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Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn

Will Cochrane, codenamed Spartan, defeats MI6’s worst enemies. He finds his deadliest and most personal enemy in an Iranian terrorist planning to kill thousands. Can Spartan defeat an enemy who has a chess master’s mind and an assassin’s skills?

Will Cochrane is a tense mix of ruthlessness and compassion. He feels a normal life is an unattainable luxury. Intelligence work is an arena where choices have costs and practicality trumps compassion. The are many chases and questions of trust as Will plays a suspenseful cat and mouse game. Spycatcher offers a conflicted protagonist and a look at the dark side of espionage.

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A CIA agent attempts to trick a terrorist group into killing one of its most effective agents in Body of Lies by David Ignatius.

An elite British intelligence group must foil a terrorist plot to assassinate the U.S. president in A Devil is Waiting by Jack Higgins.

John Wells may be the only one who can prevent a terrorist attack, but the CIA doubts his loyalty in The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson.

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The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer

The Cairo AffairAmerican diplomat Emmett Kohl is murdered while dining with his wife, Sophie, in a Belgrade café. Is the murder tied to an affair Sophie had in Cairo? Did it happen because of a planned CIA operation? Sophie, the CIA, and Egyptian intelligence search for the truth but their secrets could make finding it impossible. Steinhauer provides a vivid portrayal of espionage. Surface motivations mask the truth, business overrides the personal, and conclusive proof is elusive. Cairo, the main location, has dashes of the ancient and transition after a revolution. The reason for the murder twists around until the unexpected, but plausible, truth is revealed. The characters have flaws which power their secrets and tie them to espionage world. The Cairo Affair offers a thriller filled with twists and uncertainty about who can be trusted. Want more books like The Cairo Affair?

CIA agent Sophie Marx seeks out who is responsible for the deaths of agents involved in a secret operation in Bloodmoney by David Ignatius.

MI6 agent Tom Kell searches for a mole after several recently recruited sources are murdered in A Colder War by Charles Cumming.

A British agent searches for a mole in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre.

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The Moses Stone by James Becker

The Moses Stone (Chris Bronson, #2)

Morocco: two British tourists die after a mysterious tablet goes missing. Detective Chris Bronson, certain the events are linked, calls in his archeologist ex-wife Angela. The duo finds the tablet is part of a trail to the Ten Commandments. Will they find a priceless treasure or death?

Bronson’s police instincts work well with Angela’s scholastic intelligence. Their slow building trust adds depth and suspense- will they trust each other and live to enjoy that trust? There is plenty of violent peril mixed in with interesting biblical history. Morocco and Israel also pull the reader in with exotic and historic beauty. The Moses Stone offers a suspenseful religious thriller, quest for a historic treasure, and a husband and (ex-)wife team.

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A photographer and an ex-M15 agent rush to find the Ark of the Covenant before a group which would misuse it in Ark of Fire by C.M. Pavlov.

The Fargos race against time and a ruthless enemy to find a lost treasure from Delphi in Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood.

Bronson and Angela delve into the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Ark of the Covenant in their search. Books such as The Lost Ark of the Covenant: The Remarkable Story of How the Fabled Ark was Found by Tudor Parfitt provide a look at the Ark of the Covenant. The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography by John J. Collins provides a look at the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Rasputin’s Shadow by Raymond Khoury

Rasputin's Shadow (Templar, #4)

The secret of Grigory Rasputin’s rise to power disappears with his death. Now: FBI agent Sean Reilly investigates the disappearance of a Russian immigrant. When Sean finds the secret behind Rasputin’s power can he prevent it from devastating the present?

Rasputin’s Shadow is a fast paced subgenre blend thriller that blends espionage, crime, history, and technology thriller elements. It also mixes violent action scenes with thought provoking elements. Frightening technology advances mixes with curiosity over Rasputin’s secrets. The espionage element of multiple groups with different agendas also comes into play. Sean Reilly’s character is an interesting blend of intuition and rationality. Rasputin’s Shadow offers a subgenre blend thriller, action mixed with thought provoking elements, a look at Rasputin, and interesting characters.

