Birth of an Assassin, by Rik Stone
432 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 28 reviews
Set against the backdrop of Soviet, post-war Russia, Birth of an Assassin follows the transformation of Jez Kornfeld from wide-eyed recruit to avenging outlaw. Amidst a murky underworld of flesh-trafficking, prostitution and institutionalized corruption, the elite Jewish soldier is thrown into a world where nothing is what it seems, nobody can be trusted, and everything can be violently torn from him.
Meet the Author
He worked in the shipyards on a local river, spent time in the merchant navy, and went on to work in quarries in South East England.
The time came he yearned for change, so he began to study. Starting with lower level stuff, he worked through to gaining a BSc. degree in mathematics and computing.
But he loved reading and because of it, fiction writing had always been his want. After an early retirement at fifty years of age, he was able to pursue the dream seriously. From that dream came his debut novel, Birth of an Assassin, the first in a series.