The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins by Robert Baer

Posted on February 14, 2016

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It seems unnecessary for Baer to mix the premise of a list of rules for assassins and his own Ahabian history of tracking down the phantom-like Hajj Radwan.  Either path, a history of time’s greatest assassins and assassinations as well as Baer’s personal pursuit of perhaps the most notorious, successful and elusive assassin of our time, certainly stand on their own merits and would provide more than a fascinating read in their own right.  Instead, the book embarks on both paths.  It would be wrong to say this joint focus is wrong, but it is rare that one path strengthens the other.  There is never any real distraction of one by the other, but one never needs the other’s assistance in telling its tale.

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While the personal narrative may lack the flair of a Fleming novel, Baer does an excellent job of brining you along for the covert missions he took part in on a daily basis throughout the 80’s and 90’s.  You can feel the heat, dust and oppressive, ever present fear of being watched as you white knuckle your way through rendezvous and stake outs.  For me personally, it is very hard not to recommend a biography when the author has led such an incredible life and been part of activities one can only dream of.  This book is no exception.  If for no other reason, than to help awaken us all to the reality of the dangerous world we live in.  Where morality is doled out in steely shades of grey.

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