Saturday, February 18, 2012

An American Spy-Olen Steinhauer

An American Spy

Olen Steinhauer

Minotaur, Mar 13 2012, $25.99

ISBN: 9780312622893

After the harrowing nightmare that killed many of his top secret Department of Tourism assassins by Chinese rogue agent Xin Zhu (see The Nearest Exit) and the seditious link between the governments of China and America (see The Tourist), CIA agent Milo Weaver opts out. He never was comfortable with his work and these recent lethal nefarious incidents have Weaver reflecting that he prefers quality and quantity time with his family especially since his cell has been decommissioned.

However, Weaver’s former Company boss Alan Drummond obsesses over what has happened to his unit. He travels to London using a Milo compromised alias. There he vanishes while his wife and daughter are kidnapped. Weaver feels obligated to try to save Drummond and his family as raging Xin Zhu still seeking revenge attacks the families of both spies just before the Beijing Olympics is to begin.

The third Weaver espionage thriller is a great spy vs. spy tale as the attacks turn psychotically personal. Fast-paced with a strong look at surveillance and intelligence gathering in the digital age, readers will relish Weaver’s efforts to keep his loved ones safe and rescue the family of his former boss who had his back many times when they worked the field.

Harriet Klausner

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