Espionage in Print

June 8, 2019

Brown, Dale. THE KREMLIN STRIKE: A Novel. William Morrow. May '19. $28.99. Fifth in the series. "In this exciting, visionary, and all-too-plausible next chapter in the legendary Dale Brown's New York Times bestselling techno-warfare series, Brad McLanahan and the Iron Wolf Squadron must fight the Russians on a dangerous, untested battlefield: outer space. The previous administration's ineffective response to the growing Russian threat has left America vulnerable. Setting a bold course for America's defense, the decisive and strong new president, John Dalton Farrell, intends to challenge Russian aggression head on. Brad and Patrick McLanahan and the formidable Iron Wolf Squadron - including the recently injured Nadia Roz, rested and back to fighting form thanks to a pair of state-of-the-art prosthetic legs - are ready and eager to join the battle. But even with their combined forces, the Russian menace may prove too great for the Americans to overcome. Done with provocative skirmishes and playing for small stakes, the Russian president has set his sights on the ultimate prize: controlling the entire world. Expanding beyond earth's bounds, the Russians have built a new high-tech space station and armed it with weaponry capable of destroying US satellites as well as powerful missiles pointed at strategic targets across earth. Devising a cunning plan of attack, Brad, Nadia, and the Iron Wolf warriors will take to the skies in their advanced space planes to destroy the space station, check the Russians' plan for dominance, and save the world. But is it already too late?" Available in paperback. February '20. $9.99.

Downing, David. THE DARK CLOUDS SHINING. Soho Crime. March '19. $16.95. Fourth in the four book Jack McColl Series. In the last book of the series Jack McColl is in Soviet Russia towards the end of the civil war where the Bolsheviks are now in power. Jack only agrees to go back to Russia, where he is a wanted man, in exchange for a get out of jail card. Ex-Secret Service spy has been imprisoned for assaulting a police officer. He is disillusioned, angry at his own country, and no longer interested in being a spy. But he accepts the dangerous assignment to spy on MI5 to find out if they were involved in an assassination plot. The target is somebody Jack wants to keep alive, but he'd just as soon see the MI5 agent dead. He knows he might be walking into a trap - and has no idea this mission will unite him with his lost love, Caitlin.

Dugoni, Robert. THE EIGTH SISTER: A Thriller. Thomas & Mercer. April '19. $24.95. First in the Charles Jenkins series. "A pulse-pounding thriller of espionage, spy games, and treachery by the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series. Former CIA case officer Charles Jenkins is a man at a crossroads: in his early sixties, he has a family, a new baby on the way, and a security consulting business on the brink of bankruptcy. Then his former bureau chief shows up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow and locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters. Desperate for money, Jenkins agrees to the mission and heads to the Russian capital. But when he finds the mastermind agent behind the assassinations - the so-called eighth sister - she is not who or what he was led to believe. Then again, neither is anyone else in this deadly game of cat and mouse. Pursued by a dogged Russian intelligence officer, Jenkins executes a daring escape across the Black Sea, only to find himself abandoned by the agency he serves. With his family and freedom at risk, Jenkins is in the fight of his life - against his own country." Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Brilliance Audio.

Formant, Chris. SAVING WASHINGTON: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and The Battle of Brooklyn. Permuted Press. February '19. $27.00. A fascinating fact-based story about 400 young men who changed history on the battlefield at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. In August of 1776, the men from Baltimore, Maryland fought a much larger British army, helping George Washington and his men to escape. The book traces the events through the eyes of Joshua Bolton and his friend Ben, a freed slave. "Chris Formant's gripping tale blends real-life historical figures and events with richly developed fictional characters in a multi-dimensional world of intrigue, romance, comradeship, and sacrifice, transporting us two-and-a-half centuries back in time to the bustling streets of Baltimore and the bloody, smoke-filled carnage of battle in Brooklyn." Available in trade papberback. December '19. $16.00.

Grossman, Gary. EXECUTIVE FORCE: The Executive Series. Diversion Books. August '18. $16.00. The fourth entry in the standalone series begins with Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke hot on the trail of a serial assassin. Fear is running rampant in the country after the murders of several politicians. The clues lead Scott to a North Korean plot and nuclear threats. While Scott chases down the assassin, his fiancee, Katie, assistant to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, is assigned to gather evidence about an old plot that began in Switzerland. The two investigations merge and lead directly to North Korea. "Timely and revealing, with an inside-out view of real and present dangers, EXECUTIVE FORCE brings a political reality to the page that feels like breaking news."

Grossman, Gary & Fuller, Ed. RED HOTEL. Beaufort Books. March '19. $24.95. The timing for the release of this book couldn't be better! After leaving the service, Ex Army Intelligence officer Dan Reilly became an international hotel executive. With total access to the CIA, he becomes involved in tracking the bomber who blew up the front of a Tokyo hotel injuring and killing dozens of people. His investigation leads Dan to believe that the bomber isn't acting alone. As he follows the clues, Dan realizes the bomber is being backed by a global superpower and the bombing could be the beginning of a terrible war.

Herron, Mick. LONDON RULES. Soho Crime. June '19. $15.95. Fifth and last in the Slough House Series. First Desk Claude Whelan has his hands full trying to protect a prime minister while fighting off attacks on several fronts. The MP who arranged the vote on Brexit wants all the glory while his columnist wife, a tabloid reporter, is giving Claude a hard time with the articles she's printing. Add to the list a Muslim who is hiding several dark secrets while running for mayor of the West Midlands, and Claude's deputy who is waiting for him to make a mistake. If that isn't enough, there have been random terror attacks around the country. Things aren't going well at Slough House either, which isn't really unusual. The MI5 satellite office for outcast and demoted spies has a lot of problems of it's own making including the fact that somebody is trying to kill Roddy Ho. A good read that brings a grand end to the series.

Lutz, John. THE HAVANA GAME. Pinnacle Books. February '19. $9.99. Second in the Thomas Laker series. "With the U.S. seemingly linked to a terrorist bombing in a Baltic nation and a Russian troop buildup just over the border, the covert Gray Outfit sends Thomas Laker to untangle the mess. But after a second attack leaves him out in the cold, Laker's on his own. Five thousand miles away in Miami, Laker's partner and NSA codebreaker Ava North is investigating the murder of a fellow agent. When tracks lead to a Cuban-American billionaire in bed with the Jersey Mob, Ava's superiors want her to lay off. Not a chance. Though oceans apart, Laker and Ava discover their separate missions are tied to one explosive plot. The only way out is to breach all protocol and play by their own rules...."

Silva, Daniel. THE OTHER WOMAN. Harper. July '18. $28.99. Eighteenth in the Gabriel Allon series. "She was his best-kept secret... In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason's name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin's most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West - a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power. Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel's vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance. Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated while trying to defect in Vienna. His quest for the truth will lead him backward in time, to the twentieth century's greatest act of treason, and, finally, to a spellbinding climax along the banks of the Potomac River outside Washington that will leave readers breathless." Trade paperback edition. Harper Paperbacks. February '19. $16.99.

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