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Monday, July 16, 2018

Lilith Cohen: Merchants of Death

Lilith Cohen the stoic veteran assassin augmented by Nanotechnology lives a double life with her husband of two years. Keeping him believing in a beautiful lie that his loving wife is just a fashion designer.
Agent Cohen travels to Golan Heights, Israel for what she thinks is just another run of the mill assassination, but to her surprise, there’s something off about the bloody Civil War that rages throughout Syria.
What starts as a routine kill order turns out to be anything but. This terrorist leader and his men are armed with advanced weapons, which leads her to one conclusion, there’s a Merchant of Death profiting from the bloodshed. Will her hunt for this shadowy profiteer send her down a road she wished she never went down?

Lilith Cohen: Merchants of Death (Men’s Action Novel)
By William J. Manning
Solstice Publishing
Price $4.99 (Kindle)
356 Pages
Rating 4-Stars

The author gave me a copy of the book for an honest review.  Lilith Cohen is an ex Israeli Mossad, now working for a special unit of assassins called the Hunters. She’s married to a doctor in Florida as a cover, and pretends to be a fashion designer. On an assignment in Israel she discovers someone is arming the terrorists with advanced weaponry. This leads her to an American based security firm, Black Reign. Not only are they providing high-grade weapons, but drugs and sex slaves around the world. Lilith wants to go after them, but the upper command refuses, and eventually dismisses her from service. But she and her ex-trainer continue their research into the organization, while she hires out to the CIA and DEA until she can attack Black Reign.

This was an interesting plot, but the story needed tightening. It was all over the place. She gets ten million dollars for one assignment, five million dollars for another, yet does penny ante assignments locally when she doesn’t need to, and has no connection to the story. It’s merely keeping the action going. I liked the action, but keep it focused. What hurt her character most, I think, is all the crying she does. Here we have this well trained killer who can enter secure compounds and destroy the camp and kill all within; she’s trained in weapons and martial arts – Krav Maga, Hapkido, and Kapap, and should be a cold, calculating assassin, but she’s constantly breaking down and crying. I think the author will have a winning combination of good plot and characters once he tightens his writing style and mold his characters to their full potential. Regardless, the action keeps the story moving, and I think readers will appreciate that. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson


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