About a month ago I get my edition of Costco Connection in the mail and was excited! No there’s wasn’t a sale on batteries (actually there was), but news of the upcoming release of Daniel Silva’s new novel, Portrait of a Spy, feature heroic Gabriel Allon. I fastidiously set the date on my Droid calendar and planned to drive to Costco on the release day to pick up my copy. I arranged my reading plan so that I could start the book that night. I was excited on the drive that day. When I got there the book was no where in sight. Frustrated, I rechecked my calendar and it was July 12 yet there was no book. I used the power of my Verizon unlimited data package to search Mr. Silva’s website only to find out that I had gotten the date wrong and was a week early,
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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.
Combine two rogue super spies, Russian spys, the Russian mob, the CIA, Homeland Security, Mexican drug runners, Colombian drug runners, an all-knowing Balinese woman, alchemy, and an ultra-secret society that wants to control the world and you have the framework for Eric Van Lustbader’snew “Bourne” novel.
The Bourne Objective contains the action you’d expect from the Bourne series, but less of the unpredictability of the original novels. The hero really doesn’t have to be Jason Bourne anymore, but I guess the Bourne and Ludlum names sell more books.
News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…
Brief 1: Obamagovernment dictates an increase in fuel economy of 10 mpg by 2016 (to 35.5 mpg). Estimate are that this will only cost you another $1000 for your next car, but it will save you over $3000 over the life of the car. If you use government accounting (i.e. Congressional Budget Office rules) they probably assume that the car will last you 25 years. In order to achieve that mileage they will probably have to be plastic so they probably won’t rust. The only real issue will be when some 90-something-year-old T-bones you at an intersection killing you and all of your passengers. Plastic cars kill. The way it works is that an auto manufacturer’s has to produce cars that average the new standards. So all companies have to produce is a super high mileage car to balance the lower mileage cars that American consumers want to buy.
The summer of 2008 seemed to be my season for spy novels. I read Assassin by Ted Bell and could hardly put it down and ended up buying three of his other books. They were just as entertaining. Alex Hawke is a wealthy British man who fights evil throughout the world. He has a great supporting cast and gadgets that would make 007 jealous.
If you want to read some fast-paced spy novels and see some bad guys get what they deserve, read any of these books by Ted Bell:
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