Colonel Michel Petrichova read the dossier as Jez stood to attention in front of his desk.
“At ease, Kornfeld… You said you were as fit as anyone here and it appears you weren’t far wrong.” He looked up over half-framed glasses. “And according to the man I had at the camp, you’re a natural rifleman, and your ability to deal with military strategy and leadership, as far as it went, is excellent. I commend you… but he also said you broke your NCO’s arm in response to a bit of bullying.”
He turned back to the report and Jez was sure it was to hide a grin. When the colonel’s words had sunk in, he realized who the man in the shadows had been.
The colonel lifted his gaze but his face had soured. “Of course, you realize you could be in a prison cell right now?”
“Yes, sir, but…”
He held up a stilling hand. “No buts. If my man hadn’t been there to stop any further action, that is where you would be. Watch your temper.”
“Yes, sir,” he said, but felt cheated.
Petrichova sifted through the paperwork. “It says here that you became cozy with one of the girls in the unit.” He sounded foreboding.
“We were friendly, sir, but now we’ve gone our separate ways,” Jez replied, but hoped he was wrong.
“Good. I’m about to have you assigned to a special unit and I don’t want my time wasted by you messing around with girls. Understand?”
“Yes, Colonel. And I look forward to the opportunity you’re giving me, sir.”
And he did. He wanted to jump up and punch the air. But more than that, he wanted to run from the office and find Anna. He’d love to hear one of her blunt responses.
Set against the backdrop of Soviet, post-war Russia, Birth of an Assassin follows the transformation of Jez Kornfeld from wide-eyed recruit to avenging outlaw. Amidst a murky underworld of flesh-trafficking, prostitution and institutionalized corruption, the elite Jewish soldier is thrown into a world where nothing is what it seems, nobody can be trusted, and everything can be violently torn from him.
Genre - Thriller, Crime, Suspense
Rating – R
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