Espionage in Print

January 6, 2023

Follett, Ken. NEVER: A Novel. an Macmillan. June '22. $11.11. "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."

Maz, William. THE BUCHAREST DOSSIER. Oceanview Publishing. March '22. 27.95. Winner of the 2020 Chanticleer International Book Awards Grand Prize in the Global Thrillers category, the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's 1989, and war is brewing in Romania when CIA analyst Bill Hefflin, a Romanian expatriate, arrives in Bucharest. His KGB asset, Boris, who insisted that he come in country puts Hefflin in the middle of a revolution and Hefflin soon learns that nothing is as it seems and nobody can be trusted. While searching for his childhood love, Hefflin realizes that outside forces are manipulating the war and the CIA is involved as well as his supposed asset.

Roth, Tony. TRIGGER POINT. Full Bloom Press. March '22. $14.95. Nick, a farm boy from the Midwest, had no idea what he was getting into when he received a phone call from his old coach at the University of Illinois. Nick had no idea the coach was a CIA agent, but was recruited by him in 1985. After just one year Nick's life changed more than he could imagine in just one year! Undercover as a student in Colombia as Sean Smith, he has to deal with Central American dictators, the Contra, special opes, corrupt officials, and assassins, not to mention a beautiful professor. But, is his Spanish teacher really just a teacher? When his handler is pushed to the brink by President Reagan's agenda, Nick is forced to decide if he's willing to compromise his ideals for the good of his mission.

Sikes, Adam. LANDSLIDE. Oceanview Publishing. September '22. $27.95. A Mason Hackett Espionage Thriller. Mason Hackett, a U.S. Marine veteran, moved to London in order to start over after leaving the military. It becomes virtually impossible though after he sees the face a friend he lost on TV. Having tried to forget what happened fifteen years before, he can't forget the men he lost or the faces of the dead. Then, after receiving a mysterious email mentioning a CIA mission that went very wrong, he realizes he can't run away from his memories. He needs to make things right and heads to Romania to find out what happened to his friend and the connection to corrupt international arms dealers and defense corporations. He finds himself caught in a secret war and in a situation where he can't trust anyone.

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