Espionage in Print

June 11, 2021

Berry, Steve. THE KAISER'S WEB: A Novel. Minotaur Books. February '21. $28.99. Sixteenth in the Cotton Malone series. Former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is back on the case when documents from World War II are found. If they are real, they could re-write history as we know it and have a heavy impact on the upcoming elections in Germany. The documents, which date from April, 1945, could determine who is elected Chancellor. If the papers are real, it could mean that Hitler and Eva Braun died in the underground of Berlin and that Martin Bormann might have escaped with the wealth the Nazi's stole. Traveling around the globe, Cotton follows the clues to the mystery known as the Kaiser's web. Available in paperback. November '21. $9.99.

Follett, Ken. NEVER: A Novel. Viking Press. November '21. $36.00. "In the Sahara Desert, two elite intelligence agents are on the trail of a powerful group of drug-smuggling terrorists, risking their lives - and, when they fall desperately in love, their careers - at every turn. Nearby, a beautiful young widow fights against human traffickers while traveling illegally to Europe with the help of a mysterious man who may not be who he says he is. In China, a senior government official with vast ambitions for himself and his country battles against the older Communist hawks in the government, who may be pushing China - and its close military ally, North Korea - to a place of no return. And in the United States, Pauline Green, the country's first woman president, navigates terrorist attacks, illegal arms trading, and the smear campaigns of her blustering political opponent with careful and deft diplomacy. She will do everything in her power to avoid starting an unnecessary war. But when one act of aggression leads to another, the most powerful countries in the world are caught in a complex web of alliances they can't escape. And once all the sinister pieces are in place, can anyone - even those with the best of intentions and most elite skills - stop the inevitable? NEVER is an extraordinary thriller, full of heroines and villains, false prophets and elite warriors, jaded politicians and opportunistic revolutionaries. It brims with cautionary wisdom for our times, and a delivers a visceral, heart-pounding read that transports readers to the brink of the unimaginable."

Gilstrap, John. STEALTH ATTACK. Pinnacle Books. July '21. $9.99. Book 13 of 13: A Jonathan Grave Thriller. "Black Ops veteran Jonathan Grave is back and pursuing two missing American teens kidnapped and hidden in Mexico's dark underworld...where he finds himself caught in the center of a vendetta he never expected. El Paso, Texas, is a battleground. It's an open market for Mexican drug cartels to sell their wares. It's also a destination for teens looking for fun. Venice Alexander's fourteen-year-old son Roman was there on a school trip. Now, he and a fellow student have vanished without a trace. Assuming the kidnapping is retaliation for his past incursions against Mexico's crime syndicates, Jonathan Grave leads his covert operatives to rescue their teammate's son. But the trail Jonathan follows leads him down unexpected paths where he ends up in the crossfire of a deadly vendetta...."

Grossman, Gary & Fuller, Ed. RED DECEPTION. Beaufort Books. June '21. $26.95. Second in the Red Hotel Series. Dan Reilly, a former Army intelligence officer wrote a secret State Department report warning about how the U.S. infrastructure could be destroyed in an effort to destroy the country. Now it seems this report has fallen into the hands of terrorists who are doing exactly what Reilly had warned. As the country deals with the attacks, the Russian President decides to take over Ukraine and Latvia. With crisis both within the country and without, the U.S. President must deal with both. Reilly is the only person who might be able to figure out what's going on before the world goes up in flames. But, with the Russians, reporters, and covert agents on his trail, it's going to be very difficult.

Hauty, Chris. SAVAGE ROAD: A Hayley Chill Thriller. Atria/Emily Bestler Books. January '21. $27.00. Book 2 of 2. Hayley finds herself further down the rabbit hole in the second book of the series. After several very serious cyber attacks hit the U.S., Haley is tasked with finding the hackers responsible. The situation becomes even more complicated when NSA analysts show that Russia is behind the attack since Hayley is using a double agent to get information on Russia. Can Hayley reveal the hacker in time to stop World War III? Available in paperback. Pocket Books. October '21. $9.99.

