Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Assassin of Secrets-Q. R. Markham

Assassin of Secrets

Q. R. Markham

Mulholland/Little Brown, Nov 3 2011, $14.99

ISBN: 9780316176460

During the Korean War, CIA top field operative Jonathan Chase was captured and tortured. When he freed himself, he vowed to use his covert abilities and knowledge of war to seek a lasting peace though he understands blood will flow to achieve his objective. In 1962 President Kennedy, a James Bond fan, creates a top secret agency whose mission is to watchdog the watchdog agencies. In 1965 Chase joins the team as Number Two.

In 1968, the Zero Directorate Swiss-based assassins have abducted, tortured and killed secret agents from the West, the Communist Bloc and even third world nations. The Zero Directorate target Chase, who knows to get inside the enemy he must allow them the opportunity to capture him.

With a nod to 007, Assassins of Secrets is a superb espionage thriller in which the hero and the enemy recognize one truth: “kill or be killed.” The story line is action packed even before the readers meet Chase as his friend Number One is killed on a train. The plot never slows down as Chase plays a deadly game of chicken with the Zero Directorate.

Harriet Klausner

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