Sunday, 7 June 2015

THIEF'S GAMBIT by Scott Marlowe

4.5 out of 5 stars

Fantasy thriller ~ novelette length

On Amazon UK HERE

 Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber's Review Team

In this further adventure of the Assassin Without A Name, our hero is recruited by his ex love, Liz, for a special mission.

As with the other books in this series, I felt that its charm lay not so much in the plot itself as in the writing of the incidental parts.  I am not particularly interested in reading long, blow by blow accounts of fights or daring escapes, but I love the bits about the Assassin's life, his thoughts, etc.  I like to picture him in his 'working gear', climbing over his rooftop empire like a cat, unseen by the Black Guard who seek him below, and reading little snippets about his life, like his secret hideout in the deplorable Shambles area of town, where one takes one's life in one's hands simply by entering its streets...

Scott Marlowe has invented a marvellous character, and writes beautifully, with wit and a wonderful turn of phrase.  I'd like to see a novella telling about the Assassin's early life, something that makes more use of the writer's powers of observation, character portrayal and presentation of atmosphere.  Again, this reminded me very much of some of Roald Dahl's stories; the style of writing is very similar.  Good stuff!

The Goddard Affair by Scott Marlowe reviewed HERE 

The Killing Knife by Scott Marlowe reviewed HERE



  1. Another great review for this series, thanks Terry.

  2. Great review, I like the sound of this series and have the first on my TBR I believe.