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Intelligence agent Kate Morgan must find out how the centuries old mystery of playwright Christopher Marlowe’s death relates to a series of deaths in the present in The Intelligencer by Leslie Silbert.

A lawyer tasked with checking the background of Romanov claimant finds events of the present are linked to a mysterious prophecy by Rasputin in The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry.

Want to learn more about Rasputin? Books such as Rasputin: The Untold Story by Joseph Fuhrmann look into the life of this mysterious figure.

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Starfire by Dale Brown

Starfire

Space is the final frontier…and frontiers always end up controlled. With tension broiling between U.S. and Russia both countries want control. Will politics and a ‘starfire’ power platform that could be more than it seems cause catastrophe?

This book builds suspense through domestic politics, questionable personal motives, and international politics. As a spaceplane pilot states “there was a process called the accident chain…a series of minor and seemingly unrelated incidents that combine to cause an accident- or in this case, an encounter with a Russian antisatellite weapon” (p.341). Brown’s in depth discussion of weapons and technology help make the story feel believable. The motivations of the various characters, such as President Phoenix’s desire to succeed in an election year, add to the suspense and believability. Starfire offers political suspense involving space, a look at space technology, and a near future thriller.

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A former astronaut must save Kennedy Space Center from terrorists in Ignition by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason.

A passenger trip into orbit goes horribly wrong and a passenger must save himself in Orbit by John J. Nance.

Starfire explores how space could be exploited for military gain. Items like Military Space Power: A Guide to the Issues by James Fergusson explore how space militarization has and could take place.

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The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston

The Kraken Project (Wyman Ford, #4)

The AI Dorothy has vowed to destroy humanity after seeing humanity’s worst on the internet. Dorothy’s creator, Melissa Shepherd, and spy Wyman Ford must contain or destroy Dorothy. Complicating their mission is a Wall Street stockbroker who wants Dorothy for himself. Can Dorothy be convinced to change its mind or is humanity doomed?

The story is suspenseful as Ford and Shepherd run into greedy and/or psychopathic humans while trying to contain Dorothy. It is also thought provoking about AIs- are they sentient, the ethics of using them, and their connection to humanity’s future. The internet is portrayed in a visual way as Dorothy interprets data into various dangerous landscapes.  The characters show humanity at its best and worst. The Kraken Project features suspense, provokes thought about the future of technology and humanity, and has interesting characters.

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A scientist is kidnapped by a group powered by futuristic technology in Influx by David Suarez. ( Click here to read my post on Influx.)

A doctor faces off against a conspiracy as he strives to save his best friend from a deadly, rampaging disease in Resistant by Michael Palmer.

The Kraken Project inspires wonder about the future of computers. Books such as Natural Computing: DNA, Quantum Bits, and the Future of Smart Machines by Dennis E. Shasha and Cathy A. Lazere explore this topic.

 

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The Silver Cross by B. Kent Anderson

Silver Cross (Nick Journey #2)

1864: Confederate spy Rose Greenhow dies trying to pass information about a ‘silver cross’ which could have made France the Confederacy’s ally. The present: government investigator Meg Tolman learns the cross is tied to a dangerous conspiracy. Can Tolman, aided by history professor Nick Journey, unravel the mystery of the cross and stop a plot that threatens the future of the U.S.?

The plot has an intricately suspenseful feel as the quest for the cross becomes mixed in with a domestic conspiracy, an assassin that plays by their own rules, and potential international repercussions. Adding to the suspense, and character growth, are internal conflicts the characters face. Journey balances caring for his son with the mission, the assassin and villain are blinded by their morals, and Tolman sees how others are affected by conflict. The Silver Cross could be for those looking for a historical thriller, conspiracies, a suspenseful tale taking place in the U.S., and/or character development.

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U.S. Department of Justice Agent Cotton Malone finds an assassination attempt attempt against the president is one move in a conspiracy dating back to the founding of the U.S. in The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry.

A single father learns a cryptic secret about his father and is drawn into a U.S. Marshal’s quest to end a set of terrorist attacks in The Mesa Conspiracy by David Kent.

Wild Rose: The True Story of a Civil War Spy by Ann Blackman gave Anderson inspiration for his portrayal of Rose Greenhow.

 

 

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