“Singularity – A life-altering moment, when machines first match, and then exceed, the finite limits of human intelligence…a rip in the fabric of current civilization. And it’s just around the corner.”
— Ted Bell
A rash of seemingly unconnected catastrophic events rock the United States and other parts of the world. This Phantom menace has world leaders stumped until Alex Hawke returns as Ted Bell’s agent provocateur fighting the unknown and very powerful foe. Phantom has all that you would expect from a Ted Bell novel and Bell even delves into the realm of the science fiction a bit and Alex is faced with additional threats from some unsavory Russians as he protects his “family.”
The book’s inscription says “One of my gifts, January 14, 1989.” The gift was given a year or so after Spy Catcher was first published and I found it on a shelf at the End Of The Line bookstore (a charity bookstore in a train car). The selection is vast, but is hit or miss as far as any particular book. I have found some rather unusual and old books. Spy Catcher caught my eye and I thought it was a novel about the world of espionage. Had I paid attention to the cover I would have noted that it was subtitled “The candid autobiography of a senior Intelligence Officer.” Author Peter Wright was indeed a “spy catcher” or perhaps more accurately a spy suspecter.
I walked into our living room a few nights ago and my daughter was watching Miracle which is the Hollywood version of the United States’ hockey team winning the Olympic Gold Medal at the 1980 games in Lake Placid, New York. I had stuff to do, but I made the mistake of sitting down and got hooked. I had seen the movie before and remembered the actual event (I even think I had saved the Sports Illustrated magazine that came out after the win).
I was looking for a quick book to read as I took a break from Tim Ferris’ Four Hour Work Week. It is not that the book is bad, but there is so much to absorb that I wanted something mindless. The Silent Man caught my eye as I searched the newly released paperbacks. None other than the New York Times extolled it virtues; “The Silent Man succeeds in seizing the attention from the start and never letting go.”
The Russians are back from the Cold War in Daniel Silva’s new thriller in the Gabriel Allon series. This may be his best work yet as I could not wait for it to hit the shelves. The Defector did not disappoint as I could not put it down.
For those of you who did not know, the Russians were the bad guys. As usual, Silva uses current political events as a backdrop for this novel surround the secret community of spies.
I highly recommend that you add The Defector to your summer reading list. You really don’t have to read the others in this series, but you will enjoy this book more if you first read Moscow Rules.
If you like action/adventure novels Ted Bell is one of my favorite writers. If you have already read Bell’s other adventures of Sir Alex Hawke, you will really love this one. In my opinion Tsar was by far the best of Ted Bell’s novels. It was very difficult to put down…literally.
I was so entranced with the story of Hawke trying to save the world from a resurgent and brutal Russia that I almost skipped July 3 fireworks. Our town actually had their fireworks on Friday night. I was tempted to stay home and finish the book, but I had promised the family that I would go with them. I did finish when I got home that night.