THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN Blog Tour: ‘On Being an Assassin’ Guest Post + Giveaway


I am super excited to be kicking off THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN Blog Tour with an awesome guest post from Boy Nobody on being an assassin. If you haven’t yet met him in I AM THE WEAPON then it’s the perfect way to learn about what he does and how he does what he does. And even if you have already met him, it will give you a chance to be re-introduced before finding out what happens in I AM THE MISSION, which releases tomorrow, June 17th.

The descriptions don’t lie. These books are riveting, action-packed thrillers. If you have both books, you will not be able to stop after reading just one.

If you’d like a longer peek at one or both books, there are links in the about the books sections below to excerpts on the author’s website. And if you’d like to know a little more about the author, his details and places to find him online are also below.

This series is majorly addictive, the writing is fantastic, the pace is lightning fast. And if you love stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat, these are a definite must.

So if you’re in the US and you’d like the chance to win I AM THE WEAPON and I AM THE MISSION, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter a bit further down in this post.

But before all of that is the guest post from Boy Nobody. It’s one you won’t want to miss.

The Guest Post
On Being an Assassin

…a post from Boy Nobody

It always begins with the link.

That is how I receive my assignments. The link.

I log on to the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks. People might find it strange that a secret agent is drinking iced coffee and planning a mission at a local Starbucks, but it works for me.

I’ve been taught a few simple tricks, all of them the same trick.

Hide in plain sight.

Act like everyone else and you have anonymity, even in public. It’s the best way to make yourself invisible.

I open my e-mail and click on the link.

There’s an image attached. A tiny image. Barely 5K in size. The image is nothing special—a picture of a mountain lake. As if my father had been on vacation and uploaded a snapshot at extremely low quality.

The photo means nothing at all, but the size means everything.

5K. Five days.

That is the operational window for my next assignment.

My job is always the same: Enter a new location, gain the trust of a guy or girl my age, integrate into that person’s social circle, and complete my assignment. All without being noticed.

I look around the Starbucks. Lots of people on laptops. An old couple chatting. Two cute girls in workout clothes laughing.

Nobody paying attention to me.

I click on the link. It takes me to a Facebook profile.

There is a pretty girl smiling back at me in the photo. I click it and flip through the album. The intimacies of this girl’s life spread out in front of me like a deck of cards.

I feel a vague sense of discomfort, spying on an innocent girl.

Then I remember: Nobody is innocent.

This Facebook profile is not a real profile. It has not been created by the girl in the picture, and when the profile is removed after I’m done, it will not be removed by her.

It’s not a profile at all, but a dossier, placed on Facebook with tens of millions of others. Hide in plain sight.

The profile has been planted by the computer hackers who work for my organization. It has the photos, the locations, everything I need to know about this girl and her world.

The girl. My new target.

I do not like dealing with girls. They are complicated. I am equally effective with girls and guys, but girls create another level of difficulty. More emotion, more problems.

No matter.

I have my target, I have my operational window.

Now there is only one thing for me to do.


About I Am the Weapon



Title: I AM THE WEAPON (The Unknown Assassin #1)
Release date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


Previously published under the title Boy Nobody

They needed the perfect assassin.

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die-of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission.

In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.

Read an excerpt on the author’s website HERE.


About I Am the Mission



Title: I AM THE MISSION (The Unknown Assassin #2)
Release date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability.

And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.

His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now our assassin is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.

But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth.

The riveting second book in Allen Zadoff’s The Unknown Assassin series delivers heart-pounding action and a shocking new twist that makes our hero question everything he has believed.

Read an excerpt on the author’s website HERE.


About Allen Zadoff


Allen Zadoff is the author of the THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN series as well as several acclaimed novels including FOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN’T HAVE, winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults. Allen’s action-packed series debut, I AM THE WEAPON (formerly BOY NOBODY), is a page-turning thriller about a teenage assassin that has already been optioned for film by Sony Pictures & Overbrook Entertainment. The book was featured in the Los Angeles Times’ Summer Reading guide and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYAKirkus Reviews called I AM THE WEAPON “fast, furious, and fun.” Look for the sequel, I AM THE MISSION, beginning in June 2014.

Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. His training as a super spy, however, has yet to be verified. Visit Allen on the web at


The Giveaway

The tour includes an awesome tour-wide giveaway for 3 sets of books one and two in THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN series (I AM THE WEAPON and I AM THE MISSION) – US ONLY.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

June 16th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

June 17th – New Adult Addiction – Review

June 18th – By The Book Reviews – Review

June 19th – YA Book Nerd – Interview

June 20th – Swoony Boys Podcast – Guest Post

Week Two

June 23rd – The Book Landers – Review

June 24th – Crossroad Reviews – Review

June 25th – The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia – Review

June 26th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Guest Post

June 27th – Parajunkee’s View – Interview


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