Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Parallax View Book Review

I have got a really good Spy/Thriller book to tell you about today called Parallax View written by Allan Leverone.  If you liked to read Michael Crichton, then you will love Mr. Leverone's books!
Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
It's spring, 1987, late in the Cold War, and CIA clandestine operations agent Tracie Tanner is tasked with what should be a relatively simple mission: deliver a secret communique from Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

After smuggling the document out of East Germany, Tracie believes she is in the clear. She's wrong. A shadowy cabal is work, people who will stop at nothing to prevent the explosive information contained in the letter from reaching the White House.

Soon, Tanner is knee-deep in airplane crashes and murder, paired up with a young Maine air traffic controller and on the run for their lives, unsure who she can trust at CIA, but committed to completing her mission, no matter the cost...
I wasn't sure if this would be something I would like to read or not, so I took a chance on this one and once I got into the book, it was really good. It picks up almost from the beginning with action from the KGB in Russia and a compromised CIA top level agent, Winston Andrews, who had trained Tracie and he had been her only handler since she became a CIA agent.
There is a lot of spying and Russian agents running around all over the place killing people and torturing them in order to find out if a very important letter got out of Russia and is in a military B52 headed home to hand deliver some very classified information regarding Ronald Reagan, our president at the time. Oh, this book is set in the 1980's when the Cold War was still ongoing and before Reagan had an opportunity to bring down the Berlin Wall.
It's fast paced and a lot of action so you will never get bored. Only one small part of the story is really sad and I wish it hadn't been written like that but it did make the whole tough CIA  Agent Tracie Tanner come alive if only for a brief time. She finally knew what love felt like and for the first time in a long time, she was happy.
Very awesome book even though I wasn't happy with the ending, it is still a truly well written and very believable book about what might be going on hidden in the CIA that we will never know for sure, which makes the book even more fascinating.
Happy Reading!
"A Sexy, Sophisticated, Cold War thriller with all the intensity of The Lonely Mile."
   —C.J. West, author of THE END OF MARKING TIME

"Bringing back the days of the Cold War like a Best of Tom Clancy flashback, Parallax View is a rocking read from start to finish!"
   —Ian Graham, author of PATRIOTS AND TYRANTS

I will be giving away the book that I read because I would love for one of you to have a really good action packed book to read sometime this summer. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!