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About the Book
Assassin 13; Tom Reppert
Adult; Historical Sci-Fi; 424 Pages
Helen’s Sons Publishers March 15, 2018
In the dystopian 22nd century, Lauren Ramirez is an Assassin 13, the best at her profession. Betrayed by her employer, the President of the United States, on an off-planet op, she escapes when her spacecraft hurtles through time and crash lands in 1927 prohibition Hollywood with its silent film stars and bootlegging gangsters.
She finds herself an alien in an alien land.
Becoming friends with Pauline Windsor, one of Hollywood’s top actresses and girlfriend of mafia chieftain Benny Sorrentino, thrusts Lauren into the middle of a gangland war. Even as she clings to her burning need for vengeance in the 22nd century, her relationship with the people she meets, stunt pilot boyfriend Remy Garnett, Pauline, and Pauline’s young children Rolly and Emmy, all begin to change the hard surface of her heart.
Now she must decide whether to use her 22nd century talents and technology in their defense or abandon them to the vicious thugs and slip back into her own time to wreck vengeance on her enemies.
About the Author
I’m an army veteran and former teacher with a BA in English and History, as well as MA in Creative Writing and Professional Writing. I spent twelve years in Africa and Asia teaching English Literature and Composition, History and a myriad of other classes. This was an extraordinary experience. In Africa, I taught at the International School Moshi on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Waking up each morning with that massive snow-capped peak out your window was beyond stirring. The mountain, the land, the people brought to mind images of earlier storied generations in Tanzania (Tanganyika) and Kenya. “Oh, God, not another bloody sunny day.” I loved the constantly sunny days. One day on a trip to Ngoro Ngoro crater our vehicle broke down in the middle of a pride of lions. We had to get out to push it to get it jump-started. But then that’s another story.
I taught ten years at Bandung International School in the highlands of Indonesia. There could not have been a more wonderful community with which to live and work or a more beautiful country. Truly a marvelous experience.
My novels on Amazon and at selected book stores are The Far Journey, and The Captured Girl, and Assassin 13. The Far Journey is on Audible.com with Assassin 13 coming soon. Morgan’s Captivity is a short piece only on Kindle detailing Morgan O’Connor’s captivity among the Cheyenne.
Currently, I live in Sandpoint, Idaho on idyllic Lake Pend Oreille, where I’m working on my next novel, another time-travel effort. To contact me: Repptomauthor@gmail.com or my Facebook page.
When this book was first presented to me, I had my doubts. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it and wasn’t sure how a science fiction novel would go with a historical novel, but I thought I’d give it a try none the less.
Assassin 13 did not let me down. It was beautifully written and the cross-genres were masterfully mashed together and blended very well. I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a strong main female character and this Lauren is not only that but more. Strong, smart, witty, and I like to think above average on the looks, Lauren is an ideal role model for any young lady. Okay, maybe not the ideal role model, but if you look past her sneaky assassin side, she’s at least an above average role model.
Tom did an amazing job moving Lauren from the future to the past, keeping it simple but at the same time very mysterious. My only regret in his decision on time travel is, well not wanting to give spoilers, missing. Confusing? Don’t worry, read the book, you’ll understand what I mean.
This book left me wishing one thing. And that is I hope Tom decides to bring Lauren back someway, somehow in a follow-up book. I wouldn’t mind seeing a full series dedicated to Lauren.
If the 1920s is to your liking, and yet you love a little futuristic dystopia, then Assassin 13 is a great book. If you are like me, and not really sure what to make of something mashing two things together history and dystopia, you know kind of like mixing tomato and chocolate, then read Assassin 13, cause Tom is a master at making a classic out of a something I don’t think the writing Gods ever thought possible.
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