Review of “The Spy Who Never Was”


Book Reviews – “The Spy Who Never Was” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Tom Savage ( Mr. Savage has published ten novels, two under the pseudonym of T. J. Phillips.. This is the third novel in his “Nora Baron” series of spy thrillers.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in contemporary Europe with the primary character being Nora Baron.

Baron is an accomplished actress currently teaching drama and acting at a New Your university. Her husband is a CIA agent, while now desk bound, he spent years as a field agent. Baron is recruited by a CIA executive to take part in a supposedly safe and easy operation in Europe.

She gets to Europe and finds that the story she has been told is far from the truth. Nor is the mission necessarily a safe and easy one.

I enjoyed the 5+ hours I spent reading this thriller. This isn’t a “edge-of-your-seat” thriller. There is some action, but most of the story is about Baron following a trail to find a spy in hiding. I do like the character of Nora Baron. While this is the third novel in the series, it does read well as a stand-alone novel. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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