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

The Reflecting Pool

By |2021-04-08T19:43:03+00:00April 12th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

The Reflecting Pool Mysterious Book Report No. 444 by John Dwaine McKenna Although The Reflecting Pool, (Oceanview, $26.95, 352 pages, ISBN 978-1-60809-411-0) by former diplomat and foreign service officer Otho Eskin was published late last year, it was only recently brought to our attention by Mike Durell at the Mysterious Book Shop in New York City . . . and we’re very glad that he did . . .

The Mercenary

By |2021-02-18T19:11:25+00:00March 8th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

The Mercenary Mysterious Book Report No. 439 by John Dwaine McKenna Moscow, during the late winter-early spring of 1985—in the waning times of the Soviet Empire and end of nearly fifty years of the Cold War—is the setting for a master work of espionage thriller entitled: The Mercenary, (Pegasus Crime, $25.95, 288 pages, ISBN 978-1-64313-620-2), by Paul Vidich, in which a high-ranking KGB Officer is attempting to defect to

Author Interview-Paul Vidich

By |2021-02-23T20:19:32+00:00March 8th, 2021|Author Interviews, Spy/Thriller|

Interview With The Author:  Paul Vidich by John Dwaine McKenna It’s our good fortune to be speaking today with author Paul Vidich, who’s written some of the most compelling, realistic and entertaining spy yarns since George Smiley himself came in from the cold.  Thanks so much for sharing your time and ideas with our audience Mr. Vidich . . . here’s our first question: What’s the most important element

Sirocco

By |2021-01-14T21:34:39+00:00January 25th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Sirocco Mysterious Book Report No. 433 by John Dwaine McKenna With more infighting, back-stabbing and double-crossing than a month-long joint session of Congress, Sirocco, (Blackstone, PB, $16.99, 400 pages, ISBN 978-1-0940-9983-5), the sophomore effort of author Dana Haynes—after 2019s, St. Nicholas Salvage and Wrecking—picks up right where the first one left off, with a pulsating sequel. This time, ex-cop Michael Finnegan and his partner, Katlin Fiero, a Spanish aristocrat

Assassin’s Strike

By |2020-07-28T19:18:22+00:00August 10th, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Assassin’s Strike Mysterious Book Report No. 413 by John Dwaine McKenna If you recognize the names Gabriel Allon, Bob Swagger, or Jason Bourne, you’re gonna love David Slayton.  He’s the protagonist and off-the-books secret agent good guy in Ward Larsen’s award-winning series featuring the lone wolf operator and notorious assassin. Assassin’s Strike, (Forge, $27.99, 336 pages, ISBN 978-0-76539156-8) by Ward Larsen, is the seventh and latest in the electrifying,

The Korean Woman

By |2019-12-17T20:55:09+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

The Korean Woman Mysterious Book Report No. 386 by John Dwaine McKenna Mi-Hi Abrahams is living the American dream.  She’s the mother of two children; a boy age five and a girl age two and a half, married to a Wall Street lawyer, and living a privileged, wealthy lifestyle on Manhattan’s upper east side where she’s a doting mommy and actively involved in the PTA and community charity events. 

Red Metal

By |2019-12-17T20:49:05+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Red Metal Mysterious Book Report No. 379 by John Dwaine McKenna Europe has lived in the shadow, first of the Soviet Union, and more recently, of the Rodina . . . Mother Russia herself . . . since the end of World War II.  It’s the reason the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, was formed by the US, Canada and several European nations for the purpose of joint

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

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