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DRR has another audiobook review to share with you today - an exciting mystery, wrapped in a conspiracy theory. Check it out, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
A Good Spy Dies Twice
~Released: January 19th, 2017
~Author & Narrator: Mark Hosack
~Length: 10h 19m
~Publisher: Wide Awake Audio
~Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression.
Years later, a condemned murderer, who claims he was abandoned by the CIA, and who starred in an early episode of Bullseye, is finally executed for killing two supposed Soviet spies back in the 1970’s.
Jake Boxer, still trying to piece his life back together, is on his honeymoon in a posh ski resort in the Alaskan mountains when he gets word of the inmate’s execution . . . and the old killer’s final words: “The good spy dies twice.”
Those five words, seemingly meant for Jake, draw the ex-reporter from his forced retirement and into a complex and deadly global conspiracy involving his newlywed wife, the secretive New World Order, and the hotel’s hundred or so “guests.”
Everyone is a suspect.
Described as James Bond in a Stephen King novel, The Good Spy Dies Twice is the explosive first book in the Bullseye Series. Part spy thriller, part whodunit, this fast-paced novel introduces an exciting new hero, the intrepid, conspiratorial journalist, Jake Boxer.
Mark Hosack is the author of The Good Spy Dies Twice (Book 1: The Bullseye Series, nominated for the 2016 RT Source Award), and Identity (Simon & Schuster). He also wrote on the web series Sequestered for Sony Crackle, the screenplay for Give 'Em Hell, Malone (Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames), and he both wrote and directed the award winning independent film Pale Blue Moon. Mark lives in Los Angeles with his wife and a brood of gremlins who insist on calling him Dad.
This is fiction...right?
I always enjoy novels that make me question whether it's based on a true story. When just enough realistic details are thrown in, to make the fiction come to life. This novel does that brilliantly, pulling it's reader into a world of spies, conspiracies and danger.
Most people have heard of The New World Order conspiracy, and the fantastic ideas swirling major world leaders. Even without all that, books with a strong element circling "Mother Russia" always seem intriguing, as the nation is still somewhat of a mystery to the majority of the population. Those sensational elements mix wonderfully in this story, and left me wanting more.
The writing seemed smooth and concise, without any obvious plot holes or gaps in timeline. The section breaks and several chapter starters were confusing, as the author did jump around a bit, but it always made sense later. It's an enticing way to keep your reader engaged, and paying attention.
I also enjoyed the fact the author narrated his own book. He did quite well, and the added scenery noises in several chapters were a welcomed addition I haven't come across in many audiobooks so far. He did a wonderful job bringing his story to life audibly, and hopefully will inspire other authors to put the same amount of effort into their own audiobooks.
Really, the only things I didn't like about this story, was the intimate 'adult' scene, and a few plot twists that happened, that seemed unnecessary to me. Overall, the story is thrilling, and definitely one I would recommend.
*I received a complimentary audiobook copy of this book, from the author via Audiobookworm Promotions, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.
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