In the course of this epic reading competition, I’m going to end up reading a number of books that are just, “meh.” It’s the law of averages; they can’t all be gems.
Prayers for the Assassin is one of those books that falls firmly in the “meh” category. A thriller set in a near-future America that has been converted to Islam, it does what it sets out to do — keeping you engrossed in the action and turning the pages. And the exploration of an Islamized America is an interesting hook. But beyond that, it doesn’t really plow any new ground in the loose-canon-super-agent-on-vital-mission-to-rescue-innocents-from-dark-forces genre.
Add in some head-scratching character development decisions and an epilogue that feels tacked-on and unnecessary, the end result is that I’m not in a big hurry to read the rest of the books in the series. Passable airport read, keep expectations low.