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Twisted Prey - John Sandford

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold - John LeCarre

UNSUB - Meg Gardiner

A Spy Named Orphan by Roland Philipps

How It Happened by Michael Koryta

The Word Is Murder - Anthony Horowitz

Star of the North - D.B. John

The Sinners - Ace Atkins

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Spymaster - Brad Thor

The Other Woman - Daniel Silva

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Operation Mincemeat - Ben Macintyre 

Berlin: Caught in the Mousetrap by Paul Grant 

Berlin Game - Len Deighton (for the Spybrary book club)

Desolation Mountain - William Kent Krueger

Podcast Favorites

https://soundcloud.com/drycleanercast/20-ian-fleming-with-jeremy-duns . (The life and Legacy of Ian Fleming, with author and historian Jeremy Duns, always an excellent and entertaining interview)

http://spybrary.com/48-oleg-penkovsky/ . (the true story of Oleg Penkovsky, regarded by many as the greatest spy of the Cold War era - with Jeremy Duns, whose book on the topic, Dead Drop, is a classic)

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/news/podcast-73-bond-at-bletchley-park (wonderful history of Ian Fleming's involvement at Bletchley Park during WWII, and Anthony Horowitz making a presentation about his new James Bond novel, Forever And A Day.

https://coldwarconversations.wordpress.com/episode16/ "How I Nearly Started World War III" with Mark Valley, host of the Live Drop Espionage podcast

 

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Sunday
Jul092017

House of Spies - Daniel Silva

I’ve less patience with books than I used to have. It doesn’t take much for me to put a novel aside out of boredom, or sudden realization I don’t give a damn about any of the characters, or worse yet, don’t even feel I know them. 

House of Spies is a big book. These 524 pages make it something decisions have to be made about. Do I lug it to the beach? Out to the deck? Are there all these pages ‘cause the author can’t figure out how to bring people to life with words, or because he thinks he’s Tom Clancy and the plot dances all over the place for the first half?

Yeah, I think of all this stuff. Which makes my applause for Daniel Silva’s House of Spies all the more relevant. Read in a relaxed manner, letting Gabriel Allon, the master spy and assassin disguised as an art restorer, weave his web of accomplices and plots slowly and carefully around the nefarious Saladin, is entirely satisfying every turned page.

Complex spy novels, notably those involving Russians, often become blurry and difficult (and boring) to follow. Silva kept me engaged at all times, with pacing tied closely to events and plot developments. I felt the story unfold around me as I read, helping me care and understand about bad guys turned “almost good guys”. 

Crossing borders amid global terrorism, Allon and his teams form unlikely alliances in an all-hands effort to prevent horrifying acts. How this is pulled together, how everything is even dreamed up, is a testament to the masterful storytelling abilities of author Silva.

Now I’m faced with a great situation. There are a bunch of Daniel Silva’s books I’ve not read, but I'm going to rectify that. Clear a bookshelf!

 

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