Review of “The Windchime Legacy”


“The Windchime Legacy” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by A. W. Mykel. Mr. Mykel has published 4 novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and Mature Situations. This Thriller novel is set during the height of the cold war with Russia. It was originally published in 1980.

The primary character is Justin Chaple, an agent for a very secret US intelligence organization. He, and his colleagues, are involved in one thrilling, deadly encounter after another.

He is sent on a mission to bring a defecting Russian KGB officer safely to the US. He is also involved in finding a Dr. Edward Bridges who has been involved in the development of a secret supercomputer in the US. Bridges had grown unhappy with his position and has decided to defect, selling the key information to the highest bidder. The computer Bridges has worked with is at the heart of the agency that Chaple works for. However, Chaple begins to question some of the things he has seen and been told.

There is plenty of intrigue, suspense and twists in the plot of this spy novel. The fact that is was written over 30 years ago does not diminish the reading pleasure. The author, A. W. Mykel, is also something of a mystery. Some of the gadgets in the novel have the feel of contemporary technology, and the underlying plot fits in well with today’s world. In many respects it reminds me of the “James Bond” thrillers of the same era that I read a a teenager.

I enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this 540 page novel. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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