Kanon, Joseph. THE ACCOMPLICE: A Novel. Washington Square Press. August '20. $17.00. Kanon returns with an exciting story about a Nazi war criminal and the CIA agent trying to capture him. Having survived the horrors of the Auschwitz prison camp in Germany during WWII, Max Weill wanted nothing more than to capture Dr. Otto Schramm, the doctor who worked with Mengele on his terrible experiments and was responsible for sending Max's family to the gas chamber. Unfortunately, the doctor was able to avoid capture and escaped to Argentina with a new identity and immunity from his war crimes. Max, realizing he didn't have long to live, asked his nephew Aaron Wiley, a CIA analyst, to capture the doctor and make him pay for his crimes. Aaron agrees to take on the task and arrives in Buenos Aires where he finds several Nazis who escaped after the war. With the help of the CIA station chief in Buenos Aires, a German newspaper reporter, and an Israeli agent, Aaron begins his hunt to bring the doctor to justice.

Kurland, Michael. THE BELLS OF HELL. Severn House. December '20. $17.95. First in the Welker & Saboy series. "Counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker recruits a number of civilians to help foil a suspected terrorist attack by German spies in New York in 1938. March, 1938 Otto Lehman arrives in New York on the S.S. Osthafen to be immediately confronted by two men with FBI badges...only, that isn't his real name and the men aren't with the FBI. The next day Lehman is found tied to a chair, beaten to death and naked, in an abandoned Brooklyn warehouse. The sole witness to the crime, Andrew Blake, a homeless man struggling through the Great Depression, claims those responsible were speaking German. With the threat of the perpetrators being Nazis, President Roosevelt's own covert counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker is brought in to investigate. Welker recruits Blake along with Lord Geoffrey Saboy, a British 'cultural attache', and his wife Lady Patricia, to help him to thwart a Nazi terrorist attack. But who exactly are the Nazis, what is their target and when will they strike?"

Martell, Dominic. KILL CHAIN. Dunn Books. October '20. $24.95. "TWENTY YEARS OFF THE GRID AND HE THOUGHT HE WAS SAFE...." With his wife and sons' lives in danger, Pascual Rose is forced back into action two decades after putting his life as a terrorist behind him. Things were going well in Barcelona until he received an ominous text demanding he return to his old life. He wants no part of the money laundering scheme involving Russian mobsters, German intelligence agents, and other unknowns that could play havic with world finance and topple governments. Rose knows he can't trust anyone involved and must figure out who is running the operation before he loses his family and possibly his life. Simultaneous release in trade paperback. $14.95.

Martell, Dominic. LYING CRYING DYING. Dunn Books. October '20. $12.95. Ex-terrorist Pascual received a new identity from the CIA and the Mossad after defecting from the group and giving up all but one of the other members. He made a new life for himself in Barcelona where he grew up where he tried to blend in hoping to avoid anyone out for revenge. Things become very dangerous for him when his ex, Katixa, the one person he didn't turn in unexpectedly shows up. He still loves her and can't turn her away even though she brings nothing but trouble with her, including a lot of cash from a kidnapping. Using all of his old tricks, Pascual goes on the run with Katixa. Things become even more dangerous as they try to evade the police and hit men and learn they can't trust anyone.

Rosenberg, Joel C. THE BEIRUT PROTOCOL. Tyndale House. March '21. $27.99. Fourth in the series. An important peace treaty between Israel and Saudi Arabia is put on hold when Special Agent Marcus Ryker and his team are attacked while checking the area along the border between Lebanon and Israel before the arrival of the Secretary of State. The last thing the US wants is a war before the treaty can even be signed. US and Israeli forces are sent in to rescue Ryker and his men, but can Ryker break free before he and his men can be saved - or killed by the Hezbollah that have captured them?

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