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

Assassin’s Strike

By |2021-11-18T03:45:18+00:00November 22nd, 2021|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,

Damascus Station

By |2021-09-23T19:09:05+00:00September 27th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Damascus Station Mysterious Book Report No. 464 by John Dwaine McKenna Damascus Station, (Norton, $27.95, 400 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-88104-2) by former CIA analyst David McCloskey, features a CIA case officer named Sam Joseph, who in his second espionage adventure is attempting to recruit a Syrian woman named Mariam Haddad, a highly placed official working for the Syrian Secret Service called the Mukhabarat. The story begins in Paris, France, where

False Flag

By |2021-09-14T18:58:19+00:00September 20th, 2021|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

Sleeping Bear

By |2021-09-03T15:00:29+00:00September 6th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Sleeping Bear Mysterious Book Report No. 463 by John Dwaine McKenna Sleeping Bear, (Atria/Bestler, $27.00, 400 pages, ISBN 978-1-9821-6639-7) by Connor Sullivan, announces in loud and clear language, the arrival of an author who has the promise of greatness written all over him, as he’s come up with one of the best espionage novels since Robert Ludlum penned The Bourne Identity. The story begins when a thirty year-old woman

How To Betray Your Country

By |2021-05-26T19:58:08+00:00May 31st, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

How To Betray Your Country Mysterious Book Report No. 451 by John Dwaine McKenna August Drummond is his name and he’s an enigma . . . a British Secret Service agent who’s lost his wife in a traffic accident and his job for punching another intelligence officer during a hearing in which Drummond was suspected of using classified materials to aid a foreign national in a series of ‘Robin

Arctic Storm Rising

By |2021-05-20T18:50:55+00:00May 24th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Arctic Storm Rising Mysterious Book Report No. 450 by John Dwaine McKenna Bestselling author Dale Brown has just launched a new, edge-of-your-seat military thriller that features a brand-new protagonist with a talent for smartassery, a nose for trouble and enough steel in his character to build a battleship.  He’s a U.S. Air Force Intelligence and Special Operations Officer whose rank is captain.  His name is Nick Flynn, and Arctic

Basil’s War

By |2021-04-29T19:15:06+00:00May 3rd, 2021|Historical/Thriller, Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Basil’s War Mysterious Book Report No. 447 by John Dwaine McKenna Author Stephen Hunter—who wrote the popular and best-selling series featuring a Viet Nam era sniper named Bob Lee Swagger—has just come up with a new character from an earlier and bigger conflict, whose name is Basil St. Florian.  He’s a WWII British Army Captain, a master of wit, wine and women . . . as well as a

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

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