My favorites tended to be the ones that resisted the conventions of a genre that has historically been dominated by straight white male authors.
Most although not all of the books on this list do so in some way. In this Pulitzer prize winner, the Captain, a half-Vietnamese, half-French Communist operative, escapes the fall of Saigon. I enjoyed this book because of how resistant it is to narrating the Vietnam War entirely from the American perspective.
Henry Park, a Korean American undercover agent working for a private intelligence agency, is grieving the death of his young son and estrangement from his wife. When his agency assigns him to go undercover to disrupt the mayoral campaign of a high-profile member of the Korean American community, he experiences a crisis of identity.
While this book does very little to resist the conventions of the genre, Samson, like almost all of the intelligence agents who resonate most with me, is burnt out and cynical about his work. They define her character. American Spy is her first novel. Now that the market for Russian conspiracies is hot, why not pick up a great novel about Russia during Soviet times?
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Red Square, A week later, Alex Marston, the headstrong fifteen-year-old daughter of the British Ambassador, disappears. Army Intelligence Officer Tom Fox, posted to Moscow to keep him from telling the truth to a government committee, is asked to help find her.
But Russia is reluctant to give up the worst of her secrets. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West.
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Written in seductive and elegant prose, the story moves swiftly from the glamour of Saint-Tropez to the grit of Casablanca and, finally, to an electrifying climax that will leave readers breathless long after they turn the final page. Chen is a mix of espionage and Sci Fi and perhaps those readers who like Star Wars will enjoy this book. What should be a simple infiltration is hindered by the nearly one million tourists celebrating the anniversary of the first Moon landing.
And before Kangaroo and Jessica can make contact, Lunar authorities arrest Jessica for the murder of a local worker. To make things worse, a sudden terror attack puts the whole Moon under lockdown. The debut novel by A.
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When a mysterious man besieges an office tower in Manhattan, he threatens to execute his hostages and unleash terror if his demands are not met. He informs the authorities he will only communicate with Alexander Blackwell, a former FBI hostage negotiator whose stellar career had ended abruptly a few years before. The FBI tracks Blackwell down on a tiny Caribbean island and he reluctantly agrees to negotiate with the suspect.
As the clock ticks fast to the deadline, Blackwell soon realizes the only way to save the hostages and prevent catastrophe is to figure out who this enigmatic hostage-taker really is, and why he asked for him by name. But what he discovers is a chilling global conspiracy at the highest levels of government that threatens to destroy his life all over again. Who has taken over the operation?
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