Treacherous Is the Night by Anna Lee Huber
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 25 Sep 2018
Treacherous is the Night is an amazing piece of historical fiction. Not only does it provide insight into the changing role of women after WWI, it doesn’t shy from discussing the effects of time in the trenches on soldiers or from portraying the callous “patriotism” of those not directly involved in the war. The effects of war play a central roles in this espionage/mystery. On the one hand, there is the strain on Verity and Sidney’s marriage. (Verity had believed Sidney dead until only recently, and he was unaware of her work for the secret service). On the other hand is the more complex and compelling mystery- the disappearance of one of Verity’s former associates. Anna Lee Huber’s characters are complex, flawed, and affected realistically by their experiences. She is balanced in her portrayals, clearly understanding why some individuals collaborate...
The Fairfax Incident by Terrence McCauley
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 15 Jun 2018
When Hitler rose to power in the early 1930’s on a tide of nationalism, fascist groups emerged in many countries including the United States. With the economy in shreds, unemployment at an all time high and prohibition, little attention was paid. It is not surprising that The Fairfax Incident pits Doherty and his allies against one such group.
The Fairfax Incident begins much like any other pulp detective novel, but it quickly metamorphosizes into something more. While it can’t strictly be considered a spy novel, espionage plays a major role in The Fairfax Incident and is likely to play a larger role in the novels that follow. (The end of The Fairfax Incident makes further novels extremely likely) As in many pulp detective novels, there is a hefty dose of action- chases, gunfights, etc. But there is also a strong human element. Charlie Doherty is tough but he is a...
The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann
Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 24 Mar 2017
The Cleaner is a one of a kind blend of mystery and espionage. It is all the more enticing because the lead is an individual without special skills, technology or backup. Judith is a cleaner, but she is smart, persistent and determined.
A series of coincidences lead Judith Kepler, a crime scene cleaner, to discover that what she has been told about her origins was completely false. Before the wall fell, she was brought to the Yuri Gargarin Children's Home, assigned a new identity and left to suffer the abuse the home was known for. Angry and confused why a murdered woman would have her file, Judith begins digging for answers. Her search angers powerful people, because if the truth comes out it will not only embarrass current German intelligence, it will also bring attention to those who worked for East German intelligence before the wall fell and their crimes....
Warren Ellis and Jason Masters have succeeded in creating a Bond graphic novel that has everything that makes James Bond a popular icon - the charm, the action, the humor, an attractive and compelling heroine and a villain worthy of Bond’s time. Originally, I had my doubts. It isn’t easy to pack so much in a limited number of pages. Eidolon blew me away. The graphic style is a perfect match for the cinematic action sequences and the well developed story is pure Bond. Eidolon has it all - fights, car chases, explosions and just a hint of sex.
If you like Bond, you will definitely enjoy Ellis and Masters’s graphic version of the eponymous hero and his adventures. James Bond V.2 Eidolon is best suited to teen and adult fans of the series.
I received a copy of James Bond V.2 Eidolon from th...
The Corners of the Globe is a fast paced spy thriller that easily sits beside such classics as The 39 Steps. The followup to Goddard's The Ways of the World kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. James Maxted is ostensibly working for the treacherous master spy Lemmer, but in reality is working for Appleby of the British Secret Service to bring Lemmer to justice. Being a double agent is a dangerous game. Meanwhile Sam has his own problems. Kuroda has been sent back to Japan, and Sam is targeted by Tomura a deadly and powerful member of the Japanese delegation.
There is a lot going on throughout The Corners of the Globe but all of the pieces fit well together. The only thing that disappointed me was that the novel ended on a cliffhanger. I want to know what happens next and am eager to see what the next Goddard thriller has in store for Maxted and his...
Martin Fawley can easily be seen as an early precursor to James Bond - Debonair, quick witted, and unashamedly a spy. He is definitely a professional.
Readers should remember this book was originally published before the onset of WWII and is set against the volatile political backdrop of 1930s Europe. I had some initial misgivings as Fawley is employed by the Italian government, but I put them aside. The Spy Paramount is political but apolitical. I say that because politics play an important role, but the details of what the different groups stand for does not. I was glad I set aside my prejudices because The Spy Paramount is truly a good story.
While there is no "Bond villain" there is plenty of action and intrigue, as well as a beautiful and compelling love interest who has dangerous connections. The Spy Paramount has the charm of a Sean C...
The Strivers’ Row Spy is an incredible debut novel. Jason Overstreet skillfully exposes readers to a frequently forgotten part of African American history - the 1920s Harlem Renaissance and the push for civil rights by two very different charismatic leaders W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey. The Strivers’ Row Spy is fiction, but its setting, environment and many of its characters did exist. Jason Overstreet brings history to life in a way that entrances readers, encouraging them to ask questions and dig deeper - making the novel ideal for young adults and book discussion groups.
In a country where racism is the norm and the government fears anything that hints of communism, Sidney Temple is an ideal find for J Edgar Hoover - an apparently apolitical African American college graduate. When he is chosen to become the first African American FBI agen...
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: June 14, 2016
If you haven't read any of Cara Black's novels featuring Aimee Leduc, Murder on the Quai is a great place to start. Although this is her 15th novel, Murder on the Quai tells the tale of how Aimee Leduc began her career as an investigator. Evil deeds are rarely forgotten, particularly those committed in times of war. It is 1989 and the Berlin Wall has fallen. Records are being destroyed before they can fall into Allied hands. Aimee's father is drawn into doing one last favor, one last bit of espionage to help Aimee's mother, the woman he still loves.
With her father gone, Aimee takes the case of a distant cousin, whose father was murdered. What initially looks like a simple case of questioning a missing witness becomes complex and dangerous. The more she investigates, the more she leaves her studies of medicine behind.
The Witch Who Came in From the Cold: A Long Cold Winter
by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Cassandra Rose Clark, and Ian Tregillis
Sci Fi & Fantasy, Espionage
Pub Date: January 27, 2015
Cold war espionage plus magic - a definite winner when you throw in the writing talents of Max Gladstone, Lindsay Smith, and many others. I was intrigued by the premise. You have a cold war on a dual front, you have the CIA vs the KGB, and then you have the lines drawn between the mages that serve Ice and those that serve Flame. Spies wielding magic and effectively serving multiple masters - wow. I was hooked from the very beginning.
The SerialBox.com format is interesting. Essentially, the books are released in episodic format, with each episode taking about 40 minutes to read. If you like the premier, you can subscribe to the serial for a fixed rate per episode. Episodes are released each week. It definitely has potential, particularly for readers who only have a l...
Her husband was gunned down, and her ex-husband was the only witness. Or was he the murderer?
Famous novelist Ingrid Langley has made a fresh start following her divorce from Patrick Gillard, an SAS-trained killer in Her Majesty’s secret service.
Leaving a turbulent life behind, Ingrid was happy with her second husband, policeman Peter Clyde. But when Peter is murdered in suspicious circumstances her world is shattered and terrifying feelings resurface. Instinctively she knows that something is amiss and seeks out the truth, however painful it may be. But her murdered husband was only a policeman and not an agent so why is the secret service so interested in his death?
When Patrick visits her in the midst of her grief she is furious and confused but cannot bring herself to turn him away. She sees him for the expert murderer he is but also as a lover and a protector.