Title: The Book of Spies
Author: Gayle Lynds
Publisher: March 30th 2010 by St. Martin's Press
Quick Review: 3 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: David picked this book up for me, he said it looked like something I would like.
Where I Obtained the Book: At my local library.
Synopsis: For centuries, emperors, historians, and even the Vatican have tried to locate Ivan the Terrible’s magnificent Library of Gold — a long-missing archive containing gold-covered, bejeweled books dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks.
Now one of the volumes, The Book of Spies,has surfaced, and along with it the highly secret book club that owns the Library of Gold. They form a cabal of the globe’s most powerful men – men who will do anything to achieve their aims and protect their interests. When the CIA discovers a connection between the legendary library and a bank account linked to terrorists, they turn to rare books curator Eva Blake for help. Soon an attempt is made on Eva’s life. Determined not only to survive but to uncover the truth, Eva turns to the only person she can trust—Judd Ryder, a former intelligence agent with his own agenda and a troubled past. Together, Judd and Eva embark on an international adventure from London to Rome, Istanbul, and Athens. Somehow they must do what no one else has been able to do – find the library and stay alive.
Review: This is my kind of book, an exciting thriller. Constant action, gun fights, evil genius, secret passageways, twists and turns, corrupt officials, innocent civilians, international travel, spies and a bit of romance. A few things felt unfinished and confusing, but the book as a whole was good and fast to read. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could; it was a hard choice between 3 and 4.
Slight Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, type writing. Spies galore and a bit of 24, no one trusts anyone else. If you like action packed thrillers, this is the book for you.
Author Biography: Gayle began her writing career as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, where her investigative reporting made such an impact that it led to changes in state legislation. Later she was an editor with rare Top Secret security clearance at a government think tank, where assorted shadowy figures passed through silently and not only ideas but people seemed to bounce off the walls. She was inspired. Soon she began writing literary short stories, which were published in literary journals, and at the same time in what some considered schizophrenic, she also wrote male pulp novels in the Nick Carter and Mack Bolan series.
She lives in Southern California with three computers and two opinionated cats.