Written by Robert Ferrigno, Sins Of The Assassin was published by Scribner in 2008.
The story is set in the future. In this future, the United States has fallen apart. The country is divided; the Islamic Republic to the north and the Bible Belt to the south, with Mormon Territories and The Nevada Free State; and with Canada and the Empire of Aztlan (Previously known as Mexico)
vying for territories once ruled by the Old United States. Things are as messy as they can be while on the sidelines, a despotic character plots to take over the whole thing and establish a true caliphate on the land.
Heroes abound; Rakkim, a retired fedayeen warrior, Moseby, a rogue warrior who now earns his living as a finder, Leo, a soft, young Jew who surprises everyone, Sarah, Rakkim’s wife and no one to be trifled with, and Deputy Chief of Detectives Anthony Colarusso, an old Catholic detective. The list goes on. The bad guys are fierce and capable.
In this, the second book of a trilogy, Rakkim is tasked with retrieving a devastating weapon left over from the days when the U.S. was still a powerful nation. The weapon is soon to be in the possession of a Colonel in the Bible Belt. The action is continuous. Sins Of The Assassin is a great guy read.
Reading this book had me chuckling because I am sure that the author finished the book long before President Obama was elected. I am sure he would have played with that in the book. There is no mention of the fact that the U.S. elected its first black president ever. Instead, we have plenty of references to Bill Clinton, Janet Reno, and the terrible events in Waco Texas.
Also, keeping in mind the theory about multiple universes, I thought that this story could be in fact unfolding at a parallel universe. He he he… maybe I don’t understand the multiverse theory at all.
All in all I enjoyed the book and I will now search for the next in the series.