Book Review: Gray Day by Eric O’Neill

About: Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America’s First Cyber Spy by Eric O’Neill is a non-fiction book following the author’s investigation into the FBI’s most damaging spy. Mr. O’Neill is a cybersecurity expert and a former FBI agent. 304 pages Publisher: Crown Language: English ISBN-10: 0525573526 My rating for Gray Day – 5 Buy Gray Day from Amazon.com* More Books by Eric O’Neill* Thoughts: I have read many books about cybersecurity, and many books which spy Robert Hanssen (code name: Gray Day) is mentioned, but I never realized the two subject had anything to do with one another, until now. Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America’s First Cyber Spy by Eric O’Neill is a thrilling memoir about the author’s FBI assignment to “work” for Hanssen while secretly investigating whether he is a Soviet spy or not. The author starts by introducing the reader to his world of shadows. As an FBI “ghost” he was an expert at surveillance while blending into the background, gathering information without notice. Real spy work some might say. As a young agent, Mr. O’Neill was tasked at joining the new cybersecurity division that Mr. Hanssen was put in charge of. Unbeknownst…

Book Review: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
5 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / February 12, 2019

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…

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