Review of “The Good Spy Dies Twice”

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Book Review – “The Good spy Dies Twice” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Mark H. Hosack (http://markhosack.com). Mr. Hosack has published two novels. This is the first in his “Bullseye Series”.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Situations and Mature Language. The story is set in a Alaskan resort. The primary character is Jake Boxer. Boxer was a celebrated TV journalist, but he fell apart after his friend and sound man Brody White was killed while on an assignment in Russia.

Now three years later he is beginning to pull his life back together. He has married Claire O’Donnell, who was engaged to White at the time of his death. Now the newlywed couple are on their honeymoon at a resort in Alaska. O’Donnell is working on a travel article, or at least that is what she told Boxer. But she is acting strange and Boxer begins to think that she is not being faithful.

One thing leads to another and there is an accident (or is it) with the ski lift. Boxer is injured. A painting is being put up for auction by the resort owner. As Boxer follows his wife’s investigation, he begins to see a spy plot from the cold war. One where a double agent is more than willing to kill to keep his identity a secret.

I thought that the 6+ hours reading this 324 page Mystery/Thriller novel were interesting. I liked the plot, but i thought that it seemed slow or dull in places. I don’t think that having the main character in a wheelchair for most of the book helped. I’m not sure I think the cover art is entirely appropriate. While the immediate story line is ended, there is ample room to continue the greater story line in a sequel. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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