Friday, June 12, 2015

Blog Tour: I am the Traitor

The Unknown Assassin’s 8 Tips for Going on the Run

Thinking of going on the run? Here are eight tips from The Unknown Assassin who has been trained from a young age to move through the world while staying invisible. 

1.    Let go of the ego.
Maybe you like the idea that you go to a certain school or you’re on a certain team. Maybe you like your name or your family’s name, or you’re proud of what your mom does for a living. If you go on the run, you can forget about all of it. Everything about you is an identifier, so the world can no longer know who you really are or where you come from. The Unknown Assassin is unknown for a reason. He’s let go of everything that carries meaning for most of us, making himself into a living ghost.
2.    Your phone is not your friend.
By now you know that your phone can be tracked, your position triangulated between cell towers or pinpointed via GPS. There’s no way to run with a phone in your pocket. But it’s not just your phone. Laptops and tablets also expose you and your coordinates to the people trying to find you. So running means no tech for you.
3.    Forget about flying.  
Or taking the train. Or renting a car. Or calling an Uber. In fact, forget about any form of transportation that requires you to buy a ticket or register your name or information. All of it can be tracked, and if they can find the ticket, they can find you. 
4.    Cash is king.
If you want to stay hidden, you can’t use credit cards, Paypal, Apple Pay, or any digitally-linked payment system. You can’t even go to the ATM at your bank. (Think cameras. Think receipts. Think trouble.)  Your best bet is to have a lot of cash in small denominations. Where do you keep all this cash and how do you replenish it? That’s your problem. You’re the one who decided to run.
5.    Do you have a lot of family and friends? Not anymore.
One of the toughest things about being on the run is being socially isolated. Friends (especially new friends) ask questions, and you can’t afford questions. The Unknown Assassin has no friends. He lives isolated from others, moving from town to town to complete his mission. It’s not fun, but it’s his job. Could you really live like that?
6.    Welcome to the social media blackout.
No e-mail or text messages. No Facebook status updates, Instagram photos, tweets or snapchats. If you want to stay on the run, you have to drop off the web.
7.    Never call 911.
Need help? Sorry. No police or fire to the rescue, and visits to the emergency room are not possible. All of these services keep records, take names, file reports.  The Unknown Assassin is a trained soldier, equipped to handle all situations. Can you?
8.    Get ready to run again. It is inevitable.
Because no matter how far you’ve run or how well-hidden you are, you will be found. And then you’ll have to run again. And again. Forever.

As you can see by this list, being on the run sucks, and it’s nearly impossible in our digital world, especially if you live in a country like the United States. The Unknown Assassin does it because he has to, because he is on a never-ending mission for a secret government organization. If you’re not on a secret mission, it’s a lot easier (and more fun) to stay home.

Miss a stop? Check out the rest of the tour:
6/8/2015- The Haunting of Orchid ForsythiaExcerpt
6/8/2015-Curling Up With A Good Book- Guest Post
6/9/2015- ParajunkeeInterview
6/9/2015- The Book LandersReview 
6/10/2015- Swoony Boys PodcastInterview
6/11/2015- FiktshunInterview and Review
6/12/2015- YA Book NerdGuest Post

About the Book:
Title: I AM THE TRAITOR (The Unknown Assassin #3)
Author: Allen Zadoff
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: June 17, 2014
Pages: 432

In the third and final installment in the Unknown Assassin trilogy, Boy Nobody is on the run from The Program and uncovers a secret about his past that forces him to decide where his loyalties lie.

The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend Howard who was captured by The Program. Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson -- he can't trust anyone.

Allen Zadoff packs the third book of the Unknown Assassin series with even more action, higher stakes, and mind-blowing reveals that will leave readers riveted.

About Allen:
Allen Zadoff is the author of the THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN series as well as several acclaimed novels includingFOOD, 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 VOYA. Kirkus 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

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for this! I didn't know he wrote two other books after Boy Nobody! Can't wait to read!