Flight from Berlin : a novel

From  Eileen Effrat
Author:  David John
Title:  Flight from Berlin : a novel
Set during the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, this suspense thriller pits the Gestapo and the British Secret Intelligence Service against one another in the quest for a secret dossier that could destroy the Nazi leadership. A British journalist, outspoken in his criticism of Hitler, and a former Olympian join forces in this atmospheric and fast paced thriller. If you are a fan of Alan Furst, Daniel Silva, Philip Kerr, or David Downing, give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Story

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Lee Child
Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Story
There are four political liaison officers; one of them is a traitor. Reacher goes undercover to discover who the mole is and who she is working for. The short story format never gives the reader a chance to get to know the characters or to get involved with the plot. The resolve came about too quickly. I wish the story was longer because the premise was interesting and I liked Reacher. This exclusive Kindle eBook is available on our circulating Paperwhite Kindle.

Racing with the Wind

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Regan Walker
Racing with the Wind
Hugh Redgrave, Marquis of Ormond, is the only son of the Duke of Albany.  He is a reputed rake and leading a secret life as a spy/thief for the Prince Regent. There is unrest in France after Napoleon’s defeat. A double agent is passing along British intelligence. Hugh must uncover the agent’s identity. Lady Mary Campbell is the headstrong, rebellious, intelligent niece of Lord Baynes, who is a diplomat for the Prince Regent. She continually places herself in grave danger to thwart a Prussian plot against the king. If the enemy doesn’t kill her, Hugh might…This is the first book in the Agents of the Crown Trilogy. This exclusive Kindle eBook is available on our circulating Paperwhite Kindle. 

Sleeping With The Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War

From Eileen Effrat
Author:  Hal Vaughan
Sleeping  With The Enemy:  Coco Chanel’s Secret War
Much has been written about Coco Chanel, but Vaughan’s book covers new ground focusing on her wartime activities in Nazi occupied Paris.  Drawing on newly released American, German, French, and British wartime documents, Vaughn reveals   Chanel as a willing Nazi collaborator and German Abwehr  Special Agent F-71234 –code name  Westminister.  Despite these activities, when over 40,000 French collaborators were executed after the war,   she escapes arrest thanks to powerful friends like Winston Churchill  and systematically paying off people who might have revealed her true wartime activities. Past glossed over, she returns to France in 1954 to rebuild the House of Chanel  and  to reinvent herself.  She may have revolutionized women’s fashion, but she was a nasty piece of work.  Always the opportunist, what  Chanel wanted, Chanel got.

Zoo Station

From Eileen Effrat
Author:  David Downing
Zoo Station
Berlin Station Series :  Zoo Station, Silesian Station, Stettin Station, Potsdam Station: For a top notch historical suspense series set in Berlin during the Third Reich, search no further.  Filled with rich historical detail, fans of Phillip Kerr, Alan Furst, Pierre Frei , and Rebecca Cantrell will not be disappointed.  John Russell, an Anglo-American journalist is smart and resourceful. The first in the series, Zoo Station, begins just prior to Hitler’s takeover and the latest sequel ends in April 1945 as the Russians conquer Berlin in Potsdam Station.

Through the years as circumstances change, he plays amateur spy for the  Americans, Germans, Russians and British to help his German family , Jews, socialists, communists, and others persecuted by the Nazi regime. The writing is fast paced with a biting, sarcastic wit.

Pearl in the Sand : a novel

From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Afshar, Tessa
Pearl in the Sand : a novel
This gripping novel is faithful to the biblical account while elaborating on the story of Rahab, a Canaanite prostitute in Jericho who aided the Hebrew spies, joined the Israelites, and went on to become the mother of Boaz (the husband of Ruth) and the great grandmother of King David. This book has it all – action, romance and deep spiritual insight.  My one gripe would be that at times you wished it didn’t take so long for Rahab and Salmone to understand each other (even after they married).

The Tudor secret : [the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles]

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Gortner, C. W.
The Tudor secret : [the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles
 Brendan Prescott was brought to court to serve in the household of the powerful Dudley family.  He becomes ensnared in court politics and recruited as double agent to spy for Elizabeth I and her protector William Cecil.  Who do you trust when everyone seems like the enemy?  Half truths, lies and murder confront Prescott as he discovers pieces of his mysterious past.  This is the first book in the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles and Brendan’s unknown background is the compelling mystery that hooked this reader.

SilverFin : the graphic novel

From Edward, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Higson, Charlie & Walker, Kev
SilverFin : the graphic novel
Silverfin is a graphic novel that explains James Bond’s origin and bits of his childhood. It starts off with teenage Bond going to Scotland to visit his uncle, a former spy. He and his new friend, Kelly go camping after exploring the town. On the trip they see a large castle called Hellebore’s castle, and begin discovering strange things about it. This is where Bond starts exploring and learning even stranger things. I recommend this book to about anybody who enjoys comic books or is interested in James Bond. The story is very interesting because of the twists and turns it makes and while the beginning wasn’t very exciting, the rest is. All together, Silverfin will make you ask for another story.

Alex Rider: Crocodile Tears

From Matthew, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Horowitz, Anthony
Alex Rider: Crocodile Tears
For the first time in Alex Rider?s 14 years of life, he wants to be normal.  For the last year, he has been a secret agent, and thwarting the plans of
evil masterminds for M-16, the secret organization that he has been working for.  However, Alex knows very little that his life will be in great danger. 
The story starts off when Alex and his friends go to a party in a Scottish Castle.  A man there seems a bit suspicious, but Alex, at first, doesn?t seem worried.  On the way home after the party, they are mysteriously shot at and their car crashes into a freezing lake.  Alex barely makes it out alive along with his friends.  They are taken to a hospital by a stranger. Alex tries to forget what happened, but new problems erupt.   There is a greedy journalist who finds out about his identity, and wants to write about it in order to get rich.  Alex is nervous, and forces himself to go to M-16 for help. They agree to help him if he does a “little mission” for them.   They want him to get data from a computer at a place called Greenfields.
Since he is going on a trip there anyway, he gets in easily.  However the “little mission” turns out to be extremely dangerous.  Will Alex Rider survive his mission? Who will end up being behind this evil plot?              
All I can say is that Alex’s adventure is impressive.  There is, of course, lots of action.  The story also gets to be very adventurous in the later chapters.  Kids 10 and under wouldn’t enjoy this book.  First of all, it may be too hard of a book for them to read, but also, some of Alex’s dangerous situations might scare some of the younger readers.  Overall, this book is an outstanding action-packed adventure for kids over 10 years of age.