Category Archives: Spy/Covert Operatives

Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carré (Books To Read During A Pandemic, Part 14)

John Le Carré has not lost his touch! This was a fascinating inside look into what it means to be a spy in the time of Brexit and Trump. As always, Le Carré creates characters that are interesting and complex … Continue reading

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Transcription by Kate Atkinson (Books To Read During a Pandemic, Part 13)

Kate Atkinson is a good writer. She knows how to tell a good story, to form complicated and unexpected plot lines and create characters with depth and feeling and whose lives you care about. If you have not yet made … Continue reading

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Books To Read During a Pandemic, Part 8)

After reading The Huntress by Kate Quinn, I couldn’t resist reading her next novel, The Alice Network. Set against the back drop of WWII this is a novel that reveals the efforts of  the intrepid women who spied against the … Continue reading

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The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

In 1973, Oleg Gordievsky, a Soviet intelligence agent became a double agent working for the British intelligence service, MI6.  Gordievsky was an unlikely spy since his parents were both KGB agents and he had lived a fairly affluent life with … Continue reading

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The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Ian Graham should have been happy, but instead he felt empty. He and his partner, Tony Rodomovsky had just  caught another German war criminal who was now on his way back to Germany to face justice. Ian had been a … Continue reading

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Slow Horses by Mick Herron

Where do spies who are washed up, get exposed, screw up an operation, or drink too much go?  According to Mick Herron they go to Slough House, an organization in the heart of London that takes in all the broken … Continue reading

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The Miernik Dossier by Charles McCarry

I love books that are unexpected. Books with strange characters, books that have narrators that are untrustworthy, books that have unexpected plot twists and books that structured differently. The Miernik Dossier has all of these and something more-a careful and … Continue reading

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Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje was in the news recently for winning the Golden Man Booker Award for  The English Patient (1992) which I loved. This got me curious about his new book, Warlight, and I was vividly reminded again of the power … Continue reading

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The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

Evan Smoak was trained in the Orphan program; a government funded off-the-books program that created deniable assets, or assassins. But after a particularly bad mission, he left the program feeling betrayed by his trainer, the program and his government. Hiding … Continue reading

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The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry

The Washington Post has reported recently that a former CIA case officer, suspected of being the mole responsible for the unmasking and deaths of many undercover agents in China, has been arrested.  The investigation to find the mole has been … Continue reading

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