Thursday, January 11, 2018

[Short Story Review] Assassin Marked by Michael C. Sahd

Assassin Marked by Michael C. Sahd is an incredible short story filled to the brim with action, violence, and romance!

Make sure to pick this one up when you have a spare half-hour that you can dedicate solely to reading; you won't be able to put this down!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Assassin Marked by Michael C. Sahd

Damian DuFonte, a professional assassin working for the Crime Syndicate, just can't seem to get past his need for revenge. So when the only woman he's ever loved asks him not to kill one of their bosses, her pleas fall on deaf ears. Although Victoria may be willing to forgive this transgression, the Syndicate certainly will not.

To prove Victoria's loyalty, the Syndicate tasks her with leading a group to hunt him down. Somewhere in the solar system, on the outs with his lover and on the run from trained killers, Damian is ... an Assassin Marked.

My thoughts:
The first chapter did a wonderful job setting up the story. In chapter one, we meet two characters, Damian DuFonte, who is an assassin determined to get his revenge, and another, Victoria Maruska, a psychic that captions her own ship.

As the story continues, we switch back and forth between the two main characters perspectives. A couple of the chapters focus solely on one character at a time, but then the rest of the chapters overlap in the timeline. I am usually not a fan of this method, but it was done incredibly well here! Each scene that was overlapped really added to the overall story; I loved seeing the scenes play out from each of their perspectives.

This short story was so well written. I absolutely loved the tone that the author captured. The description was brief, but very powerful! I cannot wait to read more from Michael C. Sahd!

My favorite passages:
My gunship hid somewhere in the surrounding woods. I slipped through the trees like a disembodied shadow in the night. An iron fence surrounded the yard. Metallic pillars held up the disc-shaped mansion that balanced on top of them, and cruiser docks extended beyond the mansion.

Most kitchens rest at night. In this one, a guard stood decorating a sandwich. When he bit into his sandwich, it took revenge, decorating his blazer with mustard and tomato juice. 

A small gust of cold, stale air rushed in. My heart dropped with the ramp, sinking low into my stomach, through my feet, and then anchoring me to the floor just like the magnetic locks that held the ramp in place. 

My final thoughts:
This book was right up my alley! It had an assassin, a strong woman with interesting powers, and it was set in space! When I picked this one up, I was hooked immediately and could not put it down. 

I highly recommend this short story to any sci-fi fan that doesn't mind a bit of violence. 

Thanks for reading!
To snag a copy of this short story for just 99 cents (as of 1/9/18), check out the Amazon listing here!


  1. Assassins and space- sounds great! And I like a good short story, they're nice for a quick read and a change of pace. Glad this one was so good!