“The Secret Enemy” ebook was published in 2016 (original paper edition published in 1966) and was written by John glasby (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Glasby). Mr Glasby was a prolific writer producing more than 300 novels and short stories.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This novel is set in various places across Europe. The primary character is British Secret Service agent Steve Carradine.
Carradine meets a beautiful woman, Franchesca Romano, while he is on vacation in Spain. She disappears from their dinner date and before he can find out anything about her he is recalled to London.
When Carradine gets to London he is given the mission to find a Russian professor who has expressed interest in defecting. This begins a journey through Eastern Europe. Carradine soon finds that Russian Intelligence is in hot pursuit of the professor as well and are willing to go to any ends to keep Carradine from succeeding.
Carradine runs into Romano again and she discloses that she is a French secret agent. With Romano’s aid, Carradine and the professor make it out of Eastern Europe. Just when they think that they have eluded the Rusians, their lives are threatened once again.
I spent 4.5 hours reading this 128 page book. It tried to be like a James Bond thriller, but I feel like it fell short of the mark. Perhaps that is due to the age of the novel. There was plenty of action, but it just felt ‘off’. Some of the decisions that ‘experienced’ spy Carradine make just do not make sense. In summary it was ‘OK’. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.
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