The Obedient Assassin: A Novel Based on a True Story

The Obedient Assassin A Novel Based on a True Story A dark and riveting thriller that reimagines the life and mission of the Spanish nationalist enlisted to murder Leon Trotsky Based on a true chapter of world history and ten years of research here is

  • Title: The Obedient Assassin: A Novel Based on a True Story
  • Author: John P. Davidson
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  • Page: 462
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  • A dark and riveting thriller that reimagines the life and mission of the Spanish nationalist enlisted to murder Leon Trotsky Based on a true chapter of world history and ten years of research, here is the story of the real life reluctant soldier and killer, Ram n Mercader the obedient assassinRam n Mercader was plucked from the front of the Spanish Civil War by the SovietA dark and riveting thriller that reimagines the life and mission of the Spanish nationalist enlisted to murder Leon Trotsky Based on a true chapter of world history and ten years of research, here is the story of the real life reluctant soldier and killer, Ram n Mercader the obedient assassinRam n Mercader was plucked from the front of the Spanish Civil War by the Soviets and conscripted to murder the great in tellectual Leon Trotsky, a leader of the Bolshevik Revolution who was exiled in the 1920s for opposing Joseph Stalin.As Ram n is trained for the task and assumes a new identity, he lives a lush life in Paris, befriending Frida Kahlo and other artists of the time He falls in love with a left leaning Jewish woman whom he is ordered to seduce as a means of getting at Trotsky.From Barcelona to Paris and New York to Mexico City, the group controlling Ram n including Ram n s mother and her lover guides the assassin on the inevitable resolution of his grim task as he must penetrate Trotsky s compound.

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    1. The Obedient Assassin by John P. Davidson is a fictionalized account the assassination of Leon Trotsky. Davidson is from the town of Fredericksburg, Texas. He was educated at the University of Texas earning a bachelors and a masters degree there with a break between the two in the Peace Corps. He has worked for several magazines as a senior editor and as a freelance writer. His first book was The Long Road (Doubleday, 1980). I usually stay away from fictionalized histories because I usually beco [...]

    2. I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.This book is based on the story of Leon Trotsky assassination in Mexico.The story begins with the Spanish revolution when the communist Ramon Mercader is convinced by the Soviets to murder Leon Trotsky . After the death of Lenin in 1924, Joseph Stalin emerged as a leader of the Soviet Union. Even if Trotsky seems to be the heir apparent of Lenin, he lost the fight of Lenin's succession. Due [...]

    3. This novel begins in the Spanish Civil War, when Lieutenant Ramon Mercader is a young man of twenty two. He is in the thick of the fighting when his mother, Caridad, appears to whisk him off to Paris for a special mission. Ramon’s brother, Pablo, has recently been murdered for disobeying orders and so Ramon is understandably aware that there is little Caridad to do to protect him. Ramon’s mother is a Russian agent, utterly loyal to Stalin and Ramon is wanted to infiltrate Trotsky’s followe [...]

    4. This is an author who does his research. The story if based off of a true story about the assassination of Trotsky during the Spanish Civil Warby Stalin. This was an intriguing historical novel and the reader can almost feel like they are there living the events. The detail is vivid, and left nothing to the imagination (in a good way). I would recommend this book to those that love historical fiction.

    5. My long-term interest and relationship to Mexico made this book a winner for me. Though I knew the storyof Trotskys assassination in Mexico from others' points of view, it was interesting to read this fictional version from the assassin's point of view. It was right on with respect to locations in Mexico. I could picturemyself there.

    6. Loved this book! I was engaged with the main character early on and his rhythm was a pleasure to read. A bookclub read and the author came!!!!

    7. The Obedient Assassin: John DavidsonSitting in a shed where the air permeates a stench that would make you sick and your clothes are so filthy you can hardly stand yourself is a young Lieutenant named Ramon Mercader. A lieutenant in the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War, he is conscripted to become part of a sinister plot. How far would you go to better your life? How far will you go because your mother told you to do something? Leonid Trotsky has to die and Joseph Stalin had a plan t [...]

    8. THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN by John P. Davidson is an exciting, thrill ride Thriller/Political Intrigue. Based on a true story. The "Obedient Assassin" is the tale of Leon Trotsky or rather a fictional account of Leonid Trotsky's assassination in Mexico in 1940. Who was exiled in 1920 for opposing Joseph Stalin.What a masterful blend of political intrigue and murder, history, betrayal, suspense, culture and betrayed by love.Mr. Davidson has written a candid tale that is filled with duty, deception,cri [...]

    9. The Obedient Assassin by John P. Davidson is a novelized account of the assassination of the great intellectual Leon Trotsky, who is the founder and leader of the Red Army. During the Spanish Civil War, the Republicans and the Nationalists engaged in the war were supported by Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, respectively. Twenty-two years old Lieutenant Ramon Mercader, who was hired to assassinate Trotsky, was a soldier fighting with the Republican forces.There was a struggle for power between Jos [...]

    10. Going into this novel I hadn't read much about the assassination of Leon Trotsky, which I admit probably helped. I could picture the people and places in my head as fictional, rather than worrying about every factual nuance. Since finishing I did a little research and while it seems Davidson was reasonably faithful to history I'm happy it was labeled a novel. For the depth of his characters and the fluidity of the story fictionalization seems a logical choice. My one major criticism of the book [...]

    11. I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley and was looking forward to a novel based on history and espionage. I enjoyed the story and picked up some historical knowledge at the same time. Though I do read a lot on WWII, I didn't know much about the Communists during that time, outside of the brief section learned in school, way back when! Good descriptions of the era, particularly pre-war Paris and Mexico during the 40's. it would have been interesting to see Mexico City at that time. The au [...]

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