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Dark Spies: A Spycatcher Novel    by Matthew Dunn order for
Dark Spies
by Matthew Dunn
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William Morrow, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Are you looking for something different than the books you have on hand to read? Bored with the same old, same old? Let me give you a tip. Obtain a copy of Dark Spies by Matthew Dunn. Full of action and suspense. The first page takes hold of your imagination and won't let go until the last. Bloodthirsty? There's an abundance of dead bodies to satisfy such tastes.

Will Cochrane is a loyal joint MI6-CIA operative. There is almost nothing he won't do to preserve his country as well as England and their allies. What he doesn't want to do is run from what is considered his betrayal. A plan back-fired during his last mission and he is ordered to cease and desist and return to home base. He refuses the order and continues with what he feels is the right thing to do.

Will encounters a Russian spymaster who is believed to be dead. Will follows his trail, against all orders. He is now on the run from his enemies plus those whom he has served for years! With his skills, along with loyal counterparts, he struggles to reach the United States, all the time knowing that pursuers from both sides of the world are hot on his trail.

Author Matthew Dunn has written the thriller of the year in my estimation. His debut of Will Cochrane, Spycatcher, and its sequel Sentinel won the hearts of readers. The rights to one of the Spycatcher novels have sold to make a major motion picture. (Can't wait for that.) Dunn draws on his extensive experience in intelligence collection, small arms, explosives, infiltration and the many skills needed to stay alive in his very risky occupation.

He has written of the exploits of Will Cochrane, using his vast experience as a government employee. I really like his characterization of Will. A bull-headed, but very intelligent man who works to complete his assignments no matter the odds. His dialogue sparkles with Will's intent to do the right thing. Dark Spies, which abounds with gasp inducing scenes, is a good book to read in front of a fire in a comfortable chair with all the lights on.

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