Birth of an Assassin is a series of books, the stories of which span across countries of the continental landmass of Eurasia.
Birth of an Assassin and The Turkish Connection, follow a path leading towards an ultimate nemesis, General Irishka. However, the protagonists remain unaware of his existence. In The Man in the Blue Fez all is revealed and the heroes join forces in a campaign against Irishka.
Books 1 and 2, narrated by Dennis Kleinman, are currently available on audio and the sound track for the third book is nearing completion. We were lucky enough to pull Dennis in for the narration of this volume, too, so the theme is seamless.
I’ve included a brief synopsis of the first books for completeness.
Set against the backdrop of Soviet, post-war Russia, Birth of an Assassin follows the transformation of Jez Kornfeld from wide-eyed recruit to avenging outlaw. Amidst a murky underworld of flesh-trafficking, prostitution and institutionalized corruption, the elite Jewish soldier is thrown into a world where nothing is what it seems, nobody can be trusted, and everything can be violently torn from him.
Mehmet battles for daily survival in the murky Istanbul of 1951 while being forced to learn the craft of theft and violence alongside the other street children. Come evening he curls up under a stinking jetty in a waterway off the Bosporus Strait. Desperation fills him as he yearns to break free from the life inflicted on him by his drunken, womanizing father, little knowing his rotting body lies at the bottom of those same waters.
From a former death camp near the snowy Russian mountains of 1973, Jez Kord is sent into the freezing wastelands to prove himself fit. Pavel Rostislav has orders to hinder his progress and follows closely behind. The training ends and they return together, but as they approach the camp the sky fills with helicopter gunships. A venomous assault ends with the flaming liquid of napalm bombs swallowing up the entire complex. They make a run for it, but a unit of Spetsnaz elitists become aware of them and are hot on their heels.
To whet your appetite and hopefully point you towards getting a copy of the audiobook for yourself, here is a short sample, enjoy.