****CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS**** This was a good book. It is probably more realistic than most other Spy books. If you are looking for a book where the main character is an elite assassin that kills everyone that gets in his way until meeting his objective, you are better off sticking with Mitch Rapp and Victor the Assassin type of stories. There is violence in this story, but the main character, Gabrielle Allon, avoids contact whenever possible. Instead, he opts for intel gathering, using logic to figure things out, and formulating a solid plan of action. I haven\'t read any of the other books, and I would bet Allon showcases his elite killing skills more in the following books, but they were not really on display in this one. That being said, you can tell he is the best at what he does. The other characters around him are written well, and the story moves along at a good pace. The book did enough to intrigue me to read the following story or two because I want to see what Allon can do when his back is against the wall. I am looking forward to the English Assassin. Bottom line: I give it 4 stars. It should probably be 5 stars because I dropped a star for something that was likely done on purpose (lack of bad guys getting murdered by our hero). Personal preference, but it is just hard to give this one a 5 compared to some of the other stories out there. Not because this is bad, but because the competition sets the bar so impossibly high.