With an impressive cast,
Bridge of Spies is one of the better realistic spy movies out there. It is a movie made with the care that was used in making films in the time it's story is set. The 1960's was a gorgeous era in the world of film with bright saturated colors from the use of Technicolor and actors dressed in the glamorous fashion of the time, all of it an excellent distraction from the Cold War that was in full swing.
The Travelers is a fast-paced, globe-trotting novel filled with CIA intrigue. What better cover for a spy than to be a travel writer? Travel writers go to far-flung, exotic locals, meet people, and there are no red flags on why they travel so much. Will Rhodes is a personable, intriguing character looking for perfection in all areas of his life; from drinking the perfect glass of wine to finding the perfect wall sconce.
This is a very well-written thriller! The action starts when a plane goes down and Robert Harland, the only survivor, hears a cell phone ringing in the East River. He wades to the sound and finds his old friend from the CIA dead. Harland uses the phone and takes his friend's wallet, which just happens to contain some discs, for his widow. Robert Harland is a former British spy, now working for the UN. The explanation for the crash does not ring true to him and he suspects sabotage. But why? The answer lies in Harland's past!
Fear Itself is a World War II thriller that focuses on German-Americans and their activities before and during the war. At that time, the FBI, under the rule of the legendary J. Edgar Hoover, was focused on unearthing communists. There were a few agents, however, who saw the Bund, a German-American organization as more of an immediate threat than the communists.
I saw the Gary Oldman film adaptation of this classic John Le Carré novel last winter, which made me curious about this BBC series of produced in 1979. Even though I knew “the story” from the film, I found this series riveting. The basic set-up of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is that a mole has infiltrate
It’s been 24 hours since I’ve finished Code Name Verity, and I am still staring at a wall, recovering.
As a child of the British Ambassador, the author of this book grew up in 1950s Prague. Today as an accomplished journalist, he returned to discover the truth about childhood memories that have haunted him all his life. In this non-fiction book, Laurence shares stories of his childhood in Prague and times long lost.
Micah Dalton is a cleaner. He “cleans up” other agent’s mistakes. When his mentor supposedly commits suicide, Micah investigates. It is non-stop action and intrigue in London, Italy and the U.S.A. as Micah hunts for the killer. What is different here is that Micah has the help of the victim as a re-appearing ghost, or is it a reaction to a psychotropic drug given to him by the killer? The reader is not sure and doesn’t care. What a fun read!