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Full Name: David Slaton
Nationality: Israeli
Organization: Mossad
Occupation Agent

Creator: Ward Larsen
Time Span: 2008 - 2023


David Slaton is an agent with MOSSAD.

More specifically, he is a kidon, translated at bayonet or tip of the spear, a highly trained killing machine. Officially these men and women do not exist because the government does not want the hassle of explaining why it needs silent killers eliminating targets inside the country and out, working without judicial mandate sometimes on the opinion of a small group of leaders. Unofficially there are always those people whose continued existence puts a nation at risk and it becomes vital to that country's governors that killing them is the best route. That is when people like Slaton are summoned.

Slaton is a native born Israeli, having been born a decade after the country came into being. His father had been a major player in the Haganah, the paramilitary force operating in Palestine to protect the Jews living there. This group fought Arab and British authorities as thousands of European refugees tried to flee to the Holy Land to escape death in Nazi-controlled lands. When independence finally came, the elder Slaton had turned diplomat and become a leader in getting huge donations sent to a needy infant country. Then an Egyptian unhappy with things shot him and his wife dead with a nine-year-old Slaton watching.

Adopted by a friend of the family, he moved to a kibbutz but two years later the Yom Kippur War started and the settlement was in the path of Syrian tanks. Seeing his new family killed, a young Slaton reacted by killing several Syrian soldiers, an act he was reluctant to talk about. After the conflict he went back to school and eventually graduated university. Following this was marriage and a child and a good job. Then a terrorist attack occurred and Slaton was informed his wife and child were dead and it was the fault of Arab terrorist. He was offered a chance to strike back. He took it.

Things in Slaton will change greatly in the course of this series. He will eventually meet Christine Palmer, an impressive doctor and solo sailor. He will learn that many of the people he once trusted with his life did not deserve such fealty. He will also learn that while he was extremely good at killing, he did not have to do it to be content. Lastly he would find that while he could happily and easily leave his violent nature behind him, when his family is threatened, he knew just where he had put it.


Number of Books:9
First Appearance:2008
Last Appearance:2023

1 The Perfect Assassin The Perfect Assassin
Written by Ward Larsen
Copyright: 2008

Christine Palmer is an American doctor sailing solo across the Atlantic when she discovers David Slaton floating and barely alive in the icy ocean. He is a Kidon, a highly trained assassin and someone wants him dead. For having saved him, Palmer is also now in danger.
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2 Assassin's Game Assassin's Game
Written by Ward Larsen
Copyright: 2014

Having quit his old line of work, former Mossad assassin David Slaton has a new and welcome life in Virginia. Then his old bosses come calling with one more mission - assassinate an Irani nuclear scientist. Slaton does not want to but an attack on his wife puts him into action.
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3 Assassin's Silence Assassin's Silence
Written by Ward Larsen
Copyright: 2016

To protect his family, David Slaton goes into hiding and at that he is one of the best. Still, he is found and attacked. At the same time, a derelict airliner crashes in the ocean. Somehow the two events are connected.
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4 Assassin's Code Assassin's Code
Written by Ward Larsen
Copyright: 2017

The man who is to become the head of DGSI, Frances's counter-terrorism force and the hero of that nation is not who he says he is. David Slaton is certain he is really a terrorist Slaton thought he had killed almost two decades before.
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5 Assassin's Run Assassin's Run
Written by Ward Larsen
Copyright: 2018

The murder of a Russian oligarch off the Isle of Capri has enough pointers to David Slaton as the assassin to make everyone convinced he did it. Since he didn't, Slaton knows it is up to him to prove it by finding who really pulled the trigger.
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6 Assassin's Revenge Assassin's Revenge
Written by Ward Larsen
Copyright: 2019

Coming back to the sailboat he was using with his wife and young son, David Slaton finds them missing and a note telling him that if he wishes to see them again, he must kill a scientist working for the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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7 Assassin's Strike Assassin's Strike
Written by Ward Larsen
Copyright: 2020

A secret meeting between the President s of Russia and Iran is held with only the witnesses being the two interpreters. The Russian one, Ludmilla Kravchuk, was worried by what she had heard and knew she had not long to live when she sees her Iranian counterpart killed. She goes into hiding in Syria. The CIA wants to learn what she knows and sends their contract agent, David Slaton, to get her out.
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8 Assassin's Edge Assassin's Edge
Written by Ward Larsen
Copyright: 2022

