Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Assassins Rogue by Rachel Amphlett, book two in her English Assassins series featuring Eva Delacourt. I loved the first part of the series, originally released in a serial format so have been looking forward to finally tucking into this latest offering. Here’s what it’s all about:
About the Book
When duty calls, do you follow orders – or risk everything and rebel?
An injured pilot discovers Eva Delacourt’s safe house moments before dying from her wounds, thrusting the female assassin into a global conspiracy.
Within days, a new war will begin in the Middle East, and Eva is the only person who can prevent it.
In a race against time across a fractured Europe, and fighting a mysterious enemy working within the upper echelons of the British government, Eva must confront her past once more if she is to survive her mission.
Assassins Rogue is a blisteringly fast-paced read and the second novel in the English Assassins series featuring female assassin Eva Delacourt.
I really do enjoy this series. Rachel Amphlett has been one of my go to authors for a time now, ever since I fell in love with her Dan Taylor environmental thriller series, so I always knew that any all action story was going to be a winner. Combine that brilliant ability to create tension, believable action scenes and fabulous story telling with a kick ass, highly intelligent, and very deadly female lead, and it is definitely the kind of book that will grab and hold your attention. Eva Delacourt is that lead, and Assassins Rogue is most definitely that story.
This is a very fast paced, no nonsense kind of novel. Full of action from the off, we start with an assassination and soon escalate into a story which is part espionage, part political coup but 100% action packed. You are really drawn in with an opening sequence that captures the imagination and also the intrigue. The situation soon escalates and it is not long before our favourite (former) assassin, Eva, finds herself and her colleague and friend, Miles drawn back into the dark world of the Section. With a story that moves between Eastern Europe, North Africa and London, I found I barely had chance to catch my breath before the next dramatic scene, or the next twist in the story turned everything on its head.
I really do like the character of eva Delacourt. She is everything you want in a character, tough, intelligent, quick witted and absolutely able to hold her own. Rachel Amphlett has pitched her perfectly, much as she has the character of Miles. He is someone completely out of his comfort zone with the threat and the danger, but comes into his own when the case calls for his IT capabilities. He has a personal investment in this particular story, a reason to accept the journey into danger, when any sane person would just walk away. I love the way the two work together, chalk and cheese, but as a team, top notch. Then there is Decker, another former assassin, every bit as ruthless and skilled as Eva, but written in a way that his presence doesn’t overshadow the other two characters.
Loved this story, my only complaint being that it wasn’t longer. I love these spy stories and I know that I am always going to be entertained. But for such a quick read it packed a punch with a plot which was scarily believable and thrilling right to the end. Did Eva manage to get her man? Well … you’ll have to read to find out, won’t you.
About the Author
Rachel Amphlett is a USA Today bestselling author, best known for her fast-paced crime and thriller novels.
Her debut thriller, White Gold was released in July 2011 and features British secret agent Dan Taylor. The series established Rachel as an author to watch and spurned three more novels before Rachel turned her attention to a new character, Detective Kay Hunter.
The Kay Hunter crime thrillers are based in Maidstone, Kent and feature a tight-knit team of detectives. Praised for their authenticity and attention to detail, the books are also much loved by readers for their page-turning plots and devious twists with comparisons to TV shows NCIS and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The first book, Scared to Death was published in 2016 and won praise from Robert Bryndza (The Girl in the Ice, Shadow Sands) and Angela Marsons (Silent Scream, Deadly Cry).
More recently, Rachel created a new crime thriller series based around the central character Mark Turpin, an Oxfordshire-based detective. The first book, None the Wiser, received critical acclaim from Adrian McKinty (The Chain) and Jo Spain (With Our Blessing, The Confession), with the follow-up book, Her Final Hour being praised by the creator of the DCI Banks series, Peter Robinson.
In addition to her detective stories, Rachel also writes the English Assassins series featuring female assassin Eva Delacourt, and a number of standalone crime thrillers, psychological thrillers and conspiracy thrillers.
A keen traveller, Rachel holds both British and Australian citizenship.