International turmoil, Cloak-and-Dagger Operations, and political chaos.  These are entertaining thrillers.

American Spy

By |2019-12-17T20:42:37+00:00February 3rd, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

American Spy Mysterious Book Report No. 377 by John Dwaine McKenna Near the end of the Cold War in the mid-1980s, the African continent was busy rediscovering itself.  Having thrown off the restraints of colonialism, countries large and small were struggling to determine what form of self-governance best suited them . . . a struggle that promoted much bloodshed.  Civil wars, coups and military takeovers were common, as was

The Night Agent

By |2019-12-17T20:43:36+00:00January 27th, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Mysterious Book Report No 366 The Night Agent by John Dwaine McKenna To all of our readers out there in newslandia, bookreviewburg, or elsewhere, lost somewhere in the electronic haze, who think that all the great spy and thriller novels ended with the deaths of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy . . . they didn’t.  And, if you think you’ll just have to be satisfied with those cloned copies,

Bones of the Earth

By |2019-12-10T21:06:31+00:00December 30th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Bones of the Earth Mysterious Book Report No. 383 by John Dwaine McKenna Inspector Shan Tao Yun was a senior detective on the Beijing Police Department until, “I investigated the wrong people and they sent me to prison in Lhadrung,” (Western Tibet the notorious work camp number 404), “because the death rate is so high there.  But the governor had a problem.  I helped him, unofficially, and to show

Barry Lancet

By |2019-10-07T20:35:45+00:00October 11th, 2019|Author Interviews, Spy/Thriller|

Interview With The Author: Barry Lancet by John Dwaine McKenna Our author for this weeks interview is, Barry Lancet, who is without a doubt one of the hardest working, most dedicated to the craft and elegant writers to ever cross the MBR radar screen.  He’s well on his way to becoming an A-list talent whose name, face and book covers will be seen in every airport book kiosk in

The Spy Across The Table

By |2019-12-12T21:10:41+00:00October 9th, 2019|2017 Best Books of the Year, Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

The Spy Across The Table Mysterious Book Report No. 290 by John Dwaine McKenna Although prognostication and predicting the future isn’t what we normally do here at the MBR, there’s always exceptions, and this is one. I’m gonna stick my neck all the way out to the cut-on-the-dotted-line tattoo and forecast the near future. In about a week and a-half—June 20th to be exact—a new thriller will be released

Below The Radar

By |2019-08-29T19:51:38+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Below The Radar Mysterious Book Report No. 385 by John Dwaine McKenna A deep undercover mission infiltrating a violent extremist organization in a foreign country, by a female FBI agent with psychological issues rooted in a too-recent-to-be-recovered-from operation, with zero planning time beforehand, an inexperienced, unsophisticated partner and poorly-constructed legend—spies cover story—made up on the fly.  What could possibly go wrong? That’s the exciting premise underlying retired FBI agent

Rogue Strike

By |2019-08-18T18:50:46+00:00July 29th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Rogue Strike Mysterious Book Report No. 382 by John Dwaine McKenna There are moments that come along so infrequently, when all the elements line up for someone in such a way that they’re considered fortuitous . . . lucky beyond belief . . . because somehow, that person has managed to get the right pieces in the right places at just the right time to command success.  Such is

The Good Lie

By |2019-10-01T19:40:38+00:00May 6th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

The Good Lie Mysterious Book Report No. 372 by John Dwaine McKenna The Good Lie, (ECCO/ Harper Collins, $27.99, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-247539-8) by Tom Rosenstiel, is an electrifying, dark and twisted thriller that could only have been conceived and written by someone who’s intimately familiar with the contentious and Machiavellian deus ex machina that operates behind the scenes in Washington, D.C..  And, what makes it so alarming is

Spy Across the Table

By |2019-10-03T20:23:02+00:00October 9th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

  The Spy Across The Table Mysterious Book Report No. 290 by John Dwaine McKenna Although prognostication and predicting the future isn’t what we normally do here at the MBR, there’s always exceptions, and this is one. I’m gonna stick my neck all the way out to the cut-on-the-dotted-line tattoo and forecast the near future. In about a week and a-half—June 20th to be exact—a new thriller will be

False Flag

By |2019-12-10T21:15:47+00:00February 19th, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

False Flag Mysterious Book Report No. 322 by John Dwaine McKenna In the world of espionage, The business of spies is lies, which makes it impossible at times, to distinguish between friend and foe . . . because all covert operations are designed to advance the interests and objectives of the spying country.  Put it another way and the axiom becomes: TRUST NO ONE.  They all lie all the