Saturday’s Softcover: Book reviews—what we’re reading, old or new

My turn at reviewing… HA
Red Cell by Mark Henshaw

A quick note about the author: he’s a graduate of Brigham Young University and a decorated CIA analyst who, in 2007, was awarded the Director of National Intelligence Galileo Award for innovation in intelligence analysis. He took the cash award, bought a new computer (at his wife’s urging) and used it to write Red Cell.

From the description of the novel: After her first assignment in Venezuela goes disastrously awry, rookie case officer Kyra Stryker is brought back to Langley to work in the Red Cell, the CIA’s out-of-the-box think tank. There she’s paired with Jonathan Burke, a straitlaced analyst who has alienated his colleagues with his unorthodox methods and a knack for always being right, political consequences be damned.

As first novel’s go, this is a superb example of how to do it. The combination of spies, politicians, analyses of both worlds, deceit from all corners, all woven together in crisp detail, makes this a novel worth reading. Henshaw has brought his years of knowledge of the inner workings of the CIA and other government agencies into this novel. It’s totally believable from every angle.

I’m tempted to use every literary cliché’ in describing this book: page-turner, can’t-put-it-down, must-read, and any others that would, hopefully, entice the reader to grab a copy. Let me just say that I enjoyed the book and hope to see more from this author. He knows what he’s writing about and he has a way of showing the reader into his world.

Available at bookstores everywhere.

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One response to “Saturday’s Softcover: Book reviews—what we’re reading, old or new

  1. benschwensch

    Just what I needed: ANOTHER good book to read! Of course, now that NaNoWriMo is over, I actually COULD read another good book . . . this sounds like a winner.

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