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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Tears of an Assassin is a work of fiction penned by author DJ Power in the action, adventure, and military history subgenres. It can be enjoyed by mature teen and adult readers. The story follows Jim Coleman's unexpected journey from an aimless young man to a Marine Corps standout in 1962. Shooting perfectly at Parris Island, he achieves a historic feat, altering his destiny in the Marines. A chance encounter with Naval Officer Commander Forrest Damon propels him into a new life on Temporary Duty with the CIA. Joining the agency's most elite section, Jim is thrust into a world known only to the most powerful. From Southeast Asia to the Caribbean and the Deep South's underworld, he battles demons, both external and within. Wrestling with conflicting beliefs, each assignment plunges him deeper into a covert existence.
Author DJ Power has lovingly crafted a gripping exploration of a young man's powerful personal transformation amid secrecy, duty, and personal struggle. DJ Power delves into the complexities of espionage, morality, and the toll such a life takes on the human psyche, all with a confident narrative style that shifts scenes with cinematic ease. The central character of Jim is meticulously developed with great attention to detail in his speech and thought presentation to show us every change in his attitude, mentality, and inner pride. I loved the atmospheric lexis as the novel spans different landscapes and challenges, keeping the reader as fresh and excited as Jim is with each new experience. The constant tension between Jim's personal beliefs and the demands of his clandestine roles creates a compelling, thought-provoking through-line that adds great suspense. Overall, I would certainly recommend Tears of an Assassin as an enthralling action read and an emotive coming-of-age tale for military fiction and espionage enthusiasts everywhere.