Category Archives: Spy/Covert Operatives

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

Charles Cumming is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  His spy novels, in particular, are grounded fully in reality without the fancy equipment, car chases or thrilling daring do.  They are in the tradition of John Le Carré with meticulous … Continue reading

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Exposure by Helen Dunmore

I think we have hit a new bar in evaluating books.  It used to be that if a book held my attention  it was a great book. But now with all the drama going on in the White House and … Continue reading

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City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

I am often surprised by what I learn reading books, especially historical novels. There are so many details, and interesting things that get lost in the telling when you only talk in general terms about what happened during and after … Continue reading

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Sometimes you have complicated feelings about a book. I certainly do about this Pulitzer Prize winning novel about the Vietnam War narrated by a Vietnamese communist sleeper agent. Wonderfully written, dark, evocative, satirical and suspenseful; there is much to savor … Continue reading

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The Travelers by Chris Pavone

Will Rhodes should be happy with his life. After all as a journalist for Travelers, an award winning travel magazine he gets to travel the world and have extraordinary experiences. But traveling isn’t all glamorous and in his personal life, … Continue reading

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Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

Jason Matthews first book, Red Sparrow was an incredibly gifted entrance into the spy thriller genre! Palace of Treason, his second in this series about Captain Dominika Egorova of the SVR and her CIA handler Nate Nash, builds on this … Continue reading

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Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

I love a good suspense novel, but unfortunately my favorite authors, John Sanford and Lee Child do not release their books often enough to satisfy my need for a good kick ass, track down and decimate the bad guys while … Continue reading

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