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CIA Assassin and Other Stories by Benson Grayson

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Genre: Crime/Espionage
Number of Pages: 243
Publication Date: September 21, 2016

Rating: 1-star-review out of 5
OBC Rating: 1 out of 4 stars
Themes: Deceit, Betrayal, Espionage
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person

To Learn More About the Book, Click: CIA Assassin and Other Stories on OBC Bookshelves

*This was part of the Book of the Day Program*


This book is a compilation of three short stories exploring espionage, deceit, murder, and trickery. Each story follows one specific character who must carry on a mission.

The stories are entitled: “CIA Assassin”, “The Saudi Plot”, and “The Russian Spy-Master”.


Where do I begin?? The premise of the short stories is definitely interesting and could have been so much more than it turned out to be. Unfortunately, the formatting is extremely poor. I think I read the author didn’t realize he uploaded the wrong file onto Amazon, but still…my copy had weird spacing, missing letters in words, quotation marks missing, quotations not even part of a dialogue added in, fragments, run-ons, missing pages, and the list goes on. I truly hope the author uploaded the appropriate file at the present time.

“CIA Assassin”: This was the most cohesive story of the three included in this collection. The direction of the story was clear, but still had some plot issues. The main character has worked in the CIA for years and desires to retire and collect his pension. However, he hasn’t reached the required amount of working years. The solution? To go to Vienna and kill someone, then everything will be taken of. The weirdest thing? The main character agrees even though he’s never killed anyone before. This just seemed completely unrealistic.

The romance here is also weird, I won’t spoil it, but I can’t see this happening in real life.

“The Saudi Plot”: This story became less focused. The President wants the King of Saudi Arabia assassinated. The main character devises a kooky plan that involves lying about an American who is captured by the Saudi Arabians, and hope he isn’t being tortured while coming up with excuse to bomb the King’s palace. Again, it is odd and unrealistic.

The errors increased so much here that the reader is literally left hanging because the ending of this story is missing. What succeeded was a series of blank pages…

“The Russian Spy-Master”: I’m not sure if I can even speak about this story. There wasn’t a cohesive plot and there must have been parts missing. There were multiple times when I turned a Kindle page and the “sentence” would start in the middle and it did not correlate to the page before.

I don’t know…it was just a mess…

Overall, the version I purchased through Amazon wasn’t worth getting and reading. Like I mentioned before, I believe the author changed the e-book on Amazon at this point, but I already had a poor version and I can only speak about from what I have.

Not the version I received.

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