Monday, June 1, 2009

Publishers Weekly review

The Publishers Weekly review of HEART OF THE ASSASSIN came out today. It's a beauty. A starred review.

Heart of the Assassin Robert Ferrigno. Scribner, $25.95 (400p) ISBN 978-1-4165-3767-0
Set in a future American divided into two major regions, Edgar-finalist Ferrigno’s final entry in his Assassin trilogy (after Sins of the Assassin) nicely ties up the wildly diverse plot lines that have motivated his many characters. New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Mecca have all been nuked by the Old One, a 150-year-old Muslim fanatic trying to become the Muslim messiah who will lead a new caliphate. The only person who can stop him is Rakkim Epps, a fedayeen warrior whose historian wife, Sarah, is masterminding an effort to unite America by finding a piece of the true cross, buried somewhere in the D.C. nuclear hot zone. The Old One is aided by Baby, a brilliant blonde bombshell who’s married to the Colonel, a powerful warlord. One can read this volume as a stand-alone, but to enjoy the vast breadth of what is truly a remarkable achievement, one should start with book one, Prayers for the Assassin, and read the series in order. (Aug.)

(Thanks to John J. Miller for sending this to me early this morning. Better than a triple espresso for jumpstarting my heart)