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The Dead Don’t Lie by Anne Russo :: Dead Generation :: Release Review :: Excerpt

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Trigger Warnings:
This story contains a brief scene of sexual assault and features an unresolved ending/cliffhanger.
Author's Notes:
This is the first book in a series features an unresolved ending/cliffhanger.

Book Info

Author:
Series:

Dead Generations Series by Anne Russo

Series Type:
Interlinked
Number In Series:
1
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Publisher:
JMS Books LLC
Published:
13 March 2021
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Book Type
Words:
75,000
Pages:
250
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Synopsis

While young doctor Adam Morrow resigns himself to an uninformed existence, world-weary assassin Ian Abbott struggles with a life he never asked for. When the two strangers meet by chance, the attraction is immediate. And deadly, as Adam walks in on Ian in the middle of a hit.

The situation spirals out of control once Ian discovers he and Adam share a connection far more profound than either imagined. Shocked by the discovery, Ian makes the hasty decision to kidnap him.

Overnight Adam is torn from his promising career and a family who believes him dead. Things go from bad to worse when he finds himself reunited with a mother he never knew who is now head of a covert and shadowy group of killers for hire. Forced into joining their ranks, with Ian as his reluctant trainer and handler, Adam is given a series of impossible tasks to complete.

To survive, he must fight with everything he has to keep his life, his sanity, and his very soul from being swept up in a violent and chaotic world even as he battles his unwanted and complicated feelings for Ian.

For his part, Ian, a man with dark secrets of his own, has a past he isn’t ready to share with Adam even as the other man worms into his life in more ways than one. The two grow closer and lines blur — between good and evil, friend or foe, enemy or lover. But something, or someone, plots against them, determined to do everything in their power to keep them apart. Even if it means destroying them both.

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Review

Reviewed By: Josh Dale

4/5

Adam and Ian meet briefly in the hospital elevator. But when Adam comes face to face with Ian who is an assassin in the middle of taking out Adam’s patient. Which starts a chain reaction of events?

Ian recognises Adams features and realises Adam is his boss Kathrine’s Son.  Reacting quickly, he forces Adam at gunpoint to go with him.  Anyone else and they would have been dead alongside his target.

What follows is a brutal journey of Adams training to become an assassin, something he does not want to do. But has no option.  Ian and Kathrine will not let him escape, so it is either tow the line or be killed.

The story is gritty and down to earth, I like the heated relationship between Ian and Adam, with hot angry sex.  I found their interactions and self-denials as their feelings for each other grew. The story is strong and has plenty of thrilling danger.  Characters are well rounded and strong.  Even the minor characters are well developed and add to the overall story.

If there was one thing, I was not so keen on it is that we do not really know what the organisation is or what it stands for.  Yes, it is a group of assassins created by Kathrine.  But do they kill anyone for the right price?  Or do they only kill bad guys?  As the author hints. If it is the latter, how is it decided who they target.  A little back story would help a lot on this issue. Maybe’s we will find out more as the series continues.

If you like action thrillers, then you will love this book, it has the makings of a Hollywood thriller.

The book certainly delivers on the synopsis, and I am thoroughly looking forward to book 2.

Excerpt

Assignment completed, Ian glanced down at his coat, noticing a few questionable stains even black couldn’t hide. Sighing, he stepped into the adjacent bathroom for a quick wash. He was cleaning off the excess blood splatter when he heard the door open. He stopped and listened as a curious voice called out, “Hello?”

Ian reached for his handgun, quiet as he slid it into his hand. He edged forward, waiting for his visitor to discover Mr. Mallory was no longer among the living. Ian didn’t have long to wait.

“Jesus Christ,” the visitor swore, taking several steps backward where Ian waited in the shadows. Once he was close enough, Ian pressed the gun’s muzzle into the back of his head, stopping him in his tracks.

“Don’t move,” he ordered. Even in the darkened room, Ian knew he looked familiar. “Turn around.”

Slowly, the man turned toward him, shaking. Ian didn’t miss the shock of recognition when he saw who held him at gunpoint.

“Yeah, I remember you too. This is unfortunate,” Ian remarked and meant it. He didn’t relish putting a bullet right between those pretty eyes, but he’d seen his face. Not once. But twice now. And, unfortunately, he’d have to die for it.

“Wait,” the young doctor urged, his hands in the air. “You don’t have to shoot me.”

No crying. No begging. A statement. The doctor even met Ian’s eye when he said it. Ian couldn’t help but admire this guy’s guts. A shame he had to kill him, but he didn’t have a choice. His finger twitched on the trigger.

“I’m afraid I do,” Ian answered, glancing at his name tag. “Dr. Adam Morrow,” he whispered under his breath, the name hitting like a sucker punch to the gut. “Your name is Adam Morrow?”

“Yeah, that’s my — why?”

Ian wasn’t listening, rendered speechless as he studied the man. Pieces were clicking together in a hail of memories, memories he fought for years to keep hidden. Now they came rising to the surface one by one, swifter than he could recall them. All tied to the image of a child’s face. A child whose cheerful grin and name, Adam Morrow, had haunted him for the last fourteen years.

Ian snapped into the present. He charged forth, seizing him by the arm. Adam tried to shake him off as he propelled him toward the windows. Meager light from outside street lamps was enough to spy the lingering traces of that boy. One whose existence itself had been a terrible mystery he’d never wanted to delve too deep into, terrified of the answer awaiting him on the other side.

“Look at me!” he ordered, pressing the muzzle under Adam’s chin.

Adam hesitated but didn’t have much say so with a gun buried in his throat. One glance and the truth slammed into Ian like a bolt of lightning. A sweeping recognition. His eyes told him the entire story in an instant. They were remarkable, dark green, and flecked with gold, memorable —her eyes. There was no way he’d be able to kill him. Not now. The implications of his discovery growing as they sized up the other, each of them unsure what to do next.

“Who the hell are you?” Adam asked, low and shaky.

“Who the hell are you?” Ian countered.

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Anne Russo

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Biography

Anne makes her home in Connecticut with her wonderful and ever-so-patient partner. A lifelong reader, writer, and curious student, Anne hopes to create exciting multi-dimensional characters and worlds but with a queer sensibility. The Dead Don’t Lie is the first book in the Dead Generations series and her first novel.

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