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Entertaining modern day spy thriller
Reviewed in Australia on 2 February 2022
Well that was fun! Just occasionally I like to read to read a spy/intelligence/espionage thriller with all the latest toys for the boys.
When former CIA intelligence officer Helen Gray kills herself and others in a shootout miles from home everyone thinks she’s finally well and truly lost it. After all she had been getting more and more flaky for the last 20 years. Then her son, Devin a counterintelligence officer, gets a time delayed series of messages and instructions from his mother. He follows her instructions and finds….her secret lair - an apartment she had rented that could not be connected to her and where she had laid out all her research into an unthinkable conspiracy.
As Devin scans the files and the walls he realises his mother was not crazy at all. She had done all this in secret to protect herself and her family. She had uncovered a decades old Russian plan to insert sleeper agents into the US and their children, the second generation, were already, or poised to be, in positions of great influence. The numbers were staggering and the implications were frightening. His mother’s friend and mentor comes out of retirement and puts together a team of top notch operatives. Devin calls on his friend Marnie Young who had been a marine helicopter pilot with combat experience.
After a couple of narrow escapes where the Russians had used the aged, original sleepers, things got a lot more serious as proper troops were deployed. Devin and his lot need to find the secret training and indoctrination camp in the Ozarks and secure enough evidence to prove the conspiracy beyond a doubt.
There are lots of gun battles and it’s not just the lads having fun, there are some women on both sides too - yay for feminism! This was highly entertaining escapism which I do like as counterpoint to serial killers and child abuse and other dark things. I’m guessing it’s the start of a series. I hadn’t heard of Steven Konkoly before but his name is now definitely on my radar and I’d certainly like to read the follow up to this book. Many thanks to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.