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Review: I Am the Weapon (Unknown Assassin Series #1) by Allen Zadoff

Book Summary

They needed the perfect assassin.

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone to die — of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

But when The Program assigns him to the mayor of New York City, things change. Somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and a girlfriend; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's mission.

In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.


Taking a chance on this book, I am so glad I decided to read it. I was sort of walking the fence fearing the potential violence I perceived it would be. Don’t get me wrong, I can take a little action but when I see assassins, I think about the sleep I will lose. Once that book was open, the plot just takes off to be quite the page turner.

You have this young kid, who had the normal perceived life that was turned upside down after the introduction of this guy Mike. After seeing his parents, presumed dead, he was taken into “The Program” which his identity was taken from him. Not remembering who he was, where he came from, all he knows is that he is given assignments from the two people he is to call Mother and Father, which he is given a target to kill. Without giving too much away, it isn’t until his last assignment that something happens that is the catalyst for a change of events that affect who he thinks he is and what he really wants to do that leaves the reader holding on not wanting to let go.

I Am Weapon, is the first book of the Unknown Assassin series. I’m really looking forward to reading the second book. It was definitely a book that was thoroughly entertaining. For a young adult book, it was action pack and well thought out. If you have a kid that reading isn’t really their thing but like this genre of books, trust me when I tell you that this is one of those that will make them want to read. Like I said before, I have a tolerance level for violence but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be considering these days the boundaries of kids and adults are that different.

I think I’m not alone with other people when you first read the summary, the plot may leave you on the fence. Well, jump over because when you start reading the book and get in the head of the character, he is more exciting that he initially sounds. Told through his pov, you forget you are reading about a kid because he is so believable and keeps your interest the entire book. The chapters are quick, so if your reader is the type to get bored after a few pages, it’s just the right pace for them to keep going. I think this is going to be an awesome series. If they are looking for something action packed and exciting, I’d give this one a try.

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Publication date: 5/13/2014
Series: Unknown Assassin Series , #1
Pages: 368

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