Damian Wolf is framed for murdering his wife. As he languishes on death row, shadowy Washington types approach him with a deal: become an assassin for a supersecret agency not on the government books and we’ll spring you immediately. How can he say no?
Such is the basis for the new Damian Wolf, Assassin series, the first entry of which is Panama Takedown (Mike Pettit — 2013). By the time the book opens, Wolf has been in the assassination racket for quite some time, and his world-weariness is beginning to show. Page one finds him passed out on the floor of a rundown hotel in Panama City, the result of a rum binge the previous night. He gets a phone call from his new handler, ordering him to pick up a package the next day containing instructions for a new mission. Sobering up quickly, Wolf smells a rat right away, and the action begins.
Author Mike Pettit, a veteran of several other action series, has crafted a tense international thriller, as well as a solid character in Damian Wolf, who is clearly much more than an ass-kicking machine. Wolf has weaknesses, too, which Pettit reveals as the story unfolds. The character’s road to redemption on the gritty streets of Panama City is littered with treachery and death. The double-cross lurks around every corner, in every seedy bar, and in the eyes of every US Government agent.
I had a lot of fun narrating this audiobook, and I’m certain it will kick off what will be a very successful series. You can find it on Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes.
I just had the pleasure of narrating Panama Takedown, written by bestselling author Mike Pettit. It’s the first entry in his new Damian Wolf, Assassin series, and let me tell you, if the rest of the series is like this book, it’s going to be a hell of a ride.
Set in the sweatiest locales of Panama City (that’s Panama, not Florida), this tense action thriller follows Damian Wolf, highly-paid assassin for a supsersecret government agency, through his paces as he sets out to liquidate his latest target. He’s been doing this a long time, and he’s starting to show the wear. When things don’t go exactly according to script in the early stages of the job, he smells a rat. Can a double-cross be far behind?
Pettit, veteran writer of the hugely popular Jack Marsh/Key West series, keeps things moving through terse dialogue and breakneck pacing, both necessary elements in thriller writing. He allows the listener/reader to catch a breath here and there, but for the most part, you’re advised to keep your seat belt fastened.
Panama Takedown will be available very soon. I’ll let you know when it hits the stores.