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Series: Mac Ambrose #3
Also in this series: A Spy Came Home, Deceits of Borneo
on September 28th 2016
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A Senator. A blackmail plot. The dark side of a media empire.
CIA veteran Mac Ambrose has spent twenty years protecting her country from overseas threats. Now she’s focused on adjusting to her new life and new relationship in Philadelphia. The last thing she needs is to get pulled into another unauthorized domestic operation.
But a friend begs for help. A popular Senator is in deep trouble that threatens the institutions Mac has so vigorously defended. A reluctant Mac soon uncovers a menacing blackmail plot behind what had appeared to be a simple sex scandal—and it appears to emanate from a media conglomerate in New York City.
Across town, an unflappable FBI agent stumbles across an interesting discovery in the New York neighborhood of Alphabet City—a private investigator has started surveilling Times Square.
Unnerved by Mac’s unofficial homecoming, senior management in Langley dispatches a toughened Agency operative to track her down.
Mac’s operation, the FBI investigation, and Langley’s hunt are swiftly entangled in a conspiracy with dire consequences.
Gritty politics, dark conspiracies, and personal atonement combine into one satisfyingly intricate novel.
I’ve read the first two novels in this series and loved them. This one is no different. I really enjoy reading the Mac Ambrose stories because, of course, you have a strong female protagonist, she’s a spy, she’s smart, she’s brave, and she’s cares about the well-being of the others. She has values, and yes she’s had to do things covertly given the nature of her job, but she’s always had her motives in the right place.
In this book, like the first one, she decides to take on a job that was turned on to her by a friend. She’s gone off the grid and the CIA is looking for her. She’s trying to find herself and her purpose as someone outside of the agency. She wants her own identity. She wants to choose her own battles and this is the driving force behind her choosing to do this particular job. She’s doing it for the right reasons; because she feels it’s morally right. I totally respect her for it. But the challenges she faces in this story are different from the past.
In the past, the only loyalty she had was from the agency and, even they couldn’t be trusted. This time, she relies on the loyalty of her friends. But over time, people change. Can they still be trusted?
As we follow Mac trying to solve the mystery of whose blackmailing the senator, there’s other story brewing involving an ex-cop turned PI. And, the agency has set someone to look for her. He doesn’t really want to do it. Lines are being erased, others are being drawn, and all the while you’re trying to figure, “How the heck is all of this connected?”.
What I enjoyed the most about this story is that Mac now has a reason to fight, a reason to think twice about taking risks. It makes the story a little more interesting than a Mac who has no ties.
This story is full of suspense, has a little romance, and lots of mystery and drama. The story is fast-paced and never dull.