Thursday, February 12, 2015

Review: Blowback by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett

Title: Blowback
Author: Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett
Year Published: 2013

Genre: Adult Mystery/Spy
Pages: 393
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2015 Google Reading map): UK, Vienna, Czech Republic, Turkey and USA

FTC Disclosure: I received this book as a gift

Summary (from the back of the book): Covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson is finally close to capturing Bhoot, the world's most dangerous international nuclear arms dealer. One of her assets delivers explosive intel: Bhoot will be visiting a secret underground weapons facility in Iran in just a few days. But just as Pierson is about to get the facility location, an ambush leaves her informant dead. Now Pierson has two targets: Bhoot and the asset's sniper.

When all the Agency's resources aren't enough to protect her assets from Bhoot's assassin, Peirson risks going rogue and jeopardizing a fellow ops officer who is also her secret lover. With each day, the pressure of the manhunt mounts, forcing Person to put her cover and career--and life--at risk. With rapid-cut shifts from European capitals to Washington to the Near East, and with insider details that only a former spy could provide, Blowback marks the explosive beginning to a thrilling new series.

Review: Yes, this is the Valerie Plame. You remember her, the CIA spy who was outed by the Bush administration. I asked for this book for Christmas thinking it was her memoir. Duh me. But my mistake means that I got introduced to a great new series!

I really enjoyed this book. The main character is interesting and not perfect; she makes mistakes, has lapses in judgement, and I liked that I was inside her head. The secondary characters are also well done, from the CIA and MI6 operatives to the assassin himself. I feel as if I know a bit about them and how they fit into the main character's life. I look forward to getting to know these characters better over the series of books.

The story line is interesting and I assume it feels good and real because Valerie Plame was a CIA agent so has experiences that she can draw on to make the plot flow well and feel as if the reader is really there.

So, if you are into spy novels and want to read one with a female lead, check this one out!

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