"A U.S. spy plane crashes off the northern coast of Russia at the same time that a Mossad operative is abducted from a street in Kazakhstan. The two events seem unrelated, but as suspicions rise, the CIA calls in its premier operative, David Slaton.
When wreckage from the aircraft is discovered on a remote Arctic island, Slaton and a team are sent on a clandestine mission to investigate. While they comb a frigid Russian island at the top of the world, disaster strikes yet again: a U.S. Navy destroyer sinks in the Black Sea.
Evidence begins mounting that these disparate events are linked, controlled by an unseen hand. A mysterious source, code name Lazarus, provides tantalizing clues about another impending strike. Yet Lazarus has an agenda that is deeply personal, a thirst for revenge against a handful of clandestine operators. Prime among them: David Slaton."

9 Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark
Written by Ward Larsen
Copyright: 2023

"With the help of CIA operative David Slaton, America has shaken off a series of high-tech attacks. Then, just as the threat seems to have receded, the most brazen strike of all: Marine One is brought down in the heart of the capital. The president survives the crash, but is clinging to life by a thread.
Once again, Slaton gets the call. With limitless backing from the CIA, the agency’s most lethal assassin is dispatched halfway around the world. But as his mission nears completion, he finds himself targeted by a talented adversary, a ruthless young assassin who moves like a ghost, and whose motives are unclear.
What is clear is that Trident is not yet finished, and that there is a high-level traitor in the U.S. government. And the only way forward is to topple a conspiracy in the uppermost echelons of Washington."
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Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2021
Last Appearance:2021

1 Assassin's Dawn Assassin's Dawn
Written by Ward Larsen
Copyright: 2021

"Recruited out of university, Slaton has excelled in training, and is proving highly effective in the operational world. The motivation behind his success is clear to those who know the truth: three years earlier, the two people he held dearest fell victim to a terror attack. The killer responsible, Ramzi Tayeb, has proved maddeningly elusive.
Then a chance: a Mossad operation in Central Europe aims to steal information from Ramzi’s brother, a terrorist financier who could lead to the shadowed extremist. Slaton takes the lead, but a mission to hack the man’s laptop goes horribly wrong, and soon the police are investigating a murder.
Slaton is withdrawing his team to safety when new information arises. Ramzi himself may soon appear—a rare moment of vulnerability. And so a new mission is born, one that is run not by Mossad, but by the most lethal operative it has ever created—an assassin destined to become a legend."
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I became a big, big fan of Ward Larsen with his Jammer Davis series and really enjoyed the first book in the now David Slaton series, The Perfect Assassin. Slaton felt like a great character on which to build a series, especially with the independent and resourceful Dr. Palmer as a co-star but no follow-up came and so I moved on. Then a few years later, my wish was answered and another Slaton book was available. And then a third. And I think a fourth is coming. I am a happy man. Mr. Larsen can most definitely write and can put in a few twists in the plot to keep you not complacent.

One part in particular pleased me because it is a pet-peeve that the author avoided quite nicely. Imagine an assassin, trained to the point that he or she is one of the most dangerous people on the planet. Then take a boss who needs to send that assassin somewhere he does not want to go to do something he does not want to do. And the boss, with incredible ditziness, threatens this extremely deadly killer with dire consequences. "Do this mission or you or your loved one will die!" (more or less). Hello??? Deadly Killer standing next to you! Ticked off deadly killer! Threatened ticked off deadly killer! It NEVER makes sense.

When the scenario occurs in one of the books, Mr. Larsen has the decency to have the crazy boss at least acknowledge how bad things good go. He still did it, of course, but at least he knew he was putting his life at risk. Well done, sir!


My Grade: A

Your Average Grade:   A-


dbuhler A- 2020-09-14

If you like slam/bam/boom Bourne and Logan West escapades, then Slaton is your guy. He makes his shots from a mile away, and somehow survives every sure-death moment. When time is of the essence, he meets his CIA control in Uruguay, instead of halfway between his home in Idaho and DC. Right, makes no sense, but then neither do the escapes. Since he is married and has a young son, there are no beautiful and deadly females to detract from the comicbook action. Bummer.

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