frank Smith what happens sets in motion a chain of events that will lead not only her but Tucker and Judd to three deadly killers and one who might turn out to be their greatest ally. Wanting to know what happened and who killed Burleigh Morgan and blew up his car the response by two deadly killers will greatly change the dynamics of everything. Things heat up and truths are told and one deadly killer takes matters into his own hand and someone is seriously injured. As Tucker and Judd face off with two killers after entering the home of Martin Chapman and taking him out, the events that follow will lead to getting part of the tablets, placing them in more danger and hopefully keeping Tucker alive.
Trying to find where Saddam hid the billions of dollars he managed to steal from the Shah is the primary focus of this novel and that of six assassins that each one their own share. But things change as we meet Katia and Peter learn about their pasts and their link to the present. But, as they blend and Katia learns just why this man sought her out, why he claimed to care for her the real motive comes to light and events change as lies, deceptions and the Peter’s real identity is revealed as the Krot a deadly killer. Just why did he seek out Katia or Francesca as she called herself? Just who was he really after and why? When events spiral even more out of control the bodies fall and the real plot is revealed as someone is behind a blackmail scheme to flush out all of the assassins one at a time hoping that each one will kill off another and present him with his pieces of the tablet. But, what happens when the last two are standing? Which one will win it all?
Ryder, Eva and one deadly assassin hope to outfox and outsmart the mastermind behind it all as a man named Seymour going under an alias hopes to have the power of the Iranian government and the Shiites in his hand. Power plays, murder, greed, hate, revenge for the deaths of many and six assassins that started it all but who will get the coveted prize? Untraceable emails that described one high profile wet job that was to be carried out by one assassin at a time. The information provided would include contact information, time, place and details about the hit. Hired for murder and one was the U.S. government. Imagine these jobs or murders placed in a book or Catalog called the Associates Catalog and for the coveted tablet pieces the winner gets the book. As one killer explains it all we learn how the chain of events began with getting in touch with the Krot or Peter, next the Padre and Eli who never succeeded and finally the doubles created by the Padre and of course the Carnivore and Morgan. The last Chapman. How they all link together and the final outcome is yet to be revealed. Author Gayle Lynds weaves the tale by flashing back to where it all began with Saddam Hussein and how his career began where the six met up and why they decided to go after his money. Saddam hired an international financier who convinced the Shah of Iran to deposit much of his fortune in a bank in Iraq. Hiring family members to monitor the money Saddam became paranoid and decided to deal with it all on his own. The man behind it Rostan Rahim and the final fate they hope would be six dead financiers or six dead assassins.
As each player tries to get the pieces of the tablet and avoid the fate of those before we learn what happens to Pyotr or Peter and Katia as she learns the truth behind Pyotr, his attention towards her and her fate is sealed.
But, can two major players work together to get the end result? What part does Judd Ryder play and who will wind up with the entire tablet as someone thought out of the loop returns, the fate of someone close to them guarded and the end result you just won’t believe. Meet the man named Al-Sabah and find out just who he really is and what happens when he learns one mission failed. But, there is much more at stake as the author presents us with the plan that Al-Sabah has outlined and hoping to attack and work with the Mullahs to integrate Iraq with Iran. As one man runs for power another hopes their money and political strength will deliver Iraq right into Iran’s arms. Imagine what would happen if this comes to pass! The author reminds readers that only Saddam and his head financier knew all the parts were and that the financier divided the money into six sections and hired five more financiers but only Saddam and one other person knew where all the parts were. Just who the mastermind was that created the maze will not be revealed as author Gayle Lynds creates a plan and an ending that will test Eva to the core, place her under someone’s control and hopefully allow Judd and one other deadly assassin to hopefully survive. But, will the head of Catapult and his assistant Gloria rise to the occasion, trust the call they get from Eva and send in the troops? One killer facing off with another and the prize at hand. One wanting to become part of the new government and the other preventing exposure. One man’s plan to make sure his candidate is Prime Minister and another realizing just what the master deception was and the major lies that were told. An ending that is electrifying and filled with twists, surprises as both Judd and Eva decide on their fates, another faces the future but in a different way and author Gayle Lynds will hopefully bring back both Judd and Eva to let readers know their final fate. Who lives? Who gets the tablet and what will they learn when all the pieces fit together? The Assassins: Six deadly men, plus Judd, Eve, Tucker and more: Whose side do you want to be on? When the makeup artist finishes the next time: Just whose image will he recreate?
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