The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack

The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark HosackThe Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack
Published by Wide Awake Books on September 13th 2016
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 328
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
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two-half-stars

Synopsis: Jake Boxer is an investigative journalist who has a knack for getting himself into sticky situations. His career implodes amidst a meltdown on national television, after he discovers a Russian conspiracy to murder his sound engineer who discovers something he shouldn’t have. Years later, he uncovers yet another mysterious spy plot in a mountain hideaway while on his honeymoon.

I will say that The Good Spy Dies Twice – if I am charitably inclined – is a real slow-burner of a novel, which involves a lot of convoluted exposition, with occasional bursts of action. Jake Boxer – the supposed protagonist of the story – is a bit of a slow-learner, while his wife does most of the investigating throughout most of this novel, which is the first in the series.

Much of the intrigue in the story happened during the cold war, and Jake’s primary role is to discover the secret behind what is going on in this mysterious Alaskan skiing resort. To say much more would involve going into spoiler territory, but I found the plot rather confusing, and I didn’t really care by the end of it. The characters – apart from Jake himself – all seem to be mysterious for the sake of being mysterious. For someone who is supposed to be a hardcore investigative journalist, he seems to be regularly outshone by his largely-absentee wife.

I really wasn’t sure where the story was going, and I wanted to like it very much. I can appreciate a good spy novel that builds, like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but there really needs to be a payoff that makes it worthwhile. I was ready to be done with this book well before the end, and I don’t think I can bring myself to read any more books in this series unless the main character grows a pair and actually does some of the heavy lifting himself.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

two-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
two-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
two-stars
Cover
three-half-stars
Overall: three-stars

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