Pretending to be an English professor at the University of Panama, Nick is trying to infiltrate student groups who are determined to regain ownership of the Panama Canal. Nick, however, is still a young man (23) and falls in love with one of his students, which plays with his heart, mind, and ideologies – something a spy cannot afford.
This was a surprising book, unlike many of the espionage novels I’ve read before. The story takes place over 70+ years in which the protagonist finds himself on the edge of history, like many of us do.
Milo Weaver, the reluctant spy, finds himself facing a CIA analyst about 10 years after the Department of Tourism, CIA’s silent assassins, was disbanded. The two find themselves on the run when a new breed of Tourists tries to kill them both.
This memoir by Tracy Walder nee Tracy Schandler tells of her time in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which recruited her right out of college. Ms. Schandler worked in counterterrorism after the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the insights she gives about the work her and her fellow patriots did at the CIA before and after.
About: Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, the World’s Most Wanted Criminal by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña is a memoir of the two Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents who spent decades hunting drug traffickers. The two authors are the subject of the Netflix show Narcos, which follows their hunt for Pablo Escobar in Colombia. 352 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Language: English ISBN-10: 1250202884 My rating for Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, the World’s Most Wanted Criminal — 5 Buy Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, the World’s Most Wanted Criminal from Amazon.com* More Books by Steve Murphy* More Books by Javier F. Peña* Thoughts: This is a fascinating look inside the DEA, how they worked this famous case, and their relationship with outside entities. The authors are very generous in giving credit where its due, and not taking all the glory for themselves. Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, the World’s Most Wanted Criminal by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña is written with alternating chapters by the authors. They talk about their beginnings in law enforcement, their time at the DEA academy, their lives in Colombia, and up to the…
Mr. Steinhauer refuses to make this novel easy for his readers, but the relish in which he writes, creating a world full of paranoia is worth the effort.
In The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer bats the story out of the park again, with an unbelievable plot involving the CIA, Germany’s secret service as well as a guest appearances by the Ukrainians and Chinese.
This novel is the full package though, it is compelling, articulate and the struggle of Milo to balance his difficult, secretive, work with the important part of his life, his family, really comes across.
While predictable and somewhat fragmented, this has all the makings of a good series.
About: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson is a novel taking place in the last half of the 20th Century, following an African-American FBI officer, recruited by the CIA to undermine an African leader. This is Ms. Wilkinson’s first novel. 304 pages Publisher: Random House (February 12, 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 0812998952 My rating for American Spy – 5 Buy American Spy Amazon.com* More books by Lauren Wilkinson* Thoughts: I enjoyed American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson very much, as it is a thought provoking book, which even though I might not agree with (based on my experiences), I can certainly understand the viewpoints presented. Ms. Wilkinson writing is fresh and elegant, easy to follow and tells a good story. I’ve read many spy books before, the Cold War is of course a setting to many of them because it provides such a rich background. This novel does take place during that era, but doesn’t take place in the Eastern bloc, but instead in Africa. The protagonist, Marie Mitchell, is a complex character which finds herself in the unenviable position of fighting for something she doesn’t really believe in. She is a strong woman, flawed, analytical, smart, who thinks for herself and…