19 April 2013

Boy Nobody; Allen Zadoff

Boy NobodyBoy Nobody by Allen Zadoff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Probably not the best idea to start this on the same day that the networks were doing wall-to-wall coverage of the Boston Marathon bombers shooting/manhunt.

Anyway, "Ben" is a 16-year-old with a unique skill set: he is a trained assassin, working for The Program. He's the new guy at school, the one who mysteriously moves away shortly after someone at the school suffers the loss of a parent. We meet him at the end of one assignment in Natick (near enough to Watertown MA to be problematic today!) and then he's given a new one in New York. Target? A Bloomberg-esque mayor, albeit one with a daughter at Calhoun. Complications arise...

Interesting idea, but I'm not sure where the author wanted to take the story. Is this the start of a series (the ending suggests it is)? Is this just supposed to be "Ben" and his story, and his assignment? Obviously he's not supposed to wonder about the motivations of the target, but what's starting to go on for him that this is becoming an issue? Or that his memories of the past are surfacing after years of being suppressed? If this is a one-off, those should have been addressed. If it's not...

ARC provided by publisher.

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