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The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ is an extremely convoluted book with a reasonable plot. After years of Bourne living as the mild mannered scholar David Webb, Carlos the Jackal has returned to challenge him. At the same time, a new (criminal) Medusa, … Continue reading

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The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum

‘The Bourne Supremacy’ is Robert Ludlum’s second Bourne novel and unfortunately doesn’t reach the same high standard as ‘The Bourne Identity’. The book is almost 700 pages long and I felt as though I had to work to get through … Continue reading

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An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

‘An Officer and a Spy’ is a historical fiction novel based on the Alfred Dreyfus affair in France from 1894 to 1906. Everyone seemed to be spying on everyone else back then (not much seems to have changed) and with … Continue reading

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The Heist by Daniel Silva

‘The Heist’ is Daniel Silva’s 14th Gabriel Allon novel and once again begins with Gabriel, master art restorer and Israeli spy, restoring a work of art. Gabriel is in Venice restoring a Veronese alterpiece in the Church of San Sebastiano … Continue reading

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A Colder War by Charles Cumming

‘A Colder War’ is Charles Cumming’s second novel featuring the disgraced MI6 agent Thomas Kell. In this novel, the head of MI6 Amelia Levene brings Kell in to investigate the death of the Turkish head of station – Paul Wallinger. … Continue reading

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Treachery by S.J. Parris

‘Treachery’ is the fourth book in the Giordano Bruno series by S.J. Paris (Stephanie Merrit), and once again the brilliant mix of history and fiction has led to a fantastic historical crime novel. Sir Frances Drake, already famous for sailing … Continue reading

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The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

‘The Rembrandt Affair’ is the 10th Gabriel Allon novel by Daniel Silva. Once again, the book begins with Gabriel retired from the Israeli secret service. He is living quietly in an isolated village on the Cornish coast. Then he is … Continue reading

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The Defector by Daniel Silva

‘The Defector’ is the 9th book in Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series. This book continues a story started in the 7th book ‘Moscow Rules’ where the villain – Ivan Kharkov was outsmarted and confined to Russia, but still alive. Book … Continue reading

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The Bourne Retribution by Eric Van Lustbader

The Bourne Retribution is the 11th Bourne Novel and the 8th written by Eric Van Lustbader. In the previous novel – ‘The Bourne Imperative’, Rebekah – one of the few women that Jason Bourne has loved, was murdered. Bourne is … Continue reading

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The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth

The US government maintains a list of names of people considered extremely dangerous to the safety of US citizens. This list is known as the kill list. A highly secret organisation with the non-descript name of Technical Operations Support Activity … Continue reading

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